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Book Recommendations

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Tempe Public Library subscribes to premium book recommendation web resources in order to make them available for free for all library card holders. Access our subscription content with your library card number and PIN.                   

NoveList Plus

  • Reading recommendations for all ages
  • Fiction and nonfiction
  • Find books by age, genre, appeal, award winners, and "read-alikes"
  • Includes book reviews, articles, lists, and more                                                                     

Books and Authors

  • Includes book reviews, plot summaries, similar books, and author biographies
  • Award information for over 500 literary awards
  • Book lists by topic

Online Resources

Goodreads - Goodreads is a popular social network where users can create lists of books they have read, and those they wish to read. Join the Tempe Public Library "group page" to connect with us!  

Fantastic Fiction - Great online resource for finding book series order by author.

New York Time Best Sellers List - Authoritatively ranked lists of books sold in the United States, sorted by format and genre.

Kirkus Book Reviews - One of the most popular American book review magazines.

NPR Books - Reviews, author interviews, Best-of lists, and more from National Public Radio.

Stop, You're Killing Me! - Comprehensive resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books.

WorldCat - Find items in libraries near you. Search by author, title, subject and more. Provides publication details such as ISBN, edition number, etc.

Book Awards


National Book Award - Annual literary awards in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's categories.

Pulitzer Prize - Award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.               

American Library Association Book Awards - View the full list of ALA Book Awards in the adult category.  

Children's Books  

(Randolph) Caldecott Medal - American Picture Books awards.  

Newbery Medal - Author award for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.  

Association for Library Service to Children Book Awards - View the full list of the ALSC Book Awards.  

YA Books  

Margaret A. Edwards Award - YA author award.  

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production - Best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults.  

William C. Morris YA Debut Award - Honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.  

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults - Fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.  

YALSA Teens' Top Ten - The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Teens can get access to read and vote on Top Ten candidates through our BookHype book club.  

Book Awards by Genre  

Autobiography & Biography - Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Comics & Graphic Novels - Eisner Award

Fantasy & Sci Fi - Nebula Award & Hugo Award  

Horror - Bram Stoker Award

LGBTQ - Stonewall Book Award

Mystery - Edgar Award

Romance - Rita Award


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