Ten Romance Novels to get you through Valentine’s Day

Cheesy, but beloved by many.

Valentine’s Day is a happy occasion for some and less so for others – if you aren’t seeing enough roses, chocolates, and unbearably fancy dinners headed your way today, here’s a few romantic reads to delve into.

1. Dear John, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook: take your pick of Nicholas Sparks’ books. Eleven of his nineteen best-selling novels have been turned into films, so although they may be easy to criticize, something about them makes them undeniably popular.

2. Doctor Zhivago: Boris Pasternak won the Nobel Prize for Literature following the publication of this book in 1957 after the manuscript was smuggled from the USSR to Italy. The love story between Yuri and Lara during the Russian Revolution was further immortalized in film in 1965.

3. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë), Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë): Yep, I just lumped all of those together, just like I did with everything Nicholas Sparks. These titles make up a niche of undeniably popular romantic literature! (more…)

Amy C. Manikowski is a writer, bookseller, trail-diverger, history buff, and pitbull lover. She graduated from Chatham University with an MFA a while ago, and after wandering aimlessly settled in Asheville NC.


All Hallow’s Read 2016

Bernie Wrightson, Frankenstein
Bernie Wrightson, Frankenstein

 

It’s time for All Hallow’s Read again, that magical time of year when we give the gift of fright!

If you haven’t yet heard about it, All Hallow’s Read is a month-long celebration of the horror genre (for the adults) and spooky stories (for the kids). The idea is, whether it’s a beautifully-wrapped Stephen King novel to your spouse, a dog-eared copy of Frankenstein you abandon on a park bench with the inscription “Take Me!” on a Post-It Note, or anything in-between, that we all take the time to give each other scary books. (more…)

Pru is a North Carolina native, transplanted to the bustling base of South Carolina’s tiny share of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she tag-teams with her husband to herd two brilliant boys and two cats.

When she’s not busy blogging with Biblio or toiling over original works, you can most likely find her speeding around in the mountains, blasting egregiously loud music and singing off-key.

Despite being fresh in the bookselling scene, she’s been a insatiable reader since forever, and will point you to her love for Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen, while tucking Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams behind her back and shushing them. Honestly, she’ll read anything you put in front of her. Help support her writing career via Patreon


Neil Gaiman, and "All Hallows Read"

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

Are you tired of the traditional Halloween candy feast?

Are you a fan of promoting literacy among our youth?

Join Biblio.com in celebrating our newest, favorite holiday.  It has it’s ancient origins reaching all the way back to October 2010, when author Neil Gaiman proposed a global event to be held around Halloween each year, called “All Hallows Read.”

The concept behind All Hallows Read is really quite simple…just give someone a scary book.  That’s it!

Pay our booksellers a visit, or pop into your local bookshop and fill up on macabre stories for young and old alike.  Hand them out alongside candy to Trick or Treaters, or to your friends wearing funny costumes, or have a table full of books at your ghoulish festivities for interested readers to grab up!

If you aren’t sure what kind of scary books to give to kids, we have plenty of suggestions for the younger bibliophiles in our Booklist: “Spoooooky Books for Brave Children

#AllHallowsRead is trending like crazy on Neil Gaiman’s Twitter account: @NeilHimself

For more details about All Hallow’s Read, check out the Official Webpage

What are YOUR favorite scary books?

Leave us a comment and share your spine-tingling favorites!