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Books and Reading

Programs, Sites and Resources for Readers

Websites of interest to book lovers

General Reading Interest

California Center for the Book
Bibliographies of California literature and links to statewide organizations and associations that promote books, reading, writing, and literacy.

Cliffs Notes
Download free copies of the yellow and black print guides to classic novels and plays.

Librariansí Internet Index
Designed by librarians, the information here is expertly organized and easy to find. Includes lists of reader's advisory sites.

Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction
Lists classic nonfiction titles.

Morton Grove Public Library, Reader's Services, Websites for Book Lovers
Exceptionally comprehensive reader's advisory site. Highly recommended resource.

One City, One Book
The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress promotes the idea that residents of one community all read the same book. Lists titles chosen by cities in all 50 states. Great source for book groups seeking titles to read.

World Book Reviews
Newsy site includes reviews, information about books and authors from around the world, prizewinners, and banned books.


Audio Books
Audio File
Information about audio books. Includes online author interviews.
Bestseller Lists
Lists the online bookseller's top selling books.

Bestseller Lists 1900-1997
Lists 10 top best selling hardback fiction and nonfiction titles from Publishers Weekly magazine.

Los Angeles Times Book Reviews, "Books & Talks"
Lists latest Los Angeles area best-selling hardback and paperback fiction and nonfiction books. The site's articles, book reviews, etc. can only be accessed by paid subscribers.

New York Times Book Review
This much quoted bestseller list includes hardback and paperback adult and children's books. Complete articles and reviews can only be accessed by registered subscribers. Registration is free.

Book Clubs
Book Browse
Provides tips for forming and conducting book discussion groups and provides discussion questions for hundreds of titles. Links to online book groups.

This global book club encourages readers to share books by leaving them in places where other readers might find them. Includes reviews, ratings, and recommendations.

Oprah's Book Club
Lists the books Oprah Winfrey features on her television program. Easy access by title and date of discussion.

Readers' Cafe: A Virtual Meeting Place for Books and Readers
In addition to hosting an online nonfiction book group, this site links to a huge variety of book group sites. Includes suggested titles for book groups and extensive bibliographies.

Reader's Circle
Looking for a local book group to participate in? Check out this helpful directory.

Reading Group Guides
This exceptional site lists more than 500 suggested book group titles and includes author information and discussion questions.

Reading Woman
Place for readers and book discussion groups looking beyond the bestseller lists for their reading selections.


Booklists, Series & Sequels
What's Next?
Chronological lists of titles in fiction series.
Booksellers & Book Related Events
This online bookseller is also a great site to look up author, title, publisher, price, and in or out of print information.

Barnes and Noble
Local, national and online bookstore. Author and reader events for adults and children.

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Book Sale Finder
Nationwide listing of primarily nonprofit book sales.

Book Sense
Links to local and nationwide independent bookstores.

Local, national and online bookstore. Author and reader events for adults and children.

Dutton's Bookstore
Well-established Brentwood bookstore with an additional Burbank outlet. Many author events.

Skylight Books
Los Feliz area independent bookstore with varied collection, including books devoted to Los Angeles and film. Active calendar of book groups and special events.

Vroman's Bookstore
Well-established Pasadena bookstore with large collection, knowledgeable staff and many author and reader events.


Easy Reading for ESL or Non-Native Speakers
Public Library Association, Top Titles for Adult New Readers
Excellent list of books that includes reading levels.
E-Books/Digital Books
Publishes and provides free online access to works of literature, reference and verse.

Classic Bookshelf
A truly cool way to read books online. Choose your own ink and background color, type style and text block size.

Project Gutenberg
Provides public domain and many classic titles available for download. Most titles are pre-1923.

Fiction Genres
Chick Lit

Hip Lit for Hip Chicks
Explains the funny, sharp and very hot fiction genre and lists popular authors and titles.

Graphic Novels and Comics

Comics Worth Reading
Comic book reviews and recommendations.

Graphic Novels for Public Libraries
A selective list compiled by a librarian who has been an avid comic book reader for 25 years.

Historical Fiction

Soon's Historical Fiction Site
Includes many links to lists of historical fiction authors, titles, newsgroups and other information related to historical fiction.


The Mystery Reader
Reviews of books, divided into mystery genres.

Lists mystery, crime, suspense and thriller fiction. Includes new/forthcoming books, book lists, reviews, mystery awards, online bookstores, organizations, conventions and publishers. Links to other sites of interest to mystery readers.


All About Romance-The Back Fence for Readers of Romance Novels
Searchable by many topics, including reader awards and cover controversies. Includes reviews, interviews, and readalikes.

The Romance Reader
Includes lists and reviews, with reader ratings, or recent titles organized by genre. News and interviews with popular romance authors.

Romantic Times Book Club
News and reviews of current and past titles.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Fantastic Fiction
Biographies and bibliographies for 7,000 authors, new and forthcoming books and series information.

Fantasy Fiction
Top authors, and author lists by country of origin.

Homepage for Science Fiction & Fantasy
Book excerpts, reviews, author interviews, and reading lists. Links to science fiction genre sites, clubs, movies, and television programs.

Science Fiction and Fantasy World
Short stories, book reviews and synopses, articles, interviews, and discussion forums.


Gay/Lesbian Literature
GLBT Literature Resources
Recommended fiction and nonfiction titles.

Rainbow Sauce
Gay and lesbian fiction and nonfiction listed by genre.

Library Computer Catalogs
Burbank Public Library
California Libraries Catalog
California State University, Northridge
Glendale Community College Library
Library, Arts & Culture Department
Library of Congress
Los Angeles County Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library
Pasadena Public Library
University of California
Literary Prizes
Nobel Prize for Literature
Winners of the annual international award for a literary work of an idealistic nature.

Pulitzer Prize
Winners of the prestigious annual award for American journalism, literature, drama, and music.

Book Awards
Winners of a wide variety of awards in various genres.

Multicultural Literature
Los Angeles County Public Library
Lists of books by African American, Asian American and Asian, Hispanic and Latin American, and Native American writers.

African American

African American Literature Book Club
Book reviews, booklists, author profiles, discussion boards and chat, and a free e-newsletter.


Armenian Research Center
Translations by Shant Norashkharian of excerpts from selected Armenian authors.

Armenian House
An electronic library featuring a huge collection of documents on Armenian literature, history, religion, and other Armenia-related subjects. Material in Armenian, Russian, and English.

Project Gutenberg
Armenian literature.

Gomidas Institute
A nonprofit corporation that promotes and disseminates research, scholarship, and analysis on the modern Armenian experience.

Asian/East Indian

Madison Public Library
Asian American fiction titles compiled by Madison, Wisconsin, Public Library.

Filipino American Literature
A history of Filipino American literature with a bibliography of some major works.

Korean Literature
This comprehensive website about Korea includes some full text books and magazines about the country and its culture.

A mailing list for the discussion of contemporary literature of South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), including works by authors of South Asian origin throughout the world.


Boston Public Library
A selected reading list of Latin American fiction.

Bilingual Booklist/Recomendada Lectura
National Education Association's Read Across America's bilingual reading list of titles appropriate for K-12 students. The list also includes books that have both Spanish and English editions.

Native American

Native American Authors
Biographies and bibliographies of contemporary Native North American authors with links to online texts, interviews, etc.

A Native American organization working to see that Native American lives and histories are accurately portrayed. Includes evaluations of various types of literature by and about native peoples.


Iran Chamber Society
Articles on Persian literature, author biographies, and selections from literary works.


Out of Print Booksellers
Out of print books can be purchased from these online booksellers.

"World's largest online marketplace for books."

Over 40 million used, new, and hard to find books

Used Books
A search engine for secondhand, rare, and out of print books worldwide.

Radio & Television Book Programs
Book TV on CSPAN-2
Features reviews of current affairs and history titles

Companion site to C-SPAN's author interview series on current affairs and history titles.

Bookworm on KCRW
This weekly on-air and online program showcases fiction and poetry writers.

Weekday radio programs Airtalk with Larry Mantle, Talk of the City with Kitty Felde, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross often feature interviews with new and notable authors and/or book reviews.


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