A Guide to Popular Reading Interests, 8th Edition
by Diana Tixier Herald and Samuel Stavole-Carter
May 2019, 459pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5847-5
$95, £74, 83€, A131
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5848-2
Please contact your preferred eBook vendor for pricing.

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

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 and Stavole-Carter briefly describe 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
Diana Tixier Herald is youth collection librarian at Mesa County Libraries in Colorado, an author, and 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 a product support specialist at OverDrive and a former teacher and librarian. He graduated from Xavier University.
By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
Accept All Cookies | Decline.