No, I didn't read this entire reference book. Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests, Seventh Edition, edited by Cynthia Orr and Diana Tixier Herald, was just released. My copy arrived today.
I contributed the chapter on Mysteries. I started that chapter three years ago, and then had to do some major rewriting because publication was delayed.
So, it was fun to finally see it in print; see the chapter I wrote, and see the bio at the end. And, it's weird. It's a little bittersweet. My grandfather would have been proud. He was a journalist, the farm editor for a newspaper. My father would have been proud. And, Jim would have been proud. He died the month before I started to work on that chapter.
All those mysteries I read? It's all there in that chapter. Genreflecting is a reference book. Most individuals won't own it. But, ask your local public library if they're buying it, and if you can see it afterwards. I wrote Chapter 8. And, here's what's funny. Shelley Mosley was my predecessor at Velma Teague as Library Manager. Shelley is an expert on romances, and she and John Charles from the Scottsdale Public Library co-authored the chapter on romances. Out of all the librarians that contributed to this latest edition, two of us were once managers at Velma Teague. Small world, isn't it?
So, no review today, unless you want to pick up a terrific reference book that discusses popular reading interests, including recommended titles in various genres. (It always was one of my favorite reference tools, even before I was asked to write that chapter.)
Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests. Seventh edition. Cynthia Orr and Diana Tixier Herald, editors. Libraries Unlimited. 2013. ISBN 9781598848403 (hardcover), 622p.