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6 Oddly-Specific Genre Bookstores From Around The World

Ever wanted to browse a bookstore filled with nothing but mystery novels? How about romance novels? Now you can! These six bookstores from around the world carry just one, sometimes very specific, genres. 


1. Sleuth of Baker Street – Toronto, Canada



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Go-to bookstore for fans of mystery, Sleuth of Baker Street has been thriving since 1979. This store carries everything mystery from noir, spy and thriller novels, to Sherlockiana – a genre that is based within the Sherlock Holmes universe.



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2. The Ripped Bodice – Los Angeles, California



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This female-run Los Angeles bookstore prides itself on being the “only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States.” Started on Kickstarter, The Ripped Bodice boasts a vast and diverse selection of romance fiction, with their owners, Bea and Leah Koch being named Booksellers of the Year by the Romance Writers of America in 2017.



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3. Transreal Fiction – Edinburgh, Scotland 



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Opening in April of 1997, Transreal Fiction is a shop dedicated to science fiction and fantasy books. What sets them apart from other sci-fi and fantasy bookstores like them is their commitment to bring in books from authors not published in the UK. Transreal Fiction has the biggest range of imported science fiction and fantasy titles available in Scotland.



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4. La Liberia del Mare – Milan, Italy



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Milan’s La Liberia del Mare is exactly what it sounds like – a library of sea. More specifically, sea books. All the books La Liberia del Mare stocks involve the sea with books ranging from boats and ships to fishing and various forms of sea life. Aside from the shop being stocked with sea-faring books, the shop itself is decorated from floor to ceiling in boat photos, nautical maps, and other aquatic decor. 



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5. Dark Delicacies – Burbank, California



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If your horror section at your favorite bookstore consists only of Stephen King, Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California will surely exceed expectations. The shop stocks everything from classic horror like Dracula to non-fiction about horror writers and creators. Along with books, Dark Delicacies also carries magazines, posters, and other dark and twisty items. 



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6. Persephone Books – London, UK 



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This London bookshop reprints and stocks 128 fiction and non-fiction works by mid-twentieth century women writers including novels, short stories, memoirs, diaries, and cook books. All books cost £13 ($20 USD) and although a bit drab in the slate grey spines and covers, the books still add elegance and beauty to any shelf or table.



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5 Reasons Why Us Bookworms Feel Everything So Deeply

I don’t want to sound all biased, but I have to say that bookworms are some of the best people on earth. Yes that is a big statement, but I think we can all agree that it’s a fact. We’re intellectual, funny, kind, emotional, and we can blow through 700 pages in about four days. What’s not to love?


We’re just like everybody else, but there is one thing that sets us apart from the average human being. We feel everything on a deeper level. You know I’m right on this. We get below the surface and we fall hard into things, some could even say we crash into them. Whatever we feel passionate about, expect that it will set us ablaze. These five reasons may be just what makes bookworms feel everything SO deeply.


1. We take on the emotions of the characters in the books we read.



You know you do this one. When we have the time to sit and read for a while, the mood in the air sort of changes depending on how the story is going. If it’s a sad part, everything around you seems more gray, when it’s happy the day feels hopeful. Even something more sensual can change your mood for the whole day (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). When you finally have to reenter the real world and put your book down the feelings of your character linger. You’re in deep my friend.


2. In a way, we all feel like we’re in our very own novel.



I am guilty as charged! We read things we enjoy and can relate to and learn from, because that’s what we want in our own life. So when a book really clicks with you, there’s no doubt you’ll wish it was your life long after you put it down. We want to feel like the characters and go on the adventures that they do. Taking a walk or being in the city at night is more than just that. All books have possibilities and we begin to feel and think in exactly that way. Everything has a story.


3. Bookworms read between the lines. Duh.




Our eyes don’t just look over the pages. We’re not amateurs. We absorb things, break them down, turn them around, change the angle, and analyze them for all they’re worth. This goes for books and all life scenarios. I for one can’t help myself; my need to break things down and find underlying meanings is actually annoying. But hey, it’s who we are right?


4. Us folks are empathetic as hell.



We get people because we have to! How could we read through a whole book if we were close-minded about other people’s feelings and points of view? A bookworm wants to be the one to simplify and give depth to a situation at the very same time. They understand how you’re feeling better than you do sometimes. Expect to be enlightened because of us.


5. Book folks get invested. Quickly and easily.


It’s both a blessing and a curse. Even in something or someone we don’t completely care for we will still find something that we like. Some of us can be all or nothing or just fall hard. And that’s okay! Avid readers love to feel things they don’t usually get to feel, so when there’s a slight hint of something good, we go all in.


Maybe not everyone agrees on these, but I’ll say this much: I never met a bookworm I didn’t like.


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7 Strange Genres You’ve Definitely Never Heard Of

You’ve heard of the basic literary genres – fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, etc., but have you heard of Feghoot or furry sleuth? There are more to literary genres than the classics and here are some that you might’ve not known. 


1. Canadiana 


Sometimes known as CanLit or Canadiana, it’s exactly what you would expect it to be, Canadian literature. The sub genre is similar to Americana fiction, but with stories centered around Canada. The literature has been strongly influenced by international immigration with themes of the works surrounding ethnic minority, identity, duality, and cultural differences. 


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2. Coterie or Cult Novel


Not what you know typically as a cult novel or film, coterie novels offer a specific intellectual and elitist appeal. These novels are no beach reads but instead offer the reader an intense, challenging, and thoughtful reading experience. Books in this genre include the works of James Joyce.  



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3. Dickensian


A little bit on the controversial side, but Dickensian fiction is any story said to resemble those if Charles Dickens. Most authors described under this genre haven’t been as successful as its namesake. One notable work that can be described as being a Dickensian novel is Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch


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4. Fake Memoir


Fake memoirs are exactly what they sound like. Fake memoirs can either be written and published as false to begin with or they can be exposed as partially or wholly false. An famous example of an exposed false memoir is James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces. Famously banished from Oprah’s Book Club, Oprah sent it to the New York Times bestseller list only to later reveal on national television that the book was highly embellished and mostly false. 



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5. Feghoot


A tiny yet distinct subgenera rooted in fan fiction, Feghoot fiction began as a series of science fiction pieces titled Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot. The pieces were usually only a few paragraphs long and always ended with a deliberately bad pun. 


6. Cozy Mystery


Another oddly specific genre with its own format, cozy mysteries like Joanne Fluke’s Raspberry Danish Murder and Kelly Lane’s Dipped to Death are typically set in a small town with a amateur female sleuth.  The crimes in these mysteries are typically murders but they aren’t done by psychopaths or serial killers but instead by some member of the community. The sleuth usually has connections to the police force by a spouse, friend, etc. and they hold jobs that bring them into constant contact with others in their community.



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7. Furry Sleuth 


Similar to the cozy mysteries, furry sleuth mysteries feature a cat or dog as a principal investigator, very rarely is the protagonist a bird or reptile. Similarly to cozy mysteries, they take place in smaller communities with a similar cast of characters. Furry sleuth novels have some of the best titles including The Fast and the Furriest and Claws for Concern


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Top Ten Most Hilariously Specific Lists on Goodreads

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.


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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


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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


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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


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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


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¯\_(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


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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


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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


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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…


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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


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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?


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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 hated favorites here.



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