Have you read all the books on your nightstand and depleted your Nook? Don't settle for reading the cereal box or that copy of Who Moved My Cheese someone left in the break room - you can find fresh and unexpected page-turners from a variety of sources.

Beat everyone to the waiting list by using Clues Unlimited to find upcoming mystery titles, as well as mysteries for children and British imports.

Can't remember the name of the third Harry Potter book? Check out What's Next, a comprehensive database from the Kent Library District, MI, that allows you to find a fiction series by genre, author, series name or book title.

If you'd like to make some virtual friends with similar reading interests, join Librarything, "the world's largest book club," to find reviews, link up with other book lovers and best of all, use the free online database to catalog and then display your personal library.

Novelist (available with a DPL card) helps you find read-alikes by title, author, or series as well as book discussion guides and thematic book lists. Search by age of reader and then by 11 types of fiction including Canadian, horror and fantasy.

The Book Seer is a reader's advisory stripped to its essence - just put in an author and title and you'll get a list of recommended books. Fun format, and you can follow the Seer on Twitter.

Rate 20 books that you've read, and Goodreads will find insightful recommendations for you. Also browse fiction and nonfiction by dozens of genres, take a book quiz or peruse a book list, such as Books That Should Be Made Into Movies or Little Known Authors Worth Reading.

Book Reviews

Kirkus Reviews is an objective and authoritative source for reviews on new titles. Check out lists such as Most Anticipated Book of 2012 and 10 Books about the American Legal System. Or peek at reviews of soon-to-be-released books in every genre and be notified by a free email newsletter when new titles are released.

Since 1942, the New York Times Best Seller List compiles weekly rankings on fiction, nonfiction, children's and eBooks based on sales figures from both retail and wholesale vendors.

Amazon has editorial reviews, but it's more entertaining and sometimes more helpful to read reviews from customers, some of which have been collected in "A Grab Bag of Hilarious Amazon Customer Reviews."

For fun, quirky and brief book reviews, don't miss the new Denver Public Library Staff Reviews. Any employee can contribute, so a wide variety of titles and viewpoints are represented. Below is one of our 30-Sec Staff Pick videos.

Written by Lisa on September 21, 2012


CathyJ on September 21, 2012


This is a really fun and useful post, Lisa. I was so glad to see Clues Unlimited -- only the best mystery book store in the universe -- included! I use LibraryThing to keep track of my personal library and Goodreads for social networking. It's great for connecting with friends and sharing info about what we're reading. I also enjoy being able to follow some of my favorite authors who post reviews and, occasionally, blogs on site.

Anonymous on September 22, 2012


Thanks for all of the info. It would be great if there was a link on DPL's site similar to JeffCo's 'Website for Book Lovers.' I know DPL has links to bestseller's lists but these listed above would be great also.


DPL has a similar page to JeffCo's, http://denverlibrary.org/books, which is available from the top menu on any page. All the staff Books Blogs are easily accessed from the page, as well as many other book resources linked from the left column, including book lists by librarians, best sellers, books coming soon, book clubs at DPL and more. Hope this helps.


Thanks so much for you comment. You must have read our minds, since a fellow DPL blogger is working on a blog about the very resources that you mentioned. Stay tuned for Part 2!

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