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RUSA announces the 2010 Reading List

The Reference and User Services Association of the ALA names has chosen books in eight genres as the top of their Reading List for 2010. I love these awards, started only a few years ago, which helped ALA begin to recognize more than literary fiction as worthy of recognition. I hope book groups will follow their lead: Try some genre books in 2010! These winners and runners-up are all deserving. Here are the awards:

Adrenaline (Action, Thrillers, and Adventure) Winner

Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child


Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell

The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner

Shatter by Michael Robotham

The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

 Fantasy Winner

Lamentation by Ken Scholes


Red Wolf Conspiracy by Keith Redick

Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

 Historical Fiction Winner

Agincourt, by Bernard Cornwell


Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

Etta by Gerald Kolpan

Grace Hammer by Sara Stockbridge

The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland

 Horror Winner

Last Days by Brian Evenson


The House of Lost Souls by F. G. Cottam

The Little Stranger by Sara Waters

The Seance by John Harwood

The Unseen by Alexandra Sokoloff

 Mystery Winner

A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn


The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson

Dog on It by Spencer Quinn

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

 Romance Winner

What Happens in London by Julia Quinn


Chemistry for Beginners by Anthony Strong

Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig

Vision in White by Nora Roberts

 Science Fiction Winner

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi


The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker

Flood by Stephen Baxter

The Quiet War by Paul J. McAuley

Steal Across the Skies by Nancy Kress

 Women’s Fiction Winner

Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani


After You by Julie Buxbaum

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil

Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

Shelter Me by Juliet Fay



About the Author:

Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction (2007) and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups (2009).

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