All Five Senses
Adult fiction you can see, hear, feel, smell, or taste
Allure: Hollywood Heyday: The Glamour and the Grittiness
"Hollywood isn't a place, it's a way of life" -- Helene Hanff
Always Drink Upstream From the Herd
"The Real West" - cowboy fiction bringing history to life
Among the Missing
Fictional tales of children gone missing.
Contemporary Fiction: Dark or Dystopian
Contemporary Fiction: Literary
Contemporary Fiction: Rom-Com
Mysteries and Historical Fiction
Back in the Office
Remember offices? If you enjoy novels about corporate culture - check out this list of titles about office life.
Bad Girls & Nasty Women
Fiction featuring ladies we love to loathe.
Brothers and Sisters
Siblings. The closest family relationship. Sometimes the best, sometimes ... not.
fiction featuring curmudgeons, grumps, grouches, grinches, sourpusses, and other solitary creatures.
By the Numbers
Fiction you can count on.
Cosplay @ Comic Con
Romance, mystery, thrillers, and more - featuring cosplay adventures at conventions
Cooking Up a Mystery
Danger! Plot Twists Ahead!
Fiction with unexpected twists and turns, propulsive plots, and some surprise endings.
Dark Academia - Beyond the Aesthetic Vol. I
fiction that has the Dark Academia vibe, but more diverse and inclusive
Dark Academia - Beyond the Aesthetic Vol. II
fiction that has the Dark Academia vibe, but more diverse and inclusive
Dark Academia - Classic Titles
not-quite-new fiction with Dark Academia themes or vibe
Fiction in the form of diary entries, journals,
screenplays, marginalia, and more.
Disobedient: Women Who Stepped Out of Line
"Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere". -- Mae West
Don't Squat With Your Spurs On
genre mash-up: westerns plus: horror, fantasy, science fiction, and more!
Fiction in the form of letters, notes, and other correspondence.
fiction good enough to eat!
Go Where There is no Path and Leave a Trail
Fiction with classic "Old West" themes
Going to the Dogs
A fiction sampler featuring "man's best friend"
Gothic Fiction - Contemporary Settings
fiction with gothic vibes in contemporary settings
Gothic Fiction - Historical
fiction from the recent past, to the Victorian era, to settings shrouded in the mists of time -- all with creepy Gothic vibes
Gothic Fiction - Paranormal
haunted houses, ghosts, and other things that go Bump in the Night -- all with a creepy Gothic vibe
Gothic Fiction - Scary Stories
Rural, Southern, isolated - lonely and terrifying stories best read with the lights on
Enter if you dare ...
He's a Cowboy, Ain't He?
Western romance: historical, contemporary, and more
because pandemic life is scary
How it All Began - Historical Fiction
historical fiction titles that are series starters -- new, completed, or ongoing
How it All Began - Fantasy / Sci Fi / Paranormal
fantasy / sci fi / paranormal titles that are series starters - new, completed, or ongoing
How it All Began - Romance and Rom-Com
romance and rom-com titles that are series starters - new, completed, or ongoing
How it All Began - Mysteries and Thrillers
mystery and thriller titles that are series starters - new, completed, or ongoing
An Illusion of Magicians
Fiction featuring magic and magicians.
I'm Not Much, But I'm All I Have
Fiction about loneliness, and the pleasure and pain of solitude.
Indomitable: Women Who Survived (and Thrived) Against All Odds
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will" -- Mahatma Ghandi
Kind of Like a Love Story
Contemporary fiction that gets to Happily Ever After. Eventually.
Leelo en Espanol / Read it in Spanish
Popular fiction titles available in Spanish translations and in English
Majesty: Queens, Princesses, Consorts, and other Royal Women
"heavy is the head that wears the crown"
Mostly Southern, a little bit redneck gothic,
kinda gritty, somewhat bleak; but all good.
"Most Ardently" - Jane Austen Re-mixed
Prequels, sequels, re-imaginings, modern day re-tellings, and other homages to Jane Austen classics.
Muse: Wife, Mother, Sister, Daughter
Women we know (or think we know) in the orbit of famous men.
Native American Fiction
Fiction of all kinds - historical, contemporary, funny, sad, even horror - by or about Native Americans.
Never The Same River Twice
Fiction titles that are perfect to read right here in "River City".
Decidedly irreverent fiction featuring angels, demons, assorted lesser gods and deities, and even the Big Guy upstairs.
Once Upon a Time
Fairy Tales, Re-mixed
Once Upon a Time, Again
More Fairy Tales, Re-mixed
Poets and Poetry
Fiction (of all kinds) about poets and poetry
Political power is ... relative
Historical, Literary, or Satirical
Political Plot Twists
Not Quite Historically Accurate
Pulse-pounding DC beltway suspense
First Ladies (or First Lady adjacent)
Popcorn, Peanuts, Cotton Caaaaandy!!
Fiction with circus themes or settings.
fiction set in restaurants, bakeries, and cooking schools
Scandalous: Ladies With Less-Than-Perfect Reputations
"Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea" -- Henry Fielding
Silenced: She Has Secrets
"Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever" -- Liane Moriarity
Such Devoted Sisters
our first friends: good, bad, imperfect, close, estranged
Such Devoted Sisters Still
more sisters - our first friends: good, bad, imperfect, close, estranged
A Taste of Love
delicious love stories
There is No Plan(et) B
Climate change fiction - cautionary tales, ripped from the headlines
These are NOT "how-to" Books
fiction with misleading titles
Too Much Tumbleweed in Their Blood to Settle Down
Contemporary fiction with classic western themes, settings, or characters
Fiction featuring authors and characters of various gender identities.
The Truth Is Slippery
Unreliable narrators in fiction. Can you ... trust them? Believe anything they say?
What happens when you catch them in a lie?
"Who you gonna believe? Me or your lying eyes?"
Sisters. TWINS. Best friends. Worst enemies.
When the Secret Ingredient is ... Magic
fiction with food, and a little bit of magic
Will of Avon; or, The Bard, Re-mixed
Prequels, sequels, re-imaginings, modern day re-tellings, and other homages to the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare.
Adult Children, Aging Parents
Swapping roles with dignity, humor, and respect.
The African-American Experience in Richmond
Celebrating Black History Month 2020
All Great and Precious Things are Lonely
Nonfiction about loneliness, solitude, loss, and more.
The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
Celebrating Black History Month 2021.
Celebrate National Cocktail Day
March 24th is National Cocktail Day.
Looking at History (and Politics) as a Way Forward
What the Experts Have to Say
What We Can Do Before it's Too Late
nonfiction titles to help you find your own optimistic outlook
Costing the Earth
How to live greener and more cheaply
Families Sure are Funny
Memoirs of unconventional upbringings
Memoirs about things we don't talk about.
First, Do No Harm
True tales of medical mysteries and histories.
Gap Year for Grown-Ups
Very few of us have the time (or privilege) to take a year off from work or family obligations. But we can read some true accounts of people who did.
Get it Together
Organizational tips for the wildly successful procrastinator.
Getting Above Your Raising
Memoirs of overcoming toxic childhoods
Good Good Dog
companionship, love, and loss
Happiness doesn't just happen -- these books may help
Happiness Still Happens
Happiness (still) doesn't just happen -- these books may help
The Ignominy of Abundance, the Plight of Plentitude; or, First World Problems
A problem at odds with most of the world -- that of having too many things, too many choices -- an abundance of stuff.
It's Simple, Really
Our lives are frittered away by detail ... simplify, simplify. - Thoreau
Lost Time is Gone Forever
It's your only time, spend it wisely.
Money! Money! Money!
Books to help you get your financial house in order - whether you are managing millions, or living paycheck to paycheck.
Passport Not Necessary
Humorous travel memoirs. Stay home with your feet up while you explore the world.
RPL - Moments in History
Bestsellers and more from important years in RPL history
Self-Care: Cooking & Eating
every flavor tells a story
Self-Care: Habits and Rituals
get into a routine with self-care habits and rituals
stay in - your home as therapy
Self-Care: Other People Matter
finding and improving relationships
Self-Care: Your Body
take care of your body, it's the only one you have
Self-Care: Your Mind
"the mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions" -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
So You Want to Be a Writer
Resources for the budding wordsmith
Training at Both Ends of the Leash
Good dogs, not-so-good dogs, dogs with jobs, dogs who are learning to be
What a Disaster:
True tales of the fury and splendor of Mother Nature, man made disasters, and their survivors and victims.
What Doesn't Kill You
Stress can find you at home, at work, at play.