On & off the Record | What We’re Reading


Two debut novels, a true crime thriller, father-son comparisons, and fashion week in NYC.

All Kinds of Upsets | Wyatt’s World


Popular novels of psychological suspense, such as Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, are just one example of the creepy, discomforting yet pleasurable experience of stories situated on the crossroads of horror, thriller, gothic, and historical genres. Here are five new works from across this range of literary styles.

Joe Hill’s “Fireman,” Apocalyptic Terror | RA Crossroads


With engrossing, stay-up-all-night pacing, stock characters worth cheering for, spellbinding worldbuilding, and a well-balanced mix of outrage, mourning, and hope, Hill’s novel places his fellowship into one troubling incident after another.

Cool Summer Reads: Hit the Beach with These Genre Fiction Favorites


Members of the American Library Association (ALA) RUSA-CODES Reading List Council, which annually presents its picks for the best in genre fiction, are pleased to share their top summer reads.

LibraryReads May 2016

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The May LibraryReads list features a irresistible novel by Fredrik Backman about a woman who leaves her cheating husband and settles down in a town of misfits—and finding a second chance along the way.

The Road to Halloween | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2016


Halloween may be six months away, but a crop of new horror titles are generating huge buzz and are just dying to be checked out now.

Books for the Win, Books for the Scare | What We’re Reading


Spooky and not-so-spooky book blurbs from the ghouls and ghosts who prowl the hallways of LJ/School Library Journal, plus a field trip to the Theatre Library Association Book Awards ceremony at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Halfway to Horror: Halloween Previews | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2015


From Jennifer Egan’s The Keep to Scott Smith’s The Ruins, this collection of titles brings plenty of ambiance to set a horrific tone, parodies of current times, looks to the future, and art that is both beautiful and scary.

Science Fiction/ Fantasy Reviews | February 15, 2013


Reviews of Julie E. Czerneda’s A Turn of Light, Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, and Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due’s Domino Falls, plus a full list of SF/F reviews in the Feb. 15 issue.

Can You See Me? Imaginary Friendships | The Reader’s Shelf, February 1, 2012

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Can You See Me? Imaginary Friendships | The Reader’s Shelf, February 1, 2012