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Books and Authors

Library E-Resources


A reader's advisory resource assisting you find new books to read. Contains best book lists, author read-alikes, book reviews, author profiles, book discussion guides, and much more.

Literature Resource Center
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

General Book Lists

Minuteman Library Network Booklists

Compiles a number of book awards including the National Book Award, the Booker Prize, and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Minuteman Top Requests Lists

The 50 most popular books in the Minuteman Library Network. Click the title to request.

The New York Times Bestseller List

Current best-sellers broken down by category.

NPR Best Books

Broken into many different categories, these are the selections from National Public Radio critics.

What Should I Read Next?

Enter a book you like and the site will analyze a huge database of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.


Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs.


Book Websites by Genre


Graphic Novels

No Flying, No Tights

Reviews of graphic novels by genre, format, age categories, and staff picks.

Historical Fiction
Historical Novel Society

Literary society devoted to promoting the enjoyment of history with reviews of historical fiction works searchable by author, genre, time period, and century.

Reading the Past

News, views, and reviews by a librarian and avid historical fiction blogger. Also has many links to other historical fiction sites and blogs.

Movies Based on the Book
List from Mid-Continent Public Library

Find books, short stories, and plays that have been made into movies. All films in this database were released in the United States, in English, since 1980.

Stop, You're Killing Me!

A site to die for... if you love mysteries! Search for mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels by author, character name, historical period, location, and even character occuption. Also includes awards lists.


All About Romance

An online destination for lovers of Romance novels.  Find book reviews, author interviews, reader forums, and industry coverage.

Romance Wiki

A wiki that collects lists and info for books, authors, publishers, resources, subgenres, and history related to romance novels.

Science Fiction
Locus Online

Science fiction and fantasy book reviews, author interviews, and more!


SF Site

Webzine featuring reviews of science fiction books, films, and television shows as well as author interviews and discussion forums.




Social Media Sites for Readers



Discover and create personalized shelves of books to read, track books you have already read, and share your opinions about books with friends.



Create a library-quality catalog for your personal book collection while discovering new books through social networking.

Maynard Book Groups


Book Mill

This group has met monthly at the library since 1999. Over the years, it has evolved into a thoughtful group with particular interest in reading about different cultures and creating reading lists that mix contemporary fiction, classics, and occasionally, non-fiction. Any reader who enjoys reading with a questioning mind, entertaining diverse perspectives, and sharing their thoughts is welcome to join us for one or many Book Mill meetings. To contact the group's facilitator, Wendy Valentine, e-mail

Contemporary Conversations

Interested in discussing books with fellow readers but don't have a lot of time for it? Our new Contemporary Conversations group is online via Zoom, held every other month on a Wednesday night, features contemporary fiction and occasional other selections, and led by MPL Circulation Assistant Liz Leaver.

Attend whichever meetings interest you and work with your schedule. Gain new perspectives, share your enthusiasm or criticism, and have fun. Visit for details or email to register.




Book Page (monthly) - Pick up a copy at the Circulation Desk!

New York Review of Books (weekly)


New York Times Book Review (weekly) - Part of the New York Times Sunday edition.


Please note that while our website does contain a small number of outside curated links (primarily to local, governmental, and non-profit sites covering subjects of interest to our patrons), we regret that we are unable to spend the time to fully evaluate unsolicited links that are sent to us for inclusion on our site; therefore we do not act on these recommendations.

Revised 7/10/2023   J.J.R.

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