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Established in 2007 by the CODES section of RUSA, the Reading List Council consists of librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development. The Reading List is their annual best-of selection comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers, with a shortlist of honor titles in each category.
The Holdout. By Graham Moore. Random, $28 (9780399591778).
Ten years after Maya Seale convinced her fellow jurors to acquit a man of murder, a true-crime documentary reunites the jury amid claims of new evidence. When one of them is found dead in Maya’s hotel room, Maya must prove her own innocence in this taut legal thriller.
The House in the Cerulean Sea. By T. J. Klune. Tor, $26.99 (9781250217288).
Linus Baker, diligent case worker at the Department of Magical Youth, visits Arthur Parnassus’ orphanage to determine if any of the magical children there might cause the end of the world. While getting to know Arthur and his charges, Linus discovers a found family worthy of rule-breaking.
Conjure Women. By Afia Atakora. Random, $27 (9780525511489).
During the time of enslavement, conjure woman and healer Rue kept enslaved plantation workers healthy. After the Civil War, Rue continues to tend to the formerly enslaved until the birth of a child feared to be a demon and the arrival of a charismatic preacher place her in a precarious situation.
The Only Good Indians. By Stephen Graham Jones. Saga, $26.99 (9781982136451).
This slow-burn horror novel follows four members of the Blackfeet tribe as an illegal elk-hunting trip catches up to them ten years later, and the spirit of the elk they wronged methodically tracks them down to exact her bloody revenge.
Fortune Favors the Dead. By Stephen Spotswood. Knopf, $26.95 (9780385546553).
Pentecost, premier female detective of 1940s New York, and her right-hand woman Parker, an ex-circus performer, are called to investigate a ghostly murderer. The victim’s shadowy past, an eerily knowledgeable medium, and Parker’s growing attraction to the victim’s daughter complicate this noirish locked-room mystery.
Oona Out of Order. By Margarita Montimore. Flatiron, $26.99 (9781250236609).
On New Year’s Eve 1982, 18-year-old Oona Lockhart faces a personal crossroads. But when the clock strikes midnight, she faints and awakens decades in the future as her older self. Jumping to a new age each New Year, Oona grapples with constantly changing circumstances and discovers relationships that anchor her.
The Duke Who Didn’t. By Courtney Milan. Courtney Milan, $15.99 (9798685689276).
Chloe Fong is the capable, list-focused love of Jeremy Wentworth’s life, but she’s looking for someone serious. After three years of chasing seriousness, Jeremy returns for the annual fair determined to show Chloe that he may not be serious, but he’s serious about her. A flirty, sexy historical romance.
The Space between Worlds. By Micaiah Johnson. Del Rey, $28 (9780593135051).
In a future in which people can travel to parallel universes where their counterparts are deceased, Cara’s worth is measured by how easily she dies. Earth after Earth, the poor die to benefit the wealthy, until Cara discovers a secret that could disrupt the whole corrupt system.
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