How to Find Your Next Great Read

For book lovers, browsing at the library is one of life’s pleasures. But when you’d rather avoid public places, how do you browse for your next great read?

Fortunately, AAPLD has some helpful resources so you can find exactly what you’re looking for from the comfort of home.

BookPage– This monthly magazine carries the subtitle “Discover Your Next Great Book,” and reviews new releases in a variety of genres. Whether you’re in the mood for an edge of your seat thriller, a light-hearted romance, an inspiring memoir, or something else, Book Page will provide plenty of choices. Each issue features an interview with a notable author, discussing their new release. Older books are highlighted in features like The Hold List, which recommend titles based on a theme. Thanks to a recent Hold List feature on cats and dogs, I discovered The Duchess Deal, a delightful historical romance by Tessa Dare that includes Breeches, a cat with attitude.

Where to find BookPage? Read it online here, or pick up a copy at AAPLD.

Library Reads– Librarian recommended, with ten new titles each month, Library Reads have a distinctive red, white and blue sticker on their spine. At the Main Library, the newest Library Reads are shelved beside New Fiction, along with a flyer showing the current month’s titles. Older titles can be found throughout the library. Search past Library Reads titles online by visiting their archives, for lists going back to 2013.

AudioFile Magazine– Love audiobooks? This online magazine offers detailed reviews of new releases that discuss narrators and presentation styles, in addition to recapping story highlights. You’ll also find features on genres, narrators, and authors. Keep up with the audiobook world by subscribing to AudioFile’s free newsletter and listening to the Behind The Mic podcast. If you prefer print, AAPLD has copies available for check-out and a limited number for patrons to take and keep. Find them by the New CD Audiobook shelves.

ALA Book List– The American Library Association’s century-old review publication, Book List takes a comprehensive look at the world of books, including new releases, columns, features on themes, genres and authors. Normally subscription-based, Book List is currently available online at no charge. Visit

Check out these options, then give us a call to put a title on hold for pick-up at the Main Library drive-through, or our Customer Service desk, just inside the front door.

Want more suggestions? Use our Recommend Me A Book! Readers Advisory form for customized suggestions and check out links.

Happy Reading!