A Guide to Popular Reading Interests, 8th Edition

by Diana Tixier Herald and Samuel Stavole-Carter


Learn everything you want to know about genre fiction in this popular guide.

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March 2019

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 625
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

Librarians who work with readers will find this well-loved guide to be a treasure trove of information. With descriptive annotations of thousands of genre titles mapped by genre and subgenre, this is the readers' advisor's go-to reference.

Next to author, genre is the characteristic that readers use most to select reading material and the most trustworthy consideration for finding books readers will enjoy. With its detailed classification and pithy descriptions of titles, this book gives users valuable insights into what makes genre fiction appeal to readers. It is an invaluable aid for helping readers find books that they will enjoy reading.

Providing a handy roadmap to popular genre literature, this guide helps librarians answer the perennial and often confounding question "What can I read next?" Herald briefly describes thousands of popular fiction titles, classifying them into standard genres such as science fiction, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, and mystery. Within each genre, titles are broken down into more specific subgenres and themes. Detailed author, title, and subject indexes provide further access.

As in previous editions, the focus of the guide is on recent releases and perennial reader favorites. In addition to covering new titles, this edition focuses more narrowly on the core genres and includes basic readers' advisory principles and techniques.


  • Helps librarians answer the challenging question "What should I read next?"
  • Helps LIS students understand popular genres and better select books for which readers are looking
  • Serves as a starting point for library patrons looking for their next read
Series Description

Genreflecting Advisory Series

Significantly expanded and updated, the titles in this highly acclaimed series are designed to help you quickly locate the kind of fiction your library patrons are looking for. Each title includes the latest reads and reading trends within a genre and identifies subgenres, similar titles, read-alikes, and relevant online resources. Annotations describe and evaluate the best, the most popular, and the most representative books in a genre, noting special features of the works and referencing or comparing them to related publications. Brief historical overviews, award information, section tabs for quick reference, and practical guidelines for advising readers are just some of the features you will find in these useful guides. Designed for easy access, these books are compact enough to be carried into the stacks and simple enough to be used by general readers. Essential for readers' advisory and ready-reference, they are also excellent tools for acquisitions and collection development.
Author Info

Diana Tixier Herald is Youth Collection Librarian at Mesa County Libraries in Colorado, an author, a readers' advisory consultant, workshop presenter, and speaker. She is winner of NoveList's Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award. She is the author of several 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. She holds a master's degree in librarianship and information management from the University of Denver.

Samuel Stavole-Carter is the Teen Services Coordinator for Mesa County Libraries and a member of YALSA. He graduated from Xavier University and is currently pursuing his MLIS though Valdosta State University.

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