What to Read
Awards | Bestsellers | Best Books | Book Clubs | Book Reviews | Children's | Graphic novels | Historical fiction | Movies from books | Mysteries | Read-alikes | Readers tools | Romance | Science Fiction | Series |Teen
see also "Children’s Book Award sites"
Indie Bound Bestseller Lists: Find top selling books as reported by independent booksellers across the USA.
New York Times Best Sellers: View weekly lists of the top selling books in a variety of formats compiled by the New York Times.
NPR Bestseller Lists: View bestseller lists compiled by National Public Radio, browse book reviews and listen to author interviews.
Publishers Weekly bestsellers: Bestseller lists compiled by a trade publication aimed at publishers, book sellers, librarians, and literary agents.
ALA Notable Books: The goal of ALA's Notable Books Council is to make available to the nation’s adult readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books.
Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books, 2012: ..."representative of the year’s outstanding books for public library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal."
Modern Library’s 100 Best Books of the Century: The top 100 Novels and Non-Fiction works of the 20th century selected by the board of the Modern Library.
New York Times 100 Notable Books of ...[ 2012 ]: Annual lists of the top 100 notable books of the year as determined by the New York Times.
Barnes and Noble Review: Book reviews from established critics, reviewers, and columnists.
Bookforum: Book reviews, essays, current events columns, and author interviews.
Booklist: Book Reviews for librarians, book groups and book lovers, from the American Library Association. Some, but not all, of the content is free to non-subscribers.
Bookreporter: Book reviews, book news, author interviews, seasonal feautures, and more.
Kirkus Reviews: Book reviews for consumers and book industry professionals.
Library Journal: Previews of upcoming titles, book reviews, author interviews and more from this journal for library professionals.
New York Review of Books: Some, but not all of the content, is available to non-subscribers.
Association for Library Services to Children (division of American Library Association): Promotes reading and books through recommendations, compilations of lists, and related services.
The Children’s Book Committee: An annual list of the best books for children compiled by the children’s book committee at the Bank Street College of Education.
Common Sense Media: A wonderful source for age appropriate book recommendations.
Cooperative Children’s Book Center: Committed to identifying excellent literature for children and adolescents and bringing it to the attention of adults who have a professional interest in young readers.
James Patterson’s ReadkiddoRead.com: Dedicated to making kids readers for life.
ALA Association for Library Service to Children: Book and media awards (including the Caldecott and Newbery).
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award: Awards in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction.
Massachusetts Children's Book Award: Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders are given a "master list" of book titles. After reading five of the books, students vote for their favorite.
Comic-Con Eisner Award: A complete listing of all Will Eisner Comic Industry Award winners.
No Flying No Tights: Reviews of graphic novels by genre, format, age categories and staff picks.
Historical Novel Society: A literary society devoted to promoting the enjoyment of history with over 4,500 reviews of historical fiction works searchable by author, genre, time period, and century.
Reading the Past: News, views, and reviews of historical fiction by a librarian and avid historical fiction blogger.
Based on the Book: Find books, short stories, and plays that have been made into movies. All films in this database were released in the United States, in English, since 1980.
Stop You’re Killing Me: A website to die for... if you love mysteries! Search for mysteries, thrillers and crime novels by author, character name, historical period, location, and even character occupation. Also includes awards lists.
All About Romance: An online destination for lovers of Romance novels. Find book reviews, author interviews, reader forums, and industry coverage.
Romantic Times: A daily blog, monthly top picks, genre spotlights, and over 40,000 book reviews.
Hugo Award: The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention.
Locus Online: Science Fiction and Fantasy book reviews, author interviews, and more!
Nebula Award: Given annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
SciFan: A comprehensive database of science fiction and fantasy writers.
SFSite: A webzine featuring reviews of science fiction books, films, and television shows as well as author interviews and discussion forums.
(A valid Minuteman Library card is needed for home access).
Books and Authors: Browse fiction, or type a title into the Search box and get information on the book, including "recommended similar titles." See also the useful lists under the "Expert Picks" link.
Literature Resource Center: Literary criticism, author biographies, and entries from Gale reference works.
NoveList: Fiction reviews, author read-alikes, book discussion guides, recommended reading lists, award lists and feature articles.
Goodreads: A social media site for book lovers. Discover and create personalized shelves of books to read, track books you have already read and share your opinions about books with friends.
Library Thing: Create a library-quality catalog for your personal book collection while discovering new books through social networking.
Shelfari: Amazon’s social media site for readers.
Book Group Buzz: “Book group tips, reading lists, and lively talk of literary news from the experts at Booklist Online.”
Book Movement: Trying to find your next book club book? Sign up to receive weekly emails of suggested book club reads and browse reviews.
Oprah's Book Club: from the woman who got America reading.
Reading Group Choices: Discover great book club reads and get advice on running your book club.
Reading Group Guides: Need discussion questions to help run your next book club meeting? This online community for book clubs has over 3,600 searchable guides.
What should I read next?: Enter the title or author of a book you enjoy and this site will provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.
FictFact: Track your favorite fiction series and receive free alerts to remind you when new books in the series you follow are being published.
Juvenile Series and Sequels: Discover complete series in children’s literature. Series are classified into three audiences; Juvenile Easy (JE), Juvenile (J), and Young Adult (YA).
What’s Next: What title comes next in a series of books? Use this site to discover all the books in a particular series.
The Hub: Your connection to Teen Reads (Young Adult Library Services Association - YALSA): a one-stop-shop for finding information about teen reads, book recommendations, and information about YALSA lists and awards.
Teen Reads: Offers book reviews and lists of young adult and adult books appropriate for teens.
Reading Rants: Out of the ordinary teen booklists and YA book reviews.