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Still from The Shape of Water

What to Read After Seeing "The Shape of Water"

Books for those who can't get enough of Guillermo del Toro's weird and atmospheric movies

Guillermo del Toro's movie The Shape of Water was released this past December, and people immediately began arguing as to whether it was a romance or a horror film. It definitely has elements of both, being about a mute janitress who realizes a disturbingly humanoid fish monster is being subjected to cruel experiments in the secret government facility where she works.

Water Bound cover

Get in the Valentine's Mood with these Romantic Suspense Picks

Curl up with one of these romantic suspense books to celebrate Valentine's Day. Water Bound by Christine Feehan

Fifty Shades of Grey

Guilt and Pleasure

Twists on Familiar Classics

Whether it’s a guilty pleasure or a great work, a well-told story of romance sought, found or lost is a joy to read repeatedly and, for some exceptional fans, to be imitated. For the month of love, revisit some enduring page-turners and tales they inspired (check out the movies as well). Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1892)

Bones and All

E-Book Only

Explore our digital collections

I love the feel of a thick novel in my hand, but I'm also deeply attached to my Kindle, especially for trips. Here are some great books that DCPL owns only in e-book format, but are still totally worth picking up.   Bones and All by Camille DeAngelis

Rock Hard cover

Rockers, Bikers, and Mobsters – Oh My!

Bad Boy Heroes With Hearts of Gold

Three hot trends in contemporary romance and romantic suspense are rock stars, motorcycle clubs, and mobsters. Not sure these trends are for you? Try the short novella Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh to dip your toe in the water. Looking for bikers with a protective streak?

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz cover

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #20: Read an LGBTQ+ Romance Novel

2017 is here and a new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers. This read feed will address the twentieth challenge, to read an LGBTQ+ romance novel. LBGTQ+ romance is a genre that is growing.

Big Little Lies

Chick Lit Unleashed

If you ever need a good laugh try one of these hilariously funny, entertaining chick literature.

Beautiful Disaster

All Hot & Bothered

For those who love hot romance with a little drama

Love romance novels? Want extra amounts of angst and drama thrown in? Well, this is your dream list! I am not one for super happy go lucky romance novels, and I figured there are others out there who feel the same way. These stories will make you angry, antsy, cry, and swoon all in one go. Enjoy your emotional roller coaster ride! 

Big Girl Panties

A Little Bit of Love

Sometimes we all need a little love. Not the bodice-ripping kind of love, just enough to warm us during a soul-searching voyage or as a way to rediscover our true selves. Don’t worry, readers, I got you! Below are some of my favorite fiction reads. They will offer you some love and lots of self-discovery as the main characters redefine their career goals in publishing or cooking, learn to love themselves and not their bodies, or examine their lives as their past and future collide.

book cover for "Rubyfruit Jungle" by Rita Mae Brown.


“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde