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Frightened and Flustered: The Books You Read Too Young

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BookTrib is partnering with Early Bird Books to bring you more great content, including this article about some of your favorite novels as a teenager. Read on for more! A few weeks ago, an Early Bird Books meeting devolved into a passionate discussion about the books we stuffed under our mattresses, read by flashlight, and bought with our weekly allowances. Hilarity ensued. But after realizing our souls were similarly (and eternally) corrupted by Flowers in the Attic, we quickly realized we wanted to hear your answers, too. We were so excited to see your responses—yes, we did read all of them!—and hear about your innocent acts of bookish rebellion. While Judy Blume, VC Andrews, and Peyton Place seemed to have ruffled the most pre-tween feathers, there were a couple…

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A Reader’s Guide to Erotica: The History and What Novels We’re Loving Now

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Warning! The below content is not intended for anyone under 18! For years, erotica has been a dirty little secret; those books with lurid covers that people keep hidden deep in their closets where no unsuspecting houseguest can stumble upon them. But thanks to the rise of self-publishing, erotica has hit the mainstream, making it easier than ever for readers to get their hands on well-written, complex adult stories. In fact, BookTrib even has its own area dedicated to erotica authors, called After Dark. So, to shed a little more light on how the genre has grown and developed, here’s a complete user guide to the ins and outs of erotica: Overview: Erotica has been around for thousands of years,…

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Need a date (or want to stay single)? Open a book.

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Literature is rife with romantic prospects, as well as those people your mother would tell you to avoid at all costs. When you’re sitting at home, staring at your bookshelf this Valentine’s Day, consider these fictional characters who would arguably make a better (or infinitely worse) date than that one you’re either preparing (or wishing) for. There’s someone here for everyone. Let’s start with the ones in the plus column.     Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice): Everyone’s (or at least most people’s) favorite eligible Austen man, Mr. Darcy is the one you want if you’re into hate-at-first-sight that eventually blossoms into love.         Count Dracula (Bram Stoker’s Dracula): A less obvious choice, but…

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