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ALA's Notable Books

Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader.

Search for books based on plot, setting, character, and writing style. 

The Reading Group site from The unique feature of this site is that excerpts are included for all featured titles, as well as reading guides, author interviews, and other features. The site contains a wealth of information on how to start and run a book group, and a useful guide on how to create your own Readers Guide for a book.


Call it book trading, a global book club, a reading group with no boundaries, but think catch and release! This site, created by a software developer in CA as a relief from e-commerce assignments, asks people to “release” books they’ve read into the wild. Members are given ID numbers for books they leave for others to find, the finders can record a journal entry for the book at the website and then set the book back on its journey. There are currently over 430,000 books “in the wild” in the US.


C-SPAN's signature author interview program had served as a forum for books about history, politics, and public affairs. Although the show ended its fifteen-year run in early December 2004, will go on to make available on its website all of the programs in the 800-show series. The website will be redesigned to make it more user friendly as an archive and research tool for teachers, students, researchers, writers and non-fiction book enthusiasts in general.


Brief reviews of new general interest nonfiction, fiction, science fiction, mysteries, romance, children's books, and audio books. Also includes author interviews, book club recommendations, and special interest lists.


Ever craved a good book and just not been inspired by anything you see? Or felt annoyed that you bought a book that was merely so-so? Or closed a book and JUST wanted to talk about it? The Book Report Network aims to solve these reader dilemmas, with thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, literary games and contests, and more every week.


A free resource center that simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the Web. Featured sites are hand-selected by Editors and organized into intuitive categories, such as bestseller lists, genres, book reviews, electronic texts, book news and more. Coverage includes children's books, comic books, mystery, poetry, romance, science fiction, young adult, first chapters, awards, literacy, reading groups, and reading lists. 

BookTV C-Span 2 

A guide to exploring nonfiction books on tv, that provides the weekend schedule of the Book TV program, which airs on C-Span 2 from 8am Saturday to 8am Monday. Among the subjects covered are history, biography, the book business, and children's books. Many programs are author interviews taped at bookstores around the country. 

Books Toolbox: 50+ Sites for Book Lovers 

Links to sites for book reviews, online book communities, publishing, book search and exchange, and more.


Diana Herald reads a book a day and collects her brief, lively reviews on this Web page, formerly known as Genreflecting. A great source for teen readers!

Read book recommendations, keep track of what you've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more.

Hennepin County Library "Find a Good Book"

Hennepin County Library has put online "a handy reference guide to authors and genres." Users may browse all the subject categories, which range from Christian Fiction to techno-thrillers and horror. Search the databse by author or theme, or view the links to other resources from Hennepin County Library. A wonderful readers' advisory resource for librarians and book lovers alike!


LibraryThing is a web application for storing and sharing personal library catalogs and book lists. Users can catalog personal collections, keep reading lists and wish lists, and meet other users who have the same books.

National Book Awards

The National Book Awards began in 1950, and are awarded each year by the National Book Foundation to books of exceptional merit written by Americans. Prizes are awarded for fiction, nonfiction, young people's literature and poetry. This site, in addition to listing all of the past award winners, includes several different reading lists, an NBA trivia contest and a collection of acceptance speeches by many of the authors.

NH Center for the Book

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was established to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy, and the literary heritage of New Hampshire and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State.


An online guide to fiction for Amherst Town Library cardholders

This site allows you to keep a social list of the books you read and/or recommend. After you sign up you can add books to your unique list. You can view anyone else's books and they can view yours.

Salon Books 

Features daily book reviews, essays on the ideas and controversies that have taken the literary world by storm, and interviews with today's most interesting writers.

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What's Next: A Searchable Database of Novels in Series

What's the right order for the Nevada Barr books? Check out this up to date, searchable listing of adult fiction in series. A "series" is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits


Whichbook helps readers decide which book to read next. Readers can build the elements of that elusive 'good read' we are all looking for but don't quite know how to define. Make selections on plot shape, type of main character, country the book is set in, and more on a sliding scale. Whichbook gives readers an enjoyable and intuitive way to find books to match their mood.