Longtime readers of this blog will remember that once upon a time I talked about "library stuff" a lot more. Wacky stories. Surreal moments. This blog was a bit of a dumping ground for the variety of frustrations I had back in my middle-management days. Then I got The Dream Job, went into administration, and my library stories dried up.
I'm going to be honest - I think the librarian thing makes me a little unique among the tiny corner of the blogosphere I inhabit, so I want to try to incorporate some of my job back into my hobby. Also, I think libraries and librarians tend to get lost in the mix when publishing, retail, and dollars are discussed. I'm not saying that publishers and authors shouldn't focus on retail, but let this serve as a reminder that libraries buy books to. Some of us buy a lot of books and have large budgets (although they're never large enough). Something to keep in mind.
So I thought it would be fun to start something I'm going to call Top Five. This will be a semi-regular feature where I will discuss five books currently generating demand, and a waiting list, among my library service population. To kick it off? Well of course I'm starting with romance. Like y'all have to ask! Here it goes:
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You by Judith McNaught - This one is my fault. Totally. Like a moron I ordered copies of this one month before the original laydown date. McNaught doesn't "do" deadlines, naturally this one got pushed back, and the publication date keeps getting further and further away. Latest date I've seen? May 19, 2009. In the meantime, there sits a record on our catalog collecting patron holds. From now on McNaught doesn't get ordered until one week prior to the release date. She's burned me one too many times and I'm bitter. Very, very bitter.
The Hollow by Nora Roberts - Well duh. Second book in a trilogy. Nora. This isn't exactly rocket science.
Death Angel by Linda Howard - I've seen mixed reviews/reactions to Howard's last couple of books, but it hasn't hurt demand for this July 1 release. It's currently my third most requested romance title.
Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn - I haven't been entirely pleased with Avon of late, and lord knows I've aired out my issues on this blog a time or two (or three) - but I'm positively giddy to see a historical romance (I don't care who published it!) generating so much interest among our patron population. A hibernating sub genre, maybe - but nowhere near dead.
Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward - While romance bloggers hit the Ward crack pipe early and often from the very beginning, it took a little bit longer for my library patrons to jump on the bandwagon. It was around the third book in this series that I started to see holds accumulate, circulation numbers jump, and demand increase.
This small representation of our romance circulation probably doesn't shock any romance reader looking at this list. These are all bestselling authors. But I was intrigued by Ward, mainly because I think she's the perfect example of how "word of mouth" can elevate an author to bestseller status. Also of note, the demand for the latest Julia Quinn is higher than for the latest releases by Elizabeth Lowell, Johanna Lindsey and Catherine Coulter. You go girl!
In the "Wendy Is A Bit Surprised" category - demand for Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson is currently sluggish. Up until this point she's always had steady demand, and solid numbers, so I'm wondering if people just don't realize this book is out and that's why they're not requesting it? Or maybe they're all buying it themselves, because she's currently on the NYT Bestsellers List. Although I gotta say, I think Avon needs to put her back on cartoon covers. Her cartoon cover books do very, very well for us.