Recommendations: Find a New Read

Want a new book to get excited about?

Your next obsession is out there somewhere, and we can help you find it. Stop into the library to ask for assistance, or try any of the links and ideas below to get started!

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'New Book' Sections at the Library

Stop in any time to browse the library's most recent additions; we have dedicated sections for new YA books, graphic novels, science fiction and fantasy, mysteries, nonfiction, audiobooks, and more. New titles added monthly.

Reader's Advisory: Personalized Recommendations

Fill out one of our "Reader's Advisory" forms to get recommendations just for you by your local librarians — and remember that we can tailor these recommendations over time based on what you do and don't like as you read! Forms are available at the front desk.

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Best Suggestion-Generating Services

Use our complete set of FEATURED RECOMMENDATION SERVICES to get instant suggestions based on your tastes! Search based on authors or titles you already like, specific story/character details, or even filter books based on your mood! All sites are free to use and do not require sign-up.

Award-Winning YA Books

Try visiting YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) to see current YA award-winners and honored books. Or try the Iowa Teen Awards for a list selected out of books nominated by Iowa teens!

Lists of Popular and Recommended Books

Try any of the links below to see other readers' favorite books (including up-to-the-minute bestsellers), as well as some professional recommendations:

Grades 6-8

High School



Browse Top-Reviewed Books Nationwide

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Reviews by regular readers, rather than professionals.

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Recommendations for only the most exceptional current books.

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The online companion to the well-known book review magazine.

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New titles, new authors, and the latest scoop on the book industry.

PLUS: Interested only in reviews for your favorite genre? Check out our genre listings for a specialty focus on everything from mystery to romance to historical fiction!

Register for a Free Book Rating Service

Become a registered member at an online book hub like Goodreads; this will allow you to get automated recommendations as you rate titles and build up a reading history, and will also give you access to the forums so you can ask other members for suggestions.

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