Find Your Own Next Great Read

General Fiction Resources - Available Free Online

There are many free Internet sites that have loads of information for the leisure reader. 

  • Adult Reading Round Table - Genre study notes, annotated booklists, and more, from a group of Illinois librarians and library staff who are interested in promoting literature and reading for pleasure.
  • All Readers - This is not the prettiest web site, but it does contain a lot of information, including ratings on the level of violence, bad language and sexual content in specific books.
  • Book Browse - Current fiction and nonfiction by author, title, and genre. Also book discussion guides, best sellers, and “Favorite Book” award winners.
  • Genre Fluent - Homepage of Diana Herald, author of Genreflecting.  Hundreds of annotated titles, accessible by author and genre.
  • Gnooks - Computer generated reading lists and read alikes.  Check-out the fun "map of literature" feature.
  • Library Booklists - Links to more than 1400 library booklists and read alike lists. Fiction and nonfiction included.
  • Overbooked - Self proclaimed “web site for ravenous & omnivorous readers. Overbooked provides information about fiction and readable nonfiction.”
  • What's Next? - Do you need to know the order of your favorite series?  Look no further than the What's Next?: Books In Series™ Database of Kent District Library.


Literary Fiction Resources - Available Free Online

Do you like your fiction literary?  These sites are for you.

  • Book Browse - They claim to search out only the most interesting and well written books and then provide you with reviews compiled from multiple sources.
  • Indie Bound - Recommendations from independent booksellers.
  • The New York Times Book Section - Reviews, articles, news and a blog all within the scope of Literary Fiction.


Mystery and Crime Fiction Resources - Available Free Online

These websites will help you find killer new books and authors.

Mystery Fiction Websites

Crime Fiction Websites

Romance Fiction Resources - Available Free Online

Yearning for romance?  Fall in love with one of these resources.

  • All About Romance - This website has been in operation for over ten years - they must be doing something right!
  • Overbooked Romance Reviews - Compiles reviews from multiple publications for Romance and Romantic Suspense reading.
  • Paranormal Romance - Find all kinds of information regarding this Romance sub-genre.
  • The Romance Reader - Reviews and more reviews.  A great site if you are looking for Romance sub-genres.
  • Romantic Times - The online version of this magazine has tons of reviews and recommended reads.
  • Romance Writers of America - Not many reviews but a great site for author information, including their websites, and current Romance releases.

Suspense and Thriller Fiction Resources - Available Free Online

Find your next thrilling read with the help of these sites.

Horror Fiction Resources - Available Free Online

Hunting for haunting tales?  Check out these gruesome pages.

  • The Black Glove - Horror Culture and Entertainment Magazine; also check out their right gutter for a list of "Horrorheads to Watch."
  • Dark Scribe Magazine - An online magazine about "the books that keep you up at night." Contains reviews, interviews, articles, essays and even their own awards all dealing with "dark fiction"
  • The Horror Fiction Review - The reviews, editorials, archives, and interviews are typically very thoughtful and well organized.
  • The Horror Writer's Association - Sponsors of the Bram Stoker Awards
  • io9 - An online science fiction magazine that also covers horror.
  • Monster Librarian - Librarians talking about horror (for all age groups).
  • Weird Tales - "The Unique, Fantastic, and Bizarre."