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Link here to a copy of the Local Community Book Club Directory.

Books & Authors MeL Database
Recommended for: General user, Reading advice. A database to help you decide what to read next. Search by character, topic, setting, time period, genre, title, author, and series. Includes over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner, and librarian's favorites lists. Titles include both fiction and non-fiction. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.You can access this online database from under databases.

Bestseller Lists
Book Lists and Reviews
Book Group Resources
Bookseller's & Publishers
In the News
Literary Awards
Online Journals & Literature
Recommended by Librarians
What to Read Next

Bestseller Lists

The Indie Bestseller Lists 

Weekly bestsellers based on sales from independent bookstores.   

New York Times Bestseller’s Lists
The renowned list from the Sunday New York Times Book Review.

Publisher’s Weekly 
Fiction, nonfiction, children's books, audiobook titles and articles from the well-known magazine of the bookselling and publishing industry.
USA Today
A weekly list of the top 150 titles sold in approximately 3000 bookstores nationwide.


Book Lists & Reviews
Book reviews searchable by character, plot and setting.
BookBrowse recommends the best recently published books through independent reviews and well-crafted reading lists. Much of the site is free but some areas require a subscription.
Online edition of the popular monthly newspaper.
The Chronicle Western 100
The San Francisco Chronicle's list of the best 20th Century fiction and nonfiction written in or about the western United States.
Historical Fiction - Authors & Books

A website for “ravenous” readers, featuring genre and literary fiction, as well as “readable” nonfiction.  

The Hungry Mind Top 100 Books of the 20th Century
The Hungry Mind Magazine offers a list of the 100 best books written since 1900 by American authors.

Classic Novels compiled by the Cincinatti Public Library
Modern Library 100 Best Novels
Controversial list of best novels selected by the Editorial Board of the Modern Library and "rival lists" from readers.
New York Review of Books
In-depth discussions of current books and issues by major writers.

Reviewing the Evidence

Searchable archive of thousands of online mystery reviews. 
Romantic Times Magazine
The latest reviews of new romance novels and tips for romance book groups. 


Book Group Resources  

Reading  Group  Choices

Reading group recommendations, commentary,  topics for discussion and other resources.

BookMuse provides reviews, questions & topics for discussion, literary criticism, books for further reading and tips for discussion leaders on a wide range of genres.
Reading Group Guides
Guides for hundreds of books including bestsellers, romance, spirituality, civil war, or literary fiction.

Book Group Buzz

A Booklist Blog. Book group tips, reading lists,  and lively talk of literary news from the experts at Booklist Online.



Bookseller’s & Publishers
A great source for hard-to-find and out-of-print books, The Advanced Book Exchange is a consortium of used bookstores and booksellers throughout the United States.

Billed as the world's oldest and largest database of out-of-print, rare, and antiquarian books.

Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America
The ABAA specializes in rare and antiquarian books, maps, and prints. Features over 330 dealers in rare books available online.

A comprehensive index to book resources on the Web with more than 5,000 categorized links to book sites around the world. Hosted by publisher R. R. Bowker.
Powell's Books
The online site for the famous Portland, Oregon bookstore selling both new and used books. Includes "Staff Picks," "Award Winners," etc.

Reading Group Center

Recommended reading from Vintage Books
Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association



In the News

National Public Radio 

Chicago Tribune  - Featured Books
Good Morning America - Read This!
Book discussions with the hosts of  Good Morning America.  Live message boards and video interviews included.
The New York Times on the Web: Books
Full text book reviews and first chapters of newly reviewed books.  Requires one-time registration (free).  

Washington Post Book World  
Who Reads What 
Favorite books of celebrities, compiled by the Gardiner (Maine) Public Library


Literary Awards
For Book Lovers - Jefferson County Public Library
A nicely compiled list of major awards from the Jefferson County Public Library (Colorado).

Online Journals & Literature
Arts & Letters Daily
Articles, essays and analysis from the Chronicle of Higher Education. Includes an extensive listing of online magazines, newspapers and book review sources.
Library Thing
A unique tool for cataloging books online and connecting readers through blogs, profiles and reading suggestions.
Locus Index
The online version of the award-winning journal of science fiction and fantasy includes reviews, articles and interviews and recommended reading lists.
Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Wiki 
Well-known Librarian Nancy Pearl shares her passion for books and reading.
Project Gutenberg
The original "e-book" producer, Project Guteberg makes available classic texts for download.
One of the best-known e-zines. Brings readers news articles, essays, editorials, book reviews and reading recommendations.


Recommended by Librarians

Cincinatti Public Library

Reading recommendations, including classic novels, Christian fiction, old-fashioned reads from the Cincinatti Public Library.

Find book recommendations, form book clubs, and track books you've read.
Hennepin  County (Minnesota) Library
This award-winning library has compiled a comprehensive "bookspace," with website links, recommended reads and a "if you liked" search feature.
Seattle Public Library
"Read-a-likes," genre fiction, general ficton and nonfiction recommended by staff at the Seattle Public Library.

New York Public Library
Extensive list of diverse recommendations for adults, teens and younger readers.
Multnomah (Oregon) County Library

Nancy Pearl's Picks
Arguably the country's most famous contemporary librarian, avid reader Nancy Pearl offers her suggestions for what to read next.

What to Read Next
What's Next - Series Fiction
This database created by the librarians at at the Kent District Library helps readers to identify the next book in a series.

What Do I Read Next?   Requires a library card

Database of suggested reading including genre fiction, award winners and “top picks.” Searchable by author, title, character, topic, setting and time period – or you can click on “help me find a book,”  enter a book you liked and receive a list of suggestions.  Made possible by the Michigan Electronic Library (MeL).

Escanaba Public Library Catalog

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Updated March 26, 2012