Maryland State Library Resource Center

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Find Your Next Good Read!

There are many ways to find reading suggestions on the Web:

Customized Suggestions

1001 Books

LibraryThing--Book Suggester makes a variety of recommendations for reads similar to the title you enter.

Other Web sites that make recommendations based on ordinary people's preference include What Should I Read Next?, Which Book, and Your Next Read.

If you input the books you like on LibraryThing or Good Reads, you can get further recommendations, based on a comparison of your personal library with other people's libraries.

Looking at what other customers bought, after you look up an item in the Amazon or Barnes and Noble bookstore, may also give you ideas.

Beanstack offers personalized recommendations and a way to log what you read. Titles link when possible to the Pratt catalog. Learn more about Pratt Library's Beanstack.

Genre-Based Guides

Mystery
Stop, You’re Killing Me!
Readalike suggestions, plus series lists and indexes for characters, geography, occupation, and diversity.

Romance
All About Romance
The Power Search under Reviews lets you search by sensuality rating and romance subgenre.

Science Fiction & Fantasy
NPR: Your Picks:Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books
Top-100 list based on Web votes collected in 2011.

SF Signal: Interactive Guide to NPR's List of Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books
Fun and helpful guide to preceding list from NPR.

Books by African American Authors
AALBC (African American Literature Book Club)
Helpful pointer to recent best-sellers by African American authors.

Historical Fiction
Historical Novels.info
Indexes historical fiction by period, title, and author's name.

Any Genre
LibraryThing
The tag search allows you to search by the name of a genre. After you've done a general search of the site, click on the "Tags" link  on the left to change your search to a tag search. Becoming a member and signing in enables you to search for a "tagmash," linked tags--for example, "mystery, France" or "medieval, fiction."

Award-Winners, Favorites, and New Releases

Book Lust

Literary Prizes and Book Awards
Annotated lists of award-winners.

Overbooked--The Next Chapter
Links to lists of new or recent books with starred professional reviews in a variety of genres. Use the menu under "Core Collections" to get started.

New Books in the Pratt Catalog
The catalog home page includes "New on the Shelf" links on the left. To reach the catalog home page from prattlibrary.org, click on Books & More, then click on Search the Catalog.

Reading Group Guides
Use the "Find a guide" button to find lists of book group favorites.

Booklists

Library Booklists 
A wide-ranging collection of booklists taken from libraries.

Readalikes--Public Library of Anniston--Calhoun County
You can search by author, genre, or series to find similar books of interest.

Reader's Advice
9000+ fiction authors in 460 subgenres. Includes detailed author, series, and genre indexes.

Books in Series

What's Next (Kent District Library)

Stop, You’re Killing Me!

Books with Media Connections

EarlyWord
Scroll down and look to the right for links to books highlighted on TV or radio or being turned into movies.

Ask Us

If you would like more good reading suggestions, e-mail through our Ask-A-Librarian service, call us at (410) 396-5484, or mail your questions to:

Fiction Department
Enoch Pratt Free Library
State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 

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