What Should I Read Next? Let Us Make a Few Suggestions!

So you've looked at the bestseller lists, and all your friends have told you what they're reading, but there's still that itch to find something else to read or listen to. The solution? A personalized reading list, delivered directly to your inbox, curated by Denver Public Library's reader and listener advisory experts! Whatever your tastes, from mystery to memoir to manga, we'll assemble a list of titles with links directly to the library catalog so you can immediately place a hold on that next good read, in the format of your liking.

How can you get in on the action? Just fill out this simple personalized reading list form (no trick questions, honest) and within a week, you'll receive the best email of your day. Here's an example - when a reader requested thriller titles, our advisor offered this:

"In terms of thrillers I wanted to suggest you try out Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. This is about Catherine Bailey who experience a troubled breakup with a man she thought was perfect. As she starts to move on with her life, a new neighbor moves in, one that is handsome and sparks feelings she hasn't felt in a long time, that is until she receives a phone call that changes everything. This one will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. For one with a bit more of a puzzle I think you would also love Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. This one is about a mother that has to put together the pieces of her daughters life after her death utilizing everything from sifting through her social media and emails."

When asked for a read-alike for the award winning teen title The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, our advisor suggested Jason Reynolds. "His All American Boys is about sixteen-year old Rashad who gets mistakenly accused of stealing. He then is brutally beaten up by a police officer. This is all witnessed by Rashad's white best friend, Quinn, and to complicate matters even further the police officer that perpetrates this beating has been Quinn's father figure since his father was killed Afghanistan. This book is a great follow up to ​​The Hate U Give, and works through many of the same issues. If you find you are looking for even more titles like these, I would also check out ​​How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon and ​​Dear Martin by Nic Stone."

Pretty cool, right? And even better, there is no limit to the number of times you can request a personalized reading list. Need some suggestions for book club? Ask us! Long road trip ahead in the car and want an audiobook or two? We're all ears! Books for your kids to read over the summer? We have a special form just for that! Our advisors are ready, fingertips on keyboards, to fulfill your reading and listening wishes. Can't wait for an email? Visit the Recommendations page on our website which is chock full of reading and listening advice, 24/7.


Written by Dodie on April 28, 2018


Kimberly McCreight on April 30, 2018


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