by Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph
February is a month to celebrate many things—among them: love and libraries. What is more romantic than a bookstore date? What is more enduring than a library?
Whether you love love or love libraries, you’ll find a book on this list to hold close to your heart this month in honor of Valentine’s Day and National Library Lover’s Month.
Books about love & libraries
Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson
Why you should try it: A slow-burn workplace romance between an editorial assistant and hot author? Yes, please!
Description: When Nora landed an editorial assistant position at Parsons Press, it was her first step towards The Dream Job. But Dream Jobs do not exist. When Andrew Santos, a bestselling Parsons author no one can afford to lose is thrown into the mix, Nora has to decide where her loyalties lie. Her new Dream Job, ever-optimistic Andrew, or...herself and her future.
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murphy
Why you should try it: This is a riveting tale of a real woman who, at great personal risk, used her skills to become the personal librarian of JP Morgan.
Description: The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan's personal librarian—who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams come true.
Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson
Why you should try it: It's a classic secret admirer romance, with a twist!
Description: You've Got Mail meets Attachments in Melissa Ferguson's latest sweet rom-com.
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The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
Why you should try it: If you've ever wondered where books go when they don't get finished, this is the book for you. Also, the thought of a librarian in Hell begs the question, what did she do?
Description: Books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, but when restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories escape, it is up to the Librarian to track them down...and keep the collection complete.
Black Love Matters by Jessica Pryde
Why you should try it: "This is black love right here!" -Lachell, A Black Lady Sketch Show
Description: An incisive, intersectional essay anthology that celebrates and examines romance and romantic media through the lens of Black readers, writers, and cultural commentators.
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
Why you should try it: Librarians have always tried to do the right thing, and resisting Nazis will never not be the right thing.
Description: Based on a true story, describes how a lonely, 1980s teenager befriends an elderly neighbor and uncovers her past as a librarian at the American Library in Paris who joined the Resistance when the Nazis arrived.
Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.