Links for Readers 

General Research Tools at the Library

Literature Research Tools - The library has a selection of subscription databases that can be used for general reader's advisory or more in-depth research. If you are not using the databases at one of our libraries, you'll be required to enter a valid library card number and PIN.

Links to Websites by Category

Below are some helpful links to book information by broad categories. The categories are listed in alphabetical order.

Author Information

Fantastic Fiction - Bibliographic information on authors of works in the following genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Historical Romance, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Sagas, Science Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance, and Western. Also includes synopses of new books in these genres. This site also includes series information for a large number of authors.

Best Sellers

Amazon Bestsellers

Barnes and Noble Bestsellers

New York Times Bestsellers

Publishers' Weekly Bestseller Lists

Book Discussion Information

African American Literature Book Club


HarperCollins Reader's Guides

Louisville Book Meetup

Oprah's Book Club - Contains over 1,500 book discussion guides

Start Your Own Mystery Discussion Group

Vintage Books Reading Groups Guides

Find out what Book Discussion Groups are available at the Louisville Free Library!

Book Reviews

Bookmarks Magazine

The New York Times Book Review - Reviews, online discussions, book news, and the first chapters of some current works.

Review of Books - Provides at least 3 objective reviews of a book.

Book Series

Fantastic Fiction - Bibliographic information on authors of works in the following genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Historical Romance, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Sagas, Science Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance, and Western. Also includes synopses of new books in these genres. This site also includes series information for a large number of authors.

Juvenile Series and Sequels - This is a good site to find juvenile series. Search by series title, series author, title or author. The Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence Missouri is the author of this website.

What's Next? - Search for series in this link from Kent District Library in Michigan

Readers' Advisory and General Reading Sites - Features book and movie reviews, fan insights, and lists of similar titles.

Book TV

Gnooks - Map of literature – enter an author’s name and see a cloud map of similar authors. Gnod’s Suggestion tool - enter authors you like and get a suggestion of another you should try. - A website for ravenous readers. Includes author web pages, annotated book lists, and a new feature called "Author Connections" in which authors offer reading suggestions to readers.

Readers Advice - Find new books to read in your favorite genres and subgenres.

Readers Club - Contains book reviews by editors, celebrities, and readers, author interviews, and Librarian's Choice Awards for book-related websites.

Links to Websites by Format

Below are some helpful links to book information by type of media. The categories are listed in alphabetical order.


Downloadable Audiobooks - This page lets you know what you need to get started downloading and listening to audiobooks available from the library. There are links to web sites other than the library, plus a custom search engine for searching the web, where you can download audiobooks.

Comic Books/Graphic Novels

Ain’t It Cool News - A long-running blog that specializes in all things pop culture and geek. Here one can find comics and comic-themed movie news, reviews of various comics and comic-themed movies, as well as interviews with creators.

Collector Times - Billed also as The Magazine of Past and Future Collectibles, Collector Times has been online continuously since 1998 and maintains an archive of its older issues. The two areas that it focuses on are comic books and games that are collectible. There one can find reviews, art galleries, and information about conventions. There are also links to other sites about comics, gaming, and science fiction/fantasy.

The Collins Compendium of Free Online Comics - This site hosts over 300 completely legal comics online, available as full issues at absolutely no cost to the reader.

The Comic Book Database - This site is exactly what its title says, a database of comic books. It is searchable by cover date, title, creator, character, teams, story arcs, publishers, imprints, and awards. The covers of each issue are displayed prominently for visual verification.

Comic Book Movies

Comic Book Resources

Comic Shop News

Comic Vine

Comicon Pulse

Comics Bulletin

The Comics Journal - The print version of The Comics Journal was first published in 1976 by Fantagraphics Books. It covers comics from the perspective of comics as a fine art. There you will find news, interviews with various members of the comics industry, and comic reviews.

The Comics Portal

The Comics Reporter

Comics Worth Reading - A great site about comics scholarship with annotated bibliographies on book-length works about comic books and comic strips. There are also interesting links to many great sites about comics of all forms and places of origin.

Drawn and Quarterly

First Second: The Collection

Good Comics for Kids - School Library Journal's website for reviews of graphic novels and comics.

Graphic Novel Reporter


Internet Public Library: Graphic Novels

Kids Love Comics - Reviews of age-appropriate graphic novels for children with an eye towards promoting literacy.

Louisville Cartoonists Society - LCS is a Louisville-based independent comics outfit, formed in 2009 by a group of artists who all shared the same goal…making comics.

Mikel Midnight's Golden Age Directory

NBM Publishing

Newsarama - Since 1998, a major source for the latest news about the comic book industry. You can find information about graphic novels, comic books, comic strips, webcomics, cartoons, animation, and movies or TV with science fiction/fantasy themes.

No Flying, No Tights - Reviews of graphic novels for Teens.

Pantheon Graphic Novels

Sequential Tart

Strip Creator

Superhero Hype

The Webcomic List - The Webcomic List is designed to keep readers up to date with the titles they like. It has over 20,000 webcomics that are monitored daily and updated as frequently as possible.

Wizard World Digital Magazine - Formerly the printed Wizard Magazine, this site is always timely, lively, and full of previews for titles. It carries interviews with the movers and shakers of the comics industry on both current and upcoming projects.


Did you know? - eBook titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

eBooks at the Library - This page lets you know what you need to get started reading eBooks, gives a description of how the check-out process for eBooks works, and lists compatible devices with instructions for each specific device.

Links to Websites by Genre

Below are some helpful links to book information by genre of fiction. The major genres are listed in alphabetical order.

Note: Science Fiction and Fantasy links are listed together.


Asian Horror Encyclopedia

Dark Echo Horror - Reviews of horror fiction and nonfiction, and interviews with those in the field.

The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

The Eternal Night


First Fright

The Horror Librarian

Horror World - Contains reviews, over 100 message boards, the top 200 horror novels and the top 100 horror short stories.

Horror Writers Association


Literary Gothic

Weird Fiction Review

Inspirational Fiction - " is a non-affiliated, non-denominational website. Our purpose is to provide Internet-based content to the Christian community to raise their awareness of Christian books and authors through book reviews, author interviews and other book-related commentary

Focus on Fiction - "We offer in-depth monthly interviews with many of today's best Christian fiction authors, plus fiction book contests and giveaways, book reviews, and insider information about new and upcoming Christian fiction book releases."

Mystery Fiction

The Mystery Reader

Mystery Readers International

The Poisoned Pen Home Page - The website for a bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona that offers mystery recommendations and links.

Stop You're Killing Me - Lists over 2,200 authors for both series and non-series. A great resource if you like to read your mysteries in order. Cross-referenced by author name, character name, locations, jobs, diversity, etc.

Romance Fiction

All About Romance - The back-fence for lovers of romance novels

Harlequin - Home page of Harlequin Romances

The Romance Reader - The very latest news and views of romance novels

Romantic Times Book Reviews - The website for Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine offers ratings and short reviews of romance fiction

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Locus Online - Features the Locus Index to Science Fiction, the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, and the 2004 Recommended Reading List.

Scifan: Book & Links for the Science Fiction Fan - Features author biographies and bibliographies, as well as information on new and upcoming books, titles of books on particular themes, series information, lists of classics and award winners, and yearly publication information.

SFSite - Reviews of new science fiction literature.

Uchronia—The Alternate History List - A searchable annotated bibliography of alternate history fiction and essays. Contains over 2,500 items.


The Seasoned Cowboy Western Reading List - This website has reading lists for western fans.

Western Writers of America - Features the Spur Awards, Roundup Magazine, and a list of Best Westerns

Young Adult Fiction

Guys Read - A literacy program from Jon Sciezka. Check it out! (Patron Suggestion).

Inspirational Fiction for Teens - One of many reading suggestion lists to be found on the Morton Grove web site. Good stuff here.

Reading Rants! - Out of the ordinary Teen Booklists. Are they ever! - Lots of information about authors, reviews, information about new books in hardback and paperback, series, and features such as interviews and books-into-movies.

What's Next: Teen Series and Sequels - Put together by children's librarians at the Bettendorf (Iowa) Public Library, this page attempts to list as many series written for young adults as possible.

Awards & Prizes


The Coretta Scott King Award - honors African American authors and illustrators for outstanding contributions to children's and young adult literature that promote understanding and appreciation of the culture and contribution of all people to the realization of the American Dream


The Audie Awards – This is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Awards are bestowed for thirty separate categories, including Biography/Memoir, Business, History, Non-Fiction, Audiobook of the Year, and Distinguished Achievement in Production

Odyssey Award - awarded annually to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States

Children/Young Adult

Alex Awards - Top Ten adult books for teens

The Bluegrass Award - There are four grade divisions to the Bluegrass Award: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12

Caldecott Medal - awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children

Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal - honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children

Margaret A. Edwards Award - honors an author's lifetime achievement for writing books that have been popular over a period of time

Mildred L. Batchelder Award - awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and then translated into English

Newbery Medal - awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children

Michael L. Prinz Award - Award for excellence in Young Adult Literature

Pura Belpre Award - presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth

Robert F. Sibert Information Book Award - awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year

Scott O'Dell Award – awarded annually to a children's or young adult book for distinguished work in historical fiction set in North, Central, or South America

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award - given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States

Comic Books/Graphic Novels

Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing - Each year, the awards committee selects two recipients—one living and one deceased—who have produced a significant body of work in the comics field

Glyph Awards - awarded annually to recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color

Icon Award - presented to individuals or organizations who have been instrumental in bringing comics and/or the popular arts to a wider audience

Inkpot Award - given to individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services

National Cartoonists Society Awards - There are two major awards awarded: The Reuben Award for outstanding cartoonist of the year and the Canniff Award for lifetime achievement in the field of cartooning

Russ Manning Award - presented to a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics

Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards - These are the “Oscars” of comics, the most prestigious of the industry’s awards, and are given in multiple categories


IACP Cookbook Awards - award annually celebrates the year's most outstanding food and beverage publications

The James Beard Foundation Awards – these awards are highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America, including cookbooks and works of food journalism


Bram Stoker Awards – awarded annually for “superior achievement” in the genre

Shirley Jackson Awards - awarded annually for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic

Inspirational Fiction

Christian Book Awards - awards are given to recognize excellence in content, literary quality, design, and significance of contribution to the field of Christian fiction

Christy Awards - annual awards for Christian fiction in the following categories: contemporary, fantasy, first novel, futuristic, historical, romance, and suspense


The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest - a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels

Costa Book Awards - recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland in the following categories: first novel, novel, short story, biography, poetry, and children's book

Man Booker Prize - commonly known as the Booker Prize, this award aims to reward the best English language novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Republic of Ireland, or Zimbabwe

National Book Awards - given to recognize achievements in four genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature – dedicated to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”

National Book Awards - given to recognize achievements in four genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.

PEN/Faulkner Awards - the largest juried award for fiction in the United States

Pulitzer Prizes – awarded annually for excellence in the fields of Journalism, Literature, Drama, and Music


Agatha Awards – given for the Best Novel, First Mystery Novel, Short Story, and Nonfiction work of Mystery fiction

Anthony Awards - given annual at Bouchercon for Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story, Best Critical Nonfiction Work, and up to three wild-card Anthony Awards in categories selected by the Local Organizing Committee.

Edgar Awards - awarded to authors of distinguished work in various categories of the genre


Golden Heart Awards – given annually for outstanding unpublished romance fiction manuscripts

RITA Awards – given annually for outstanding published romance fiction novels

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Arthur C. Clarke Award - given to the best SF novel published each year in the UK (this novel does not have to be by a British writer)

Hugo Awards - given annually for over 50 years in over a dozen categories, including best books, stories, dramatic works, professional and fan activities

James Tiptree, Jr. Award - annual literary prize for "science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands the roles of women and men for work by both women and men"

John W. Campbell Memorial Award – given annual for or the best science-fiction novel of the year

Mythopoeic Awards - given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume novel, or single-author story collection for adults published during the previous year that best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings (J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams)”

Nebula Award – given annually for the best novel, novella, novelette, short story, and screenplay

Phillip K. Dick Award – given annually for the best original science fiction paperback of the year

Rhysling Award - awarded annually for best poems with science fiction, fantasy, or horror themes

Robert A. Heinlein Award - given to honor outstanding published works in hard science fiction or technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space

Science Fiction Awards Database - This is a comprehensive database of awards in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. It includes awards for other countries other than the US or UK and also archives awards that are defunct

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award – given annually for the best short science fiction of the year


Spur Awards – given for distinguished writing about the American west