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Reading Resources
Need help finding a good book? Book club guide? Best seller list? Free eBooks?Start with some of these readers advisory links.

BSDL Librarians' Choice
Reader Advisory
Book lists by Genre
Award Winner Lists
Best Seller Lists
Reading Group Guides

BSDL Staff Picks

We recognize that each patron has different reading tastes and our staff is no exception. Click here for a listing of titles that our staff found interesting/enjoyable. This list is updated weekly, so be sure to check it often.


Reader Advisory (what should I read?) Based in the UK, this site hosts bibliographies for over 30,000 authors. Great lists with "New Authors" "Coming Soon" "Most Popular", etc.'s Best of the month list. is the home of the Book Genome Project. Similar to how matches music lovers to new music, BookLamp helps you find books through a computer-based analysis of written DNA. It. is. awesome.

Hennepin County Library's Bookspace. Read-a-like lists and more.

Kent District Library's What's Next page. Find what book is next in a series here. We use this site EVERY DAY!

Favorite Readers' advisory librarian, Nancy Pearl's blog, Booklust.

Early Word is a blog written by a librarian for librarians that reviews upcoming and "hot" titles.

Gnooks is a self-adapting community system based on the gnod engine. Discover new writers you will like, travel the map. of literature and discuss your favorite books and authors.

NPR Books: Genre lists, reviews, and bestseller lists.

Book Lists by Genre Official website of the Mystery Writers of America.

Reading the Past A great site for historical fiction suggestions.

Romantic Times Book reviews for romance readers. The Website of The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field Science Fiction Awards Watch.


Award Winner lists

Printable list of Award Winning titles

Award lists from Booker, Caldecott, Newberry, National Book Award, and more.

The American Library Association's Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.


Best Seller lists

Award lists from Indie Best Sellers Best seller list from teh American Booksellers Association.

New York Times Best Sellers You do not need a NYT subscription to view the bestseller lists online.



Overdrive: Up North Digital Collection
Ebooks and Audiobooks available through OverDrive. Download these titles to your home computer for enjoyment, or transfer them to a portable device (Kindle, eReader, Nook, mp3 player, etc.). To get started, visit the quick start guide.

Download classic titles and borrow modern titles for free from Open Library. You can borrow up to 5 titles for 2 weeks each, either in-browser or as a PDF or ePub.

Bookbub is a free email newsletter that keeps you updated about deeply discounted and free digital books. You choose the types of books you'd like to get notified about -- with categories ranging from mysteries to cookbooks -- and bookbub sends the best deals in those genres to your inbox. You must create a free account to use this service.

Book Share
An accessible online library for people with print disabilities. Free for those who qualify.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.


Reading Group Guides

Book Group Buzz from Booklist. Book group tips, reading lists, & lively talk of literary news from the experts at Booklist Online.

Reading Group Guides is an online community for book groups. Offers many reading group guides to help with book discussion.

Reading Group Choices will help you find the next book for your book club.

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