Light from Shadow: Books on Eclipses | The Reader’s Shelf

On August 21, a wide swath of the United States will be treated to a total solar eclipse…. A host of books awaits those seeking to enrich the viewing experience by learning the lore of this rare spectacle.

Well Read for the Summer | The Reader’s Shelf

As June heats up, new summer reading opportunities unfold. Those in search of a great story and wide-ranging delights might consider an array of popular genres.

Thicker Than Water: Family Stories | The Reader’s Shelf

Family dynamics drive these six novels, exploring how relations act upon one another, from the way a mother binds a daughter—or sets her free—to the complexities of marriage to how siblings become mutual anchors.

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.

Waxing Poetic | The Reader’s Shelf

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.

Past Intrigue: Historical Mysteries | The Reader’s Shelf

Combining two genres—historical fiction and mystery—these books offer a walk through time and crime, via well-set novels that are abundant in detail, feeling, and clever plots.

Stories About Stories | The Reader’s Shelf, March 1, 2017

From Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran to the film You’ve Got Mail, stories influenced by books, magazines, and authors are unfailing joys. The six works of fiction and nonfiction below further prove the point.

Romantic Pairings | The Reader’s Shelf, February 1, 2017

For Valentine’s Day and beyond, here are a few perfectly matched romances: two paranormal debuts, sequels to recent series, and a duo of gems on audio.

Rendering Russia | The Reader’s Shelf, February 15, 2017

This arresting array of titles gives newbies and Russophiles alike a taste of the culture and politics that have shaped this nation, while also revealing its ordinary people to be educated, creative, and often in possession of an earthy sense of humor.

Ten Years of Lists—and Counting | The Reader’s Shelf, January 2017

In 2007, the first Reading List Council began work. To mark its tenth anniversary, the original members of the committee revisit some of their favorite winners.