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