The Book Blab Episode 11: Love and Marriage in Books Plus Two of Our Favorite Reads from 2016

Feb 13, 2017

Were you wondering if Suzanne and I had abandoned The Book Blab in favor of other pursuits? Well, I guess we did, but only temporarily. Suzanne had her baby girl at the end of December and took a little maternity leave from her blog. But she's back, which means we're back with another episode of The Book Blab! This time, we discussed our favorite literary romances, shared a couple of favorite recommendations from 2016, and announced the book we'll be reading for our upcoming mini-book club. Enjoy, and please let us know your favorite romances in the comments!

0:35 - Suzanne had her baby!
1:42 - Today's topic: Romance novels . . . the tame variety.
3:15 - Regency/Classic romances
  • 3:55 - Favorite Jane Austen novels
  • 7:15 - Defining the actual regency period
  • 9:45 - Contemporary regency romances
  • 12:21 - Other favorite classics with love stories
15:47 - Contemporary romances
21:23 - Fantasy/Fairy Tale romances
23:35 - Young Adult romances
26:14 - Love and marriage in nonfiction
29:33 - Two favorite reads from 2016
  • 30:10 - Suzanne's recommendation
  • 31:00 - Amy's recommendation 
32:55 - Upcoming mini-book club: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
35:17 - Conclusion

Books mentioned during the show:

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Amy's review)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Amy's review // Suzanne's review)
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson (Amy's review // Suzanne's review)
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer (Amy's review // Suzanne's review)
Gone With the Wind by  Margaret Mitchell (Amy's review)
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (Amy's review)
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Suzanne's review)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Amy's review)
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Middlemarch by George Eliot (Amy's review)
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (Amy's review // Suzanne's review)
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (Amy's review)
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Amy and Suzanne's combined review in Episode 6)
Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock (Amy's review)
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Amy's review // Suzanne's review)
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Amy's review // Suzanne's review)
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Amy's review // Suzanne's review)
Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace (Betsy in Spite of Herself is #6 in the series)
Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery (Suzanne's review)
Emily of New Moon trilogy by L.M. Montgomery (Amy's review)
Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin (Amy's review)
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi (Amy's review // Suzanne's review)
The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman (Suzanne's review)
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman and D. Ross Campbell (Suzanne's review)
A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanaukin (Suzanne's review)
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatramen (Amy's review)


  1. You forgot LM Alcott like Rose in Bloom and Old Fashioned Girl. I reread those books so much as a young adult. Also you mentioned AGG and the Emily series by LM Montgomery but one of my favorite romances was in Blue Castle. (I guess I really related to that one). You should also read Frenchman's creek by du Maurier. It is more of a romance/adventure vs Rebecca. Other favorite authors who do good romances without being too overdone: Susanna Kearsley, Mary Stewart, and Kate Morton. AND regarding non-fiction: two-part invention my Madeline Elengle (sp) is perfect. And the writings by CS Lewis regarding his wife and touching as well.

    1. It's funny that you should mention both Rose in Bloom and The Blue Castle because I haven't read either, but I made a specific goal to read both of them in 2017. I'm so glad to hear they have some sweet romance in them! Thanks for the other recommendations as well!

  2. Also, I have to agree with Suzanne that Char in Ella Enchanted was perfectly dreamy.

  3. This was one of my favorite book blabs! Loved the topic and loved how many book recommendations there were! So many I want to add to my booklist.


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