Cole Library

Mount Vernon's Public Library


Reading

Recommendations

Book Browse

Many fiction book lists: awards in many genres, “Sleuths by Occupation”, “Titles by Topic”, and a great collection of “Series and Sequels”.

The Book Page
This site features an excellent selection of brief, popular (that is, not-necessarily-academic) non-fiction book reviews on a variety of topics. You may also find less-reviewed fiction genres (for example, Romance). Also includes children’s book reviews, a list of Oprah Book Club picks, and some author interviews.

Booklist
Book review magazine published by the American Library Association: fiction, non-fiction, and children’s–the newest books as well as a searchable archive going back to 1996.

Booknotes on C-SPAN
View video clips or read transcripts of author interviews from the television series.

Live From Prairie Lights
Complete calendar of upcoming author readings at the Iowa City bookstore.

New York Times Book Review on the Web
Complete text of the daily and Sunday book reviews. Includes bestseller lists, first chapters of many books, and some audio clips. Requires free site registration to establish a log-in and password.

Reader’s Advisory 
Information from the Iowa Library Service Areas about doing Reader’s Advisory and how to present BookTalks, as well as many suggestions and lists of possible books to use.

 

Retailers

 

Amazon.com
Online bookstore with an awesome collection of books currently in-print for sale. Many titles also include reviews from major magazines and newspapers, as well as customer reviews. Easy online ordering.

 

Barnes and Noble
Online sales at Barnes and Noble.com

Bibliofind
This is the collective inventory database for thousands of used and rare book stores around the world. Search by author or title. Online ordering.

Praire Lights
Local bookstore located in Iowa City, IA.