SELF-e Circs: Top Ten Most Read Fantasy Titles in SELF-e Select

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A 2015 Honorable Mention in LJ’s annual Indie Ebook Awards, Anthony St. Clair’s Forever the Road is a quirky offering filled with fantasy, travel, and beer.

Leading Adults to YA Fiction | Readers’ Advisory

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According to a 2012 Bowker study, “Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age,” the majority of YA buyers, at 55 percent, are adult—and of those, 78 percent are buying for themselves.

Learning To Love Romance | Readers’ Advisory

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Passionate historicals, fast-paced suspense, werewolves, Vikings, modern-day bikers, Navy SEALs, Amish families. The romance genre can give you all these things and a happy ending.

Making Horror Less Scary | Readers’ Advisory

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Welcome to the world of horror fiction, where monsters roam the streets, vampires attack at night, ghosts haunt every home, and mayhem is the norm.

Expanding the SF/Fantasy Universe | Readers’ Advisory

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Among librarians, both science fiction (sf) and fantasy can create feelings of fear and uncertainty about our ability to serve our readers’ needs. But that needn’t be the case: here are some ways to become more comfortable with sf and fantasy and better at connecting patrons with the genre.

RA Ready: A Beginner’s Guide to Genre Fiction | Readers’ Advisory

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There are few things more satisfying for a librarian than uniting a reader with a great book (or two or ten). But many library staffers experience anxiety when asked to recommend titles in genres they don’t read themselves and with which they are unfamiliar.

Living on the Edge with Thrillers | Readers’ Advisory

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Thriller literature tends to have a bad reputation, and it’s unclear why that stigma exists. The majority of best-selling books today fall into this genre, and the writing, layout, characters, and plot can be at least as complex as in other genre fiction.

Taking the Mystery Out of Mystery | Readers’ Advisory

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Mysteries appeal to the intellect. They offer a puzzle, clues to solve it, and red herrings meant to be misleading. Some readers derive satisfaction from solving the mystery before the detective does. Others prefer the surprise of a twist ending.

The Young, the Psycho, the War-torn, the Aging, & the Beachy | What We’re Reading & Watching

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This week, LJand School Library Journal, staffers contemplate mortality, parse a prequel, witness war and its effects on “normal” people, and escape to Nantucket.

Waxing Poetic | The Reader’s Shelf

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Author Colum McCann wrote in the Guardian that “poets have their fingers on a different pulse.” The creators of the following novels skillfully position poetry at the center of their tales, putting their own fingers on that very beat.