BREAKING NEWS: RUSAâ€™s 2013 Reading List Announced: Librarianâ€™s top picks in adrenaline, mystery, romance, sci-fi, womenâ€™s fiction and other genres
SEATTLEâ€”The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has unveiled its top picks, short lists and read-alikes for the 2013 Reading List, which include titles such as â€œGone Girlâ€ by Gillian Flynn, â€œBring up the Bodiesâ€ by Hilary Mantel, â€œFirelight by Kristin Callihan and â€œCalibanâ€™s Warâ€ by James S. A. Corey.
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. Librarians can use the lists as resources for reader recommendations and collection development at their own libraries, or to build their personal to-be-read lists.
The 2013 winners are:
â€œGone Girlâ€ by Gillian Flynn (Crown, 9780307588364)
Itâ€™s her fifth wedding anniversary: whereâ€™s Amy? Assumptions are dangerous in this chilling psychological thriller. The dark and twisty plot, unbearable levels of tension, and merciless pacing will rivet readers.
â€œThe Talented Mr. Ripleyâ€ by Patricia Highsmith
â€œBefore I Go to Sleepâ€ by SJ Watson
â€œDefending Jacobâ€ by William Landay
â€œThe Fear Artistâ€ by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime, 9781616951122)
â€œInto The Darkest Cornerâ€ by Elizabeth Haynes (HarperCollins, 9780062197252)
â€œThe Survivorâ€ by Gregg Hurwitz (St. Martinâ€™s Press, 9780312625511)
â€œThe Inquisitorâ€ by Mark Allen Smith (Henry Holt, 9780805094268)
â€œThe Rookâ€ by Daniel Oâ€™Malley (Little, Brown, 9780316098793)
When Myfanwy wakes up with no memory, surrounded by corpses, she must immediately impersonate herself in order to unravel the conspiracy at the heart of a secret supernatural intelligence agency. This offbeat debut combines the fast pacing and suspense of a thriller with the gritty, detailed world-building of urban fantasy.
â€œThe Demi-Monde: Winterâ€ by Rod Rees
â€œThe Eyre Affairâ€ by Jasper Fforde
â€œThe Domino Menâ€ by Jonathan Barnes
â€œThe Troupeâ€ by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit, 9780316187527)
â€œThe Steel Seraglioâ€ by by Mike Carey, Linda Carey, and Louise Carey (ChiZine, 9781926851532)
â€œThe Killing Moonâ€ by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit, 9780316187282)
â€œAlif the Unseenâ€ by G. Willow Wilson (Grove, 9780802120205)
â€œBring Up the Bodiesâ€ by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt, 9780805090031)
Ambitious royal advisor Thomas Cromwell is at the pinnacle of his power and uses it to subtly engineer the downfall of his enemies, including the Queen, Anne Boleyn, and her inner circle. This intricately plotted character study presents a fresh perspective on the ever popular Tudor Court.
â€œMary, the Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnleyâ€ by Alison Weir
â€œA Man for All Seasonsâ€ by Robert Bolt
â€œI, Claudiusâ€ by Robert Graves
â€œSarah Thornhillâ€ by Kate Grenville (Grove, 9780802120243)
â€œThe Song of Achillesâ€ by Madeline Miller (Ecco, 9780062060617)
â€œSuttonâ€ by J.R.Moehringer (Hyperion, 9781401323141)
â€œThe Coveâ€ by Ron Rash (Ecco, 9780061804199)
â€œThe Ritualâ€ by Adam Nevill (St. Martinâ€™s, 9780312641849)
In the remote forests of Sweden, the friendship between four men disintegrates when they wander off the hiking trail and find themselves stalked by an unseen and increasingly violent menace. â€œBlair Witchâ€ meets black metal in this dark and suspenseful horror novel.
â€œThe Ruinsâ€ by Scott Smith
â€œDeliveranceâ€ by James Dickey
â€œNeverlandâ€ by Douglas Clegg
â€œBreedâ€ by Chase Novak (Mullholland Books, 9780316198561)
â€œThe Haunting of Maddy Clareâ€ by Simone St. James (New American Library, 9780451235688)
â€œThis Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude, Donâ€™t Touch Itâ€ by David Wong (St. Martinâ€™s Press, 9780312546342)
â€œThe Return Manâ€ by V. M. Zito (Orbit, 9780316218283)
â€œThe Gods of Gothamâ€ by Lyndsay Faye (Putnam, 9780399158377)
The discovery of a mass grave of child prostitutes spurs â€œcopper starâ€ Timothy Wilde to hunt a killer through the seamy underbelly of 1840s New York City. Colorful period slang enlivens this carefully researched story about the dawn of modern policing.
â€œThe Yardâ€ by Alex Grecian
â€œThe Alienistâ€ by Caleb Carr
â€œGangs of New Yorkâ€ (film, Miramax, 2002)
â€œDonâ€™t Ever Get Oldâ€ by Daniel Friedman (Minotaur, 9780312606930)
â€œTricksterâ€™s Pointâ€ by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books, 9781451645675)
â€œThe Chalk Girlâ€ by Carol Oâ€™Connell (Putnam, 9780399157745)
â€œThe Beautiful Mysteryâ€ by Louise Penny (Minotaur, 9780312655464)
â€œFirelightâ€ by Kristen Callihan (Grand Central, 9781455508594)
Bartered as a bride to the masked nobleman Benjamin Archer, Miranda Ellis â€“ a woman with a supernatural secret â€“ becomes his only defender when he is accused of a series of murders. This is a dark and smoldering Victorian paranormal where love redeems two complex and damaged characters.
â€œWhen Beauty Tamedâ€ the Beast by Eloisa James
â€œSecond Sightâ€ by Amanda Quick
The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley
â€œThe Black Hawkâ€ by Joanna Bourne (Berkley, 9780425244531)
â€œAt Your Pleasureâ€ by Meredith Duran (Pocket Star, 9781451606959)
â€œA Lady Awakenedâ€ by Cecilia Grant (Bantam, 9780553593839)
â€œLucky in Loveâ€ by Jill Shalvis (Forever, 9781455503728)
â€œCalibanâ€™s Warâ€ by James S. A. Corey (Orbit, 9780316129060)
One wants control; one wants vindication; one wants his daughter back; and one wants revenge (and maybe a new suit). The shifting points of view of these four distinctive characters, an electrifying pace, and the threat of an evolving alien protomolecule propel readers through this grand space adventure.
â€œHellholeâ€ by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
â€œGardens of the Sunâ€ by Paul McAuley
â€œThe Ghost Brigadesâ€ by John Scalzi
â€œThe Hydrogen Sonataâ€ by Iain M. Banks (Orbit, 9780316212373)
â€œ11/22/63â€ by Stephen King (Scribner, 9781451627282)
â€œAfter the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fallâ€ by Nancy Kress (Tachyon, 9781616960650)
â€œExogeneâ€ by T.C. McCarthy (Orbit, 9780316128155)
â€œThe Care and Handling of Roses with Thornsâ€ by Margaret Dilloway (Putnam, 9780399157752)
Galilee Garnerâ€™s carefully managed routine of teaching, rose breeding, and kidney dialysis is disrupted when her teenage niece moves in. Readers will root for the growth of this prickly character as she discovers the importance of cultivating human connections.
â€œOlive Kitteridgeâ€ by Elizabeth Strout
â€œThe Language of Flowersâ€ by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
â€œAs Good as it Getsâ€ (film, Columbia Tristar, 1997)
â€œWife 22â€ by Melanie Gideon (Ballantine, 9780345527950)
â€œA Grown-Up Kind of Prettyâ€ by Joshilyn Jackson (Grand Central, 9780446582353)
â€œIâ€™ve Got Your Numberâ€ by Sophie Kinsella (Dial Press, 9780385342063)
â€œThe Secret Keeperâ€ by Kate Morton (Atria Books, 9781439152805)
The winners were selected by the The Reading List Council: Megan McArdle, chair, Berkeley Public Library; Alicia Ahlvers, Kansas City Public Library; Stephanie Chase, Seattle Public Library; Craig Clark; Kathleen Collins, University of Washington; Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library; Gillian Speace, Novelist; Valerie Taylor, Great Falls Library; Kimberly Wells, Denton (Texas) Public Library; Jody Wurl, Hennepin County Library; and Michelle Young, Hawaii State Public Library System.
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