Book Recommendations

Looking for a good book? Here are some resources to help you find the perfect read.

In the library

Stop by our Reader’s Advisory shelves near the Reference desk to look at a variety of books bursting with recommendations in every imaginable genre.

Pick up your free copy of Bookpage, a monthly newspaper full of reviews of new books.

At Home

Fill out our Book Recommendation Form with your likes and dislikes, and receive a customized list of books recommended just for you.

Library Databases – You can access these from home with your library card number

Books and Authors Find books by author, title genre, or by choosing a type of character, location, subject, or time period.

Novelist Search for books by describing a plot, get read-alike recommendations, or browse themed book lists.

Social media

Sign up for Goodreads or LibraryThing to see what your friends are reading and share recommendations. Check the Robbins Library Goodreads page to see what library staff are reading.

5 in 15 Genre series

Massachusetts librarians give 15-minute presentations introducing readers to five books in a particular genre or topic, from climate change to feminism to contemporary romance to British mysteries. Watch and listen here.

Book Award Sites

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction (adult)

Man Booker Prize

Massachusetts Book Awards

National Book Award

Women’s Prize for Fiction (UK)


Edgar Award for mystery

Hugo Awards for science fiction

Lambda Literary Awards for LGBT literature

Nebula Awards for science fiction and fantasy

Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature

RITA (Romance Writers of America) Award


Book recommendations, reviews, and blogs

Book Group Buzz Book reviews, reading guides, book discussion tips

Fantastic Fiction Science fiction and fantasy

Forever Young Adult Teen books for adults

Historical Novel Society

Kirkus Reviews

NPR Books

Omnivoracious Amazon’s book blog

The Readers They also have a great podcast

Reading the Past Reviews of historical fiction

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Romance reviews

Stop, You’re Killing Me! Mystery and suspense

What’s Next Book in Series

Whichbook Use sliders to choose whether you want to read something happy or sad, conventional or unusual, funny or serious and many other factors, or view themed book lists.

8 Responses to Book Recommendations

  1. 1rebecca says:

    Whichbook is very cool! I tried to trip it up and it still gave good recommendations. : )

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