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CCLS Loves Books
Read our book blog to find out events, book news and staff picks.



Find a Good Book

Library Reads is a new monthly list highlighting library staff picks from across the country. Each month, staff read and nominate books for the list. These are forthcoming adult books, either fiction or nonfiction. The top ten books are compiled and published once a month. Find the older lists here.

NextReads

NextReads is a wonderful source for book recommendations. Sign up to receive free monthly or bimonthly emails loaded with great book suggestions or simply click on the name of a newsletter to read it.  Find the NextReads Archives here


OverDrive
OverDrive offers free downloadable eAudiobooks and eBooks. All you need is a library card.





Resources for Book Lovers


Overbooked: A Resource for Readers

Great resource for fiction and non-fiction readers. Find lists of upcoming titles, well-received books and themed booklists.


New York Times Bestseller lists

NYT bestseller lists for hardcover fiction, hardcover nonfiction, hardcover advice, children’s books, paperback trade fiction, paperback mass market fiction, paperback nonfiction and paperback advice.


Publishers Weekly Bestseller lists

PW bestseller lists for hardcover fiction, hardcover nonfiction, trade paperback, audio fiction, audio nonfiction, children’s picture books, children’s fiction books, children’s series and tie-ins, religion hardcover and religion paperback.


USA Today’s 150 Best Sellers

USA Today’s weekly list of the top 150 bestsellers. Sortable by rank, author or title.


Indie Next List

Monthly selection of books from a network of independent bookstores across the country. Formerly known as Book Sense Picks.
 

Library Booklists

Great compilation of booklists arranged by theme.


"If You Like” Author Search from Hennepin County Library

Type in the name of an author and get reading lists from the library and other readers.


What’s Next? Books in Series from Kent District Library

Search by author, title or series to find fiction series.





Book Groups


Book Groups How-Tos from the Seattle Public Library

A very nice how-to guide on book groups. Includes information on choosing books and developing discussion questions.


Reading Group Choices

Find suggestions for books to use in book groups as well as questions for discussions.


Reading Group Guides

Find specific reading group guides or browse by genre or theme. The site also includes resources and tips for running book groups.


Book Group Buzz from Booklist

A blog devoted to all things related to book groups. Postings include helpful hints for book groups, suggested books for book groups and publishing news.


What to Do When There Is No Guide Available
This page from Reading Group Guides lists potential book discussion questions by genre.


Library Book Discussion Groups

Chester County Library System libraries offer many book groups. Search our events calendar to find a group near you.


Helpful Hints for Book Groups:


Finding book discussion questions:

  • Use the following search string, be sure to substitute your title: "water for elephants" "reading guide"
  • Search the publisher's website


Researching authors?

  • Try one of our databases (to access from home, you will need a CCLS library card): Literature Resource Center; Contemporary Authors
  • Search for the author's website
  • Search the publisher's website


Finding book reviews:


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