RA for your Friday 5/19/17


This article from Neil Hollands about working the mystery midlist is a must-read - and we can apply the philosophy of suggesting beyond low-hanging fruit to all genres:

"Experienced readers need less obvious picks, and even neophytes get savvy quickly. If you only spotlight authors who are already illuminated by their prominent placement in bookstores and advertisements, then you endanger ongoing interest in your service. Focusing on high-volume titles can also exacerbate systemic frustrations of always-checked-out books or long hold lists. Check with readers to make sure they have already discovered the Sandfords and Graftons, but be prepared to go deeper..."

The latest Booklist puts a spotlight on crafts and gardening, and Lit Hub has the latest in bookish film and TV news.

Barnes and Noble takes us through summer week by week with 16 romances and 14 thrillers to check out.

Finally, #FridayReads: Considering that this weekend will be half-Battle of the Books, and half-family commitments, I'm pretty sure I won't be doing much reading. But there is an advance reader copy of A Girl Like That in my purse (thanks, Rebecca Donnelly!), and it's coming with me to lunch today. Happy reading!