SAN DIEGO â€”The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2011 Reading List.
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 womenâ€™s fiction. This yearâ€™s list includes novels that will please die-hard fans as well as introduce new readers to the pleasures of genre fiction.
The winning titles were selected by the Reading List Council, whose members include Jacqueline Sasaki, chair, Ann Arbor District Library; Alicia Ahlvers, Kansas City Public Library; Jennifer Baker, Seattle Public Library; Cheryl Bryan, Massachusetts Library System, Waltham, Mass.; Craig Clark, formerly with Cuyahoga County Public Library; Kathleen Collins, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle; Megan McArdle, Berkeley Public Library; Joyce Saricks, Downers Grove, Ill.; Sharron Smith, vice-chair, Kitchener Public Library; Kimberly Wells, Denton Public Library; Neal Wyatt, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. And Alan Ziebarth, Chicago, Ill.
The 2011 winners are:
â€œThe Nearest Exitâ€ by Olen Steinhauer, Minotaur Books (9780312622879)
Burned-out spy Milo Weaver confronts layers of deceit as his career collides with his desire to reclaim his family and his humanity. The labyrinthine intrigues enhance a building atmosphere of paranoia in this dark and emotionally-charged classic espionage thriller.
â€œThe Quiet Americanâ€ by Graham Greene
â€œThe Spy Who Came in from the Coldâ€ by John Le CarrÃ©
â€œNight Soldiersâ€ by Alan Furst
â€œCaughtâ€ by Harlan Coben, E. P. Dutton (9780525951582)
â€œCrashersâ€ by Dana Haynes, Minotaur (9780312599881)
â€œDeep Shadowâ€ by Randy Wayne White, Putnam Pub. Group (9780399156267)
â€œTheyâ€™re Watchingâ€ by Gregg Hurwitz, St. Martinâ€™s (9780312534905)
â€œUnder Heavenâ€ by Guy Gavriel Kay, Roc (9780451463302)
Haunted by the ghosts of fallen warriors, Shen Tai is forced into the political machinations of the Emperorâ€™s court when he receives a rare and valuable gift.Â Lyrical language and complex characterization draw readers into this elaborately unfolding epic set in a fantasy world that richly re-imagines 8th century Tang Dynasty China,
â€œBlack Shipsâ€ by Jo Graham
â€œGenghis: Birth of an Empireâ€ by Conn Iggulden
â€œThe Moon and the Sunâ€ by Vonda N. McIntyre
â€œFinchâ€ by Jeff VanderMeer, Underland Press (9780980226010)
â€œThe Half-Made Worldâ€ by Felix Gilman, Tor Books (9780765325525)
â€œThe Hundred Thousand Kingdomsâ€ by N.K. Jemisin, Orbit (9780316043915)
â€œNights of Villjamurâ€ by Mark Charan Newton, Spectra (9780345520845)
â€œThe Invisible Bridgeâ€ by Julie Orringer, Alfred A. Knopf (9781400041169)
In this sweeping yet intimate portrait of a Hungarian Jewish family in Europe, two lovers become enmeshed in the turmoil of the Holocaust. With gorgeous prose and an exquisite evocation of Paris and Budapest, Orringer writes movingly of their strength and the bittersweet power of hope and love.
â€œCorelliâ€™s Mandolinâ€ by Louis De Bernieres
â€œThe Piano Teacherâ€ by Janice Y. K. Lee
â€œA Thread of Graceâ€ by Mary Doria Russell
â€œA Battle Wonâ€ by S. Thomas Russell, Putnam (9780399156892)
â€œA Fierce Radianceâ€ by Lauren Belfer, HarperCollins (9780061252518)
â€œThe Golden Meanâ€ by Annabel Lyon, Alfred A. Knopf (9780307593993)
â€œThe Rebellion of Jane Clarkeâ€ by Sally Gunning, Morrow (9780061782145)
â€œThe Dead Pathâ€ by Stephen M. Irwin, Doubleday (9780385533430)
Guilt ridden Nicholas Close retreats to his family home in Australia after the tragic death of his wife, only to encounter an ancient malevolence lurking in the nearby woods.Â Childhood nightmares and fairytale motifs combine in this emotionally powerful tale of implacable evil. Arachnophobes beware!
â€œItâ€ by Stephen King
â€œFaerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasyâ€ by Raymond Feist
â€œDark Hollowâ€ by Brian Keene
â€œThe Caretaker of Lorne Fieldâ€ by David Zeltserman, Overlook (9781590203033)
â€œThe Frenzy Wayâ€ by Gregory Lamberson, Medallion Press (9781605421070)
â€œHornsâ€ by Joe Hill, William Morrow (9780061147951)
â€œSo Cold the Riverâ€ by Michael Koryta, Little Brown (9780316053648)
â€œBury Your Deadâ€ by Louise Penny, Minotaur (9780312377045)
Troubled by past mistakes, Chief Inspector Gamache, in his sixth outing, retreats to snowy and insular Quebec City where he becomes embroiled in intertwining investigations both old and new. Penny expertly delivers a layered story that is haunting, moody, and exquisitely drawn.
â€œA Test of Willsâ€ by Charles Todd
â€œHaunted Groundâ€ by Erin Hart
â€œIn the Bleak Midwinterâ€ by Julia Spencer-Fleming
â€œFaithful Placeâ€ by Tana French, Viking (9780670021871)
â€œThe Takenâ€ by Inger Ash Wolfe, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (9780151013531)
â€œThink of a Numberâ€ by John Verdon, Crown (9780307588920)
â€œVermilion Driftâ€ by William Kent Krueger, Simon & Schuster (9781439153840)
â€œA Matter of Classâ€ by Mary Balogh, Vanguard Press (9781593155544)
A lady is ruined. A merchantâ€™s son is trapped. Class differences loom large in this charming and playful take on the arranged marriage. Baloghâ€™s Regency gem, where nothing is quite as it seems, is filled with affection and wit.
â€œFaroâ€™s Daughterâ€ by Georgette Heyer
â€œIn for a Pennyâ€ by Rose Lerner
â€œThe Viscount Who Loved Meâ€ by Julia Quinn
â€œBarely a Ladyâ€ by Eileen Dreyer, Hachette (Forever) (9780446542081)
â€œThe Forbidden Roseâ€ by Joanna Bourne, Berkley (9780425235614
â€œThe Iron Dukeâ€ by Meljean Brook, Berkley (9780425236673)
â€œSomething About Youâ€ by Julie James, Berkley Sensation (9780425233382)
â€œThe Dervish Houseâ€ by Ian McDonald, Pyr (9781616142049)
A terrorist bomb sets off a chain of events that, over the next five days, entangles the lives of six characters. McDonald brilliantly imagines a world in which the ultramodern exists side-by-side with the ancient, and he blends science and mysticism to embody the contradiction that is Istanbul in 2027.
â€œPattern Recognitionâ€ by William Gibson
â€œWhen Gravity Failsâ€ by George Alec Effinger
â€œThe Windup Girlâ€ by Paolo Bacigalupi
â€œArkâ€ by Stephen Baxter, ROC (9780451463319)
â€œBlonde Bombshellâ€ by Tom Holt, Hachette (9780316086998)
â€œDarkship Thievesâ€ by Sarah Hoyt, Baen (9781439133170)
â€œThe Lifecycle of Software Objectsâ€ by Ted Chiang, Subterranean Press (9781596063174)
â€œSolomonâ€™s Oakâ€ by Jo-Ann Mapson, Bloomsbury (9781608193301)
Recently widowed Glory Solomon collects stray animals and damaged souls. Facing bankruptcy, she creates a new life catering themed weddings. This deeply felt yet unsentimental novel explores grief, healing, and second chances.
â€œShelter Meâ€ by Juliette Fay
â€œThe Second Coming of Lucy Hatchâ€ by Marsha Moyer
â€œThe Blessings of the Animalsâ€ by Katrina Kittle
â€œThe Girl Who Chased the Moonâ€ by Sarah Addison Allen, Bantam (9780553807219)
â€œThe Language of Sandâ€ by Ellen Block, Bantam Books (9780440245759)
â€œThe Love Goddessâ€™ Cooking Schoolâ€ by Melissa Senate, Gallery (9781439107232)
â€œVintage Affairâ€ by Isabel Wolff, Bantam (9780553807837)