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Fiction

Nonfiction

  • Three non-fiction Readers' Advisory resources ("Sure bet narrative nonfiction writers", " Narrative nonfiction genre appeal factors" and " Regional Mysteries Bibliography") at the ALA-RUSA Reader's Advisory Committee page.

Poetry

Young Adult/Teen Booklists

Lists of Books

  • Current New York Times Best Sellers
  • Ebony Magazine Bookshelf
  • Reading Rants for Teens
  • Fiction-L Listserv archives and book lists

Recommendations by Nancy Pearl (the queen of readers' advisory):

  • Pearl's Picks Twice a month Nancy recommends books.
  • Book Lust Thousands of books organised by theme and mood
  • More Book Lust
  • Now Read This A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1978-1998 (Genreflecting Advisory)

Books by readers' advisory expert Joyce Saricks:

  • Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library 2005 edition - an interview with the author
  • The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction 2001 - a review of the guide

Guides to Genre Fiction

  • Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests - a review

Guides to Nonfiction

  • Thematic Guide to Popular Nonfiction
  • The Real Story (Genreflecting series) edited by Sarah Statz Cords
  • The Readers' Advisory Guide to Non-fiction by Neal Wyatt

New just for YA:

  • The Teen Reader's Advisor

Search Engines for Finding Book Reviews

  • Librarian's Book Revoogle

Librarians' Personal Lists of Best Books

  • Mishareads
  • ricklibrarian's Best Books Ever
  • ricklibrarian's Books That Matter 2007

Overlooked Books that People Might Like

Blogs/Websites to Watch

  • Anobii --Free personal book collection site
  • Book Club Girl
  • Books on the Nightstand
  • Bookslut
  • Deliberate Reader
  • Denver Public Library: We Recommend - Staff Recommendations
  • Denver Public Library: Customer Reviews
  • Discussions: All Aboard » Library Services » Reader's Advisory - a Readers Advisory discussion list on WebJunction
  • Furthermore...Where the Headlines Take You - Nonfiction book recommendations from Multnomah County Library
  • GoodReads - Book recommendations come from your friends as well as other users
  • Guys Read - a web-based literacy program designed to help boys find books they'd like to read.
  • It's All About the Book
  • LibraryThing- a service for people to catalog their books online and also provides a service to libraries called LibraryThing for Libraries to assist readers in self discovery right in the catalog using web 2.0 technology
  • MADreads Reviews from the Madison Public Library
  • Maggie Reads - Make Mississippi Read
  • Monsterlibrarian - horror book reviews written by librarians for libraries.
  • Nonfiction Readers Anonymous
  • Pop Goes Fiction
  • Reader's Club Reviews from Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
  • ricklibrarian
  • Shelfari
  • The Book Wheel
  • A Comic Book Blog News and reviews of comic books and graphic novels.
  • Fiction Folio Young adult book reviews, author interviews and news.

Specific Blog Posts/Articles to Check Out

  • A Question About Poetry Readers' Advisory
  • Improving the Model for Interactive Readers' Advisory Service by Neil Hollands - Thoughts about a report in Reference & User Services Quarterly
  • Pushing Books Successfully
  • Establishing and Promoting Readers' Advisory in Small and Medium-sized Libraries
  • Author Read-A-Likes at Downers Grove Public Library
  • A Look at 63 Years of ALA Notable Books
  • Dear Miss Breed - Children's librarian Clara Breed not only recommended books, she sent them to Japanese-Americans in internment camps.
  • He Reads She Reads: The Booklist Adult Books Readers Advisory Forum
  • Nancy Pearl on Book Crush
  • Readers' Advisory Toolkit III

Wikis for Readers Advisory

  • Booktalk Wiki at http://booktalk.pbwiki.com -- Users are welcome to request access to discuss books. It's easy. Help get this wiki skyrocketing with good read suggestions.
  • Check out this relatively new wiki! JMRL Reads: A Wiki for Sharing Information about Books for Readers of all Ages
  • Readers Advisory Wiki is an Australian wiki to help library staff develop their skills.