Readers’ Tools

 
 Subscription services

(A valid Minuteman Library card is needed for home access).

  • Books and Authors: Browse fiction, or type a title into the Search box and get information on the book, including "recommended similar titles." See also the useful lists under the "Expert Picks" link.
  • 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.

Social Media Sites

  • 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.
  • Shelfari: Amazon’s social media site for readers.

Resources for Book Clubs

  • Book Group Buzz: “Book group tips, reading lists, and lively talk of literary news from the experts at Booklist Online.”
  • Book Movement: Trying to find your next book club book?  Sign up to receive weekly emails of suggested book club reads and browse reviews.
  • Books on the Air (Bookletters): Books featured this week on television and NPR
  • Massachusetts Book Awards reading guides
  • 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.

Read-a-likes

  • 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.

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.