Trashy Pulps Spun into Literary Gold | The Reader’s Shelf


Their beat goes on; writers who changed the landscape of pop fiction

Hold the Bonbons, Add the Adventures | The Reader’s Shelf


This Valentine’s Day explore the adventurous side of romances with these perilous quests—in which falling in love is a side benefit to staying alive.

Let’s Get Graphic: Creating Comics in Novel Ways | The Reader’s Shelf


LJ contributor Tom Batten on innovative storytelling combining pictures and words

From the Horse’s Mouth: CCPL’s Favorite Books of 2013 | The Reader’s Shelf


In celebration of the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s 90th anniversary, its dedicated group of librarians share their favorite titles of 2013.

The Reader’s Shelf | It Takes a Thief: True Art Crimes


True crime is not just about blood and bodies. It also encompasses art theft. These titles explore permanent losses and recovered works.

Telling Stories Through Food


These recent narrative cookbooks combine the twin pleasures of cooking and reading

Horror Gems for the Haunting Season


It’s that time of the year again, when other­wise mild-mannered readers turn into ravenous fiends searching for a terrifying fix. Instead of just turning to old standbys, why not try one of these 21st-­century options.

Celebrate National Reading Group Month | The Reader’s Shelf, October 1, 2013


Titles that shine a light on reading in company.

Anchors Aweigh! A Flotilla of Good Reading | The Reader’s Shelf


A ship is a symbol of adventure, freedom, and exploration. Even landlubbers will want to launch their own voyages of discovery with these journeys.

Game On: Adventures in a Virtual World | The Reader’s Shelf


A list of titles focusing on video games, from a nostalgic love letter to geekdom’s past to a researcher dedicated to showcasing the real-world benefits of gaming.