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Reader’s Assistance

Use these databases and websites to explore reading ideas, lists of award winners and book discussion resources.

Agatha Awards

The Agatha Awards honor new "traditional mysteries" in the vein of Agatha Christie and other classic mystery writers that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore or gratuitous violence.

Book Reporter

This website is dedicated to solving your “what to read” dilemma with book reviews, author profiles and interviews, and excerpts from new releases.

Book Spot

Includes links to bestseller lists such as the New York Times and USA Today, book awards, book reviews, reading lists and sites focusing on specific genres.


Provides information on in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming books, audiobooks and video titles. Includes reviews, publisher information, title alerts and more.

Bram Stoker Awards

The Horror Writer's Association presents the annual Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement.

Dagger Awards

The Crime Writers Association presents the Dagger Awards for outstanding works in both fiction and nonfiction crime genres.

Edgar Awards

These awards are presented by the Mystery Writers of America and are named after Edgar Allen Poe, considered to be the author of the first detective stories.


The social media site for book lovers, Goodreads allows readers to write and read reviews, as well as connect to other readers.

Large Hearted Boy

This music and literature website includes a large compendium of “best of the year” lists from large media outlets to small blogs.

Lit Lovers

The site contains information about starting and running a book discussion club, reading guides, book reviews and free courses to help you get more out of your reading.

National Book Awards

This award recognizes authors who have written outstanding work in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature.

Nobel Prize in Literature

This prize is awarded by the Swedish Academy to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.”

NoveList Plus

A searchable database of fiction and nonfiction titles. Contains book reviews, recommended reading lists and book discussion guides.

O. Henry Award Winners

Named in honor of famed short story writer O. Henry (William Sidney Porter), this prize is awarded recognizes outstanding short fiction.

Pulitzer Prize Winners

Named in honor of famed newspaper publisher and founder of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Joseph Pulitzer, these awards are given in the categories of investigative reporting, editorial writing, fiction, drama and more.

Read West Foundation

This organization preserves and promotes literature in the Western genre through programs, project, newsletters and awards.

Reading Group Choices

This site provides tips on starting and running a book group, as well as discussion questions for a wide range of book titles.

Reading Group Guides

On this website you will find thousands of book guides, tips for discussion group leaders, a blog, a newsletter, and contests.

Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards

These books have been honored by the reviewers of Romantic Times as the best in genres such as Mystery, Historical, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance and more.

Science Fiction Awards Database

With links to more than 30 awards recognizing great works in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, this site helps readers find the best of speculative fiction.

Spur Awards

The Western Writers of America honors the best writers and works in the genre with this annual award.

The Man Booker Prizes

The site contains information about starting and running a book discussion club, reading guides, book reviews and free courses to help you get more out of your reading.

WorldCat [FirstSearch]

Searches the library catalog holdings for libraries located in your area and around the World. Contains catalog records for books, web resources, maps, musical scores, video tapes and journals.