Are you wondering what books you should read next? We can help! You can come up to the Circulation Desk at the library and ask for suggestions, fill out a personal recommendations form, or try one of these many helpful resources below.
All Readers – Detailed book reviews from many different genres. Find books that have similar themes, plots, or characters. Book profiles include information on character types, settings, writing styles, and more.
Book Seer – This simple interface provides a fun way to get Amazon recommendations based on what books you’ve read.
Book Spot – A source for lists and other websites to help you narrow down your search.
BookBrowse – BookBrowse is an online magazine for book lovers – including reviews, previews, “beyond the book” articles, author interviews, reading guides, and much more. Much of the content is free, but full access requires a membership, and includes complete access to the Read-Alikes feature that has over 3500 books and 2000 authors designed to help you discover similar books.
Bookish – The mission of Bookish is to ‘Help readers discover their next favorite book’. This website includes reviews, essays, author interviews, book recommendations, book lists, and quizzes with the goal of providing more information about books, authors, and genres.
Books & Authors – Available through the South Dakota State Library, this resource guides readers from every level of reading proficiency to books that match their interests. Book reviews, biographies, awards and bestseller lists, and book series.
Gnooks – Powered by Gnod, this website hosts a self-adapting search engine developed specifically for finding new literature. Tell Gnod what you like and you will receive suggestions for new authors to try. For a more visual approach, you can also view the literature map to see which authors are similar to each other.
Goodreads – Select books you’ve read to get recommendations. Includes member-curated book lists and reviews. This popular website is helpful for keeping track of what books you’ve read or wish to read.
LibraryThing – Organize and share your personal library. You can also catalog movies and music. Connect with other people who read what you read.
LitLovers – This site includes resources for starting a book club, book reviews, reading guides, and even recipes that complement your book selection!
TasteDive – A recommendation engine built to help you ‘explore your taste’. Create an account to get personalized recommendations and to customize your experience.
What Should I Read Next? – Provides book recommendations and suggestions by analyzing member-created book lists.
Whichbook – Find books by choosing which moods, characters, settings, or plots you are interested in.
Your Next Read – Click through covers of books that relate to ones you like.
LibraryReads – This list is updated monthly and includes ten staff-picked, newly published titles. Books are nominated and voted on by public library workers from around the U.S.
Book Riot’s 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893-1993 – This list covers a 100-year span of the 100 ‘most important’ works of American fiction from around the 20th century. The books are sorted by the year they were published.
Bookish Book Club Picks – Bookish releases a new list of eight must-read book club titles every month. ‘Just add wine and snacks!’
Bookish Seasonal Previews – Bookish’s seasonal previews are released four times a year and round up nearly 100 must-read new releases across eight different genres (fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, young adult, young adult sci-fi/fantasy, and children’s).
Entertainment Weekly Books – A source for several book lists and book-related news.
Goodreads Listopia – Goodreads lists are compiled and voted on by users. Look up everything from ‘Books That Everyone Should Read Once’ to even ‘The Worst Books of All Time’.
The Great American Read – PBS’s The Great American Read premiered in 2018 with a list of 100 of America’s most-loved books. Explore the book list and see how many you’ve read!
The Guardian’s Top 100 Best Selling Books – A list of the UK’s top best selling books of all time.
LitLovers Popular Book Club Books – This list is regularly updated to reflect the most recent popular book club selections.
Modern Library’s 100 Best Nonfiction – The results of a reader’s poll for the best nonfiction published in the English language since 1900. (Published in 1999.)
Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels – The best novels published in the English language since 1900, according to a reader’s poll. (Published in 1998).
Reading Group Choices – Features a curated collection of the latest book recommendations for your reading group.
TIME’s All-TIME 100 Novels – The 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2010, according to critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo.