National Reading Movement

For the Love of Romantic Fiction

Romance is the best-selling literary genre, and there’s no shame to indulge in it! Who can resist the promise of a sweet story with a happy ending?

When we think of romantic fiction, we think of the works of popular authors like Jane Austen, Nora Roberts and Nicholas Sparks. However, there are many other hidden gems worth reading. Today, we’ve picked out three contemporary novels to share with you!

1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The narrator of this story is an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor Don Tillman. He has never had much experience with love, but one day, an acquaintance informs him that he would make a wonderful husband. This encourages him to embark on ‘The Wife Project’ to see if he is capable of true love. He then sets out to find the perfect partner – someone punctual and logical.


However, his project has to be put on hold as Rosie Jarman, a fiery barmaid who smokes, drinks and is perpetually late, seeks his help on her search for her biological father. You can probably guess the rest of it. 😉

This book is hilariously narrated, extremely addictive and unexpectedly touching. It is definitely worth a read!

Borrow it here.

2. Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennet

This young adult novel centres around 17-year-old Bailey Rydell, a smart girl who loves classic movies and dresses like Lana Turner. She regularly chats on a film forum and eventually, develops an online crush for Alex, a witty film geek. At the same time, she gets a summer job working at a museum and gradually develops feelings for her extremely good-looking yet infuriating coworker, Porter Roth.

If you enjoyed the movie “You’ve Got Mail”, you’ll definitely enjoy this book! This one is for the hopeless romantics who want to get their hearts fluttering.


Read it here.

3. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This is a classic, feel-good, ‘opposites attract’ story. Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman are executive assistants to two co-CEOs of a publishing company. Oh, and they also hate each other. They are opposites in every way. Lucy is happy-go-lucky and quirky while Josh is grumpy and cynical. At work, they develop a rivalry and play games to frustrate and intimidate each other. The tension between them hits a boiling point as they compete for the same promotion!


The hating game hits all the right spots– fiery romance, career drama and hilarious banter. Borrow it now.