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The Reading List 2013

Outstanding Genre Fiction

godsofgothamSince 2007, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA, a division of the American Library Association) has announced The Reading List in order to highlight outstanding genre fiction. A committee of twelve librarians selects one book to represent the best in each of 8 different categories. They also include read-alike suggestions and display the short lists of titles considered for each category. As the RUSABlog explains, "The Reading List annually recognizes the best books in eight genres: adrenaline (including suspense, thriller and adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction and women’s fiction. This year’s list includes novels that will please die-hard fans, as well as introduce new readers to the pleasures of genre fiction."

ADRENALINE: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
FANTASY: The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
HISTORICAL FICTION: Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
HORROR: The Ritual by Adam Nevill
MYSTERY: The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
ROMANCE: Firelight by Kristen Callihan
SCIENCE FICTION: Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey
WOMEN'S FICTION: The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway