Finding A Good Book

  • So many books, so little time.  This pathfinder will help you find  a new book by your favorite author, the next book in a series,  an author similar to your favorite author or something set in a particular location or time period.


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Local Resources


    You can sign up for your favorite authors and the library will send you e-mail when we purchase a new book by one of your favorites.  The message will include a clickable link to our catalog and you can place a hold on the book so you will be one of the first to read it. 

  • Books Plus is a once-a-month discussion group which meets at the library to talk about a wide range of books and issues. Books and other media, both fiction and non-fiction, are the springboards for discussing new trends, social issues, genres, best sellers, foreign authors, etc.  Each month, the group focuses on one or more books (chosen in advance).  A volunteer leads the discussion.  Meets the first Sunday of each month.

Web Resources

  • Monroe County Public Library's blog about books, authors, and reading.  Librarians post reviews of books they have read as well as lists and book-related events.


  • See what your friends are reading. Keep track of what you've read and organize your books into virtual bookshelves.

    • Find people with eerily similar tastes.
    • Find new books to read.
    • Free Early Reviewer books from publishers and authors
  • Agatha Awards will be given for materials first published in the United States by a living author during the calendar year  either in hardcover, as a paperback original, or e-published by an e-publishing firm.

    The Agatha Awards honor the "traditional mystery." That is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others. For our purposes, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that:

    • contain no explicit sex
    • contain no excessive gore or gratuitous violence

    Materials generally classified as "hard-boiled" are not appropriate.

  • The inaugural winners of the Andrew Carnegie Awards for Excellence in Literature were announced at the American Library Association's  (ALA) 2012 annual conference. There were two prizes awarded, one for fiction and one for nonfiction

  • The Anthony Awards are given at each annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention with the winners selected by attendees. The award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America.

  • Established in 1986, the Arthur C Clarke Award is given annually for the best science fiction novel published in the UK the previous year. The award was begun with a grant from Arthur C Clarke himself, the book is chosen by by a panel of judges from the BSFA (British Science Fiction Association), the Science Fiction Foundation and a third body, currently SF Crowsnest.

  • A pathfinder with resources for book clubs.

  • Honoring and Promoting Excellence in Christian Fiction

  • Awarded by the Mystery Writers of America, for distinguished work in the mystery genre: novels, television, and motion pictures

  • The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through twelve. Students at participating high schools and public libraries who read any of approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they've read. Ballots are available on the Rosie website. The votes are tabulated each May, and the winner is announced.

  • The Hugo Awards, to give them their full title, are awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. They were first awarded in 1953, and have been awarded every year since 1955. The awards are run by and voted on by fans.

  • The Lammy is the most prestigious and comprehensive literary award offered specifically to authors who write books about the LGBT experience.

  • The Macavity Award is named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats). Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in four categories.

    Best Mystery Novel, Best First Mystery Novel, Best Mystery Nonfiction, and Best Mystery Short Story.

  • The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe

  • The National Book Awards are a set of annual U.S. literary awards.

    The National Book Awards were established in 1936 by the American Booksellers Association, abandoned during World War II, and re-established by three book industry organizations in 1950. Non-U.S. authors and publishers were eligible for the pre-war awards. Now they are presented to U.S. authors for books published in the United States roughly during the award year.

  • The National Book Critics Circle Awards are a set of annual American literary awards by the National Book Critics Circle to promote "the finest books and reviews published in English".

  • Best selling books, print and e-books.

  • The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States.  The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society. 

  • Awards are made in categories relating to newspaper journalism, arts, letters, and fiction.

    There are six categories in letters and drama:

    • Fiction -- for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.
    • Drama -- for a distinguished play by an American playwright, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life.
    • History -- for a distinguished book on the history of the United States.
    • Biography or Autobiography -- for a distinguished biography or autobiography by an American author.
    • Poetry -- for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American poet.
    • General Non-Fiction -- for a distinguished book of non-fiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category
  • Spur awards are given annually for distinguished writing about the American West.


    Stop, You're Killing Me is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. Searchable by character and location.  A great place to learn about new titles.


  • Novelist will list the books in a series and help identify series.  It includes Fiction and Non-fiction.  You can search by genre, subject, time period, as well as by author or title.  There are lists of author read-alikes and award winning books.  Their recommended books lists are divided by reader's age.  It also includes book discussion guides.


  • Nancy Pearl
    011 Pe

    Recommended reading for every mood, moment and reason.


  • Saricks, Joyce
    R 011 Sar

     Provides a way of understanding the vast universe of genre fiction in an easy-to-use format. Expert readers' advisor Joyce Saricks offers groundbreaking reconsideration of the connections among genres, providing: key authors and themes within 15 genres; an explanation as to how the different genres overlap; and, the elements of fiction most likely to entice readers.

  • Goldsmith, Francisca
    025.2774 Gol

    The last two chapters list annotated, categorized graphic-novel selections sorted into genres and topics or themes.