What Should I Read Next?
Do you routinely read a new book every couple of days? Or, perhaps you only find the time to make it through one or two books a year. More than likely, you fall somewhere in between. Regardless of where you stand on the reading spectrum, I think most of us have, at one point or another, had difficulty choosing a book to read. Personally speaking, I’m surrounded by amazing books all day long, but I still have trouble deciding what to read! Luckily, there are a number of great websites and resources that can help.
Whether I am looking for inspiration for myself or helping a patron find a book to read, Novelist is my “go-to” website. You can find fantastic ready-made recommendation lists, such as “Best of Historical Fiction 2016” or “Cozy Mysteries”, for almost any genre and age group. Or, enter the title of a book (or an author) that you really enjoy, and find a list of suggestions that are similar. The site is easy to navigate, and includes helpful information like publisher reviews to help you make an informed decision.
While this website isn’t as streamlined or visually appealing as some others, it is still extremely useful. I use it most often if I am looking for books by a specific author, because it clearly identifies all of the books an author has published, and organizes them by date as well as what number they are in a series (if applicable). As the name suggests, though, this site is meant for readers of fiction.
Goodreads is pretty much a one-stop-shop, where you can search for books, browse lists of recommendations, create lists of books you have read and would like to read, and interact with your friends. The social media aspect is great, because you can easily get recommendations from people that you trust! I find it particularly useful for book reviews, which are written by both professional and novice reviewers, as well as other authors,
This one is pretty straight-forward, which is sometimes exactly what you need: type in the title of a book you have enjoyed, hit enter, and receive a list of recommendations.
In addition to these sites, I like to browse the New York Times Bestseller lists, or look at the Featured Lists on the main page of the library catalog (which includes lists of Pulitzer Prize winners, books set in Rhode Island, and more). If you’re near the library, we always have several book displays up, including our popular “Staff Picks” which are great for browsing through. And, of course, you can always ask one of the library staff for recommendations, and we’ll do our best to point you towards your next great read!
By Cassie Skobrak, Reference Librarian