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Reading Resources

There are lots of websites dedicated to helping the reader find what to read next.  Check out the websites below.  You just might find your next book! 

Bookworm with stack of booksOr you can stop by the library to see our displays of featured books or come talk to us. We enjoy reading just as much as you do and we'd love to talk to you about books!



Stop, You’re Killing Me!: A great site for finding the order of mystery series. It also includes lists of books by characters and locations. A fun site to browse.

Crime Writers in Alphabetical Order:  A massive site that is just what the name describes. If you can’t find the author here, she must be very obscure!


Science Fiction

SciFan:  Books and Links for the Science Fiction Fan. It is a large database that can be searched or browsed by themes, authors or time period, to name a few.

Fantastic Fiction:  A British site that focuses on science fiction, fantasy and horror books and authors. However, this site includes a large number of authors in other genres, listing titles and series with publishing information.



All About Romance:  The back fence for lovers of romance novels. A great site for all books romance! It includes booklists on interesting topics. Just click on Special Title Listings under Readers Choice.

The Romance Reader:  Find a large number of reviews on romance novels.



ReadWest: An online magazine promoting Western literature, both fiction and nonfiction. There are book reviews, a number of interesting book lists and original, full-text Western stories.


Historical Fiction

History Fiction: A database of authors and titles, including readers’ comments. It also includes a number of links to forums, lists and other web sites.


General Fiction

NoveList Plus: One of the most popular reader's advisory websites. NoveList Plus is available through the library's subscription to Ebscohost. A user name and password is required to use NoveList whether in the library or remotely. The library has user names and passwords for patrons so please call us at 563-875-8912 to get access.

Books & Authors: Know what you're going to read next?  Let this database from Gale help you! Find a good book to read or keep track of what you are reading, have read, and want to read.

All Readers:  Features detailed book reviews from many different genres of books. You can also enter a book review and get listed as a scholar!

What's Next: Database listing of books in series to help you search for series fiction. From Kent District Library.

Which Book:  Allows readers an "enjoyable and intuitive way to find books to match their mood."

Library Thing:  A home for your books.  Enter what you're reading or your whole catalog.  It's an easy, library-quality catalog.  Plus we have a community of 1,500,000 book lovers. LibraryThing connects you to the people who read what you do!

Reader's Corner:  Website links to new books, reading resources, book discussions, and book blogs. From Morton Grove, IL Webrary.

Bookweb:  Website links to book lists, reading suggestions, and book blogs. From Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library.

Reader's Advisory:  The right book for the right person at the right time. Links from the Iowa Library Service Areas.

Goodreads:  Deciding what to read next? You’re in the right place. Tell us what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and we’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations. What are your friends reading? Chances are your friends are discussing their favorite (and least favorite) books on Goodreads. Use can also use this website to track books you have read and want to read.

Shelfari:  Shelfari is a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends and learn more about your favorite books – all for free.

FictionDB:  FictionDB is a reference website about fiction authors and their books. Save valuable reading time by going to one place for your reference and organizing. FicitionDB does not directly sell books, but feel free to click on the links to any of our bookselling partners.

Fantastic Fiction:  Bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and information on over 350,000 books. Find an author by surname, or use the search boxes to search for an author or book.

What Should I Read Next? Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our huge database of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

The Staff Recommends:  Deciding what to read is a difficult proposition. Each year, better than 175,000 books are published. The Staff Recommends makes sure you’ll have a dud-free reading life.

Overbooked:  Overbooked's mission is to provide timely information about fiction (all genres) and readable nonfiction for ravenous and omnivorous readers.










The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)