Summer Reads from ALA’s Reading List Council

The group that gives the annual “Reading List” awards to the best in genre fiction, shares their summer reading choices in Library Journal. The lists pairs 2012 picks with recommendations of an older read-alike in each of eight categories.


The choice in Women’s Fiction is a book we’ve highlighted as one to consider buying in quantity, The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri (HarperCollins; HarperLuxe; ebook OverDrive). It’s paired with Sarah Addison Allan’s Garden Spells (RH/Bantam, 1998; ebook, OverDrive).


The buzz debut novel of the season, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker(Random House, 6/26; BOT AudioThorndike Large Print; ebook and audio, OverDrive) is the Science Fiction choice (although, as the WSJ emphasized, it crosses genres). It is paired with Jean Heglan’s Into the Forest (RH/Dial Press; Brilliance Audio; ebook, OverDrive).

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