Next to author, genre is the characteristic that readers use most to select reading material and the most trustworthy consideration for finding books readers will enjoy. With its detailed classification and pithy descriptions of titles, this book gives users valuable insights into what makes genre fiction appeal to readers. It is an invaluable aid for helping readers find books that they will enjoy reading.
Providing a handy roadmap to popular genre literature, this guide helps librarians answer the perennial and often confounding question What can I read next? Herald and Stavole-Carter briefly describe thousands of popular fiction titles, classifying them into standard genres such as science fiction, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, and mystery. Within each genre, titles are broken down into more specific subgenres and themes. Detailed author, title, and subject indexes provide further access.
As in previous editions, the focus of the guide is on recent releases and perennial reader favorites. In addition to covering new titles, this edition focuses more narrowly on the core genres and includes basic readers' advisory principles and techniques.
About the Author
Diana Tixier Herald is youth collection librarian at Mesa County Libraries in Colorado, an author, and a readers' advisory consultant, workshop presenter, and speaker. She is winner of NoveList's Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award.Samuel Stavole-Carter is a product support specialist at OverDrive and a former teacher and librarian.