Romance Novels. You know the stigmas. Scandalous. Poorly written. Guilty pleasure. Embarrassing covers. Who even reads those things?
The truth is, the romance genre is one of the most popular at the library. If you search for “romance” on our online catalog, you’ll find more than 3,000 titles of books alone. Stroll through your library’s paperback section and no doubt a large portion will sport the telltale heart logo on the spine. That’s quite a lot of space dedicated to a genre purported only to be a guilty pleasure.
Is the romance genre just a victim of bad press? Author Jody Hedlund offers some insight on her blog post 4 Reasons Romance Novels Are an Important and Valid Type of Literature. The website Bustle recently dedicated a whole month to the importance of romance novels, including an article discussing what a romance novel is and an introductory article with quotes from authors Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Julia Quinn.
As for us, we unapologetically love romance so much that the Bordentown Library is starting a book club called Rogues & Roses dedicated to this often overlooked genre. Whether you’re a longtime romance reader or a curious newcomer, join us Tuesday, April 25 at 7 pm to learn what it’s all about.
And if you’re still embarrassed about the book cover, remember to check out our Overdrive digital collection. It’ll be our little secret!