Exciting Poetry for Spring: 13 Highly Recommended Titles That Will Shock You Awake

Brown accomplishes her task admirably, and her work will appeal not just to ­poetry readers; we can be deeply optimistic about Lambda Literary fellow Pico’s latest; Sanabria is startling and successful; McCrae’s work is unsettling and approachable for a wide audience

Early Scares: Halfway to Halloween | The Reader’s Shelf

Short stories are alive and kicking when it comes to tales of terror. Here are some recent anthologies that will deliver just the right amount of chills and thrills.

What’s Old Is New Again, plus RWA Update | Romance Reviews

INTRIGUING HISTORICAL EXPANSION; OR, THE HISTORICAL CREEP Not that historical romance is creepy, unless, of course, you’re talking about a particularly sinister gothic. Yet the subgenre is expanding its reach, creeping into decades previously considered off-limits or at least marginal or viewing traditional time frames from a variety of perspectives.

A Cuban Book Trip: Reading Flourishes at the Havana Book Fair

The captivating country of Cuba has welcomed readers, authors, publishers, and librarians to the Havana International Book Fair since 1982. Organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Cuban Book Institute, this standout cultural extravaganza, which originated as part of a government campaign to boost literacy on the island, celebrated its 26th anniversary this past February with a family-oriented festival dedicated to the pleasures of reading under the motto, “To read is to grow.”

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

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.

Learning To Love Romance | Readers’ Advisory

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

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.

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

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

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

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.