I was thinking, “Nancy Wheeler, she’s not just another suburban girl who thinks she’s rebelling by doing exactly what every other suburban girl does… until that phase passes and they marry some boring one-time jock who now works sales, and they live out a perfectly boring little life at the end of a cul-de-sac. Exactly like their parents, who they thought were so depressing, but now, hey, they get it.”


the most intense queer baiting trash the world has ever seen

- Finding Lou , by @akingdomlikethis : Louis is the nomadic stranger who wanders into Harry’s bookstore. Harry is the skeptic who falls for him. (60k)

- a house built out of stone , by robpatFF   : Louis has a used bookshop and Harry has a habit of claiming things that don’t belong to him. (22k)

- Anonymous Said , by alivingfire : When Harry was sixteen, he reached out for someone, anyone, to help him through the hardest days of his life. When Louis was eighteen, he answered. While they didn’t know each other’s names or faces or lives at all, really, it didn’t stop them from falling a little bit in love. And when Harry moves to Manchester for uni two years later, he meets a boy in a bookshop named Louis and wonders why it all feels so easy.Or: two boys, two blogs, two years of anonymous messages, and a bookshop where it all comes together. (21k)

- another hazy mayby deLILAh : Louis is a terrible poet and harry lives in the now and they have six weeks to fall in love but, really, it only takes six seconds. bookshop meets military meets summer romance au ft. marlboros, the backstreet boys, and underrated literary devices. (41k)

- I would name the stars for you (I would take you there) , by  impetuous  :  “Harry Styles is a poem waiting to happen, Louis thinks, eyes tracing peach flesh and the undercurrent of blue veins. He wants to write him all down, to capture the image of green eyes and red lips and skinny wrists… dark ink spilled across the page.” Or a vaguely Notting Hill-like AU (or that made for TV Disney movie Starstruck if you’ve seen it… no? Just me?) starring popstar!Harry and bookkeeper/soulful poet!Louis; and including guest appearances by Fate, a wise elderly aristocrat, and lots and lots of pining. (91k)

- I’ve Wandered Ten Thousand Years for You, To See This Coming True , by  paynofile  :  That one where Louis works in a bookstore and Harry is just some hipster with a kindle. (7k)

- after me comes the flood  , by @queenmcgonagall : Louis’s eyes might be falling out of his head. He’s not sure. He hopes the boy with the dolphin charm can fix his problemsaka the one where Louis is anxious about a lot of things, Harry works at a bookshop and wears skinny jeans even though it’s too hot, and they eat french fries in the park. (8k)

- of all the stars most beautiful , by dangerbears  : AU. when isn’t the right time for a bookshop fic? louis sells books and harry makes sandwiches and zayn meets someone on the internet. (5k)

- Nighttime in the Book Shop , by Larry_Klaine_Stylinson  : Harry has been working in a small used book shop for as long as he’s been able to have a job. One night he and his co-worker Louis are left to close up the shop, but it’s storming out, and they get trapped inside. (3k)

- Write All Our Memories Down  , by nightstylesx : Bookstore AU.Louis works at a bookstore in London, and Harry is just always there. (16k)