Book Talks, Book Lists, & Reviews

Though there has been a recent surge of rural books (mostly adult books like Where the Crawdads Sing and The Giver of Stars) that have captured some media attention, by and large, stories about rural folks and communities are harder to come by than their sub/urban counterparts. Below you’ll find links to weekly book talks, reviews of rural books, as well as a running list of rural books – YA and adult books alike.


Reading Rural YAL

Visit my Reading Rural YAL YouTube channel where I provide summaries, discuss representations of ruralities, review, and provide some suggestions for teaching rural young adult literature (YAL).

Rural Book Reviews

Visit my Reading Rural Goodreads account where you can find reviews of rural YAL and adult fiction in print.

Rural Book Lists

An ever-evolving list of rural books (nonfiction and fiction) sorted and organized into various identity intersections to help you make sure you’re getting a wide representation of rurality as well as plenty of mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors for your students.

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