Lovematch: New Zealand v The World

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.



  1. Alana says:

    Hello Sally,
    I really don’t read the things but it sounds something great so I will go for it.

  2. Sheryl Reed says:

    Good on you, Sally! Great idea-let’s all enjoy a “romantic” new year!

  3. alisonwrote says:

    Love this Sally! I will definitely join the challenge 🙂 I’ll feature it on my blog and keep track there and in my Goodreads

    1. Sally says:


  4. Tracy says:

    Highly recommend the JR Ward series 🙂

    1. Sally says:

      Thanks for the rcommendation! I’m looking forward to reading them. 🙂

  5. Sandra says:

    I love the idea Sally … poster is stunning, hope it is ok if we use it here?, love to make it a real feature event we can promote.
    Wairoa Public Library

    1. Sally says:

      Hi Sandra, if you can print it, you can use it. It’s not a standard size for paper and would probably print best as a banner but I’ll leave that up to you. Love the idea of a feature event too! 🙂

      1. Sandra says:

        thanks heaps Sally, we thought we would launch the idea Valentines Day and have a voting competition running over some months with some spot prizes etc (probably including chocolate! lol )

      2. Sally says:

        mmm chocolate! Sandra, please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you. xx

  6. Not being a fan of romance either, I’m thinking I would find it difficult to read an erotic fiction book on the bus.

    1. Sally says:

      You won’t know unless you try 🙂

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