We launched our Leisure Reading Collection in May, but that was just the beginning! Since then, we have continued to ask for and receive book suggestions from students, staff, and faculty.
But how do we decide which suggestions are added to the collection? Below is a peek into our vetting process which may give you insight into why some books made it to our shelve and why others didn’t.
First, most suggestions DO get added! Some recent additions include:
- Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman
- I put spell on you: the autobiography of Nina Simone by Nina Simone
- The illegal by Lawrence Hill
- The heart goes last by Margaret Atwood
- Gone girl by Gillian Flynn
- All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
- Chinkstar by Jon Chan Simpson
- All the way: my life on ice by Jordin Tootoo
If we have more suggestions than our budget allows, those titles are given priority next time we place an order, which was the case for Sense and sensibility and sea monsters by Ben Winters and Alliance of equals by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.
Instead of specific titles, sometimes a category is suggested, like graphic novels, LGBTQ titles, Indigenous content, and African writers. To beef up those categories, we’ve added or ordered the following titles, among others:
- A blanket of butterflies by Richard Van Camp [graphic novel]
- Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz [LGBTQ]
- Birdie by Tracey Lindberg [Indigenous]
- The reactive by Masande Ntshanga [African]
Based on suggestions, we’ll also relocate books from our general collection to the Leisure Reading Collection. Examples include Who do you think you are? by Alice Munro and the entire Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. (Side note for Harry Potter fans: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is on order and will also be added soon!)
But there are reasons why some suggestions don’t get added to the Leisure Reading Collection, including:
- We feel the title is better suited to our main collection, like The reading zone: how to help kids become skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers by Nancie Atwell.
- We cannot or do not want to commit to a very large series of books . For example, we’ve decided not to add large series by suggested authors Julie Klassen, R. A. Salvatore, and Sarah Ladd.
- The title is out of print or otherwise unavailable to order, like Blue Fingers: a ninja’s tale by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel.
- We feel the suggestion doesn’t fit with our vision for the Leisure Reading Collection or does not have broad enough appeal. Some suggestions that we’ve decided not to add for this reason include comic books like Archie and Calvin and Hobbes; and young adult/teen titles like the Nancy Drew series, The Hardy Boys series, and the Five Kingdoms series by Brandon Mull.
- There’s no plan for magazines in the collection at this time, so a suggestion for Rolling Stone was denied. However, the library subscribes to a variety of magazines (including Mojo for popular music lovers) within our main collection. Current copies of our magazines can be found by the library entrance with archived copies located on Floor 2.
Please keep the suggestions coming–we’re listening! Suggestions can be made online or in-person at the Library via a suggestion box located within the Leisure Reading area.
And make sure to browse our ever-growing Leisure Reading Collection, located on Floor 2 near the elevator, to see which suggestions make it to our shelves.