January 18, 2017

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, January 2017

Grisham, Connelly, & Picoult jump in; Hillbilly outpaces Tattoo

Russia: 100 Years Later | Collection Development: Soviet History, January 2017

Spanning two continents, 11 time zones, and more than 100 nationalities, Imperial Russia crumbled in 1917 while the empire was still mired in World War I. These 30 titles will recount Soviet history upon this monumental anniversary.

LJ’s Best Books of 2016

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Our picks for the Top Ten books of 2016, plus Top Five picks in genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and more.

All’s Fair in Love | Genre Spotlight: Romance

Romance, like many genres, is continually evolving and broadening its definition with new subgenres, trends, and crossovers.

Health DVDs | Collection Development

While Fitbits and smartphones have taken “home fitness” outdoors, the consumer health DVD market continues to yield high customer appeal. These 31 programs offer plenty of viewing advice.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, August 2016

Baldacci gains Mile-age at the top of fiction; Alexander Hamilton times two, with both Chernow and Miranda hitting the list

Love in Uniform: Military Romance | Collection Development, August 2016

Current trends in military romance both reflect and anticipate events in the nonfictional world. Since the takedown of Osama bin Laden, battalions of romances star SEALs, while the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has led to a spate of same-sex happy endings.

Law & Disorder: Criminal Justice & Policing | Collection Development, July 1, 2016

According to a 2015 report, violent crime is about half of what it was in 1991, and property crime is down by over 40 percent. Still, public scrutiny of the system and those who work within it may be at an all-time high. These 31 resources, with more on the web, paint an eye-opening picture of our criminal justice system and policing that readers need to see.

Beyond Caitlyn Jenner | Collection Development: Transgender Fiction & Nonfiction, June 1, 2016

The past ten years have seen dramatically increased visibility of transgender people in the public eye. For those in the community and those wanting to understand more about it, these 30 resources will fill in many of the blanks.

Cool Summer Reads: Hit the Beach with These Genre Fiction Favorites

Members of the American Library Association (ALA) RUSA-CODES Reading List Council, which annually presents its picks for the best in genre fiction, are pleased to share their top summer reads.