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Mansplaining

Well these certainly aged like avocados...

Books written by men who later found themselves in hot water about the very subject they claimed to be an expert on. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari 

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Hilariously Bad Books

Books that are so bad that they're goo—well, no. They're still pretty bad. But at least they're entertaining. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Lady Most Likely

E-Book Historical Romances

Regency Favorites

I've written before about my love for historical romances, particularly regencies. Regencies are romance novels set in England in the early 19th century, usually with upper class characters during the social season, but often are historical, with characters behaving according to more modern values. Here are some I've particularly enjoyed. While some of books in this genre delve into real historical issues, these ones are more fun than serious. All of these books are only in DCPL's e-book collection.  

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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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Chick Lit Unleashed

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

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