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Let's Cozy Up to the Romance Genre

Did you know that Romance is the most popular fiction genre out there?  It's true! According to WordsRated—a research group that focuses on the book industry—romance novels sold 39 million volumes from 2022 to 2023, bringing in $1.44 billion. 

This is probably not news to those readers out there trying to request some best-selling romance novels and finding long holds lists for authors like Colleen Hoover. Her books became a popular on TikTok last year, and though we now are doing a better job keeping up with demand, when it released in October of 2022 her book “It Starts with Us” already had nearly 900 people with it on hold through the Johnson County Library. 

What draws people so passionately to this genre? For those who may have never picked up a romance novel, where should they start? Gregg is back with some friends who just might have the answer to those questions!


Our Romance Recommendations:  
Charles’ Choices: The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen & Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston
Dave’s Double-feature: Pretty in Pink and High Fidelity
From our catalog: Romance Favorites!