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With so many options to choose from, deciding what to read next can be overwhelming. Use the links below to view the latest best-sellers, browse book reviews, and explore online communities to share your favorite titles.

Staff Picks   |  Awards  |   Best-Seller Lists  
Book Reviews, Discussion Guides, & Blogs
Online Communities & Other Resources

Staff Picks

Santa Barbara Public Library System Staff Picks Blog – Interested in what library staff are reading? These are some of our favorites


Alex Awards – Books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18

Edgar Awards - Presented annually by the Mystery Writers of America

Man Booker Prize - Annual contemporary fiction award to writers from the British Commonwealth and Ireland

Modern Library's 100 - The best novels and nonfiction published in the English language since 1900

National Book Awards - Presented annually to recognize achievements in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young adult literature

National Book Critics Circle Award - Annual awards for the best book in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry

Nobel Prize in Literature - Distinguishes the works of authors from different languages and cultural backgrounds

Pulitzer Prize – Awarded to authors whose work in fiction, drama and poetry best depict American life

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Best-Seller Lists

New York Times


Los Angeles Times

Publishers Weekly

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Book Reviews, Discussion Guides, & Blogs

BookBench - The New Yorker's notes on books, publishing, and the literary life

BookBrowse - Book reviews, excerpts, author interviews, and reading guides for your book club's latest pick

Fantastic Fiction – Bibliographies for over 25,000 authors and information on over 300,000 books

Forever Young Adult – A site for YA readers who are a little less Y and a little more A

Nancy Pearl (The Official Website) – “Rock Star” Librarian

No Flying, No Tights – A graphic novel review website

NoveList Reader's Advisory Guide to Fiction – For your next good read, questions for your book club discussion, award winners, author read-alikes, and more

NPR Books – Book and author news and interviews from National Public Radio

NY Times Paper Cuts – A blog about books and other forms of printed matter, written by the editors of the Book Review

Overbooked – A resource for readers, specializing in genre and literary fiction

Reading Group Guides – A variety of resources for book clubs, including discussion questions and author biographies

Reading Rants – Out of the ordinary teen book lists

Worlds Without End – Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Books

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Online Communities & Other Resources

Banned Book Week – Celebrating the Freedom to Read

FictFact – Track your series

GoodReads- Keep track of what you've read, share favorites with others, and test your book knowledge with quizzes and quotes

LibraryThing - Catalog your books, find people with similar tastes, and discover something new

NoveList Reader's Advisory Guide to Fiction -- For your next good read, questions for your book club discussion, award winners, author read-alikes, and more

Stop, You're Killing Me! Search for mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books by character, location, job, historical period, diversity, or genre at this award winning website

We Give Books – We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online

What Should I Read Next? –Search for a title or author and view recommendations from fellow readers

What’s Next – Wondering what title comes next in your favorite series? Search this database developed by the Kent District Library

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NoveList Reader's Advisory Guide to Fiction

New York Times Best-sellers

Los Angeles Times Best-sellers

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