Books and Reading Recommendations

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These databases are available from outside the Library using your Carol Stream Library card and pin number.

Find the next book in a series. Search by author, title, character, location, subject, or keyword.
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.

See also Literature and Poetry

For ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, see eMedia



Bestseller lists

General Sites

  • 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.
  • What's Next Lists the order of books in adult fiction series. Searches can be made by author, title, or series name.
  • Review The Barnes & Noble Review is an online publication that brings readers smart and useful appraisals of books, music, and DVDs, as well as essays, interviews, and other features.
  • FictionL Booklists Many many lists created by librarians from all over the U.S. via the FictionL listserv (an online discussion group).
  • Readers Advice Genre Index -- Lists arranged by genres and subgenres.
  • 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, and more.
  • RT Book Reviews (Romance) 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.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Horror Readers

Book Clubs

Other Sites of Interest

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Internet Public Library Literature Reference Great source for information about authors, awards, online texts, writing, and literary criticism.
  • Oprah's Book Club 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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