BREAKING NEWS: RUSAâ€™s 2014 Reading List Announced: Librarianâ€™s top picks in adrenaline, mystery, romance, sci-fi, womenâ€™s fiction and other genres
PHILADELPHIAâ€”The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selections for the The Reading List Book Council Award List.
Established in 2007 by the CODES section of RUSA, The Reading List seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merit special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them.
The 2014 winners are:
â€œRed Sparrowâ€ by Jason Matthews (Scribner, 9781476706122)
This modern spy novel pits two covert operatives against each other in an intricate cat-and-mouse game. As Dominika and Nathaniel ply their tradecraft, they navigate the moral ambiguities of a post-Cold War world where no one is as they seem and betrayal is business as usual.
â€œNight Soldiersâ€ by Alan Furst
â€œTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spyâ€ by John le CarrÃ©
â€œSkinnerâ€ by Charlie Huston
Adrenaline Short List
â€œThe Caretakerâ€ by A.X. Ahmad. (Minotaur Books, 9781250016843)
â€œGhostmanâ€ by Roger Hobbs. (Alfred A. Knopf, 9780307959966)
â€œLexiconâ€ by Max Barry. (The Penguin Press, 9781594205385)
â€œLostâ€ by S.J. Bolton. (Minotaur Books, 9781250028563)
â€œViciousâ€ by V.E.Schwab (Tor Books, 9780765335340)
A friendly rivalry turns vicious when college friends Victor and Eli obtain super-human powers and use them for very different purposes. This dark paranormal fantasy, a riveting tale of vengeance and redemption, proves that extraordinary powers donâ€™t necessarily make superheroes.
â€œInvincibleâ€ by Robert Kirkman
â€œEx-heroesâ€ by Peter Clines
â€œSteelheartâ€ by Brandon Sanderson
Fantasy Short List
â€œThe Necromancerâ€™s Houseâ€ by Christopher Buehlman (Ace Hardcover, 9780425256657)
â€œA Natural History of Dragonsâ€ by Marie Brennan (Tor Books, 9780765331960)
â€œAmerican Elsewhereâ€ by Robert Bennett Jackson (Orbit, 9780316200202)
â€œThe Golem and the Jinni: A Novelâ€ by Helene Wecker (Harper, 9780062110831)
â€œThe Outcastsâ€ by Kathleen Kent (Little Brown and Company, 9780316206129)
Love, morality and greed collide in this Reconstruction Era western. A whore without a heart of gold, Lucinda escapes from a Forth Worth brothel to begin a new life — and a new con. She and her lover are bound to cross paths with Texas Ranger Nate, who is chasing stone-cold killer McGill. Both Nate and Lucinda are unforgettable characters, driven by the need to survive.
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
True Grit by Charles Portis
3:10 from Yuma (film, Lionsgate Films, 2007)
Historical Short List
â€œThe Abominable: A Novelâ€ by Dan Simmons. (Little Brown and Company, 9780316198837)
â€œLongbournâ€ by Jo Baker (Alfred A. Knopf, 9780385351232)
â€œOut of the Black Landâ€ by Kerry Greenwood, (Poisoned Pen Press, 9781464200380)
â€œThe Thicketâ€ by Joe R. Lansdale (Mulholland Books, 9780316188456)
â€œLast Daysâ€ by Adam Nevill (St. Martin’s Griffin, 9781250018182)
Deep in debt, documentary filmmaker Kyle Freeman reluctantly accepts the financial backing of an enigmatic self-help guru to make a movie about infamous cult The Temple of the Last Days. Unique, atmospheric and deeply disturbing, Nevill delivers a visceral horror experience that will haunt readers long after they put the book down.
â€œThe Grin of the Darkâ€ by Ramsey Campbell
â€œHouse of Leavesâ€ by Mark Z. Danielewski
â€œParanormal Activityâ€ (film, Paramount Pictures, 2009)
Horror Short List
â€œApocalypse Cowâ€ by Michael Logan (St. Martinâ€™s Griffin, 9781250032867)
â€œThe Daylight Gateâ€ by Jeanette Winterson (Grove Press, 9780802121639)
â€œDoctor Sleepâ€ by Stephen King (Scribner, 9781476727653)
â€œRed Moonâ€ by Benjamin Percy (Grand Central Publishing, 9781455501663)
â€œMurder as a Fine Artâ€ by David Morrell (Mulholland Books, 9780316216791)
London, 1854: The Artist of Death ritualistically recreates the sensational Ratcliffe murders inspired by the writings of the notorious opium addict Thomas De Quincey. In this fast-paced mystery, filled with colorful characters and authentic period detail, Scotland Yard detectives, along with De Quincey and his daughter must find the Artist of Death before he executes another macabre masterpiece.
â€œThe Bedlam Detectiveâ€ by Stephen Gallagher
â€œThe Maul and the Pear Tree: the Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811â€ by P.D. James and T.A. Critchley
â€œFrom Hellâ€ by Alan Moore
Mystery Short List
â€œAlexâ€ by Pierre Lemaitre (The MacLehose Press, 9781623650001)
â€œThe Beggarâ€™s Operaâ€ by Peggy Blair (Pintail: The Penguin Press, 9780143186427)
â€œHow the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novelâ€ by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books, 9780312655471)
â€œSeven for a Secretâ€ by Lyndsay Faye (Amy Einhorn Books, 9780399158384)
â€œAny Duchess Will Doâ€ by Tessa Dare (Avon, 9780062240125)
Desperate for grandchildren, the Duchess of Halford strikes a bargain with her only son, Griff: pick a woman–any woman. If she can transform her son’s choice into duchess material, he must marry the girl. Griff picks the least likely candidate in bluestocking barmaid Pauline, only to quickly realize he has no idea who he is dealing with. A humorous and clever historical romance with engaging characters you wonâ€™t soon forget.
This Rake of Mine by Elizabeth Boyle
The Lady Most Willing by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway
Then Comes Seduction by Mary Balogh
Romance Short List
â€œAutumn Brideâ€ by Anne Gracie (Berkley Books, 9780425259252)
â€œThe Heiress Effectâ€ by Courtney Milan (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781490994710)
â€œOne Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The Second Rule of Scoundrelsâ€ by Sarah MacLean (Avon, 9780062068538)
â€œThe Rosie Projectâ€ by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 9781476729084)
â€œLove Minus Eightyâ€ by Will MacIntosh (Orbit Books, 9780316217781)
Cryogenics adds a darkly humorous twist on dating, love, and relationships in the twenty-second century. This multi-perspective story provides a thought-provoking and poignant social commentary on power dynamics, gender, class, and the ethical issues surrounding life after life-after-death.
â€œCaptain Vorpatrilâ€™s Allianceâ€ by Lois McMaster Bujold
â€œThe Curiosity: A Novelâ€ by Stephen Kiernan
â€œEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mindâ€ (film, Universal Studios, 2004)
Science Fiction Short List
â€œAbaddonâ€™s Gateâ€ by James SA Corey (Orbit Books, 9780316129077)
â€œGreat North Roadâ€ by Peter F. Hamilton (Ballantine Books, 9780345526663)
â€œTales of Majipoorâ€ by Robert Silverberg (ROC Trade, 9780451464989)
â€œWoolâ€ by Hugh Howey (Simon & Schuster, 9781476735115)
â€œMe Before Youâ€ by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books, 9780670026609)
Unemployed 26-year-old Louisa takes the only job she can find: as a â€œcare assistantâ€ to 35-year-old quadriplegic Will. When Louisa discovers the depth of Willâ€™s unhappiness, she embarks on a mission to convince him that life is worth living and in the process begins to think about her own future. This bittersweet, quirky novel recounts an unlikely friendship while grappling with complex issues in a realistic and sensitive manner.
â€œThe Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novelâ€ by Jonathan Evison
â€œTalk Before Sleep: A Novelâ€ by Elizabeth Berg
â€œYouâ€™re Not You: A Novelâ€ by Michelle Wildgen
Womenâ€™s Fiction Short List
â€œThe Husbandâ€™s Secretâ€ by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn Books, 9780399159343)
â€œNecessary Liesâ€ by Diane Chamberlain (St. Martinâ€™s Press, 9781250010698)
â€œReconstructing Ameliaâ€ by Kimberly McCreight (HarperCollins, 9780062225436)
â€œThe Storytellerâ€ by Jodi Picoult (Emily Bestler Books, 9781439102763)
The winners were selected by the The Reading List Council whose members include Alicia Ahlvers, Chairperson, The Kansas City Public Library; Craig Allen Clark: Stephanie Chase, BiblioCommons; Emily Anne Hamstra, University of Michigan Library: Jennifer Hendzlik, Anythink Libraries: Victoria Kemp, Flower Mound Public Library: Jared Mills, The Seattle Public Library: Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library: Gillian Speace, NoveList: Valerie Morgan Taylor, Chester County Library: Anne Chambers Theis, Henrico County Public Library.
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