Help Me Find What's Good to Read
Call us at 508-393-5025 ext 5 or stop by the desk at the top of the stairs, and chat with a librarian.  Together we'll help you discover some books and authors that you might enjoy based on your reading interests.

Fill out our reader's profile and get a personalized reading list! A Northborough librarian will create a list of 5 to 8 books and authors that you might enjoy based on your responses.

Check out what Northborough native Sarah Beth Durst has to say about writing, libraries, and her new book for adults Queen of Blood

Find Out What's Good to Read on My Own

Websites with Reading Suggestions
Booksellers' suggestions of new books and critical reviews on recently published titles.  You can subscribe to a free monthly newsletter, find read-alikes for you favorite titles and authors, join an on-line book discussion and more.

This online edition of a monthly book review magazine highlights bestsellers and new writers for adults and children; including publishing news, and in-depth interviews with popular authors.  Pick up a free copy of the print version at the Library.
A monthly list of the top ten books recommended by librarians from around the country.
Find articles, reviews and recommendations about books and authors featured on National Public Radio.
What's the next book in the series?  This simple-to-use database maintained by the Nebraska Library Commission shows you the list of books in a series for many popular, adult fiction writers.

Lists and Awards
NYT Books
Check out what everyone is reading from the bestseller list published by the New York Times as well as reviews, articles and features.
National Book Award
The National Book Foundation honors the best in American literature. Find the annul award lists of winners and nominees, a blog about reading and literature, and programs that celebrate America's great books.
Nobel Prize in Literature
Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been honoring men and women from all over globe for outstanding achievements. Experience the best in world literature through lists, articles, video -- even an online game!
Get the latest on Oprah's book club, past selections, and links as well as information on other books featured on the show.

Genre Fiction and Non-fiction

Historical Fiction
Over 5000 Historical Novels listed by time and place, including more than 600 reviews.
The Poetry Foundation is an independent literary organization committed to the discovery and celebration of the best poetry in our culture. Featured books, blogs, video and events aim to deliver poetry to the widest possible audience.
All About Romance
Yes it is: blogs, news, reviews, author interviews, reader's choice, and countless lists -- all told in an over-the-backyard-fence conversational style.  This highly interactive site strives to promote intelligent and diverse discussion about romance novels.
Science Fiction and Fantasy
A database of books and links for the science fiction and fantasy fan, and a comprehensive listing of new and forthcoming titles in this genre.
The Stop, You're Killing Me database is a resource for readers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books.
The Western Writers of America promote the literature of the American West. Browse the lists of annual Spur Awards, read the online magazine, or find recommended works by historians and other nonfiction authors, young adult and romance writers, and writers interested in regional history.

Good Stuff for Book Groups

You've started or joined a book discussion group, now what? These websites will help you select satisfying, thought-provoking and of course, discussible books to get you started -- and keep you going -- in fun and interesting discussions.
Book Movement

Reading Group Choices

Reading Group Guides

Vist our Book Group page to see what other groups are discussing

Keeping Track of What You're Reading

Your Reading History
Your Reading History allows you to keep a list (the library does not keep records of items you've returned). This list is confidential, and accessible only to you. Your Reading History will begin once you choose this feature:
Log in to your library account, click the "Account Preferences" then "Search and History Preferences" tab and check the box next to "Keep history of checked out items?"
You can discontinue Your Reading History any time by unchecking the box.

You can also keep track of what you have placed requests on by clicking the "Account Preferences" -> "Search Preferences" tabs and check the box next to "Keep history of holds?"

Two places on the web where you can list, organize, and recommend to other's the books that you find are good to read:

Library Thing

Good Reads



Use the links below for access to detailed and authoritative information on all things reading and literature. You must have a valid Massachusetts library card to access information in these databases. Click here to see the other databases available to you.

Books & Authors combines over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian's favorites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together.

Artemis  Literary Resouces contains up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

Ongoing Poetry Readings
Dirty Gerund:  Every Monday night, 9 pm at Ralph's Rock Diner, 148 Grove Street, Worcester. Open mic, featured poet, house band, visual artist.
7 hills Slam:     7 Hills Slam presents a reading series that is open and welcoming to a diverse cross-section of Worcester area writers and performers.
Worcester County Poetry Association:  Check their calendar of events.

Author Signings, Book Clubs, Children's Programs

Annual Book Festivals




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