Goodreads is the bookworm’s paradise, allowing you to keep track of what you’re reading, compile your bookshelf, rate, review and compartmentalize the books you have already read because Lord knows, the bookworm loves to organize. Another great feature of Goodreads is the Lists system, which allows you to file the books you’ve read not only under genre, but under headings you create yourself, which has led to some hilariously specific list titles, such as “Books I Kind of Wanted to Physically Snuggle After Reading.”
Here are ten of my favorites.
1. Books I Kind of Wanted to Physically Snuggle After Reading.
I mentioned this in the opening paragraph because it’s adorable and I love the slightly bemused tone implied by the inclusion of ‘kind of.’ You almost feel there should be a question mark at the end. The description reads:
Have you ever read a book that left you with a big smile on your face and a warm, sort of fuzzy feeling in your heart? A book that made you want to contact the author and tell them how much you enjoyed their work and then spend the evening spooning the book in a gentle, loving-yet-platonic embrace? Then add that book to this list so other people might get that feeling too.
2. Best Accidentally Pregnant in Romance Novels
The description for this list reads:
also happy to include secret planned pregnancies and secret miscarriages that ruined the relationship
*my sister said the title should have been SECRET PREGNANCIES AND BABIES
*also feel free to add any book that has the hint of an accidental pregnancy if it has a follow up book…
3. Maybe Just the Idea of Silicon Valley is Enough
You wouldn’t want your novel to be resting on this list. The cutting descriptions is as follows:
Who needs good writing, interesting characters, or creative science fiction concepts when the San Francisco Bay Area is probably enough? The Dot Com Boom of literature.
3. Best Gay Romance Books with Tattooed Characters
Why specifically tattooed, you ask? Well…
Ink on a muscular, well – defined male – what could be sexier? Skin marks, worn proudly even though they hint at something dark, skin marks shamefully hidden because they indicate past pain or skin marks that protect and hide the bearer – colorful is the world of inked men.
4. The Groom Wore White: Contemporary Male Virgins of Romance
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The description says:
Virgin heroes in contemporary romance novels. No paranormal or historical. Bring on those sexy men.
5. Scarred Heroes and Heroines in Paranormal Romance
The maker of this list states:
As in scarring due to an operation, fire, torture, or accident. These physical scars should matter to the plot. Paranormal, Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance
6. A List for Those Who Want to Run Screaming at the Mention of Sparkly Vampires, Fifty Shades of Abusive Relationships, or Other Assorted Mass Marketed Crap
I was reading through the recommendation requests..and if I had a dollar for everytime Twilight or Fifty Shades was mentioned, I’d be wealthy. Repulsed, but wealthy. This list is for GOOD books that don’t make one worry about the future of lit. That don’t make 40 year old women act like prepubescent morons. That are actually..wait for it..well written. No glittery vampires, no fairies, no quasi-BDSM…basically NO to anything in which the cover looks like a cross between cheesy horror and seventeen magazine.
7. Best Romances With Spinsters, Wallflowers, Or Old Maids
She might be on the shelf, but love doesn’t pass her by in the end. These are romances where the heroine is a spinster, is on the shelf, or is considered an old maid by society (even if it’s by choice). Also included are heroines who have limited marital prospects because they are wallflowers.
8. Hero hurts heroine so much that she withdraws into herself or…
Please recommend romance novels in which the hero hurts the heroine so much that she withdraws into herself (in some cases) so much that she almost dies or loses the will to live.
I want her to distance herself from him and I want the hero doing everything in his power to reach her.
9. Dark Twisted but OhSoGood Erotic Books
These are the dark ones. The books you start to read, and fall into. The books you inhale rather than read. The books that when you catch a glimpse of yourself reading you find you’re breathing just that bit faster, deeper…harder. The ones where the reader advisory comment is an understatement
10. Would you two just please talk to each other?
Serious ‘now kiss’ vibes from this list maker, who writes:
Romance fans know the pain of a never-ending Big Misunderstanding that should have been resolved with some honest discourse. Name your
most hatedfavorites here.
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