Need some help finding a good book to read?

Reader's advisory is an informed suggestion of what kind of books you might like to read, based upon what kind of books you've liked in the past. Like any reasonably educated opinion, it's not perfect, but we hope that these web sites lead you to new authors and books you will enjoy.

All Genres

I Love Libraries: A website initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) designed for people who use and love libraries.

Bookseer: Just finished a book you loved and you're not sure what to read next? Put in the book you just finshed and it will give suggestions on what to read next.

WhatShouldIReadNext: Enter a book or author you like and this website will search its database for other possible favorites!

Library Booklists: A great blog containing lists of books for all genre's,

Book Spot: A free resource center that simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the Web.

Bookwire: Reviews, author features, and a web page listing other web sites covering book awards in all genres.

Genrefluent: by the author of the book "Genreflecting" which is in our reference collection (REF 016.813 HER). A classic annual publication covering fiction in many genres.

Overbooked: A web site for ravenous readers. Overbooked specializes in providing timely information about literary & genre fiction as well as readable nonfiction.

Whichbook: A completely new way of choosing what to read. Not genre based, give it a try.

Bookish: Book recommendations on many different genres, including children and youth. Designed to give book lovers information on books, authors and genres.

Goodreads: Widely used by all ages this site encourages interaction amongst users. Sign up and share what you're reading with friends and see what books they love.

Fantasy This website contains too many fantasty book lists to mention! Check it out.


Choices Reading Lists: Find choices for children, young adults and books selected by teachers & librarians for youth.

Best Children's Books: This site has books by grade as well as by subject to help you find the perfect book.

Children's Books Guide: Comprehensive lists of books including the top 100 children's books of all time, 100 best children's chapter books of all time, 100 most inspiring children's books.

Reader Advisories

Used by librarians to see what's coming next. Contains some bestseller lists.

Papercuts: Blog from the editors of the NY Times book reviews with links to the NY Times best seller lists.

ShelfLife: Entertainment Weekly's one-stop-shop for book news, magazine style. Great for trendy news on books.

Omnivoracious: A blog all about books run by the editors at

Blogging for a Good Book: A suggestion a day written by librarians at the Williamsburg Regional Library.

Historical Fiction

Of Ages Past: A web site with an online magazine of resources on Historical Fiction.

Uchronia: Another fine alternate history site covering the newest in the genre.

Reading the Past: Previews of upcoming historical fiction and reviews.


Dark Echo: Reviews, interviews and information on Horror fiction.

Horror Writers Association: Provides links to new releases, awards and blogs.


The Gumshoe Site: Covering Mystery Fiction and the authors who write it.

The Mystery Reader: Reviews, news and a searching feature to look for particular books or authors on the site.

Stop, You're Killing Me: A resource for lovers of mystery, crime, spy and suspense books.


All About Romance: Online since October of 1996 this resource is an excellence source of information on new and old in Romance Fiction.

The Romance Reader: The very latest news and views of Romance Fiction.

Science Fiction

SFBook: Science Fiction book resource for news and reviews.

Book Muse: A site created by Powells Books, the largest independent bookstore in the United States. Covering many types of new fiction and poetry.

Historical Fiction