The Book Lover’s Page

Looking for a good book to read?  Enjoy sharing books with your friends?  Thinking of starting a book club?  Check out these resources for award–winners, book reviews, genre suggestions and “read-alikes.”


Websites about Books Books about Books Read an Award Winner Genre Reading Databases for Book Lovers Author Talks and Book Clubs



What Should I Read Next

Websites about Books

Booklist Online

Over 103,000 searchable book reviews, book lists, author interviews and more, brought to you by the American Library Association.


Discover your next great book.  Author interviews, reviews and recommendations for new fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children.


Deciding what to read next?  Tell Goodreads what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and they’ll give you recommendations for other books you’ll want to read. Sign up for a free account and you’ll be able to discover what your friends are reading, post your own reviews, join a book discussion and keep track of your reading.

The Official Website of Nancy Pearl 

Nancy Pearl is the rock star of readers – she even has her own action figure!  Former librarian and director of the Washington Center for the Book, Pearl now travels the country sharing her favorite reads at bookstores and libraries as well as on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and public television.  She’s also an author – see her books listed under our Books About Books section below.




Books about Books

The Alexandria Library has books to help you plan your reading and find the perfect book no matter what your reading interests.  Search our online catalog using “books and reading” as the subject to find books about books.  Below is just a small sample of the books available.  Click on the book cover to learn more.


1001 books for every mood   Book lust   Tolstoy and the Purple Chair   Shelf discovery: the teen classics we never stopped reading   The Top Ten: Writers pick their favorite books   You've got to read this book!   



Read an Award Winner

Man Booker Prize
National Book Award
National Book Critics Circle Awards
Nobel Prize for Literature
Pen/Faulkner Award
Pulitzer Prize
Edgar Awards (mystery)
Hugo Award (science fiction)
Nebula Award (science fiction)



Genre Reading

If you’re ready for romance or mooning for a mystery, check out these genre reading websites for recommendations, reviews and more:

Historical Fiction

HistFiction Net


Mystery Net
The Mystery Reader


All About Romance
The Romance Reader
Romance Writers of America

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Fantastic Fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

SF Site


Databases for Book Lovers (requires AL library card)

The Alexandria Library subscribes to a variety of databases of interest to book lovers.  You’ll need your library card number to access the following resources:

Gale Books & Authors answers the question, “What do I read next?”  You can build your own reading lists from fiction and nonfiction reviews as well as genre recommendations.  Be sure to try the Read-A-Like Wizard!



Let's Talk About Books!

Half the fun of reading books is sharing and discussing them with friends.  The Alexandria Library has programs and resources to get you started.

Author Talks
Check our events calendar for upcoming author talks and literary programs.

Book Clubs
The library sponsors book discussion groups at the each of our branch locations.  

Read it and eat    The New York Public Library guide to reading groups    The reading group handbook    What to read: the essential guide for reading group members and other book lovers    A year of reading

Online Book Discussion
Book Group Buzz

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