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Looking for something new or different to read, but not sure where to start? Curious about the top books in a genre or interested in what's topping the bestseller lists? Wanting to find out more about an author and what he or she has written? Look no further!

Subject Guides:

Some topics come up again and again as being of interest to lots of library users. This section contains guides that will help you find recommended library materials about these popular topics. We will add new guides as they are written, so check back often. If you don’t see a subject guide to the topic you are interested in, let us know: We might create one for you!

If You Like Downton Abbey…
Recording Your Family Stories
Education Materials at MCPL
Civil War Materials for Young People at MCPL
Fiction about the American Civil War at MCPL
American Civil War Information at MCPL
Kentucky and Kentuckians in the American Civil War
Jewish Book Month
MCPL Resources for Project Read Tutors
MCPL Resources for ESL Students
MCPL Resources for Project Read Students
Literary and Intellectual Salons in History and Today
Alternate History Fiction
Yoga Information at MCPL
Fiber Arts Information at MCPL

General Resources

Author Pen Names & Pseudonyms -- Search for other names an author might go by, or their real name if another name is commonly used. An example would be Stephen King. He has also published under the pseudonyms Richard Bachman and John Swithen. -- Includes book reviews, reading group guides, interviews, author information & bibliographies. Another nice feature of this site is their 'Books to Movies' section, a guide to new movies coming out that are based on books.
Bookspot -- This site is loaded with information: book reviews, genre guides, reading lists, book shopping suggestions, author information, online books, discussion groups, and more.
NoveList -- A fiction database that provides access to information on more than 135,000 titles. In addition to being able to look up information on titles and authors via regular searches and browsing, this service also offers read-alike guides (help finding another author similar to one you already know and like), discussion guides, annotated book lists, and school resources for teaching books. This is a subscription service that requires your library card number and PIN number.
What's Next -- This site allows you to search adult series fiction. Simply put in a title, author name, or series title and a sequential list of the books in the series will be displayed. (Note: Sometimes there is a time lag, and the newest books are not always listed immediately.)
GoodReadsGet great book recommendations from people you know. Keep track of what you've read and what you'd like to read. Form a book club, answer book trivia, collect your favorite quotes.
Shelfari--Shelfari is the premier social network for people who love books. Create a virtual shelf to show off your books, see what your friends are reading and discover new books - all for free!
LibraryThing--Enter what you’re reading or your whole library. It’s an easy, library-quality catalog.

Book Reviews

BookPage -- Our library also offers a print version of this resource for free.
Publishers Weekly -- Offers reviews on a wide variety of books. It does require a subscription that's a rather hefty fee, but it does offer a free 30 day trial.
New -- A guide to book review websites.
New York Times Book Review -- Offers book reviews that can be searched all the way back to 1981.

Book Clubs

Online Book Clubs -- An online book club sponsored by the library. It may also be found in the right-hand column under Online Book Clubs & Newsletters.
Oprah's Book Club
The Today Show's Book Club

Book Awards

Agatha (Mystery)
Alex (Teen)
The Audies® (Audiobooks)
Bollingen (Poetry)
Bram Stoker (Horror)
Caldecott Medal (Picture Books)
Christy (Inspirational)
Edgar (Mystery)
Hugo (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
National Book
Nebula (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
Newberry Medal (Youth Fiction)
Pulitzer Prizes
RITA (Romance)
Spur (Western)


Oprah's Books -- Books seen on the show.
University Press of Kentucky -- select "Media Center" to access the Dark Horse Podcast Series featuring in-depth interviews from authors of books published by the UPK.
Worldcat -- Now available for free use, Worldcat allows searchers to pull up books, audios, etc., that they're looking for and enter in a zip code to see what libraries nearby have the item.

Bestseller Lists

NY Times
USA Today
Publishers Weekly

NOTE: If we do not own an item you are looking for, we can borrow it via Interlibrary Loan. Simply click the Interlibrary Loan link and fill out the provided form. Or, you may give us your request via phone or in person at either of our locations.

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