We Asked! You Answered: You Know You're a Romance Reader When...

Posted by Cybil on February 12, 2018
In honor of Romance Week, we asked the genre's biggest fans on our Twitter and Facebook pages to complete this sentence: You know you're a romance reader when… You'll find some of our favorite answers below. Check them out and then tell us what makes you a romance reader.


1. "You know you're a romance reader when you acknowledge that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife," says Catherine.

2. "When you are annoyed by people who both a) have never read a recently published romance novel and b) label the entire genre as bodice-ripping garbage," says Sarah.

3. "The thought of not getting an HEA [Happily Ever After] ending makes you want to flip a table," says Elia.

4. "You’re too shy to carry the book in public, so you read from an ebook instead," says ThatGirlWithTheGlasses.

5. "You know you're a romance reader when…you can read a romance novel in a day no matter how many pages are in the book," says Mary Ann.

6. "When you have a home library of over a thousand romance novels," says Megan.

7. "You enjoy reading them, refusing to be shamed and looked down on by people who think they are 'trash' reading," says Janet.

8. "Most of the ebooks on your Kindle feature shirtless men," says Andrea.

9. "When you judge every man you see by who was on the cover of the last book you read," says Chrisie.

10. "You're constantly DEFENDING the fact that you're a romance reader!" says Steve.

11. "You make up stories about the people in front of you in the coffee shop queue," says Book Blogger.

12. "When you see the 'consumption' meter in a hybrid car and think the car has a fatal disease," says Christine.

13. "Your friends ask you for romance book recommendations and you go, 'Which sub-genre?'" says Emily K.

14. "Your Kindle is loaded with over 600 romance novels and you would die if your grandchildren got hold of it!!!" says Regina.

15. "You start ranking your book boyfriends," says Gina.

16. "You say you want a romantic relationship like *insert fictional romance couple* and no one gets the reference," says Tigeress129.

Be sure to tell us why you love reading romance novels!


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message 1: by Siobhan (new)

Siobhan In my experience, number eight and number four go hand-in-hand, aha.


message 2: by Alisha (new)

Alisha Andrews most of these comments are dead accurate especially 4,7,8,13


message 3: by Toni (new)

Toni Kenyon Number 16 is cool :D


message 4: by Marisa (new)

Marisa 4 is not true for me (not shy about covers) but others...


message 5: by Literary (new)

Literary Escapades 10 & 13


message 6: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward 3,2.b,5,,7,13,15,14&16....


message 7: by Jonetta (new)

Jonetta There's something about knowing that it will all work out in the end that makes romance novels attractive. The journey is everything and I can handle all the conflicts getting there in the meantime. I like to sprinkle these in between all the murder and mayhem I read in crime and mystery novels. And, we now have some extremely talented authors writing in this genre. My favorites list is getting out of control.


message 8: by skye (new)

skye My life: #s 2, 4, 7, 13, 15, 16


message 9: by Lori (new)

Lori Erezuma OMG yes #8!


message 10: by Khadija (new)

Khadija I love this list! Romance lovers should not be ashamed of the genre!!!


message 11: by Jean (last edited Feb 12, 2018 05:58PM) (new)

Jean Point 2b, 3, 13 = 100% true.
(I notice 13 being a favorite among the comments HAH)
Point 5 applies to every book I read haha!


message 12: by Asia (new)

Asia 5, 12, and 13 are the best lmao


message 13: by Wealie (new)

Wealie All the above except those of being ashamed, I love a good romance to take me away from the world for a HEA.


message 14: by Lilpurplepearl (new)

Lilpurplepearl The only one I disagree with is #3 😱
While I do appreciate a good, well thought out & well written HEA, I don't always want to read them. I've been known to mark a book as 'read' before it heads in that direction.


message 15: by Joyce (new)

Joyce Guo I love fantasying the story and making up my own.


message 16: by Elise (new)

Elise Guilty as charged.


message 18: by Laura (new)

Laura In addition to Kindle #1, you have a 2nd and 3rd Kindle for your Romance books.


message 19: by Natalia (new)

Natalia Totally number eight


message 20: by Tyna (new)

Tyna Woods Surprise! I like this list! And to add to it. I happen to like clean romance and, For Sure, has a happy ending. The only love story I ever liked without a happy ending was Gone With the Wind.


message 21: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Connell I'll keep writing them, then! Mine are clean with a HEA, do not embarrass grandchildren and are available in ebook. :)


message 22: by Jonetta (new)

Jonetta That "clean" descriptor really needs to be phased out. Do we really want to continue perpetuating that sex is a dirty thing? I understand that it’s helpful to note if a book is explicit or not so that’s not my point. Let’s find another way to express that information. Please.


message 23: by Karly (new)

Karly D. Everything is true!! ♥


message 24: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Molock When you start arguing who would make the best "book boyfriend" with other fans of the genre


message 25: by Calicojean (new)

Calicojean When you have over 1700 books in your Kindle cloud and 2/3 are romance......the other 1/3 are cozy novels that better have a happy ever after ending.


message 26: by Little (new)

Little Star Number eight describes me perfectly, although number six is a very close second. I may not own 1000 romance books on my shelves, but it's more like in a range of a 150 ( for now) lol.


message 27: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Urquidi "The thought of not getting an HEA [Happily Ever After] ending makes you want to flip a table," says Elia.
OMG!! makes want to turn into incredible hulk on someone or something!! 🤣


message 28: by Annette (new)

Annette About 70 % of the over 3,000 books on my kindle are romance.

I have read about men in romance novels who I wish I could have run into in real life.

But, most of all, I love reading romance because of the Happily Ever Afters.


message 29: by Karen (new)

Karen Douglas ALL of these apply to me now or in the past. My usual response is I read romance novels because I need the happy ending they offer. Life doesn't usually provide a happy ending so I get one thru reading.


message 30: by Karla (new)

Karla Schneider The entire list feels so superficial.


message 31: by Susan (new)

Susan Czaja Besides the shirtless men and HEAs, you realize you now know more about history than you ever learned in high school.


message 32: by JoRead (new)

JoRead Siobhan wrote: "In my experience, number eight and number four go hand-in-hand, aha."

I used to read print copies with a paper-made cover to put over the book! LOL not anymore though, I'm a proud romance reader and not ashamed to show it! ;)


message 33: by JoRead (new)

JoRead Susan wrote: "Besides the shirtless men and HEAs, you realize you now know more about history than you ever learned in high school."

Right? I know so much about European history than I ever thought possible ;)


message 34: by Kim (new)

Kim Gordon I love #3. I want to read it only if they lived happily ever after - especially if they were miserable before.


message 35: by Marlene (new)

Marlene 12 and 13, for sure.


message 36: by Vicki (new)

Vicki I agree with all, but I love #7. I mean most of the people I know can't even tell you the last book they read. I really don't think you are in a position to question my reading choices.


message 37: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Absolutely #7. Has anyone else taken great satisfaction at catching their literary-novel-reading friend with a copy of Fifty Shades? Yeah, and its pages are well worn.
I think romance novels are the best at exploring the depth of human emotions and understanding. Take Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series for example. A reading session with one of those is like an emotional workout. The author doesn't pull any punches either.


message 38: by Theodora (new)

Theodora Mine would be 3, 5, 6 and 7. I believe there is one for everyone. They just have to wait for the time to come


♥ WishfulMiss ♥ Lol, definitely guilty of #8 :)


message 40: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Tidd Oh, no! All of them.


message 41: by Book-Bosomed (new)

Book-Bosomed  blog #3 all the way


message 42: by Me Like Reading (new)

Me Like Reading This is a fun list to read as a pleasant break from reading romance novels! Elia’s point is funny - but so very true. Romance authors everywhere should be sent t-shirts that say “SAVE THE TABLES”. I’m an absolute bookworm and I love to read stories from any literary category - as a romance sub genre. Seriously, reading material of all kinds can be a lot more captivating when romance is added in there. It’s like Frank’s RedHot, I put that $h!t on everything.


message 43: by Jamie (new)

Jamie When you have Book boyfriends instead of celebrity crushes.


message 44: by Amy (new)

Amy Hasten I love all of these answers!!!


message 45: by Simsakshi (new)

Simsakshi when i reject the book because it does not make me feel tingly in my lower abdomen


message 46: by Sara (new)

Sara Martínez Pérez-Tomé Number 3 and 16 are so true!!! #RomanceReaderProblems


message 47: by Jessie (new)

Jessie Number 3 is too familiar. I could enoy a book or movie all the way through, but then if there is no HEA I'll declare hatred for the whole thing.


message 48: by The lady in Red (new)

The lady in Red Number 8 is sooooo true


message 49: by Nema (new)

Nema Usman 1,3,7


message 50: by Kathy (new)

Kathy You know you're a romance reader when your favorites list has over 500 books on it.


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