Recommendations & Reviews
Bonnie Greschaw & Nancy Hasek,
FCL Staff Selectors
Award / Prize Winners
Literary awards, from Pulitzer to picture books, Nobel to Nebula, and sample pages of many titles for browsing.
Between the Covers is an excellent rare book site. They maintain at this link a set of lists for the five major Book Award winners: The Booker Prize, The National Book Award, The Nobel Prize for Literature, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
- International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
The largest international prize of its kind and open to books written in any language. Books are nominated by selected libraries from all over the world.
Awards and Prizes for fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, children's literature, poetry, science fiction, horror, drama, mystery, fantasy, etc. There are now over 170 Literature Awards listed on this site!
- Powells.com Award Winners
Up to date and complete list of award winning titles for both awards that are well known and those that are obscure. Includes literary fiction, mystery, poetry, science fiction, general nonfiction, children’s books and alternative press.
- Young Adult Booklists & Awards
Assembled by the Young Adult division of the American Library Association, this site focuses on books for the 10–16 age group.
- Amazon.com Top-Selling Books
Annotated listing with some sample pages and reviews of the top 100 best-selling titles in this cooperative venture between two book vending behemoths. Also updated hourly.
Cader Books publishes an annual entertainment almanac in conjunction with People Magazine which presents a storehouse of useful and interesting facts and features about the entire world of entertainment. Included in that book is Publisher's Weekly's list of bestselling hardcover books for the entire century. This page presents a digital archive listing all of those bestsellers from this century. However, minimal information is given, i.e., author and title. At present, lists are available for a timespan of 1900–1995.
Links to over a dozen bestseller lists, by Source (including USA Today, Audio BookWorld, and the Bestseller Almanac of fiction and nonfiction from 1900-1998) as well as by Genre/Topic (African American, Audio, Business, eBooks, Children's, Christian, Computer, Mystery, Poetry, Romance, and Self-Help).
Many "Best Seller" lists rely on sales figures from a few very large mega chains whose sales displays are heavily influenced by publishers" promotional budgets. IndeBound presents a list from over 350 independent booksellers which may serve as a qualitative selection source.
An international news magazine of book publishing and book-selling that contains author interviews as well as early reviews of books for all ages.
- USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books List
Updated weekly. Covers fiction, nonfiction, paperbacks and hardcovers. You can save, print, or email listings,. Display is by rank, but can also be sorted by title or author.
- Washington Post Best Sellers List and Critics' Picks
Browse the weekly list of Washington area best-selling fiction and nonfiction, hardcover and paperback titles.
Provides links to actively maintained sites done by experienced reviewers or subject experts. Access reviews of audio visual materials and books on special interest topics as well as general and academic reviews.
A monthly general interest book review, BookPage covers the best in new releases. In the past 10+ years, BookPage has interviewed everyone from John Grisham to Norman Mailer, and typically reviews up to 100 of each month's new fiction, nonfiction, business, children's, spoken word audio, and how-to books.
- Detroit Free Press Books
The Freep's book features section online—book-related stories and reviews.
Links to reviews of current fiction in newspapers on the web, arranged by date. Some links go directly to the review, others to a search page. Some sites require registration.
Volunteers read and review over 400 books each month, giving preference to small press publishers. Extensive links to other book reviewers.
The web site for the prestigious Book Review periodical.
Provides access to the most recent New York Times Book Review, its back issues, reviews from the daily paper and a searchable archive of book reviews from January 1, 1996 to the present. It also offers Web-only material including reviews and articles from the archives, Audio Interviews and Readings and First Chapters from selected books.
A Web site for voracious readers. Overbooked specializes in literary and genre fiction information. Overbooked Originals include author Web pages, annotated lists of nonfiction, fiction and mystery books that received starred reviews, themed booklists, featured titles lists and hot lists of hard cover U.S. fiction releases.
Book lists for those teens out there who need a good read, but are wondering if there's life after Judy Blume and Gary Paulsen.
Displays full-length reviews of recently released books, including bestsellers, nonfiction, mysteries and thrillers, UK releases and select award winners.
Recommendations & Suggestions
Choose from hundreds of plot, theme, character, and setting options to find what you want!
Use the title or author of a favorite book to find your next great read. Search novels and biographies by genre, topic, setting, location, time frame and location.
Called the "MySpace of books", this is a social bookmarking site to share favorite titles, rate them, meet and greet.
In addition to strong cataloging and organizing tools for your personal reading collection, LibraryThing offers recommendations based on the collective intelligence of individual and institutional members. Free signup required.
"If you like" author and genre book lists created by students at the Indiana University School of Library and Information Sciences.
This site has over 8500 authors and 450 genres. There are lists of every type. Find an author that you enjoy reading and genre(s) in which an author writes appear in parentheses after the author's name. Follow that link to other authors in the same genre. Another list is of "Big Name" authors. With a list of their newest titles. Click on "similar titles" and find other authors that might be appealing to you.
- Webrary: The Reader's Choice from Morton Grove Publc Library
Everything for book lovers: Recommendations/Reviews, the Fiction_L mailing list, Web sites and more.
Experiment by changing your settings to see what Whichbook comes up with. There are 20 million different individual permutations possible! Choose happy or sad, expected or unexpected, sexy or not, etc.