and Reading Recommendations
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These databases are available from outside the Library using your Carol Stream Library card and pin number.
Browse or search this database of current book, audio, and video titles, both fiction and nonfiction.
Find the next book in a series. Search by author, title, character, location, subject, or keyword.
Discover titles similar to books you already enjoy or find other titles of interest.
Discover great books to read, both fiction and non-fiction. Search by title, author, plot elements, or series name.
Use your students’ favorite books (or the books you use in your classes) to find more books to read and use.
- Morton Grove Public
Library Reader's Services Includes a host of recommended book
lists ("FictionL Booklists"), links to great Web sites for book lovers,
and book discussion guides.
- Overbooked This site offers
recommendations for both literary and genre fiction. Annotated lists
of fiction and mystery titles, hot new releases, links to author pages,
publishers, and awards are just some of the features of this site.
This is a very comprehensive and informative site for readers of all
- What's Next Lists the order of books in adult fiction series. Searches can be
made by author, title, or series name.
- Book Browser called"The
Guide for Avid Readers," this site has over 7,400 book reviews, along
with information about forthcoming books, and four different types
of reading lists (Series and Sequels; If You Like, Try; Place &
Time; and Best of.). Author information and interviews with authors
are another feature of the site, which is now part of the Barnes and
Noble Web site.
- Reader's Robot This
site lets you search for books by genre keywords or various "appeal
factors." There are about 4,500 books in the database. The site is
particularly good for Science Fiction and Fantasy fans, although other
genres are represented.
- FictionL Booklists Many many lists created by librarians from all over the U.S. via the
FictionL listserv (an online discussion group).
Advice Genre Index -- Lists arranged by genres and subgenres.
- BookPage.com A monthly general
interest book review magazine, BookPage covers the best in new releases.
- Romantic Times The online
version of the popular "Romantic Times Book Club" magazine includes
hundreds of romance novel reviews.
- All About Romance"The Back-Fence
for Lovers of Romance Novels" was created by romance readers for romance
readers. Contains author information, book reviews, discussion boards,
- The Romance Reader News and reviews of romance novels.
- Romance Writers of America
(RWA) Provides a variety of information for romance readers: a
searchable database of romance novels, information about author appearances,
links to authors' Web sites a guide to romance subgenres, and information
about the organization's RITA awards.
Fiction and Fantasy
- Fantastic Fiction Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror fiction by year, series, and
author name, and lists of award winners, top 250 authors, and new
- SF Site: The Home Page for Science Fiction
and Fantasy Features author book lists, interviews with authors,
award winners, reviews, and more.
- Luna Cat A site dedicated
to science fiction and fantasy literature by female authors. Author
information and book descriptions are given.
- Uchronia: The Alternate History
List An annotated bibliography of alternate or alternative history
works (also called allohistories, uchronia, counterfeit worlds, counterfactuals,
negative histories, etc.)
- Sci-Fi Lists
- Locus Online
- Science Fiction and Fantasy World
- Scifan: http://www.scifan.com/
- The Complete Starfleet Library: http://www.well.com/~sjroby/lcars/
Sites of Interest
- DearReader.com Join one
or more online bookclubs and receive (via email) chapters of books
to read each week to help find books you want to read.
- Amazon.com online bookstore
includes some reviews, links, and award lists.
- Barnes and Noble's Web site includes
some author interviews, links, and reviews.
- All Readers Reviews by
readers, one-click plot searches, and advanced searches to find the
perfect read in Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Literature, Romance, History,
and Biography genres.
Public Library Literature Reference Great source for information
about authors, awards, online texts, writing, and literary criticism.
Books information about books seen on the show, Oprah's Book Club,
books from O, The Oprah Magazine, and Oprah's favorite books.
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