Need to find something new to read? Look no further than this reader services page that collects some of the best resources the web can provide.
 

Find New and Upcoming Books
  • Library Aware - Get E-newsletters about new and recommended titles in your chosen genres or subject areas. Title links lead to our catalog, where you can place requests.  You can opt out at any time using a link at the bottom of each email newsletter.
  • All About Romance
    AAR was created in 1997 and since then has offered unbiased book reviews, author interviews, industry commentary and much more to romance readers.
  • Amazon
    One of the largest sellers of both books in print and ebooks.

    • Library Extension
      Add this extension to your browser and see if the books you're looking at online is at your local library.
  • Barnes & Noble
    Brick-and-mortar bookstores are few and far between, but Barnes & Noble still offers physical stores and online shopping.
  • Book Marks
    A book review aggregation site by Literary Hub.
  • Book Reporter
    This site in the Book Report Network includes reviews and author interviews.
  • Book Series
    A list of every book in a series in both publication order and chronological order.
  • Book Series in Order
    A comprehensive list of almost every title in every series by the most popular authors and lesser known ones.
  • Books & Authors
    Expert book reviews, recommendations, and author biographies.
  • CBC Books
    Book reviews and news featured on CBC/Radio Canada.
  • Early Word
    Primarily for library staff, this site features news for collection development and readers advisory.
  • Fantastic Fiction
    Featuring one of the easiest ways to find books by author and genre.
  • Good Reads
    A social media website to share what you've read, what your friends have read, and what you should read next.
  • Huffington Post Book Recommendations
    A collection of book recommendations from the Huffington Post staff.
  • IndieBound
    A community of independent local bookstores that features the best indie titles out and coming out.
  • Kirkus Review
    Professional book reviews with resources for book lovers, authors, and publishers.
  • Library Reads
    Monthly top ten lists made by librarians from various public libraries.
  • LibraryThing
    Enter what you’re reading or your whole library. It’s an easy, library-quality catalog. LibraryThing also connects you to people who read what you do.
  • Literature-Map
    The tourist map of literature. Find new authors based on the ones you've already read.
  • The Millions
    Welcome to The Millions, an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture since 2003.
  • MostlyFiction Book Reviews
    An online book review site. The reviewers love to read and to share our opinions and discoveries of literary gems and top-notch genre novels. Since 1998, they have posted over 2,900 reviews.
  • NewPages
    News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more.
  • NoveList
    You can search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles, and also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more.
  • The Rumpus
    Essays, reviews, interviews, music, film, short fiction, and poetry—along with some comics.
  • SFFWorld
    The best in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.
  • SJP Book Club Central
    Book Club Central is a new online resource for book clubs and readers featuring book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more. Award-winning actor, producer, and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central and a passionate advocate for libraries and literacy. Ms. Parker will offer her own book selections as part of SJP Picks.
  • Smart B*****es, Trashy Books
    All of the romance, none of the bull****. (Contains mature language.)
  • Stop, You're Killing Me!
    A website to die for...if you love mysteries.
Best of the Best Lists
LGBTQ Books
  • Gay YA
    A website designed entirely around LGBTQIA+ titles for young adults.
  • LGBTQ Reads
    Reviews and blogs on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer (LGBTQ) titles available for various ages.
  • Rainbow Books List
    Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, and queer (GLBTQ) books for children and teens.
Book Club in a Bag

Does your library have a book club? Are you looking to start one? The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System can provide you with everything your book club needs for your next discussion!

CEFLS loans books exclusively for libraries and local book clubs to use for their discussions. Books are checked out in a sturdy canvas bag containing 12 paperback copies of each title and a printed list of discussion questions. Each bag is checked out as a single item with multiple pieces, so the person or institution checking out the bag is responsible for all pieces being returned. Library staff should count all pieces at check-in and check-out.

Book Club in a Bag kits can be checked out for six weeks, and they can be picked up and returned at any CEFLS member library. Please make sure books are returned together with the back, not separately. Request yours through the CEFLS catalog or by contacting Julie Wever in the Outreach Department.

Circulation Procedures for Library Staff (PDF)

Sign-out Sheet for Patrons (PDF)

Questions about the program or suggestions for future titles can be sent to Julie Wever.

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Area Book Clubs
For Book Clubs
  • Amazon Book Club Picks
    Find the perfect fit based on genres and user reviews from one of the biggest book retailers in the world.
  • Goodreads
    Online book clubs and reader advisory based on social networking.
  • Lit Lovers
    Tons of information and resources for book clubs and solo readers.
  • London's Best Book Clubs
    Get some inspiration from our friends from across the pond and find out what Londoners are reading.
  • Pinterest Book Club Ideas
    With 118 pins and 2.23k followers, there are plenty of book club ideas to roll through.
  • Read Harder Challenge
    Take a step outside of your comfort zone with these titles suggested by The New York Public Library. Are you up for the challenge?
  • Reading Group Guides
    Another site in the Book Report Network. This one focuses on providing an online community for reading groups.
Starting and Maintaining a Book Club
  • Bookclubz
    This site has tools to help you start a book club and coordinate membership, schedule meetings, track RSVPs, send messages, rate books, create a library, and get inspiration for your next book club read.
  • ilovelibraries: Starting a Book Club
    This site has good, practical information about creating a book club and choosing books.
  • Penguin Random House: Getting Started
    Get some practical guidance from a company that really knows books - since the two publishers that merged date back to 1935 and 1927.
Online Book Clubs