RA book list 2018

My Readers’ Advisory (RA) course begins again soon. For you non-librarians, RA is what we librarians call how we help people find books they want to read, so one big part of the course is analyzing genres/categories of books so students are more knowledgeable and can feel confident recommending a variety of books.

To learn more about genres/categories of books, they’ll read about 20 books this summer, and people always ask me for my booklist, so you’ll find it below. But just know, I don’t make students read every book on this list. They read a couple in each genre/category.

Literary Fiction / Short Stories
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Mystery / Thriller
Darkness, Sing Me a Song by David Housewright
Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay
The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

Historical Fiction
Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth
Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Science Fiction
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

Romance / Women’s Fiction
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh
Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi
Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal Al-Sharif
The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond by Michio Kaku

Graphic / Comic
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Vol. 1 by Emil Ferris
Saga Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Black Hammer Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 by Jeff Lemire
Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges

Young Adult
Warcross by Marie Lu
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Happy reading!