8 Bookish Romance Novels: Love, Literature, and Libraries
Especially in autumn, there's something that feels absolutely right about reading bookish love stories. The cozy weather combined with the idea of curling up under a blanket with a fellow reader or having a "meet cute" in the fiction section of a bookstore... it makes us swoon!
So if you're looking to get lost in your pages this fall (or any season) with a book that'll make you dream about falling in love in a bookstore *one day*, here are 8 bookish romance-filled stories to add to your TBR pile.
Romantic Books About Books
1. The Bookshop on the Corner
Quote: “Because every day with a book is slightly better than one without, and I wish you nothing but the happiest of days.”
The premise: A literary matchmaker with a gift of pairing readers with books sets off a new adventure with a mobile bookshop. Along the way, she meets unique and charming individuals that make every stop a new, feel-good and book-loving adventure full of love and maayyyyybe a sweet happy ending. You'll have to read it to find out!
Read now: The Bookshop on the Corner.
2. Book Lovers
Quote: “Is there anything better than iced coffee and a bookstore on a sunny day? I mean, aside from hot coffee and a bookstore on a rainy day.”
Premise: A work-obsessed book agent from New York embarks on an adventure with her sister in the small town of Sunshine Falls. But their sisterly vacation takes a turn when she runs into a brooding book editor from the city... enter: witty banter, will-they-won't-they love story, and, of course, a charming local bookstore that is ready for a comeback.
Read now: Book Lovers.
3. The Little Paris Bookshop
Quote: "Books are like people, and people are like books."
Premise: A Parisian bookseller who prescribes novels for different life circumstances departs on a journey after opening a letter from a lover -- decades after receiving it. He's joined by an author going through writer's block and an Italian chef while sharing literary wisdom and life lessons about love and loss every step of the way. (Heads up, while this isn't necessarily a "romance novel" there is so much gorgeous writing about love and romance, we had to put it on the list!)
Read now: The Little Paris Bookshop.
4. Beach Read
Quote: “That was what I'd always loved about reading, what had driven me to write in the first place. That feeling that a new world was being spun like a spiderweb around you and you couldn't move until the whole thing had revealed itself to you.”
Premise: Two authors who happen to be writing rivals end up living next door to each other one summer. As they write their separate stories, they also forge their own unique relationship in this enemies-to-lovers novel that is as good as you heard it was... actually, it's even better.
Read now: Beach Read.
5. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Quote: “For as long as she could remember, she had thought that autumn air went well with books, that the two both somehow belonged with blankets, comfortable armchairs, and big cups of coffee or tea.”
Premise: What starts as a pen-pal relationship becomes a transformative journey for a book lover on a mission to bring books to a small town. She slowly discovers the joy of sharing literature with new friends -- and those who may be more than friends. ;)
Read now: Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.
6. How to Find Love in a Bookshop
Quote: “There's a book for everyone, even if they don't think there is. A book that reaches in and grabs your soul.”
Premise: Meet Nightingale Books: a bookshop that the owner's daughter is trying to keep open against difficult odds. Like every bookshop it's filled with even more than books, it's also filled with stories of the readers who visit -- from a woman who is crushing on a guy she met in the cookbook section to a character who reunites with the person who broke her heart many years ago.
Read now: How to Find Love in a Bookshop
7. Meet Cute Club
Quote: “Why live in the real world when I can be around much more interesting people in these books?”
Premise: When Jordan goes to a bookstore to pick up a new romance for his book club, he ends up meeting Rex: a snarky and very handsome employee who ends up joining his club. Jordan learns that people can surprise you in the best ways... and first impressions aren't always the full story.
Read the book: Meet Cute Club.
8. Well Met
Quote: “The smell of the books, the promise in the shelves of printed pages . . . I loved stories, and always had.”
Premise: When Emily moves to Willow Creek to help her sister recover from an accident, she finds herself in a phase of self-discovery. She ends up volunteering with her niece at a Renaissance Faire where she meets a stuffy yet occasionally flirty English teacher (see: book cover!). And of course there's a local bookstore paired with Shakespeare reenactments to make everything come full circle.
Read the book: Well Met.