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Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Horror
Mystery
Romance
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
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2017 List

Adrenaline

Winner

Orphan X by Gregg HurwitzOrphan X by Greg Hurwitz
Evan Smoak was trained from childhood to be a lethal, efficient assassin, and provided with the skills and equipment to survive a variety of difficult missions. He was the best at what he did--until he used his skills to escape from the program. Now someone from his past has tracked him down, and Evan must figure out who is after him and what they want before it's too late.

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Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton The One Man by Andrew Gross Security by Gina Wohlsdorf 


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Fantasy

Winner

Stiletto: a Novel by Daniel O'MalleyStiletto: a Novel by Daniel O'Malley
Magical agents prop up the English government, while their bio-engineered foes prosper in Europe’s Low Countries. A fragile truce may revert to war unless two unlikely young women can put aside their initial enmity and find the source of a series of bizarre attacks. Secret organizations, messy splatter, and British humor hallmark this imaginative novel.

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Historical Fiction

Winner

The Last Days of Night by Graham MooreThe Last Days of Night: A Novel by Graham Moore
In 1888 an inexperienced yet capable lawyer finds himself defending George Westinghouse in a patent lawsuit against Thomas Edison. The competitive Westinghouse and arrogant Edison each fight for control of electrical current, and to sway the genius Nikola Tesla to their side. Rich historical and technical details illuminate this swiftly paced novel.

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Homegoing: a novel by Yaa Gyasi News of the World: A Novel by Paulette Jiles To the Bright Edge of the World: a novel by Eowyn Ivey


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Horror

Winner

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Though she can appear during your intimate moments, her mouth and eyes stitched closed, townsfolk have an uneasy alliance with the witch. But when a group of tech savvy teenagers grow tired of being bound to the witch and the town, they discover her awful vengeance is limitless in this epic horror that turns the terror dial to 11 and keeps right on going.

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The Fireman by Joe Hill My Best Friends Ecorcism: A Novel by Grady Gendrix


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Mystery

Winner

Darktown by Thomas MullenDarktown by Thomas Mullen
In 1948 Atlanta, two of the city’s first African American cops try to unravel the murder of a young black woman, all while battling racist police, an ambivalent black community and a society built on their oppression. A powerful historical police procedural that holds an unflinching mirror to modern truths.

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IQ by Joe Ide Revolver by Duane Swierczynski Splinter the Silence


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Romance

Winner

Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins
Eddy, a forthright African-American woman, suffers one more hard knock when she finds herself stranded in Nevada and beholden to Rhine, a successful businessman passing as white. Eddy has always dreamed of California, but finds herself pulled in by the welcoming community and drawn to Rhine, despite the danger he poses.

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A promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

  • Hold Me by Courtney Milan
  • Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish
  • The Soldier's Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian


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Science Fiction

Winner

Arkwright by Allen Steele
With the Arkwright Foundation, golden age science fiction author Nathan Arkwright secures his, and his family’s, legacy.  Inheriting his dream to construct and launch the starship Galactic, Arkwright’s descendants face a project bigger than themselves: building a hopeful future in a world reluctant to let go of past prejudices.

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Crosstalk by Connie Willis


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Women’s Fiction

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I almost Forgot About You by Terry McCillanI Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
As she approaches her fiftieth birthday, Dr. Georgia Young’s life is smooth sailing on the surface. When she learns about an old flame’s death, a desire for more than the status quo is sparked within her. With the support and encouragement of her family and friends, she revisits her past lovers and seeks out her future.

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The Assistants by Camille Perri The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller The Mothers by Brit Bennett The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
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About the list

Established in 2007 by the CODES section of 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 Council, which consists of twelve librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development, selects one book from each of eight different categories. The eight genres currently included in the council’s considerations are adrenaline titles (suspense, thrillers, and action adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, and women’s fiction. However, the Council is constructed in such a way to be adaptable to new genres and changes in contemporary reading interest.