Established in 2007 by the CODES section of RUSA, The Reading List Council seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merits special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them.

The Council, which consists of ten librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development, select books in eight different categories: adrenaline titles which include suspense, thrillers, and action adventure; Fantasy; Historical Fiction; Horror; Mystery; Romance; Science Fiction; and Women’s Fiction. This inaugural juried list features established voices and debut novelists and suggests titles that will thrill avid fans and entice new readers.

The Second Objective by Mark Frost
Hyperion, 2007. 978-1401302221

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Daw Books, 2007. 978-0756404079

Historical Fiction
The Religion by Tim Willocks
Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2007. 978-0374248659

The Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
William Morrow, 2007. 978-0061147937

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007. 978-0399154140

Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
William Morrow, 2007. 978-0060734572

Science Fiction
In War Times by Kathleen Ann Goonan
Tor, 2007. 978-0765313553

Women’s Fiction
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Bantam, 2007. 978-0553805482

The Reading List Council 2007-2008 members are: Katie Dunneback, Southeastern Library Services; Arlene Griffin, LSSI Library North Jackson Madison County Library, TN; Mirja Johanson, Perrot Memorial Library, CT; Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library District, MO; Robert Renwick, Brooklyn Public Library; Joyce Saricks; Jacqueline Sasaki, Ann Arbor District Library; Tapley Trudell, San Antonio Public Library; Neal Wyatt, Chair; Alan Ziebarth, Chicago Public Library.

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