The Reading List Selection Criteria

A book may be selected for The Reading List for at least one, and preferably more than one of the following reasons:

  • It is a pleasure to read.
  • It embodies the standards of the genre, or conversely, it offers a new or unexpected take on those standards.
  • It is well conceived in terms of story line, character, setting, language, dialogue, tone, pace, detail, description, learning/experiencing, and narrative structure.

In the context of the list, genre literature is defined as works clearly intended to be read by the general public as genre literature. Each book is considered in relation to both the general adult reader and to the avid fans of the genre.

Books will not be excluded on the basis of their unsuitability for younger readers.

Books intended for a younger audience but which hold wide appeal for adults and meet the selection criteria may also be considered.