Finding Books

Here’s a list of reader’s resources for finding new books to read, as well as information about series, award winners, and bestsellers. All of these resources are available for free online. The Chatham Community librarians are also happy to help show you how to use these resources at the library!

Resources For Finding New Books

NoveList (go to Books and Literature section) (accessible at all Chatham County libraries or by logging in with your library card at home)
NoveList is a great source for book recommendations. Search by subject, author, or title, and NoveList will return suggestions for books you might like.

LibraryThing Suggester
Type in the title of a book you like, and the LibraryThing Suggester will make a list of books that other people who’ve read the same book like. The Unsuggester (same page) is fun too, it shows a list of books you’re least likely to like!

Do you like books that are funny but also unpredictable, or books that are unusual and long? WhichBook lets you pick adjectives like funny, sad, or serious to describe books you like, and will give recommendations based on this.

Bestseller Lists

New York Times Bestsellers
The New York Times bestseller list is one of the most well-known bestseller lists for fiction and non-fiction books.

IndieBound Bestsellers
IndieBound Bestsellers lists are the weekly bestsellers for independent bookstores in the United States.

Awards Lists

Edgar Allan Poe Award
“The Edgars” honor the best in mystery writing annually.

Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize is an annual award for the best original full-length novel written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth of Nations or Ireland.

National Book Award
The National Book Award is given annually to American authors in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people’s literature.

Pulitzer Prize
The Pulitzer Prize is an annual U.S. award in the fields of print and online journalism, fiction, and music.