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Literary Awards Historical Fiction Romance & Chick Lit
Audiobooks Horror Science Fiction &d Fantasy
Christian Fiction Mystery & Suspense Westerns
Graphic Novels Non-Fiction  

A.K.A.: Also Known As helps you find all the pseudonyms that your favorite author may have writen under.

BookBrowse: BookBrowse is a book recommendation service that gathers together all the information to help you decide if a book is right for you, including an excerpt, the range of media reviews (abbreviated to each reviewer's essential opinion to minimize repetition and plot spoilers), author biography, and an author interview and discussion guide.

BookPage: Recommends the best books for readers of all types, whether you're interested in literary fiction or romance, history or science fiction, cookbooks or children's books. They focus on new releases and tailor their reviews for the true booklover always on the lookout for the next great read.

Fantastic Fiction: Fantastic Fiction is a useful tool to find all the books written by your favorite authors. This website is especially useful for finding the order of books in series.

Guardian Books: Book news, book reviews, and author interviews from British newspaper, The Guardian.

Kirkus Reviews:  The world's toughest book critics.

Nancy Pearl: Book reviews from Nancy Pearl, former librarian and author of the “Book Lust” books.

New York Times Book Reviews and News: Get all the latest news about your favorite books and authors, find out what’s new, and search New York Times book reviews back to 1981.

NPR Books: Book reviews, book news, and author interviews from National Public Radio.

NoveList Plus: NoveList Plus allows you to search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles, and also to retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more. To access this database from home, click here and then enter your Chatham Area Public Library card number.

NoveList K-8 Plus: Designed especially for elementary and middle school students, NoveList K-8 Plus is an online database with fiction and nonfiction titles chosen specifically to support the school curriculum as well as the pleasure reading needs of students. To access this database from home, click here and then enter your Chatham Area Public Library card number.

Overbooked: Providing timely information about fiction (all genres) and readable nonfiction.

What Should I Read Next: Type in the name of a book or author, and get a list of similar books, based on lists of favorites contributed by real readers.

What’s Next: Books in Series: Find out the complete order of books in your favorite series.

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LITERARY AWARDS

Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction: Launched in 1996, the Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven.

Costa Book Awards: Formerly known as The Whitbread Awards, the Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. It’s unique for having five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book.

Man Booker Prize: The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year.

National Book Awards: The National Book Awards are the United States' preeminent literary prize. The Awards are given to recognize achievements in four genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature. The goal is to enhance the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general.

National Book Critics Circle Awards: The National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

Nobel Prize for Literature: On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes. As described in Nobel's will one part was dedicated to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.”

PEN/Faulkner Awards: The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.

Pulitzer Prize: The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories.

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AUDIOBOOKS

Audies: Awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA).

Audiobook Update: The best audio book reviews on the web, and news about trends in the audiobook industry such as the latest and greatest mp3 players on the market.

AudioFile Magazine: AudioFile, the magazine for people who love audiobooks, is indispensable for anyone who enjoys spoken-word audio. We review nearly 400 audiobooks every 60 days and feature narrator and author profiles.

Books for Ears: We have set out to share reviews of the audio books we are putting in our ears so you can find the perfect next selection for your listening pleasure.

Odyssey Awards: This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

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CHRISTIAN FICTION

Christian Fiction Book Reviews: Connecting readers with Christian fiction through book reviews, interviews, and commentary.

Christian Fiction Review: This page is dedicated to reviewing some of the best Christian fiction titles currently available.

Christian Book Awards: Since 1978 the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association has recognized quality and encouraged excellence by presenting the ECPA Christian Book Awards (formerly known as Gold Medallion) each year. 

Christy Awards: Honoring and promoting excellence in Christian fiction.

Tracy’s Book Nook: Interesting articles, author biographies and reviews of Christian, inspirational, romantic, and historical fiction.

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GRAPHIC NOVELS

Eisner Awards: The Eisner is the premier prize awarded to American comic books.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens: Great Graphic Novels for Teens is a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Grovel: A British website dedicated to providing balanced reviews of graphic novels in English.

No Flying, No Tights: A website devoted to graphic novel reviews specifically for those who read them the most — mainly teens — and for those who might be involved in distributing them to teens — namely teachers, librarians, and parents.

Shelf Abuse: Comic book, graphic novel, and movie reviews.

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HISTORICAL FICTION

Historical Fiction: A website dedicated to reviews, news, and discussion of historical novels.

Historical Novel Review: A website dedicated to candid reviews of historical fiction novels from all eras, also featuring author interviews and book giveaways.

Historical Novels: Over 5000 historical novels listed by time and place, including more than 300 reviews.

James Fenimore Cooper Prize: A biennial prize awarded by the Society of American Historians to the best historical novel on an American theme.

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction: A British literary award given to British or Irish historical novels.

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HORROR

Buried: Billing itself as “everything that is horror,” this website features horror movie and fiction reviews.

Hellnotes: A website dedicated to bringing you the best information on horror movies, horror fiction, horror comics, horror writers, and more.

Horror Books with the Undead Rat: A horror book review website with convenient author, series, and theme lists.

Horror Fiction Review: A horror fiction review website with the tagline “by the fans, for the fans.” 

Horror Writers Association: Check out the Bram Stoker Awards, the Bram Stoker Reading List, and other information about horror books and writing on the Horror Writer Association’s official website.

Shirley Jackson Awards: In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

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MYSTERY & SUSPENSE

Mysterious Reviews: Mysterious Reviews, in partnership with the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is your source for current mystery, suspense, and thriller book reviews.

Mystery Book Awards: There are numerous prizes awarded annually for mystery books and stories.  This website compiles lists of winners of all of these awards.

Mystery Sequels: A resource site for all mystery, thriller and suspense book lovers who enjoy reading the books in order. From already ended mystery series to the latest ones just published, here you will find author lists, mystery book reviews and personal recommendations of books in the various mystery related genres and sub-genres.

Reviewing the Evidence: Thousands of reviews of mysteries and thrillers in all categories by more than 30 independent reviewers from the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.

Stop, You’re Killing Me!: Stop, You’re Killing Me! is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. It lists over 3,700 authors, with chronological lists of their books (over 42,000 titles), both series (4,200+) and non-series.

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NON-FICTION

100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction: Essays, memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, travel writing, history, cultural studies, nature writing--all fit under the broad heading of creative nonfiction, and all are represented here: a list of 100 major works of creative nonfiction published by British and American writers over the past 80 years.

All-TIME 100 Nonfiction Books: Politics and war, science and sports, memoir and biography--there's a great big world of nonfiction books out there just waiting to be read. Time Magazine has picked the 100 best and most influential written in English since 1923.

Guardian’s 100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books: 100 best nonfiction books, chosen by the Guardian’s book editors, and organized by category.

Modern Library’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books: Two lists of 100 greatest non-fiction books, as chosen by Modern Library and their readers.

Pultizer Prize for General Nonfiction: The Pulitzer Prize is a very prestigious award that has been honoring achievement in journalism and the arts since 1917.  Check out past finalists and winners of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction here.

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ROMANCE & CHICK LIT

All About Romance: A website dedicated to fair and candid reviews of romance novels.

Novelicious:  Novelicious is a website dedicated to women's fiction in all its wonderful incarnations.  Chick lit, hen lit, YA, bonkbusters, romantic comedy and lad lit that's mostly read by girls, whatever your women's fiction tastes, visit Novelicious for up to date news, reviews, exclusive author interviews and competitions!

Romance Junkies: RJ is the place to read reviews, learn about new authors, and discuss your favorites with other romance junkies.

Romance Reviews: The Romance Reviews (TRR) aims to be a one-stop site for all your romance needs with reviews, news, and daily book giveaways.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books: Blogging about and reviewing romance novels, with an irreverent, snarky attitude.

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

Fantasy Book Review: Fantasy Book Review is dedicated to reading and reviewing the very best fantasy books for children and adults. Featuring interviews, the latest fantasy news, audio-book reviews and competitions; FBR aims to provide fantasy fans around the world with a useful, interesting and informative guide to the genre.

Hugo Awards: The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention.  Find a list of nominees and

Nebula Awards: The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  Find a list of nominees and winners here.

SF Book Reviews: SFBook is a non-profit book review website designed to showcase the very best fantasy, sci-fi, and horror fiction.

SFF World: SFF World is one of the largest sci-fi and fantasy websites on the internet.  It provides reviews and discussion of sci-fi and fantasy books, movies, games, comics, and more.

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WESTERNS

Read West Foundation: The ReadWest Foundation has the sole mission of increasing awareness of Western literature and its diversity through annual readers’ conferences, book signings, and online promotions.

Western Fiction Review: WFR features reviews of western novels, along with interviews with western authors and cover artists.

Western Online: A website featuring fiction, book reviews, artwork, historical articles, and more, all focusing on the Old West.

Western Writers of America: Check out Roundup for the latest news and reviews, and the Spur Awards, given annually for distinguished writing about the American West.

Women Writing the West: Home of the Willa and Laura Awards.  The Willa Award honors outstanding novel featuring women’s stories set in the west, while the Laura Award is focused on short fiction.

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