When I took my current job buying adult fiction I was coming from one of our smaller libraries, with practically zero budget. Two things that really bothered me while I was "out there" working with the public? We never got new Large Print and I was the sole supplier for my branch's romance paperback section. So when I took this job? Yeah, I was determined to order both using our central budget funds.
It's been a long, slow, slog but our patrons are now starting to discover that, "Hey, the library seems to be buying romance novels in paperback!" After years of not doing so, I'm sure we chased many of these readers off, thereby effectively hurting our circulation. But now....I'm in charge. And while I'm not ordering nearly the amount of titles and copies that I should be (despite some complaints my boss received about me early on), the waiting lists are starting to get healthy on paperbacks. Here are the Top 5 Romance Novels, Paperback Originals currently for my library system.
What Happens In London by Julia Quinn, wait list = 21 - Quinn is probably our most popular author of historical romance when it comes to paperback format. Given that she's a usual fixture on the various bestseller lists, this doesn't exactly come as much of a shock.
Mastered By Love by Stephanie Laurens, wait list = 20 - Circulates well regardless of series and what format she's publishing in. Her hard covers do just as well as the paperbacks. Again, she's a usual suspect on the bestseller lists, so this is no surprise.
Hidden Currents by Christine Feehan, wait list = 15 - All of her series do well, and I fully expect her next hard cover, Dark Slayer, to be off the charts for us. This is the 7th book in the Drake Sisters series.
92 Pacific Boulevard by Debbie Macomber, wait list = 14 - Harlequin has really been giving Macomber the full court press the last couple of years, and it's really starting to show. She was popular to begin with, but now I think she's starting to enter that realm of "household name." This is the 9th book in the popular Cedar Cover series and doesn't come out for a couple more weeks. I suspect my waiting list will climb some more once people start seeing the book in stores.
Bending The Rules by Susan Andersen, wait list = 11 - I'll be honest, this is the only book that kind of surprises me, even though Andersen has been a bestseller. My theory? I know several of our librarians who are fans, and I suspect they're hand-selling to patrons. Which I think is grand.