Need help finding your next great read? Did you just finish a book and don’t know what to read next? Are you having trouble breaking out of a reading rut? Here are some library vetted suggested sites and resources to help locate your next favorite read!
Resources Available Through the Library
NoveList Plus is a subscription we are able to provide access to through the Digital Maine Library. Simply login using the barcode on the back of your library card. This fantastic resource curated by industry professionals includes expert recommendations, read-a-likes, reviews, articles, lists and more. NoveList Plus also provides audiobook information and recommendations. A Video tutorial from Niche Academy is available if you need help navigating the site.
Book Riot is a fantastic resource with daily and weekly posts on a range of bookish topics. You can also sign up for newsletters or listen to one of numerous podcasts with more book recommendations & news. The only downside is admittedly the website can be a tad chaotic and messy with unavoidable ads. That caveat aside, it is a great resource nonetheless.
Fantastic Fiction includes lists of upcoming publications (especially of popular authors), titles grouped together by genre, and book recommendations by a wide range of authors. If you’ve ever wondered what Baldacci likes to read, wonder no more. This last bit is what makes this particular resource stand out as unique! The website presentation can look a little dated at times, but the information is fantastic.
G Nooks: Discover New Books This simple and extremely minimalist resource prompts you to name three of your favorite authors, then uses your answers to recommend other authors to try. See also the related resource, Literature Map. You can type in an author you like and a constellation of similar authors will appear on the page.
Goodreads A robust resource where you can curate your own virtual bookshelves, keep track of what you are currently reading, set a reading challenge for yourself (and hold yourself accountable), and find out what other readers like yourself recommend. Similar to Book Riot, Goodreads has articles on a range of literary topics.
Library Reads Looking for staff recommendations from librarians across the country? Check out Library Reads: a monthly list of best books submitted by librarians anywhere and everywhere. There’s even a Hall of Fame for all-time favorites.
Which Book is a visually appealing, interactive resource which allows you to find book recommendations based on “mood and emotion”, location in the world (using a clickable map), characters & plot, and books based on bestsellers. It’s a fun rabbit hole to go down on a rainy day.
Contact Courtney, our Adult Services Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org for book/author recommendations, or if you need help navigating any of these tools. Also, stay tuned for any upcoming entries in our Readers’ Advisory blog series for more specific recommendations on more narrow topics and areas of interest.