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Awards »

  • Agatha Awards  The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery – books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. Awards are presented yearly for Best Novel, Best First Mystery, Best Short Story, Best Non-Fiction, and Best Children’s/Young Adult Mystery.
  • Bram Stoker Award  The Horror Writers Association annually presents this award for outstanding horror writing in a number of different categories.
  • Edgar Awards  Awarded by the Mystery Writer’s Association, this yearly award is presented to authors of distinguished work in various categories of the mystery genre.
  • Hugo Award  Also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award, the Hugo Award in presented annually by the World Science Fiction Society to a variety of different categories.
  • Man Booker Prize  One of the world’s most prestigious awards, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction and is awarded to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.
  • National Book Award  The National Book Awards honors exceptional books written by U.S. citizens in four genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award  The National Book Critics Circle is comprised of over 700 active book reviewers and presents awards for the finest books published in English for fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry and criticism.
  • Nebula Award  Presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given each year for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story.
  • Nobel Prize for Literature  The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden and is awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction  Lists Pulitzer Prize winning titles and profiles winners from 1917 to the present.
  • RITA Awards  Presented yearly by the Romance Writers of America, one Rita award is given out in each of 13 different romance categories.

Bestsellers »

  • Book Sense  Bestseller lists based on sales from independent bookstores across America.
  • Publishers Weekly  Bestseller lists compiled by publishers weekly.
  • New York Times  Current New York Times bestseller lists plus a searchable archive..

Books Featured in the Media »

  • Book TV – CSPAN2  Enhances CSPAN2’s Book TV weekend programs that feature nonfiction books by providing an opportunity to watch or listen to programs that have recently aired and find additional information not available on the network, as well as view bestseller lists from around the country, upcoming programming information, author information and more.
  • Good Morning America  Selections from Good Morning America’s Read This! book club.
  • Oprah’s Books  Oprah’s book club choices, books seen on her show, books from her magazine and more.
  • Today Show  Excerpts and information on NBC’s Today Show’s book recommendations.

Genre Fiction »

  • Horror Writers Association  Horror headlines, conventions, free excerpts, writing tips, reading lists, author interviews, new horror releases and much more.
  • International Thriller Writers, Inc.  Thriller authors created ITW to celebrate the thriller genre, to enhance the prestige and raise the profile of thrillers, to award prizes to outstanding thriller novels and authors, and to create opportunities for collegiality within the thriller community.
  • Mystery Writers of America  Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America  Official site of the nonprofit organization offering an extensive list of sci-fi and fantasy links.
  • Romance Writers of America  A nonprofit association providing networking and support to romance fiction writers.
  • Western Writers of America  The official website of the Western Writers of America where you can obtain information about Old West topics, contact western authors, get “Spur Award” updates, etc.

Reviews and Features »

  • BookPage  New book reviews, author interviews, feature articles and other book information.
  • BookBrowse  Excerpts and reviews about books, plus author interviews, reading guides and more.
  • Book Reporter  An all-encompassing site featuring reviews, features articles, books to movies, author interviews and reader commentaries.
  • BookWire  An internet resource dedicated to new titles, new authors, and the general scoop on the book industry. Use this site to search book reviews, read about the latest releases, watch author video clips, and learn about upcoming book events.
  • Overbooked  Provides timely information about literary & genre fiction as well as readable nonfiction. Includes annotated lists of nonfiction, fiction and mystery books which received starred reviews, themed booklists, featured titles lists and hot lists of hard cover US fiction releases.
  • MysteryNet.com  Online mysteries, mystery games, mystery books and resourses and more.
  • Stop, You’re Killing Me!  A comprehensive index of mystery books by author and series character.
  • Locus Online  A journal featuring news and reviews of science fiction and fantasy.
  • The SF Site  A comprehensive site featuring book reviews, excerpts, author interviews, articles, author booklists, and more.
  • Buried.com  Reviews of horror books and movies, horror interviews, links to haunted houses, etc.
  • Roundup Magazine  An online magazine published by the Western Writers of America featuring award winners, reviews of western novels, and more.

What to Read from Home – Staff E-Book Picks

Staff E-book Picks collage

For comfort reads, stories to make you laugh, and books to help you experience a different life, the next in our series of staff picks of what to try through the OverDrive or Hoopla digital services features e-books with little or no wait. Don’t miss parts one and two, and check back twice each week for spotlights of what to read, watch, or listen to. For even more ideas, follow along on Goodreads or contact us for a suggestion that is personalized just for you!

Spies of Shilling Lane book coverLaura recommends
The Spies of Shilling Lane 
by Jennifer Ryan
“drama, suspense, and humor with enjoyable characters”
ebook (also e-audio)
Worst Best Man book coverJenny and Denise recommend
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
The Wedding Planner meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding in this fun, somewhat steamy romp”
ebook (also e-audio)
Little Book of Hygge book coverCathleen recommends
The Little Book of Hygge
by Meik Wiking
“a cozy blanket of a book that inspires better living”
ebook (also e-audio)

 

Storied Life of AJ Fikry book coverNancy recommends
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin
“when you want to fall in love with reading again, treat yourself to this bittersweet and quirky story about second chances”
ebook (also e-audio)
Hazel Wood book coverLiz recommends
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
“a character tries to stay a step ahead of a mysterious curse in this compelling contemporary YA fantasy”
ebook (also e-audio)
Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King book coverChelsea recommends
The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King
by Jerome Charyn
“a fun romp featuring Teddy Roosevelt, his upbringing, and his rise to becoming a Rough Rider”
ebook (also e-audio)

 

5 Love Languages book coverDenise recommends
The 5 Love Languages
by Gary Chapman
“partners living in close quarters will find new understanding of each other”
ebook (also e-audio)
Displacement book coverCathleen recommends
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
“themes of cherishing life, laughter, and legacy offer particular resonance in challenging times”
ebook
Chalk Man book coverLaura recommends
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
“creepy chalk figures, murder, and mystery in a small English village”
ebook (also e-audio)

 

Jane Eyre book coverLiz recommends
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
“my standby classic comfort read!”
ebook (also e-audio)
Get a Life Chloe Brown book coverChelsea, Denise, and Liz recommend
Get a Life, Chloe Brown
by Talia Hibbert
“charming characters both with their own past life and relationship baggage; a bit on the snarky side, and I want to be Chloe’s new best friend!”
ebook (also e-audio)
Atomic Habits book coverJenny recommends
by James Clear
“digestible yet informative guide on understanding how habits are created and the small steps you can take to form new ones”
ebook (also e-audio)