Book Recommendations

Looking for a good book? Here are some resources to help you find the perfect read. These resources are for adults – contact our Teen or Children’s Services departments for recommendations for those age groups.

On our website

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

Novelist Database: Search for books by describing a plot, get read-alike recommendations, or browse themed book lists. You will need your library card number to log in. Novelists read-alikes also appear in the Minuteman catalog! Look up a book, click on the title, and scroll down to see if there are read-alikes.

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.

Book Award Sites

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

Booker Prize

National Book Award

Women’s Prize for Fiction (UK)

Pulitzer Prizes

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

Romance Writers of America Awards

Book recommendations, reviews, and lists

Minuteman Network Booklists Top requests, lists by topic

5 in 15 Genre Series from Massachusetts librarians

New York Times Best Sellers List Used up all your free access for the month? No problem! Head over to our Database page and scroll down to for a free access code.

Kirkus Reviews

NPR Books

Book Riot Lists, podcasts, and the yearly Read Harder Challenge

Epic Reads

Shelf Awareness

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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