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How Librarians Find Good Books to Read

Posted over 2 years ago by April S

Finding a great book to read can be challenging and fun at the same time. By trying out different genres and writing styles you're likely to discover fantastic gems, which can bring excitement and anticipation of the unknown possibilities. Okay, not always. Sometimes you're not going to like what you find, but there's always hope, right? It's like trying new foods. Sometimes you discover an amazing new dish you absolutely love. Other times, the meal is just - eh. C'est la vie! So, why not just stick with what you already know you like? Of course, you could, nothing wrong with that. However, you may miss out on some pretty interesting discoveries.

How do librarians find good books to read?

That's a question we get all the time. And the answer varies depending on who you ask. At the same time, it keeps things interesting. After all, we all like different things and therefore bring a wide variety of perspectives to the work we do every single day. Personally, I really love to delve into the recommendations on a variety of blogs and websites, because you never know what you'll find. And most librarians will tell you colleagues and even customers are a great source of inspiration. Sharing ideas is what makes librarianship so awesome.

Blogs / Websites

Book lovers will love these go-to resources ...



Electric Lit

Lit Hub

Entertainment Weekly (EW)

Find additional resources and tips in our How to Find a Good Book to Read blog post.

Databases / Digital Resources

Whether you love to read books, magazines, comics or listen to audiobooks - the Library offers a ton of digital options.

Here are a handful you're sure to enjoy:


Find book lists, reviews, read-alikes, book discussion guides and so much more. And now, our catalog displays read-alikes (powered by Novelist) right in the catalog record.

Novelist results in Library catalog (read-alikes)


Explore eBooks, comics, audiobooks, television and movies.

Great books to listen to during your commute (or anytime):

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (audiobook)
The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
Amazing Stories of the Space Age: True Tales of Nazis in Orbit, Soldiers on the Moon, Orphaned Martian Robots, and Other Fascinating Annals of Spaceflight by Rod Pyle
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Cleaning the Gold by Karin Slaughter and Lee Child

If you have kids in your life - the read-along storybooks or animated books from Weston Woods are always a great option.

Watch these great stories with your kids:

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems
The Librarian and the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner
Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds


Offering up eBooks, audiobooks and videos - this is a great option if you can't make it to the Library.

Short story collections to read on your lunch hour:

Roar by Cecelia Ahern
Sleep No More by P.D. James
The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Electric Dreams : 10 Short Stories by Philip K. Dick
Island : The Complete Stories by Alistair MacLeod

The narrated children's books (aka: OverDrive Read) are very entertaining. It's a go-to resource for my family when we run out of books to read (one more story).

Five books your kids will adore:

Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch
What this story needs is a pig in a wig by Emma J. Virjan
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty
Maybe Something Beautiful How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy
The Bunny Hop - Sesame Street
Further Reading

7 Websites You’ll Obsess Over if You Love Reading

31 Ways to Find the Best Book Recommendations

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