General Research Tools at the Library
- Literature Research Tools – The library has a selection of subscription databases that can be used for general reader’s advisory or more in-depth research. If you are not using the databases at one of our libraries, you’ll be required to enter a valid library card number and PIN.
- NoveList – This database provides readers advisory for patrons of all ages. Author pages allow readers to peruse a style and also find read-a-likes. Both fiction and non-fiction recommendations are available. Numerous search options, such as title, author, or genre provide advanced search capability.
Links to Websites by Category
Below are some helpful links to book information by broad categories. The categories are listed in alphabetical order.
- Fantastic Fiction – Bibliographic information on authors of works in the following genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Historical Romance, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Sagas, Science Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance, and Western. Also includes synopses of new books in these genres. This site also includes series information for a large number of authors.
- Amazon Bestsellers
- Barnes and Noble Bestsellers
- New York Times Bestsellers
- Publishers’ Weekly Bestseller Lists
Book Discussion Information
- African American Literature Book Club
- Oprah’s Book Club
- ReadingGroupGuides.com – Contains over 1,500 book discussion guides.
- Start Your Own Mystery Discussion Group
- Vintage Books Reading Groups Guides
- Find out what Book Discussion Groups are available at the Louisville Free Library!
- Bookmarks Magazine
- Compulssive Reader – Reviews of books by working writers, plus author interviews, literary news and criticism.
- Los Angeles Times Book Reviews
- The New York Times Book Review – Reviews, online discussions, book news, and the first chapters of some current works.
- Publishers’ Weekly
- Fantastic Fiction – Provides series information for a large number of authors in the following genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Historical Romance, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Sagas, Science Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance, and Western.
- Juvenile Series and Sequels – This is a good site to find juvenile series. Search by series title, series author, title or author. The Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence Missouri is the author of this website.
- Tor.com Series – A searchable collection of lists regarding series, focuses on Science Fiction/Fantasy but also includes literary series.
- What’s Next? – Search for series in this link from Kent District Library in Michigan
Readers’ Advisory and General Reading Sites
- AllReaders.com – Features book and movie reviews, fan insights, and lists of similar titles.
- AR Book Find – A free online tool for finding Accelerated Reader books.
- Book Riot – A site that is “dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are.”
- Genrefluent – a guide to reading interests in genre fiction. Includes Center for Adolescent Reading, Science Fiction and Fantasy Pages of Diana Tixier Herald.
- Goodreads – Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.
- LibraryReads – The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.
- Library Thing – A cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.
- The Mary Sue – An inclusive, feminist community of people who love fiction and non-fiction centered around many geek cultures, comic books, movies, genre TV, and video games.
- Readers Club – A literary collection of who, what, where, & when that lets you browse by character, subject, location and time period, maintained by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
Links to Websites by Format
Below are some helpful links to book information by type of media. The categories are listed in alphabetical order.
- AudioFile Magazine
- Books for Ears
- Downloadable Audiobooks – This page lets you know what you need to get started downloading and listening to audiobooks available from the library. There are links to web sites other than the library, plus a custom search engine for searching the web, where you can download audiobooks.
Comic Books/Graphic Novels
- Ain’t It Cool News – A long-running blog that specializes in all things pop culture and geek. Here one can find comics and comic-themed movie news, reviews of various comics and comic-themed movies, as well as interviews with creators.
- The Comic Book Database – This site is exactly what its title says, a database of comic books. It is searchable by cover date, title, creator, character, teams, story arcs, publishers, imprints, and awards. The covers of each issue are displayed prominently for visual verification.
- Comic Book Resources
- Comic Vine
- Comics Bulletin
- The Comics Journal – It covers comics from the perspective of comics as a fine art. There you will find news, interviews with various members of the comics industry, and comic reviews.
- The Comics Reporter
- Comics Worth Reading
- ComicsResearch.org – A great site about comics scholarship with annotated bibliographies on book-length works about comic books and comic strips. There are also interesting links to many great sites about comics of all forms and places of origin.
- Good Comics for Kids – School Library Journal’s website for reviews of graphic novels and comics.
- Graphic Novel Reporter
- Kids Love Comics – Reviews of age-appropriate graphic novels for children with an eye towards promoting literacy.
- Newsarama – Since 1998, a major source for the latest news about the comic book industry. You can find information about graphic novels, comic books, comic strips, webcomics, cartoons, animation, and movies or TV with science fiction/fantasy themes.
- No Flying, No Tights – Reviews of graphic novels for Teens.
- Suggested Reading Lists for the Graphic Novel Discussion Group at the Main Library – Lists are not meant to be comprehensive but as a guide for those who may not have a title in mind for the meeting.
- The Webcomic List – The Webcomic List is designed to keep readers up to date with the titles they like. It has over 20,000 webcomics that are monitored daily and updated as frequently as possible.
- Amazon Kindle eBooks
- Barnes & Noble Nook Books
- eBooks at the Library – This page lets you know what you need to get started reading eBooks, gives a description of how the check-out process for eBooks works, and lists compatible devices with instructions for each specific device. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!
- Open eBooks – Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from in-need households. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds. Children from in-need families can access these eBooks, which include some of the most popular works of the present and past, using the Open eBooks app and read as many as they like without incurring any costs.
Links to Websites by Genre
Below are some helpful links to book information by genre of fiction. The major genres are listed in alphabetical order.
Note: Science Fiction and Fantasy links are listed together.
- goodreads’ Recommended Historical Fiction
- HistoricalNovels.info – Indexes historical fiction by period, title, and author’s name.
- Library Booklists–Historical Fiction/History – Provides booklists on a wide range of themes.
- Maiden’s Crown
- The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
- Horror Review
- Horror Writers Association
- Weird Fiction Review
- Focus on Fiction – “We offer in-depth monthly interviews with many of today’s best Christian fiction authors, plus fiction book contests and giveaways, book reviews, and insider information about new and upcoming Christian fiction book releases.”
- goodreads’ Best Non-Christian Spiritual Booklist
- Critical Mass – Commentary on literary criticism, publishing, and writing from the National Book Critics Circle.
- IPL2’s Pathfinders for Literary Criticism
- Mystery Readers International – A mystery fan/reader organization open to all mystery readers, fans, critics, editors, publishers, and writers.
- The Poisoned Pen Home Page – The website for a bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona that offers mystery recommendations and links.
- Stop You’re Killing Me – Lists over 2,200 authors for both series and non-series. A great resource if you like to read your mysteries in order. Cross-referenced by author name, character name, locations, jobs, diversity, etc.
- Tangled Web – comprehensive site has crime fiction and author profiles. This site also has science fiction and fantasy books that are published in England
- All About Romance – The back-fence for lovers of romance novels
- Romance Reviews Today
- Romantic Times Book Reviews – The website for Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine offers ratings and short reviews of romance fiction
- Romance Writers of America – provides authors and new romance novels to be released each month
- SBTB – “All the Romance, None of the B.S.” is their tagline. It is an online “community of romance readers eager to talk about which romance novels rocked their worlds, and which ones made them throw the book with as much velocity as possible.”
(Note: SBTB can be pretty, ahem, saucy so if impolite language is a problem for you, please steer clear; that is, do not click the link)
- Amazing Stories Book Reviews
- Locus Online – Features the Locus Index to Science Fiction, the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, and the 2004 Recommended Reading List.
- National Public Radio’s List of the Top 100 Fantasy and Science Fiction Books
- SFF180 – Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction reviews since 2001.
- Uchronia—The Alternate History List – A searchable annotated bibliography of alternate history fiction and essays. Contains over 2,500 items.
- The Seasoned Cowboy Western Reading List – This website has reading lists for western fans.
- Western Writers of America – Features the Spur Awards, Roundup Magazine, and a list of Best Westerns
- Women Writing the West – Focuses on authors and other professionals in promoting the contributions made by women to the history, culture and growth of the American West
Young Adult Fiction
- Guys Read – A literacy program from Jon Sciezka.
- Reading Rants! – Out of the ordinary Teen Booklists.
- teenreads.com – Lots of information about authors, reviews, information about new books in hardback and paperback, series, and features such as interviews and books-into-movies.
- 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels – National Public Radio polled its listeners for their favorite, all-time teen reads.