The Reading List (RUSA)

Reading List medal RUSAEstablished in 2007 by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Associaiton (RUSA), The Reading List seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merit special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them.

 

 

The 2012 List

Adrenaline

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
Each morning, Christine wakes with no memory. From the clues she left herself, she tries to piece together her identity and sort lies from the truth. The unrelenting pace thrusts the reader into the
confusion of a waking nightmare in which revelations of her past lead to a frantic crescendo.

Short List
Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton
Spiral by Paul McEuen
The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz

Fantasy

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
Le Cirque des Rêves is utterly unique, disappearing at dawn in one town only to mysteriously reappear in another. At the heart of the circus are two young magicians, involved in a competition neither completely understands. The dreamlike atmosphere and vivid imagery make this fantasy unforgettable.

Short List
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Historical Fiction

Doc by Mary Doria Russell
In the early days of Dodge City, a genteel, tubercular Southern dentist forges a friendship with the infamous Earp brothers. Combining historical details and lyrical language, this gritty psychological portrait of gunslinger Doc Holliday reveals how the man became the legend.

Short List
Bright and Distant Shores, by Dominic Smith
Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The Sea Captain’s Wife by Beth Powning

Horror

The Ridge by Michael Koryta
The unexplained death of an eccentric lighthouse keeper in the isolated Kentucky woods, followed by a mysterious threat to a nearby large cat sanctuary prompt an investigation by a journalist and the local sheriff. Palpable evil and a sense of dread drive this chilling tale.

Short List
The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory
The White Devil by Justin Evans

Mystery

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
An introverted mathematician matches wits with a brilliant former colleague to protect the neighbor he secretly adores from a murder charge. Although the reader knows the murderer’s identity from the beginning, this unconventional Japanese mystery remains a taut psychological puzzle.

Short List
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

Romance

Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase
Ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirot will do almost anything to secure the patronage of the Duke of Clevendon’s intended bride. Neither her calculated business plan nor his campaign of seduction can withstand the force of their mutual attraction. Witty banter and strong-willed characters make this a memorable tale.

Short List
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran
My One And Only by Kristin Higgins
When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

Science Fiction

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
The missions of a jaded cop and a dedicated ice hauler officer collide as the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. A mystery adds a noir touch to this space opera featuring deeply flawed yet heroic characters, non-stop action, and Earth versus Mars politics.

Short List
Embassytown by China Miéville
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

Women’s Fiction

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
A former foster child struggles to overcome a past filled with abuse, neglect and anger. Communicating through the Victorian language of flowers allows her to discover hope, redemption and a capacity for love. Damaged, authentic characters create an emotional tension in this profoundly moving story.

Short List
Deep Down True by Juliette Fay
Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

2011
Women’s Fiction:
Solomon’s Oak
Science Fiction:
The Dervish House
Romance:
A Matter of Class
Mystery:
Bury Your Dead
Horror:
The Dead Path
Historical Fiction:
The Invisible Bridge
Fantasy:
Under Heaven
Fantasy:
Under Heaven
Adrenaline:
The Nearest Exit
2010
Women’s Fiction:
Very Valentine
Romance:
What Happens in London
Mystery:
A Beautiful Place to Die
Horror:
Last Days
Historical Fiction:
Agincourt
Fantasy:
Lamentation
Adrenaline:
Gone Tomorrow
2009
Women’s Fiction:
Every Last Cuckoo
Science Fiction:
Hunter’s Run
Romance:
The Spymaster’s Lady
Mystery:
The Garden of Evil
Horror:
Sharp Teeth
Historical Fiction:
The Steel Wave
Fantasy:
Veil of Gold
Adrenaline:
Blue Heaven
2008
Women’s Fiction:
Garden Spells
The Heart-Shaped Box:
The Heart-Shaped Box
Science Fiction:
In War Times
Romance:
Natural Born Charmer
Mystery:
Mistress of the Art of Death
Historical Fiction:
The Religion
Fantasy:
The Name of the Wind
Adrenaline:
The Second Objective