Books to Read This Month: April Edition

April showers brings us new books! This month sees exciting new releases from romantic love to enticing thrillers to a graphic novel about great female writers. You will not only be entertained during this usually rainy month but these titles will give you the inspiration to go out in the warmer weather and get a jumpstart on your spring reading. Get a pen and paper ready and make sure to add these titles to you ever growing TBR pile:

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Books to Read This Month: March Edition

Happy Women’s History Month! I love this month in particular because it is not only the start of Spring (which is my favorite season) but you also get a great collection of new releases being published, particularly in the diverse and feminist factor. With a highly engrossing and shocking nonfiction book misogyny to the high anticipated sequel to a bestselling teen mystery, here are some great book recommendations that will help you defrost from the cold winter and jump into the exciting new chapter of spring reading!

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Upcoming Books by Black Authors

For Black History Month, there are many book recommendations out there and mostly, its already published books. But what about the upcoming books? This year, we have a slew of exciting upcoming books, and it also includes books that Black Authors are releasing. So make sure you have your pen and paper out! You will want to add these upcoming releases to your ever-growing TBR pile and rush over to Bookshop.org to preorder these anticipating titles:

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Recent Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking for a romantic read to entertain you this Valentine’s Day? Ranging from meet cutes to historical regencies, you will definitely get in the mood on this loving day with these great books!

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Book Review: Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks

Format: Paperback

Pages: 320 pages

Published: January 12, 2021

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction

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Book Review: Gentleman Jim: A Tale of Romance and Revenge by Mimi Matthews

Format: Paperback

Pages: 376 pages

Published: November 10, 2020

Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

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Summer Reads for an “Indoor” Summer: Romance

For the month of July, I’ll be listing great summer reads, in different genres, that will give you a headstart on your summer adventure. So sit back in your lounge chair and getting ready to start your tantalizing journey!

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10 LGBTQ Manga Titles for Pride Month

Hello again everybody! It’s Joe Pascullo here, guest writing once more for my friend Tabrizia’s blog. We’ve just wrapped up Pride Month here in June. But to keep the celebration going, Tabrizia asked me to pen a blog with some LGBTQ titles for all you readers to check out. I was happy to oblige! Fandoms and conventions (remember when we used to attend those!?) for the yaoi (boys’ love) and yuri (girls’ love) genres have exploded in popularity, with many manga fans simply choosing to read only titles within those classifications. Need some recommendations? Try one (or more) of these on for size!

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Scribd Cuts Romance and Erotica Titles From Digital Library

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People love to read romance novels, but unfortunately it is not receiving the same affection from the online book subscription, Scribd.

Scribd, like Netflix or Spotify, offers an unlimited library of books, ebooks, and comic books. This is a great model but when the company shells out more money to authors than what they make back in subscription fees, this can be problematic, especially towards a genre that is heavily read.

So in a released letter, Scribd announced that to ensure a substantial business model, the company may have to cut some romance titles from their collection. The statement reads:

We’ve grown to a point where we are beginning to adjust the proportion of titles across genres to ensure that we can continue to expand the overall size and variety of our service. We will be making some adjustments, particularly to romance, and as a result some previously available titles may no longer be available.”

In simple terms…subscribers are reading too much, particularly romance books, and simply can’t afford that.

What did you expect when you offered unlimited reading for a low price? It’s like Netflix saying, “People are watching too many comedies so we decide to cut TV and movie comedies from our catalog”.

Most likely expecting backlash from this decision, Scribd CEO Trip Adler asserts the company’s commitment to readers with this response:

“Let me state loudly and clearly that we remain committed to our romance audience. We’ve grown to such a point that we are beginning to adjust the proportion of titles across genres to ensure that we can continue to grow in a sustainable way. We are in the subscription business for the long haul, and while we are facing some growing pains today, we remain fully committed to our readers.”

I know they have to think about their business model but how is signaling out one popular genre showing commitment to your readers? Maybe they should have done survey to see which genre readers read the most before launching the service.

Here are two articles discussing the issue in detail:

Scribd cuts romance and erotica titles – The Guardian

Scribd slashes many romance titles because people read them too much-Entertainment Weekly