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Dear Members, Newsletter – February 2009

It’s February…cold outside, wind howling…time to hibernate with a good book. Why not a little romance, for this Valentine’s month?
Now, I know that a bunch of you out there just made a face.  “I don’t read romance,” you are saying. But hey!  you might be surprised.
I speak from experience: A few months ago, I noticed my significant other reading a book.  She had a faraway look in her eyes and a Kleenex at the ready.  She was sniffly but happy, and she closed the book with a sigh.  “What was so good about it?” I asked her.  “You wouldn’t understand,” she said.
Well, damn! I like a challenge.  I decided to try some of her books. Some were (gulp) chick-lit, some were (double-gulp) Romance.   I stuck to my guns though, and went ahead and read them.
And… I actually enjoyed them!  Yes, I am man enough to admit it. They were funny, they were sad…I got caught up in the stories and the characters.  Definitely different.  Engaging to a point. And I think I may have learned a thing or two about why this genre is so popular.
No matter what your gender, if you are someone who steers away from sentiment,  you should nonetheless try one of my Romance for Everyone! picks (below), and see what the fuss is about.
Now excuse me while I go do some very manly push-ups.
Have a wonderful month, everyone!

Richard and
the PaperBackSwap Team

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