Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More Finding Good Books

Ready for some more ways to find that perfect book? I hope you had time to try out Novelist, Book Page, and Bookletters. (See post for 9/8/2008)

Books--Wellesley Free Library has many Reader's Advisory books in Reference as well as the Circulating Collections. You will usually find them in the 011 - 025 areas. Some have rather unique titles:
1001 books you must read before you die general editor, Peter Boxall

Book lust : recommended reading for every mood, moment, and reason
by Nancy Pearl

Genreflecting : a guide to reading interests in genre fiction by Diana Tixier Herald

Gumshoes : a dictionary of fictional detectives
by Mitzi M. Brunsdale

Reference and research guide to mystery and detective fiction
by Richard J. Bleiler

The real story : a guide to nonfiction reading interests
by Sarah Statz Cords

Newspapers and Magazines
--Many newspapers and magazines include book reviews. Many of our requests for books come from people reading the Boston Globe (Ideas Section), New York Times Book Review, and Wall Street Journal. The reviews and author interviews are also available on their websites.

Best Seller Lists and Award Winners--Best seller lists indicate a book's popularity. People felt the title was worth purchasing . The New York Times Best Seller List is available in the New York Times Book Review, and we have the weekly Independent Booksellers Indie Bestsellers available with our brochures to the right of the Reference Desk.

Award winners
usually indicate a book has been found to be of high literary quality. Many book groups use award lists to pick their next group selection. Whether it is the National Book Award or the Edgar Award, you can find award winners on the Internet, our brochures, Novelist, and the Minuteman Catalog. Look at the tab for booklists on the Minuteman Catalog Search page.

If you want to see what other people are requesting, try accessing our Top Requests List in the Booklists section mentioned above. Top Request last week was The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. Please remember you can always Ask the Librarian!

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