A Guide to Popular Reading Interests, 7th Edition

by Cynthia Orr and Diana Tixier Herald, Editors

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April 2013

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 622
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools
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The gold standard for readers' advisory, this book represents an essential resource for LIS students and practicing librarians who want to better understand readers, reading interests, and fiction and nonfiction genres.

For readers' advisory librarians with patrons looking for their next great read, professors teaching readers' advisory service, or even enthusiastic readers who prefer to help themselves, Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests serves all of their needs. A new introductory section covering the role of readers' advisory service in the library and the basics of readers' advisory service is followed by chapters that list best-known titles organized by subgenres, identifying popular genres, describing their characteristics, and explaining their appeal.

This seventh edition expands on the previous with chapters on nonfiction, mainstream fiction, and women's lives; as well as on emerging genres and formats such as urban lit, graphic novels, and Christian fiction. The expanded coverage makes the book an ideal text and resource for students in library school classes on readers' advisory service or introduction to genres as well as to trainers working with new library staff.


  • Provides an outstanding introduction to readers' advisory service, updated to reflect changing trends in popular reading
  • Serves as a textbook or supplementary text for classes regarding popular reading, readers' advisory service, or reference
  • Helps readers' advisors identify read-alikes for patrons' favorite titles
Author Info

Cynthia Orr is a library consultant with over 30 years of experience in public libraries. She works with libraries and vendors; speaks extensively on the subject of readers' advisory service, collection development, and technical services; teaches a class on readers' advisory service at Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science; and edits the monthly Collection Development columns in Library Journal. She has held various positions in public libraries, including reference librarian, department head, deputy director, library manager, collection manager, and interim technical services director, and has worked in two very large star-rated multi-branch urban and suburban public libraries, as well as a smaller suburban library and an exurban system. Orr is editor of the Reader's Advisor Online Blog, and was the 2004 winner of the ALA/RUSA Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award.

Diana Tixier Herald, winner of the Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award, is program and outreach manager at Delta County Libraries, Delta, CO, and an author, readers' advisory consultant, workshop presenter, and speaker. At age ten she began working as a library volunteer and has since been a bookseller, a library assistant, a library director, head of a public library popular materials center, and administrator for 38 school libraries. She holds a master's degree in librarianship and information management from the University of Denver. She is the author of several other readers' advisory guides, including Teen Genreflecting 3: A Guide to Reading Interests; Fluent in Fantasy: The Next Generation; and Strictly Science Fiction: A Guide to Reading Interests , all published by Libraries Unlimited. Herald is an avid reader who typically reads more than 400 books per year.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface by Diana Tixier Herald Introduction by Cynthia Orr PART I: READERS' ADVISORY SERVICE IN THE LIBRARY Chapter 1: Reading and Libraries Cynthia Orr Chapter 2: Understanding the Reader Cynthia Orr Chapter 3: Understanding the Literature Cynthia Orr PART II: READERS' ADVISORY SERVICE BASICS Chapter 4: Working with the Literature Cynthia Orr Chapter 5: Working with Readers Cynthia Orr Chapter 6: The RA Environment: Building Your Library's Brand Cynthia Orr PART III: THE GENRES Chapter 7: Historical Fiction Sarah Johnson Traditional Historical Novels Prehistoric Ancient Civilizations Europe and the British Isles The United States The Middle East Asia, Africa, and the Antipodes Multi-Period Epics Romantic Historical Novels Sagas Historical Adventure Literary Historical Novels Ancient Civilizations Europe and the British Isles The United States Canada, Greenland, and the Arctic Latin America and the Caribbean The Middle East Asia, Africa, and the Antipodes Alternate History Chapter 8: Crime/Mystery Fiction Lesa Holstine Traditional Mysteries Cozy Mysteries Historical Mysteries Procedurals Private Investigators Crime Capers Genreblends Chapter 9: Thrillers/Adventure Andrew Smith Adventure Crime Conspiracy Espionage Religious Cyber Financial Forensic Law Enforcement Legal Medical Military Political Psychological Suspense Religious Vigilante Chapter 10: Westerns Diana Tixier Herald Traditional Westerns Native Americans Rooted in Reality Literary Westerns The New West Genreblends Chapter 11: Romance Fiction John Charles and Shelley Mosley Contemporary Romance Romantic Suspense Historical Romance Regency Romance Paranormal Romance Inspirational Romance Chapter 12: Women's Lives Rebecca Vnuk General Women's Fiction Romantic Chick Lit Mommy Lit Women of a Certain Age Issue-Driven Humorous Gentle Family Sagas Family Fiction Chapter 13: Fantasy Lynn Wiandt and Diana Tixier Herald Legends, Myths and Fairy Tales Epic Fantasy Alternate and Parallel Worlds Urban Fantasy Humor and Satire Magic Mythic Reality World of Faerie Genreblending Anthologies and Collections Chapter 14: Horror Fiction Kelly Fann Gothic Paranormal Psychological Visceral Humor Chapter 15: Science Fiction Maura Heaphy Space Opera Hard SF Military SF Time Travel Steampunk Techno SF Slipstream and the New Weird Future Society Doomsday, Apocalypse, & After Dystopias and Utopias Alternate History and Parallel Realities Near Future and "Mundane" Earth's Children Aliens and Alien Invasions Genreblending Chapter 16: Mainstream Fiction Hannah Parker Language Character Story Setting Chapter 17: Nonfiction Sarah Statz Cords True Adventure General War, Intrigue, and Espionage Travel General Expatriate Life True Crime Environmental Writing Science and Math History General Micro-Histories Biography General Historical Biography Memoirs Investigative Writing General Immersion Journalism Big Think Books Chapter 18: Other Popular Reading Interests Inspirational/Christian Fiction – Terry Beck Contemporary Christian Life Christian Romance Christian Historical Fiction Christian Suspense/Thriller/Crime Christian Mystery Urban Fiction – David Wright Street Fiction Urban Erotica Urban Nonfiction Graphic Novels – Abby Bass and Jack Baur Superheroes Realistic Fiction Historical Fiction Memoir Crime Science Fiction Fantasy Horror Nonfiction Index



"Libraries looking to add a compact readers'-advisory training resource for staff that can do double-duty at the public service desk for patrons have a solid choice in this volume."Booklist Online

"Current library workers in RA as well as today's library students will benefit from all that this book provides."Library Journal

"Genreflecting remains a useful reference source for libraries, especially for public and school libraries."ARBA

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