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Memorial Hall Library

Reading Resources

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Whether you're looking author information, need literary criticism for a school project, or just want some ideas on what to read next, these resources can help.

Let Us Help You Find a Good Book

Fill out this form to get a personalized leisure reading list from Memorial Hall Library.

BookBrowse

Find your next great read with BookBrowse - the guide to exceptional books. BookBrowse features:

  • In depth reviews that help you decide if a book is right for you, plus an excerpt of every featured book.
  • "Beyond the Book" articles that explore factual aspects relevant to each book.
  • More than 200 recommended reading lists, by genre, time period, setting, award winners, and a wide range of themes.
  • Handpicked "if you liked this, try these" recommendations for over 3000 books and 2000 authors.
  • Rich information and guidance for book clubs, including advice on starting and running a club, recommended books, reading guides, interviews with book clubs, and online discussions.
  • Fun quizzes, book news, polls, author interviews and book giveaways.
  • All books link directly to the library catalog so you can check availability with one click!

NoveList Guide to Fiction

Provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 125,000 fiction titles. Includes pre-made reader advisory lists divided into several categories, "read-alike" lists, prepared book discussion guides, and teaching materials for educators. Searchable by title, author, keyword, plot description and series name. Search results can be limited by reading and age level.

Literature Resource Center

Information on thousands of authors and their works including plot summaries, literary criticism, biographies, and book reviews from classical times to the present.

What's Next™: Books in Series Database of Kent District Library

Search series fiction with this database developed and maintained by the Kent District Library.

SparkNotes

From their web site:

"SparkNotes is a resource you can turn to when you're confuzzled. We help you understand books, write papers, and study for tests. We're clear and concise, but we never leave out important info."

Internet Public Library Literary Criticism

Contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

Fantastic Fiction

Bibliographies for over 30,000 authors; lists new books by genre.

Historical Fiction Info

Historical novels listed by time and place.

SciFan

"Books and links for the science fiction fan."

Stop, You're Killing Me!

"A website to die for...If you love mysteries."

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