Resources for Readers

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.

Author Information

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.

Best Sellers

Amazon Bestsellers 

Barnes and Noble Bestsellers

New York Times Bestsellers

Publishers’ Weekly Bestseller Lists

Book Discussion Information

African American Literature Book Club


Louisville Book Meetup

Oprah’s Book Club – 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!

Book Reviews

Bookmarks Magazine

The New York Times Book Review – Reviews, online discussions, book news, and the first chapters of some current works.

Review of Books – Provides at least 3 objective reviews of a book.

Book Series 

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.

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.

What’s Next? – Search for series in this link from Kent District Library in Michigan

Readers’ Advisory and General Reading Sites – 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.”

Goodreads – Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.

Gnooks – Map of literature – enter an author’s name and see a cloud map of similar authors. Gnod’s Suggestion tool – enter authors you like and get a suggestion of another you should try.

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. – A website for ravenous readers. Includes author web pages, annotated book lists, and a new feature called “Author Connections” in which authors offer reading suggestions to readers.

Readers Advice – Find new books to read in your favorite genres and sub-genres.

Readers Club – Contains book reviews by editors, celebrities, and readers, author interviews, and Librarian’s Choice Awards for book-related websites.



Links to Websites by Format

Below are some helpful links to book information by type of media. The categories are listed in alphabetical order.


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.

Collector Times – Billed also as The Magazine of Past and Future Collectibles, Collector Times has been online continuously since 1998 and maintains an archive of its older issues. The two areas that it focuses on are comic books and games that are collectible. There one can find reviews, art galleries, and information about conventions. There are also links to other sites about comics, gaming, and science fiction/fantasy.

The Collins Compendium of Free Online Comics – This site hosts over 300 completely legal comics online, available as full issues at absolutely no cost to the reader.

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 – The print version of The Comics Journal was first published in 1976 by Fantagraphics Books. 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 Portal

The Comics Reporter

Comics Worth Reading – 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.

Wizard World Digital Magazine – Formerly the printed Wizard Magazine, this site is always timely, lively, and full of previews for titles. It carries interviews with the movers and shakers of the comics industry on both current and upcoming projects.


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!



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.


Asian Horror Encyclopedia

Dark Echo Horror – Reviews of horror fiction and nonfiction, and interviews with those in the field.

The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

The Eternal Night


First Fright

The Horror Librarian

Horror World – Contains reviews, over 100 message boards, the top 200 horror novels and the top 100 horror short stories.

Horror Writers Association


Weird Fiction Review

Inspirational Fiction – “ is a non-affiliated, non-denominational website. Our purpose is to provide Internet-based content to the Christian community to raise their awareness of Christian books and authors through book reviews, author interviews and other book-related commentary

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.”

Mystery Fiction

Mystery Readers International

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.

Romance Fiction

All About Romance – The back-fence for lovers of romance novels

Romantic Times Book Reviews – The website for Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine offers ratings and short reviews of romance fiction

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Locus Online – Features the Locus Index to Science Fiction, the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, and the 2004 Recommended Reading List.

Scifan: Book & Links for the Science Fiction Fan – Features author biographies and bibliographies, as well as information on new and upcoming books, titles of books on particular themes, series information, lists of classics and award winners, and yearly publication information.

SFSite – Reviews of new science fiction literature.

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

Young Adult Fiction

Guys Read – A literacy program from Jon Sciezka. Check it out! (Patron Suggestion).

Inspirational Fiction for Teens – One of many reading suggestion lists to be found on the Morton Grove web site. Good stuff here.

Reading Rants! – Out of the ordinary Teen Booklists. Are they ever! – Lots of information about authors, reviews, information about new books in hardback and paperback, series, and features such as interviews and books-into-movies.

What’s Next: Teen Series and Sequels – Put together by children’s librarians at the Bettendorf (Iowa) Public Library, this page attempts to list as many series written for young adults as possible.