Sharing Is Caring: Romance Groups on Goodreads That Deserve Your Love

Posted by Hayley on February 11, 2016
The heart is a lonely hunter, but you don't have to be. There are thousands of groups on Goodreads, waiting to accept you with open arms—especially if you're into happily ever afters (case in point). From Interracial Romance to Clean Romances to LGBT Fantasy Fiction—there's a home on Goodreads for every type of romance reader (and writer).

As part of #RomanceWeek16, we asked some moderators to give us a sense of what makes their groups so enticing. Don't be shy about joining! They promise to be gentle to new members.

New Adult Book Club


This book club caters exclusively to the New Adult genre, the rapidly growing category of books that has the same coming-of-age feel as Young Adult books—but with more mature themes and content. "We are a fun-loving group," says moderator Derna. "Don't be intimidated to strike up a conversation or approach us with a new idea." Why join? They have members-only giveaways and also host a variety of authors via their group-only Q&A, including most recently Nicole Draga, M.J. Fields, Christine Besze, and Monica Murphy.

You might also like: Never Too Old for Y.A. & N.A. Books, Crazy for NA Books, YA NA Romance

M/M Romance Group


With nearly 20,000 members, this group is by far one of the largest groups on Goodreads; however, it is a private group and new members requesting to join should be sure to include their full birth date in their Goodreads profile. Once in, there's something for everyone: book and series discussions, reading challenges, group reads, games, contests, and quizzes. It's a great place to meet and make friends with the new members as well as authors.

Moderator Dan has been reading romance for about 30 years and is part of the Welcome Committee. "Our biggest event is "The Members Choice Awards," where all the members nominate their favorite books and then several weeks later vote in our polls for the Best," he explains. When asked if he has a favorite anecdote about the group, Dan teased: "I do but it's kinda X-rated. I mean after all, we are talking about M/M Romance."

You might also like: YA LGBT Books, Queer Readers, M/M Romance Writers

Historical Romance


The moderators would like to clear one thing up first: There is a difference between Historical Fictionand Historical Romance. In Historical Romance, the romance is the main theme of the story and they must have a happily ever after. This group was created way back in time when there were no other groups like it (a.k.a 2008). Moderator Kathrynn has been reading romance since she was 12 years old. "The first romance that I remember reading was the historical romance book Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and I was hooked."

A particularly fun thread is the "Help! Looking for..." Members can post that they are looking for a particular book but can't remember the title, and provide a few details about what they do remember. Other members jump right in and hunt that book down.

You might also like: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Time-Travel Romance

Romance Readers Reading Challenges


Challenges are a great way to discover new authors, books, or series based on what others are reading, recommending, or talking about. If you love romance and challenges, this is a group you won't regret joining.

Prepare to dive head-first into interactive challenges: There's a monthly "Pick-It-For-Me" challenge, where members are paired up and choose one book from a variety of eight to read. There's "Meet-and-Greet" challenge, which is "kind of like "Pick-It-For-Me" on steroids," says group moderator Dee. Magic moderator Jane places members in a group with 10-12 other members and everyone selects three books for each person, of which that person only has to read one over a two-month period. Members can also post their own challenges in the "Dare You to Read" section!

You might also like: Seasonal Reading Challenges, Romance Novel Book Sleuth, Harlequin Romance Group

Are you in a group on Goodreads? Share a link to your favorite group in the comments, and tell us why you think your fellow readers might like it!

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message 1: by Aly (new)

Aly Vaginal Fantasy book club is a great group that reads romance novels with a sci-fi/fantasy/genre theme.
It's not all just vampires and werewolves, they've also read historical books and westerns. Sometimes the book can be amazing literature such as 'Kushiel's Dart' by Jacqueline Carey and sometimes it's silly trash books that are read just for fun.
The last Tuesday of every month there's a Google hangout on their youtube channel hosted by Felicia Day, Bonnie Burton, Veronica Belmont and Kiala Kazebee, which never fails to be hilarious.
I would definitely recommend this group as it is welcoming and very active on their goodreads forum, discussing the monthly book, the alt book or just whichever book they're reading at the moment.

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...


message 2: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Happily Ever After Book Group focuses on clean romance and hosts monthly book discussions. Also has an ongoing thread of free kindle books. Authors often post about giveaways and freebies. Here's the link:

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...


message 3: by Kay (new)

Kay J Kathy wrote: "Happily Ever After Book Group focuses on clean romance and hosts monthly book discussions. Also has an ongoing thread of free kindle books. Authors often post about giveaways and freebies. Here's t..."

This sounds interesting☺


message 4: by Aurora (new)

Aurora Wish there are groups on here that celebrate being single for those who don't have boyfriends or girlfriends and aren't into happily ever afters.


message 5: by Dee (new)

Dee ummm, there are romance reading groups, not romance single people groups...


message 6: by Aurora (new)

Aurora Dee wrote: "ummm, there are romance reading groups, not romance single people groups..."

I get that, but I just mean there have to be books where people would choose something career or something else over romance. Guess I'm the only person who doesn't like HEA stories or being reminded of HEA or anything related to HEA.


message 7: by Dee (new)

Dee they are featuring romance groups because it is romance week - there are plenty of other non-romance groups out there...


message 8: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I The groups are an awesome feature here.....ok, everything is an awesome feature on Goodreads, but if we're sharing romance week groups than the two I know of are:

For the book "The Things We Keep" by Sally Hepworth (bummed because the add book/author feature is showing an error that it's down), but the group is put together by St. Martin's Press and the group St. Martin's had put together for "Summer Secrets" by Jane Green was a lot of fun.

I hope to see more activity for "The Things We Keep" as more people read the book. It's a beautiful story of love and the complexities of love and Alzheimer's. The group name is "Love Never Forgets", link below.

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

I don't know if I'm in any other romance groups. All the groups I've joined are awesome, though. Definitely something for everyone if anyone wants to join one or a bunch. Great way to connect with really great people and all the buddy reads they do. I haven't done one yet, but I hope to soon.


message 10: by willaful (new)

willaful Aurora wrote: "I get that, but I just mean there have to be books where people would choose something career or something else over romance. Guess I'm the only person who doesn't like HEA stories or being reminded of HEA or anything related to HEA.
"


Plenty of such books exist but they are, by definition, not romances.


message 11: by Aurora (new)

Aurora willaful wrote: "Aurora wrote: "I get that, but I just mean there have to be books where people would choose something career or something else over romance. Guess I'm the only person who doesn't like HEA stories o..."

All right then. By others they may not be known as romances, but for me they're just not traditional romances which is what I see HEA as.


message 12: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Aurora wrote: "Dee wrote: "ummm, there are romance reading groups, not romance single people groups..."

I get that, but I just mean there have to be books where people would choose something career or something ..."


Agreed. It would be really nice and refreshing to find some 'chick-lit' type books (or any books in general) where the protagonist actually stays single or where the whole story isn't revolved around them finding someone. I know those books aren't all categorized as romance but the majority of them have romance in them.


message 13: by D.G. (last edited Feb 12, 2016 03:52AM) (new)

D.G. Awesome! RRRC getting some love! I've been a member since 2009!

Another good one - for those who love both Audiobooks AND Romance - is Romance Audiobooks.


message 14: by D.G. (new)

D.G. Francesca wrote: "It would be really nice and refreshing to find some 'chick-lit' type books (or any books in general) where the protagonist actually stays single or where the whole story isn't revolved around them finding someone."

That's also a different genre. It's called Literary Fiction. Lots of those books have nothing to do with finding someone.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* This is a blog post celebrating romance week for Valentine's day. I'm not sure why people are complaining about not highlighting books about singles. That's not the focus of these blog posts. 0_o There are plenty of books without romance, but they are not focusing on those this week.


message 16: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "This is a blog post celebrating romance week for Valentine's day. I'm not sure why people are complaining about not highlighting books about singles. That's not the focus of these blog posts. 0_o T..."

I wasn't complaining about it, I was just elaborating on what the other person said. I don't mind them focusing on romance books during the week of Valentine's Day. I was just sharing a general opinion, which wasn't directed at this post. At least, I wasn't directing mine at this post.


message 17: by Aurora (new)

Aurora Francesca wrote: "Aurora wrote: "Dee wrote: "ummm, there are romance reading groups, not romance single people groups..."

I get that, but I just mean there have to be books where people would choose something caree..."


Exactly. Choose any book from any genre and there is always finding someone in the story line. Even literary fiction has that. I wasn't even trying to complain, it was just something I was pointing out and something that I wished would have been done a bit more often. I really don't like it when a particular group of people is left out simply because they don't have someone special in their life, and so forth, and personally for me, reading happy things when I don't feel happy is a bit like a slap in the face.

Thanks for elaborating Francesca!


message 18: by willaful (new)

willaful Aurora wrote: "All right then. By others they may not be known as romances, but for me they're just not traditional romances which is what I see HEA as. "

Generally when talking about romances, we're discussing the romance novel genre, and the HEA is an absolutely essential part of that genre, as defined by the RWA (Romance Writers of America.)

There is certainly no need to read books that make you unhappy. I don't like to read violent thrillers, because I don't need that kind of imagery put into my head. But I wouldn't go to a post intended for people who enjoy them to talk about how their favorite genre is all wrong and should be different. I read a HEA book instead.


message 19: by Aurora (new)

Aurora In my posts I never said anything was wrong with romance genre. I came here because I kind of hoped that they'd mention a group for other people who want to see HEA/fulfillment in other ways besides finding a soul-mate. And also, I stated my views and opinions, never mentioned anywhere that I'm right and others are wrong. I also always make sure that whatever statements I make I represent my views and self only, never anyone else's. Besides, what is wrong with calling romance genre "traditional" romance? If I want to include something in "romantic" genre just for me, I have a right to do so, even if its not acknowledged/or seen correctly by others.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Aurora wrote: "In my posts I never said anything was wrong with romance genre. I came here because I kind of hoped that they'd mention a group for other people who want to see HEA/fulfillment in other ways besides finding a soul-mate
"


I understand the want for that kind of book, I do, but I'm still confused on why you're choosing a blog post directed toward romance books to speak of this. The theme is celebrating romantic relationships, so they are not going to put books on this post talking about the joys of staying single and not looking for love.

Your idea is interesting though - perhaps when it's not romance week, Goodreads will consider making a blog post about books such as that.


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