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Books and Reading: Find a Good Book

How to find a good book

Readers have a variety of options at their disposal to help them find enjoyable works for fiction and nonfiction.

Readers Advisory  

Librarians are trained in how to provide "Reader's Advisory" service to library patrons. The keystone of this service is matching the "appeal" factors or characteristics of a book with what type of book you enjoy reading.  Appeal factors include story line, story pacing, atmosphere, the characterization style of the the author, the tone of the story, the plot, and more.

Other Resources

  • Reader's Advisory pamphlets developed by the library,
  • Library web pages and  web links 
  • Print and electronic book review sources in newspapers and newsletters 
  • Blog posts 
  • Electronic bookstores such as and

We also use online resources, such as FictionDB. This site has an extensive number of booklists, and is a forum for Readers Advisory discussions. Goodreads is another site with a number of reviews and suggestions.

NoveList Plus

Want to know the secret to finding your next book?
Looking for your next book? Want to find a new author? Can’t remember all the titles in a series? We have a great solution called NoveList Plus. It helps readers of all ages find books that match their reading level and interests. Use to find read-alikes for your favorite titles and authors.

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