Resources for Readers





Book Lists


Book Reviews

  • African American Literature Book Club
    The #1 site for African American literature on the web. Includes book news, reviews, interviews, and more.
  • BookBrowse
    The guide for avid readers with fiction reading lists, book reviews, forthcoming titles, author information and much more.
  • Bookmarks Magazine
    Online version of a magazine for book lovers. Includes archived issues and many reviews.
  • Bookslut
    "Bookslut is a monthly web magazine and daily blog dedicated to those who love to read. "
  • GoodReads
    Get book recommendations, keep track of what you've read and what you'd like to read, form a book club, answer book trivia, and collect your favorite quotes.
  • IndieBound
    Book reviews and recommendations from independent booksellers.
  • Kirkus Reviews
    Founded in 1933, Kirkus reviews more than 500 pre-publication books each month, including fiction, nonfiction, children's and young-adult books.
  • Library Journal Reviews
    Find impartial library book reviews on new and pre-publication books, best-sellers, fiction, non-fiction, literature, reference and more from Library Journal.
  • Los Angeles Times Book Reviews and News
    The most recent week of book reviews in the Times. There is also access to the online book reviews, and a calendar of local literary events.
  • New York Times Books
    The most recent week of the world's most popular book review, archived back to 1981.
  • Overbooked
    A website for ravenous and omnivorous readers providing timely information about fiction and readable nonfiction.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews
    Weekly reviews from international news website of book publishing and bookselling.
  • Reading Group Guides
    Online community and resources for reading groups.
  • Words Without Borders
    Reviews, translates, publishes contemporary international literature; online magazine archived back to 2003

Library Resources

(*) requires an LAPL library card
  • California Fiction Index
    Index to adult fiction which takes place in California. Index can be searched by author, title, locale, decade in which the story takes place, and/or major characters.
  • Lit Finder*
    Access to thousands of full-text poems, stories, essays, plays and speeches.
  • Literature Resource Center*
    Broad range of subject content containing criticisms, biographies, primary sources, reviews, and multimedia on writers and works around the world.
  • NoveList*
    A fiction reader's advisory database. Find books by the same author, or similar books by another author. Browse by subject, genre, and theme for over 125,000 titles. Reviews, book discussion guides and annotated book lists constantly updated.
  • Series and Sequels File
    A listing of fiction books for adults which are part of a series, or are sequels to earlier novels. Can be searched by author, title and series name or characters.