Parra Pods – Episode 30 – What is a Romance Novel?

Episode 30 – What is a Romance Novel?

Stories of love – romantic love – have been entertaining people for thousands of years. Shared through the written medium, stories within the romance genre have been one of the biggest publishing phenomena of the last century.

Join Katherine and Nisa as they discuss this vast and unwieldy category of books, home to a variety of sub-genres ranging from paranormal romance, fantasy romance and historical romance to contemporary romance,  (possibly) chick lit, erotic romance and religious/Christian romance novels. 

Books discussed include:

Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen. T. Egerton, 1813

Love in the time of cholera / Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Alfred A Knopf, 1988 [originally publisher in Spanish in 1985]

Pride, prejudice and other flavours / Sonali Dev. Harper Collins, May 2019

Outlander / Diana Gabaldon. Delacorte Books, 1991.

Reading & Puzzle Competition Wrap-Up

Our Summer ‘Reading & Puzzle’ competition has now finished. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Eligible entries were placed in a draw and the winners randomly drawn by the Manager Libraries, on Wednesday 19 February. The three lucky winners have notified and will soon be enjoying their ‘bag full of books’.

Participation certificates (for those who elected to receive one), will be available for collection from nominated libraries from Wednesday 27 February 2020. Any certificates not collected by 20 March 2020 will be confidentially destroyed.

If you would like to check your answers, you can do so below or at any of our libraries.

Reading & Puzzle – Answers

We hope you enjoyed participating in this years Summer ‘Reading & Puzzle’ competition and will join in again next Summer!


We have already started discussing ideas for next Summer and we hope to present a bigger and better program for all our members to enjoy!

Library Lovers’ Day Wrap-up

On Friday 14 February City of Parramatta Libraries celebrated Library Lovers’ Day! and encouraged our members to ‘Uncover Something New’!

Available for loan were a selection of specially wrapped books and hidden inside were seven Silver tickets and one Golden Ticket. Not to mentioned book themed trivia sheets and a special ‘Uncover Something New’ bookmark in each specially wrapped book.

Library members enjoyed selecting a ‘blind book’ to read. With one cute little boy lovingly selecting two books for his Mum.

One lucky library member at our Ermington Branch Library was the finder of the GOLDEN TICKET.

Thank you to everyone who participated; we hope you had fun! If you are interested in checking your trivia answers, you can find them below.

Trivia – Sheet One – Answers

Trivia – Sheet Two – Answers

Trivia – Sheet Three – Answers

Trivia – Sheet Four – Answers

Trivia – Sheet Five – Answers

Lastly a big shout out to all Library Staff who worked very hard preparing all those wonderfully wrapped book.

Library Lovers’ Day 2020

Uncover Something New!

Did you know on February 14 we not only celebrate ‘Valentines Day’ we also get pretty excited about ‘Library Lovers’ Day’.

This year ‘Uncover Something New’ to help us celebrate the day. Borrow one of our specially wrapped books on ‘Library Lovers Day’, find a SILVER ticket inside to win one of seven $30 Dymocks gift cards or find the lucky GOLDEN ticket to win a $50 Dymocks gift card. Each Blind Book¬†will come with an ‘Uncover Something New’¬†bookmark, and a book themed trivia sheet.


Library Lovers Day – Terms & Conditions

But wait that’s not all!

We have a special new episode of Parra Pods for you to listen to: ‘Chatting with Rachel Givney’. Rachel is the debut author of Jane in Love, a modern day romance featuring a time travelling Jane Austen. The story poses the question – if Jane Austen had to choose between the heart and the pen, what would she do? We were lucky enough to receive an advance copy and engaged in good natured fights over who got to read it and record the podcast. End result; Katherine & Suzanne won and were lucky enough to enjoy a morning chat with Rachel!

We hope you enjoy the podcast and make sure you reserve your copy of ‘Jane in Love‘.

Happy Reading & Listening


If you are interested in reading an extract of ‘Jane in Love’ then check out this post by Better Reading.

Travel Guides

In our latest YouTube video Nisa talks about some of the great new travel guides we’ve added to our collection over Summer.

We’ve recently updated our travel guide collection with the latest editions, so why not drop in, have a look and borrow a book or two. Maybe start planning that trip you have been thinking about!

Lonely Planet

Bradt Travel Guides

Eyewitness Travel Guides

Insight Guides