Websites for Readers

Good Starting Points

  • Authors on Tour
    Podcasts of authors and their books from the Tattered Cover Book Store, including a podcast archive arranged by author.

  • Book Browse
    An online magazine for book lovers, which includes reviews, previews, "behind the book" backstories, author interviews, reading guides and much more.

  • Book Report Network
    A network of websites for readers of all ages that combines book reviews, author information and other book-related content.

  • Fantastic Fiction
    This site offers over 50,000 author bibliographies, as well as detailed descriptions, cover art and publishing details on over 600,000 books, eBooks and eAudiobooks. The site also has comprehensive lists of award winners in all genres.

  • Goodreads
    World's largest site for book lovers. Find your next book. Registration is free.

  • Online Book Trackers
    These sites allow users to easily keep and share lists of books they have read, want to read or are reading. Users can also browse other members' lists to discover new books! Registration is required but is free.

  • Open Library
    An open, editable library catalog building towards a Web page for every book ever published. Includes thousands of free eBooks to read or borrow.

    The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress presents book lists; author webcasts; online books, including classics; and much more for children and adults.

  • Talking Book Program
    A free program providing braille and audio materials from the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Access to the program is provided through Fairfax County Public Library's Access Services branch.

  • What Should I Read Next?
    Book recommendations based on a comparison of the titles or authors you like to a database of other users' favorite books. Free registration is available to personalize results.

  • What's Next
    Use this handy resource to find out all the titles of all the books in a series.

  • Whichbook
    A unique and fun way to search for your next book. Whichbook allows readers to search for titles using search criteria such as mood, emotion, plot, type of main character, country the book is set in, length etc.

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Bestsellers Lists

For bestsellers lists with links to the library's holdings and the ability to place holds, see the library's online catalog.
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Book Awards

  • Children's Literature Awards

    • Caldecott Medal
      Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

    • Coretta Scott King Award
      Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

    • Jefferson Cup
      The Youth Services Forum of the Virginia Library Association's award for an American biography, historical fiction or history book for young people.

    • NCTE Orbis Pictus Award
      The National Council of Teachers of English award for outstanding nonfiction for children.

    • Newbery Medal
      Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

    • Printz Award
      Awarded for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

    • Pura Belpré Award
      Presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays the Latino cultural experience in a work of literature for children and young adults.

    • Virginia Readers Choice
      Awards are presented to noteworthy books in the field of children's/young adult literature representing each of the following reading levels: primary, elementary, middle and high school.

  • Literature Awards

    For lists of award winning titles with links to the library's holdings and the ability to place holds, see the library's online catalog.
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Book Discussions and Book Discussion Guides

See also information on the library's book discussion groups and book discussion kits.
  • LitLovers
    An online community dedicated to books and book clubs. Unique features include free online literature courses, recipes to go with books and ideas for children's and teens' book groups.

  • Online Book Club
    Free online community for readers that features online book and reading forums where members can discuss books they have read with other book lovers from around the world.

  • Reading Group Choices
    Dozens of selections from a variety of publishers. Each discussion guide includes a brief biography and topics to consider.

  • ReadingGroupGuides — Find a Guide
    Browse by title, author or genre to find suggestions for book discussion groups.

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Book Reviews

  • Book Browse
    Online magazine for book lovers, which includes reviews, previews, "behind the book" backstories, author interviews, reading guides and much more.

  • Book Page
    New book reviews, author interviews, and an archive of reviews going back to 1996.

  • New York Times Sunday Book Review
    Includes current reviews and a searchable database of book reviews back to1981.

  • NPR Books
    Book reviews plus author interviews and lists of books by topic from National Public Radio.

  • Washington Post Books
    Book reviews and local literary calendar.

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Children's Literature

  • American Folklore
    Short entertaining stories which include tall tales, folktales, ethnic tales and famous characters.

  • Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
    Print out a custom list based on criteria such as suggested reading level, genre, format, gender of protagonist, setting or historical period.

  • Guys Read
    "… If you're looking for something to get a guy reading." Book recommendations from teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, parents and guys themselves.

  • International Children's Digital Library
    A project of the University of Maryland and the Internet Archives, the International Children's Digital Library offers a large number of full-text children's books, including illustrations, in several languages. Enter the library to browse by subject, geographical setting or origin.

  • Juvenile Series and Sequels
    This database can be searched by author, title, series title or by subject. Books are classified by reading level as either juvenile easy, juvenile, or young adult. The website is produced by Mid-Continent Public Library, Missouri. Fairfax County Public Library owns many, but not all, titles.

    Part of The Book Report Network, this site for children's literature includes book reviews, articles, author profiles and interviews, information on series books, synopses of new releases and literary games and contests.

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  • Bibliomania
    Thousands of free classic e-books, poems, articles, short stories and plays. Includes teacher and student study guides for classic books as well as research materials.

  • Great Books
    A compilation of lists of classics in Western, Eastern and contemporary literature.

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Early Literacy

See also the library's booklists for preschool children and early literacy information.

Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Below are some websites for parents, caregivers and educators which provide guidance to help children develop literacy skills and encourage reading.

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Fiction Genres

Fantasy/Science Fiction,   Historical Fiction,   Horror,   Inspirational Fiction,   Mystery,   Romance,   Urban Fiction,   Westerns

  • Fantasy/Science Fiction

    • Best Fantasy Books
      "Dedicated to helping you find the best fantasy books ever written."

    • Best Science Fiction Books
      Provides detailed and comprehensive SF "best lists," active science fiction forums, a sci-fi blog and much more. Includes reviews and recommendations.

    • Internet Speculative Fiction Database
      Online community effort to catalog works of science fiction, fantasy and horror, which links together various types of bibliographic data, including author bibliographies, publication bibliographies and award listings among others.

    • Science Fiction Encyclopedia
      Provides comprehensive, scholarly and critical guides to science fiction in all its forms.

    • Worlds Without End
      A science fiction, fantasy and horror fan website dedicated to identifying, reading and sharing the best science fiction, fantasy and horror novels. Free membership is available.

  • Historical Fiction

    • Historical Novel Society
      Review of historical fiction searchable by author, type, period or century. Includes novels for children and young adults.

    • HistoricalNovels.Info
      Book lists of more than 5000 historical novels organized by time and place.

  • Horror

    • Horror Novel Reviews
      Horror fiction news, reviews, interviews, featured articles and "Horror Story of the Week."

    • HWA's Horror Reading Lists
      The Horror Writers Association offers a list of classics and "bests" of dark fiction. In addition, there is a link to the Bram Stoker Reading List which includes new horror fiction worthy to be considered for the Bram Stoker Awards.

  • Inspirational Fiction

    • FictionFinder
      This project of the American Christian Fiction Writers seeks to inform people about the wide variety of Christian fiction available today.

  • Mystery

  • Romance

    • All About Romance
      "The back fence for lovers of romance novels." Reviews, articles, message boards and the "who's who and what's what in romance fiction today."

  • Urban Fiction

    • Urban Reviews
      A resource for open and honest opinions on African-American fiction.

  • Westerns

    • Roundup Magazine
      Monthly reviews of westerns from the Western Writers of America's online magazine.

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Graphic Novels

  • Comics Worth Reading
    News and reviews of graphic novels, manga, comic books and related subjects.

  • Graphic Novel Reporter
    A comprehensive site for information about graphic novels.

  • No Flying No Tights
    A page devoted to graphic novel reviews with an emphasis on teens, but including reading ideas for graphic novel readers of all ages.

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Online Texts

  • eAudiobooks

    • LibriVox
      Access to public domain eAudiobooks read by volunteers.

    • Project Gutenberg
      Access to public domain eAudiobooks read by humans or generated by computers.

  • eBooks

      Full-text access to a wide variety of reference, verse, fiction, and nonfiction titles.

    • Digital Book Index
      Links to thousands of titles of electronic books from more than 1,800 publishers. The majority are available for free. Search by author and/or title, and browse by subject, author or publisher. Note: Free registration is required.

    • Online Books Page
      An index linking to thousands of online text resources in English as well as to works in other languages. Includes archives of freely accessible serials (magazines, journals, newsletters, etc.).

    • Project Gutenberg
      Links to the full text of thousands of books, including books written in more than 40 languages.

  • Poetry

    • Famous Poets and Poems
      Online collection of over 20,000 poems by more than 500 poets. Searchable by poet, theme or keyword.

    • HTI American Verse Project
      An electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920.

    • Poetry Foundation
      Search the foundation's poetry archives by poet, category, occasion, title, first line or glossary term.

  • Short Stories

    • American Literature
      Short story section of this comprehensive literature website is browsable by author and searchable by title. Includes a short story children's library.

    • Classic Reader
      Classic short stories from a wide range of authors spanning several centuries.

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Teen Reading

  • Epic Reads
    See what's publishing soon, read book reviews or search for something specific using Epic Read's book filter.

  • Reading Rants!
    "Out of the ordinary teen booklists." A source of up-to-date book reviews and an interactive blog where teens can read reviews, respond to them or write their own.

    Comprehensive site for teen readers includes monthly reviews of books, manga and paperbacks; The Ultimate Teen Reading List; books into movies, reading group guides and more.

  • YA Book Blog Directory
    Links to blogs by readers and authors of Young Adult literature.

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