Genre Fiction

LJ Best Books 2017It's time again for LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry and literature, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles.
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Prep School Stories | Fiction Reviews

A troubling journey into the question of how involved teachers should be in their students lives; a debut novel chronicling the shift from young love to obsession.

Troubled Vets | Fiction Reviews

An emotional journey to attempt at understanding the affects of war and drugs use among vets; a complex thriller overshadowed by the tragedy of PTSD; an ex-Marine caught in an unfortunate situation leads to a thrilling adventure

Spring Fiction in Translation: Top Stories from Around the World

Altan’s U.S. debut is both an absorbing thriller and an intensive novel of ideas; luscious and affirmative work both the serious-minded and the lighthearted can enjoy; a well-constructed example of literary/commercial crossover that will prickle readers

LJ’s Reviews of RUSA’s Top Genre Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2017

On January 22, RUSA’s Reading List Council announced the 2017 selections of the annual best-of reading list, comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers. Check out below LJ‘s full reviews of the winners and look for the complete reviews of the short list titles in BookVerdict.

Hilary Mantel, Alexander McCall Smith, Ron Currie | Fiction Finds

An eerie and adult take on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved Little Mermaid tale, a modern marriage tested by freedom, and Nazi war widows when the war is over.

The Revenant by Michael Punke | LJ Review

Punke’s debut novel is a gripping and hard-edged tale of survival, revenge, and ultimately, redemption. It is also now a Hollywood movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

Saints and Sinners | African American Fiction (and More)

December’s selections are tales that could have been drawn from the Bible but offer a 21st-century slant.

Best Books 2015: Genre Fiction

African American Fiction By Rollie Welch Billingsley, ReShonda Tate. Mama’s Boy. Gallery. ISBN 9781476714950. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781476715032. F Billingsley’s emotionally moving story dramatically captures the fear an African American mother endures when her son gets involved in a racial confrontation with a white cop that goes very wrong. (African American Fiction and More, […]

Best Books 2015: Romance

Library Journal‘s Romance reviewer par excellence Kristin Ramsdell rolls out the Top Ten Best Romances of 2015

A Little Respect & Romance | African American Fiction (and More)

For years Sister Souljah, the queen of urban fiction, has planted in our conscience that women should always be respected, a theme that she explores once again in her new novel.  Still there’s a place this month for Deborah Fletcher Mello’s old-fashioned romance with a serious twist that will lift readers’ emotions. It’s my pick […]