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African American

African-American Literature Book Club
Increases knowledge of the diversity of African-American literature and serves as a resource and vehicle of expression for aspiring and professional writers. Website is a recognized source of critical reviews of books by and about African-American authors. It contains book reviews, author profiles, newsletters, and resources for writers.
Street Fiction
Website devoted to popular urban fiction including street fiction, urban Christian fiction, urban nonfiction, and urban teen fiction. Includes books reviews, book trailers, author interviews, lists of recommended reads, and more.
African American Fiction on Goodreads
Genre page for African American Fiction that includes lists of popular titles, along with ratings and user reviews.
Showcases the African-American contribution and presence in mystery fiction, features African-American amateur sleuths, P. I.s, and police detectives as well as their authors, highlights one title a month and offers book reviews of other titles, updates readers on latest mystery news as well as new, recent, and upcoming releases, provides writer information for aspiring mystery writers

Award Winners

This site lists awards for: American Library Association Award, Audie Award (Audio books), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Buckeye Children's Book Award, Caldecott Medal (American picture book for children), Christy Award, (Contemporary Christian fiction), Coretta Scott King Award, Edgar Award (Mystery), Hugo Award (Science Fiction), James Beard/KitchenAid Awards (Cooking), National Book Award, National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Nebula Award (Science Fiction/Fantasy), Newbery Medal (American literature for children), PEN/Faulkner Award (Fiction), Printz Award (Young Adult), Pulitzer Prize
Lambda Literary Award
The Lambda Literary Awards identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBT stories are part of the literature of the world.
RITA Awards
The RITA Awards recognize the best romance novels and novellas in various categories published each year.

Book Discussion Groups

Book Browse for Book Clubs
Guides for those leading book discussion groups indexed by title, author, and genre. Also includes advice and a forum to invite the author to your book group.
Book Club Classics
Designed to help book clubs be more effective by getting the most out of their selections with discussion questions and interesting links
Find a book. Find a review. Find a discussion guide. Also has tips on starting a book club and making the most out of it.
Penguin Putnam
Offers an extensive selection of reading group guides along with general reading group information
Random House
Offers reading group guides for a variety of different genres
Reading Group Choices
Recommendations for lively book group discussions along with book summaries and conversation starters
Reading Group Guides
Provides book synopses, discussion questions, and critical feedback

Chick Lit

Chicklit Club
Includes book reviews, author interviews, lists of recommended titles, and news about upcoming chick-lit releases.
Chick Lit is Not Dead
Formerly "Chick Lit is Not Dead" by bloggers and authors Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke. See blog for book reviews and author interviews of upcoming popular chick-lit and women's fiction.

Current Best Sellers

BookSpot Bestsellers
Offers bestseller lists from various sources
Publishers Weekly
Visit Publishers Weekly for lists of current bestsellers.
The New York Times
Complete bestseller lists

General Reading Advice

Fantastic Fiction
Bibliographies for over 15,000 authors and information for over 250,000 books that are searchable by author and title
A fun, interactive site where you can combine genres to generate a listing of read-alikes.
NoveList Plus
NoveList Plus is a recommended reading service for Hoover Library patrons. Find your new favorite book today!
Resource for readers who want timely information about fiction and readable nonfiction.
What Should I Read Next?
Enter your favorite book or author into the search bar and receive a recommended reading list based on your selection.
Whichbook allows reader's to select their personal preferences and then generates a customized list of reading recommendations.

Graphic Novels

Graphic Novel Reporter
Website providing graphic novel reviews, author interviews, and blog postings to help keep you up to date on all the latest graphic novel news.
Website focusing on graphic novel reviews from a wide variety of genres, authors, and artists
No Flying No Tights
Offers graphic novel, anime & manga, and comic book reviews for children, teens, and adults
NPR: Comics and Graphic Novels
NPR reviews for the comic and graphic novel genres.

Historical Fiction

Historical Novel Society
A Literary society comprised of both authors and readers of historical fiction that reviews and promotes the genre in the US and the UK. Their online magazine offers book reviews and feature articles that are searchable by author, sub-genre and time period.
Historical Novels
Lists over 3,500 historical novels by time and place


Fiction, movies, and art dedicated to the horror genre complete with author interviews, award news, and book reviews
Horror Writers Association
Offers reading suggestions and lists all awards and winners, as well as providing links to several other horror sites with reviews


Faithful Reader
Website devoted to the Christian novel with book reviews, author index, and search capabilities.
Family Fiction
Comprehensive Christian Fiction resource including news, interviews, and information about current and forthcoming books
Fiction Finder
The American Christian Fiction Writers Association's guide to current and popular inspirational fiction with reviews, author interviews and much more.

Latin American

Latino Stories
Links to Latino statistics and literature resources, including book reviews and Latino award-winning authors


100 Best Lesbian and Gay Novels
Voted on by a panel of judges including gay and lesbian writers and those in the publishing industry, along with readers in the online world.
GLBT Literature
Devoted to literature about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. Lists recommended titles along with new publications in the genre
Lambda Literary Association
Lists award winners and offers reading suggestions. Note: There is no search feature


Internet Movie Database
Offers searching by movie title, plot, character, actor/actress, and quotes. Also offers movie reviews and news.
Rotten Tomatoes
Searchable database of objective film and video reviews


All Music Guide
Offers searching by artist, album, title, record label, and music style. Also offers music news and reviews.
Provides access to and summarizes the vast amount of entertainment criticism available online


Big Thrill
Sponsored by the International Thriller Writers organization, this webzine is full of great links and scores of reviews
Bloodstained Bookshelf
The Bloodstained Bookshelf is a (more-or-less) monthly list of recent and forthcoming traditional-print mysteries published in the US.
Cozy Mystery
Site for fans of the cozy mystery with reviews and an author index
Criminal Element
Site for interesting crime fiction with excerpts and interviews
Showcases the African-American contribution and presence in mystery fiction, features African-American amateur sleuths, P. I.s, and police detectives as well as their authors, highlights one title a month and offers book reviews of other titles, updates readers on latest mystery news as well as new, recent, and upcoming releases, provides writer information for aspiring mystery writers
Stop, You're Killing Me
Offers searching by series character and character's occupation, links to reviews, news, awards, and authors


All About Romance
For lovers of romance novels providing reviews, blog posts, and author interviews
Offers links to many different romance websites with current information on the romance genre, series, author links, and more
Romance Writers of America
Features information on bestsellers and lists of past and current award winners in the romance genre.
RT Book Reviews
Book reviews and author interviews from Romantic Times magazine.
Smexy Books
Reviews of upcoming romance and urban fantasy titles.
Heroes and Heartbreakers
Online community of romance readers with reviews, book lists, and discussion forums.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Fantasy Book Critic
Thoughtful reviews make this one of the best speculative fiction blogs. The emphasis is on fantasy, but science fiction and horror are also reviewed.
Locus Online
Online magazine of the science fiction and fantasy field with book reviews, award winners, and perspectives on the varied genre
SFF World
News, reviews, fan forums, interviews and a place for fan writers to post their own work.
Bibliography of over 3,000 novels, stories, and essays covering alternative histories and the "what if's" of history

Social Networking for Readers

Free social networking website which can be used as a reader's advisory tool to find recommended books, readalikes, and genre collections. "Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone's bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings." Friend "Hoover Public Library Adult Fiction" to see what our staff is reading.
Free social networking website which connects you to others readers who are reading what you read. Can be used as a reader's advisory tool to find book reviews and recommended reading.

Southern Literature

A Southern List: 125 Great Southern Books
Provided by Agee Films, this list is comprised from a nationwide poll of the top 125 Southern books of all time.
Alabama Authors and Their Works
An extensive listing compiled by the Alabama Library Association's Bibliographic Committee which lists the works of specific Alabama authors
Southern Literary Review
Celebrates the classic as well as the newer Southern authors through book reviews and author sketches. No search capability.

Video Games

A great site for reading reviews and ratings for video games. Plus, Gamespot provides a community forum for discussing walk-thoughs and issues with video games.
A trusted site for reviews, industry news, and video game wiki guides.
The same Metacritic site you trust for movie ratings also has video game ratings and reviews aggregated by professional critics.


GoodReads Best Westerns
Check out this list on GoodReads for crowd-favorites in the Western genre.
ReadWest Foundation, Inc.
A forever growing web directory of Western authors of today and of the past.