Presentation on theme: "The Top 5 Things to Know in 5 Top Genres"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Top 5 Things to Know in 5 Top Genres Rebecca Vnuk, ShelfRenewal.comWith special thanks to:Neil Hollands on Fantasy/Science FictionBarry Trott on Crime/Mystery
2 Why do you need to know?Sometimes, we just need quick answers for patrons who want “a good book”.Having a brain full of books in different genres makes the RA experience a lot less indimidating!See Public Libraries Article, “Jack of All Trades Reader’s Advisory”, Jan/Feb 2010 issue.
3 Today’s Categories Are… Of course, there are any number of genres we could have decided on as “top 5” genres. For this presentation, it’s:Science FictionFantasyWomen’s FicMystery/CrimeSuspense
4 Today we’ll find out, the top 5: Must-Know AuthorsMust-Know BooksUp-and-comersTop trendsIn each of our genres!
5 Fantasy and Science Fiction: Courtesy of Neil Hollands
6 5 Classic/Must- Know Fantasy Authors Lois McMaster BujoldNeil GaimanTerry PratchettRobert JordanGeorge R. R. Martin
7 Five Must- Know Fantasy Series Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, starting with Storm FrontCharlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series, starting with Dead until DarkGeorge R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, starting with Game of ThronesJ. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneJ. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, starting with The Fellowship of the Ring
12 Trends in Fantasy /Science Fiction Urban fantasy/paranormal fantasy“Feminism” in Science FicDarker, epic storiesYoung adult novels leaning more towards SF & Fantasy (dystopia)Cross-genre work - Classic Mashups; Genre blending
15 5 Must Know Books in Women’s Fic 5 books that will get you up to speed on what Women’s Fiction is all about:Little Earthquakes by Jennifer WeinerFamily Tree by Barbara DelinskyDeep Dish by Mary Kay AndrewsHappiness Sold Separately by Lolly WinstonAlways and Forever by Cathy Kelley
19 5 Classic Crime/mystery writers: Dorothy SayersRobert B. ParkerP. D. JamesSir Arthur Conan DoyleAgatha Christie
20 5 Must-Know Crime/Mystery Books Gaudy Night -- Dorothy SayersThe Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha ChristieThe Big Sleep – Raymond ChandlerIndemnity Only – Sarah ParetskyA Morbid Taste for Bones – Ellis Peters