Romances are huge. They make up the largest share of the US consumer market year after year and are the top-performing category on best-seller lists (source: RWA). If you work with readers of fiction at all, you need to know romance. (Source: Stacked.)
As a professional librarian working in a public library I’m ashamed to admit I know nothing about romance fiction. I read widely. I read chick lit and women’s fiction, but not romance. Using my expertise and knowledge of our collection, catalogue and reference tools I can recommend authors similar to those loved by our customers BUT I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ROMANCE NOVELS.
This is about to change. I have embarked on a Year of Romance Reading. 2014 is the year I will learn more about romance fiction with a head-to-head LoveMatch: New Zealand v The World.