Genre Week

This week, my readers' advisory training wants me to think and write about the genre resource I selected way back in week one.

Book Review: The Girl on the Train

One of the senior librarians at work was raving about this title one day, how it was the next Gone Girl and the waitlist was growing exponentially, and exhorting our colleagues to get on the waitlist ASAP. Suspense was never my genre, but I put on my big girl pants, told myself that I needed to broaden my reading, and added my name. My copy came in sooner than I expected, and I have spent the last week using lunch breaks and wait times to read.

Part Two of the Part Two - more about EarlyWord.

2. What EarlyWord resources are new discoveries for you? What do you think you will continue to use?

I was amazed, when I first started looking at EarlyWord two or three weeks ago, to discover that the publishing houses were advertising their "book buzz" Midwinter Meeting preview events on the website. Thanks to that, I was able to sign up for those events, and learned so much about what's going to be published in the next five months.

Book Review: City of Savages

[received Advance Reader's Copy at ALA Midwinter 2015. Review originally published at Goodreads]

This story, told from the perspective of two sisters, tells of a New York that has survived after devastation in the Third World War. The young women and their mother, who have worked hard to maintain some freedom in a highly regimented community of survivors, learn that not all in their reduced worldview, or the much greater world outside the confines of Manhattan, is as it seems.

wrangling Goodreads

This week, my readers advisory training has me working with goodreads - a website I long neglected - making connections with colleagues, and recommending them new titles from books they have reported they enjoyed.

My recommendations:

The Readers Advisory Conversation

This week's training asks participants to read sample statements from customers about what kind of book they're looking for, determine the appeal factors they are most interested in, and make a book recommendation based on that.

Conversation 1 (link):

- atmospheric
- richly detailed
- strong sense of place
- thoughtful
- heartwarming

Recommendations: Traveling with Pomegranates, Sue Monk Kidd. A Year in the World, Frances Mayes.


This week's readers advisory training is about appeal - the aspects of a work which attract a reader:

  • Pacing
  • Characterization
  • Story Line (including the books context, type, genre, theme, and subjects)
  • Language
  • Setting
  • Detail
  • Tone
  • Learning/Experiencing

The assignment this week is to consider three works that I enjoyed with regards to their appeal.

1. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Susan Collins