From the Publisher
"With many libraries spending less on new books due to budget cuts in 2010, it is time for many of us to rely on the books that we already have to satisfy the public urge to read. With fewer items on new book shelves, librarians and readers are going to have to retrieve more books from the stacks, the last place that many readers are ever seen. So, the timing of Now Read This III by Nancy Pearl and Sarah Statz Cords is perfect. Their book which identifies mainstream fiction published between 2002 and 2009 (with a few exceptions), titles that many of us have in abundance, is a key to getting those books off the shelves and into readers' hands. . . . Many librarians may be reluctant to buy a reference book right now with their dwindling funds, but Now Read This III can be seen as tool to make better use of established collections. Spring for it."
"Better than ever, this series will guide librarians and mainstream readers to promising titles."
"… an excellent reader's advisory tool for librarians working with adults…"
VOYA - Julie Watkins
In the current economic climate of limited staff and funding dollars, providing effective reader's advisory services and maintaining interesting and relevant collections can present a challenge to all libraries. Annotated guides are an invaluable resource for library professionals in this situation. In this third installment of the popular Now Read This series, the focus is on approximately 500 fiction titles published since 2000. The introduction includes tips for using this book, as well as current trends in mainstream fiction. Books are grouped by the appeal factors of Setting, Story, Character, and Language. Each title includes the summary, the subjects, applicable "second appeal" factors, awards, and additional suggested titles. There are also appendixes for Bridges to Genre Fiction, Book Awards, Resources, and How to Create a Dynamic Book Club. Author/Title and Subject indexes provide further guidance. Although this is an excellent reader's advisory tool for librarians working with adults, its usefulness to those primarily serving young adults is limited. While young adult crossover literature is acknowledged throughout and young adults are included in the subject index, the hefty hardcover price tag makes it a difficult purchase to justify. A more useful acquisition for daily use would be Pearl's 2007 compilation Book Crush: For Kids and Teens: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest (Sasquatch Books/VOYA December 2007) or Daniel Hahn's The Ultimate Teen Book Guide (Walker, 2007/VOYA February 2008). Reviewer: Julie Watkins