Fandom Category: Once Upon a Time
Pairing: Mary Margaret Blanchard/David Nolan, Kathryn Nolan/David Nolan
Fic Title: But the rose remembers
Genre: Angst, romance
Why This Must Be Read: This fills in the gaps of canon, with everything that might or might not have happened in between. The characters' pain is present and tangible, and in reading this, you'll yearn for them to be together as much as you do while watching TV. Plus, hey, Emma isn't especially annoying here!
Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Technically Janet Snakehole/OC, Janet Snakehole/Agent Burt Macklin (FBI)...but I will log this as April Ludgate/Andy Dwyer
Fic Title: E! True Hollywood Story: Janet Snakehole
Genre: Humor, adventure, kind of an AU?
Why This Must Be Read: Oh, please. Someone wrote a scandalacious biography of April's pillbox-hat-wearing, Spanish-speaking, on-the-run (?) alter ego, and you're not going to read it? Come on now.
Fandom Category: The Office
Pairing: Pam Beesly/Jim Halpert, Karen Fillipelli/Jim Halpert
Fic Title: How to Wake Up Feeling Totally Alert
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and Up
Genre: Post-ep, character study
Why This Must Be Read: This fic is admittedly more gen than it is het, but it's so, so, so worth your time either way. In this short follow-up to "Beach Games" (slightly AU in Jim's reaction but otherwise canon-compliant), Pam considers herself in a new light. The author makes it clear that in spite of all the unrequited love going back and forth between those two crazy kids, Pam could actually be not only okay but happy on her own, or at least more so than Jim might be without her. Though not without pain, "How to Wake Up Feeling Totally Alert" is a beautiful compliment to and realization of the character.
Fandom Category: Gilmore Girls
Pairing: Lorelai Gilmore/Luke Danes
Fic Title: Reality Check
Why This Must Be Read: Luke considers finally, finally getting up the nerve to make a move, and it's surprisingly sweet and poetic while still being, well, Luke.
Fandom Category: Firefly
Pairing: YoSaffBridge/Durran Haymer, YoSaffBridge/various OCs
Fic Title: This Red Gown Will Make a Shroud
Why This Must Be Read: An overview of the life of the enigmatic and endlessly seductive character played by a pre-Mad Men Christina Hendricks, considering the many men and marriages she's had, and the couple that stuck. The follow-up to "Trash" will give you the chills in particular.