Let’s make a modern romance canon! Starting towards the end of 2019, I started asking my guests what romance novel they’d nominate for the modern romance canon.
A romance novel = a fictional story with a romantic relationship that is central to the plot with an emotionally satisfying ending
Modern = something that would resonate with a new romance reader in the year it's nominated, i.e. someone who may not have any nostalgia or historical context for why this book matters.
This list is growing with every episode and is by no means a complete list (and you’ll also notice duplicates show up as multiple guests nominate the same book). It’s also completely subjective! That’s why I’m calling these “nominations,” and why I’m trying to get nominations from as many people as possible who each represent a unique viewpoint.