Book and Media Lists

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Acton Memorial Library Staff Picks


PBS 2018 Great American Read

Best Books

Book and Literature Databases

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  • Literature Resource Center: Literary criticism, author biographies, and entries from Gale reference works.
  • NoveList: Fiction reviews, author read-alikes, book discussion guides, recommended reading lists, award lists and feature articles.

Book Reviews


  • Literature Map:  Search for an author to create a visual map of authors' names. The closer two names are to each other, the more likely a reader will like both authors. Click on another author's name to put them at the center of the map.
  • What should I read next?: Enter the title or author of a book you enjoy and this site will provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.
  • Whichbook: Use the sliders to choose up to four elements you are looking for in a book, such as happy vs. sad or short vs. long, and the website will offer reading suggestions. You can also specify the type of character, plot, and setting.

Books in Series

  • FictFact: Track your favorite fiction series and receive free alerts to remind you when new books in the series you follow are being published.
  • Juvenile Series and Sequels: Discover complete series in children’s literature.  Series are classified into three audiences; Juvenile Easy (JE), Juvenile (J), and Young Adult (YA).
  • What’s Next: What title comes next in a series of books?  Use this site to discover all the books in a particular series.

Books by Genre

Additional Resources for Book Lovers and Book Groups

  • Book Club Central, from the American Library Association:  "Online resource for book clubs and readers featuring book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more."
  • Book Group Buzz: “Book group tips, reading lists, and lively talk of literary news from the experts at Booklist Online.”
  • Book Movement:  Provides book clubs with a club homepage, an online discussion space, lists of Top Club Picks, Book Spotlights and Author Chats....
  • Books on the Air (Bookletters): Books featured this week on television and NPR
  • Goodreads: A social media site for book lovers.  Discover and create personalized shelves of books to read, track books you have already read and share your opinions about books with friends.
  • Library Thing: Create a library-quality catalog for your personal book collection while discovering new books through social networking.
  • "The website for all things literary"-- book club tips, book club title recommendations, reading guides and reviews ...
  • Oprah's Book Club (Bookletters) from the woman who got America reading.
  • Reading Group Choices: Discover great book club reads and get advice on running your book club.
  • Reading Group Guides: Need discussion questions to help run your next book club meeting?  This online community for book clubs has over 3,600 searchable guides.





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