It’s All Relative: Family Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, April 1, 2016

An array of families are depicted in these debuts, from those falling apart at the seams to those ripped apart from inside to those trying very hard to keep what little they can together

All Ears: Audiobook Favorites | The Reader’s Shelf, March 15, 2016

More readers are finding audiobooks to be the perfect companion for a workout, commute, or simply the subject of focused attention. These six audiobooks represent some of the favorites of librarians across the country.

On Location: Landscapes in Literature | The Reader’s Shelf, March 1, 2016

Readers who select books for their settings do so not just for geographic coordinates or temporal sites; they seek books of varied locations evoked from milieu and detail as well. Here are six debuts, ranging in time and space, which demonstrate the many ways of making places known.

Drawing Strife: Global Conflicts in Graphic Novels | The Reader’s Shelf, February 15, 2016

The striking images in graphic novels are an excellent means of depicting the physical and emotional trauma created by conflicts around the world.

Love at First Read: Romance Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, February 1, 2016

Romance, at its giddy outset, is about beginnings. It is then fitting to read debuts concerning love in preparation for Valentine’s Day.

New Year, Nearly New Books: Favorite 2015 Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf

There are many ways to plan the first reading foray of the year. One might be to reflect on the new voices from the year just closed. Below, a group of librarians share the debuts they enjoyed in 2015.

A Year in Books: Student Picks from 2015 | The Reader’s Shelf, December 1, 2015

Mary Wilkes Towner and students in her Adult Popular Literature class at the School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, share their favorite titles of 2015.

The Future of Crime: SF Thrillers | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2015

At the intersection of “What If?” and “Whodunit?” are sf mysteries and thrillers. The following titles combine suspense and speculative fiction in surprising and innovative ways.

Under the Sea: Mermaid Tales | The Reader’s Shelf, October 15, 2015

Treacherous or tenderhearted, mermaids spark the imagination and represent a desire to believe in something fantastical and out of reach. But are they truly confined to folklore? Dive in and see.

Haunting Halloween Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, October 1, 2015

Looking for some new voices in horror to suggest to patrons this Halloween? Here are six satisfyingly scary recent debuts that showcase the vibrant state of today’s horror.