The Book Lover’s Page
Looking for a good book to read? Enjoy sharing books with your friends? Thinking of starting a book club? Check out these resources for award–winners, book reviews, genre suggestions and “read-alikes.”
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What Should I Read Next
Over 103,000 searchable book reviews, book lists, author interviews and more, brought to you by the American Library Association.
Discover your next great book. Author interviews, reviews and recommendations for new fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children.
Deciding what to read next? Tell Goodreads what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and they’ll give you recommendations for other books you’ll want to read. Sign up for a free account and you’ll be able to discover what your friends are reading, post your own reviews, join a book discussion and keep track of your reading.
Nancy Pearl is the rock star of readers – she even has her own action figure! Former librarian and director of the Washington Center for the Book, Pearl now travels the country sharing her favorite reads at bookstores and libraries as well as on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and public television. She’s also an author – see her books listed under our Books About Books section below.
The Alexandria Library has books to help you plan your reading and find the perfect book no matter what your reading interests. Search our online catalog using “books and reading” as the subject to find books about books. Below is just a small sample of the books available. Click on the book cover to learn more.
Man Booker Prize
National Book Award
National Book Critics Circle Awards
Nobel Prize for Literature
Edgar Awards (mystery)
Hugo Award (science fiction)
Nebula Award (science fiction)
If you’re ready for romance or mooning for a mystery, check out these genre reading websites for recommendations, reviews and more:
Science Fiction & Fantasy
The Alexandria Library subscribes to a variety of databases of interest to book lovers. You’ll need your library card number to access the following resources:
Gale Books & Authors answers the question, “What do I read next?” You can build your own reading lists from fiction and nonfiction reviews as well as genre recommendations. Be sure to try the Read-A-Like Wizard!
ProQuest Newstand provides full text book reviews and articles from a wide range of newspapers including The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal / Constitution, Barron's, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post. For example, if you enjoyed The Hunger Games search for “dystopia and (book reviews)” to find similar books.
Half the fun of reading books is sharing and discussing them with friends. The Alexandria Library has programs and resources to get you started.
Check our events calendar for upcoming author talks and literary programs.
The library sponsors book discussion groups at the each of our branch locations. Or, start a book club of your own! Check out the books below along with one of our Book Clubs to Go! kits that contain everything you need to get started.
Online Book Discussion
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