If you are looking for a new book to read and want a recommendation, be sure to try out NoveList—a reader’s advisory database designed to help you find works of fiction. NoveList contains more than 1,200 thematic book lists, in addition to 150 award lists.
The book lists are organized by genre, such as mysteries, historical fiction, fantasy, thrillers, and general fiction, but can be very specific, ranging from indie comics to “aliens among us” science fiction, and from “culinary comfort” to historical mysteries set in the ancient world, as just a few examples. Nineteen awards are represented in the adults award category, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the Nebula Awards, the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the Spur Awards, and there are multiple awards lists for teens and children as well.
If you prefer to search rather than browse the thematic lists, NoveList enables searching with keywords to describe a book, or you can search by author, title, series, subject, genre, appeal factors (e.g, storyline, pace, tone, writing style), and book review, in addition to other fields. Searches may also be limited to publication date, reading level, an author’s gender, nationality, or cultural identity, award winners, and whether a review is available. The database includes links to more than 1,000 fiction-related websites.
You can find NoveList by clicking on the “Databases” tab from the library’s homepage and then selecting either “N” in “Databases by Title” to find the database alphabetically, or selecting the “Databases by Subject” link to access the “Book Reviews: Also Useful” category.
Want more even more reading recommendations? Then check out the “Reading for Pleasure” research guide which presents books about books and links for book awards, book lists, book selection tools, and book review journals.