Book Recommendations

Looking for a book to read? 
Here are some sites we like for recommendations on what to read next.

Find new books to read.  This excellent resource contains a best books list, author read-alikes, book reviews, author profiles, and book discussion guides. 

Books and Authors
Keep track of your reading lists, read and write reviews, and explore new books by genre.  This resource also contains author biographies.  

Contemporary Literary Criticism
Contemporary Literary Criticism - Select (CLC-Select) is an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors.  Each entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works, and sources for further study.

Literature Resource Center
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

Maynard Book Groups

Bagels and Books
The Friends of the Library have started a new kind of book discussion, where everyone is invited to suggest books and authors in a different category every month. You can participate in person or online at their blog.
Book Mill
This group has met monthly at the library since 1999. Over the years, it has evolved into a thoughtful group with particular interest in reading about different cultures and creating reading lists that mix contemporary fiction, classics, and occasionally, non-fiction. Any reader who enjoys reading with a questioning mind, entertaining diverse perspectives, and sharing their thoughts is welcome to join us for one or many Book Mill meetings. To contact the group's facilitator, Jan, e-mail


Book Page (monthly) - Pick up a copy at the Circulation Desk!

New York Review of Books (weekly)

New York Times Book Review (weekly) - Part of the New York Times Sunday edition.


General Book Lists
Maynard Public Library New Item List
Updated monthly with the list of all new items the library has acquired.
Minuteman Library Network Booklists
Compiles a number of book awards including the National Book Award, the Booker Prize, and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Minuteman Top Requests Lists
The 50 most popular books in the Minuteman Library Network. Click the title to request.
The New York Times Bestseller List
Current best-sellers broken down by category.
NPR Best Books
Broken into many different categories, these are the selections from National Public Radio critics.
Publisher's Weekly Best of 2013
Best books from the magazine. Separated into top 10 lists by genre. (Links to other years are available).
What Should I Read Next?
Enter a book you like and the site will analyze a huge database of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

Book Websites by Genre

Graphic Novels

No Flying, No Tights
Reviews of graphic novels by genre, format, age categories, and staff picks.
Historical Fiction

Historical Novel Society
Literary society devoted to promoting the enjoyment of history with reviews of historical fiction works searchable by author, genre, time period, and century.
Reading the Past
News, views, and reviews by a librarian and avid historical fiction blogger. Also has many links to other historical fiction sites and blogs.
Movies Based on the Book

List from Mid-Continent Public Library


Stop, You're Killing Me!
A site to die for... if you love mysteries! Search for mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels by author, character name, historical period, location, and even character occuption. Also includes awards lists.

All About Romance
An online destination for lovers of romance novels. Find book reviews, author interviews, reader forums, and industry coverage.
Romantic Times
A daily blog, monthly picks, genre spotlights, and over 40,000 book reviews.
Science Fiction

Locus Online
Science fiction and fantasy book reviews, author interviews, and more!

SF Site
Webzine featuring reviews of science fiction books, films, and television shows as well as author interviews and discussion forums.

Social Media Sites for Readers

Discover and create personalized shelves of books to read, track books you have already read, and share your opinions about books with friends.
Create a library-quality catalog for your personal book collection while discovering new books through social networking.