Find a Good Book to Read (Part 3 of 3): Reading Ideas by Genre

Are you a fan of historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, or another book genre? Would you like some new ideas for what to read next based on your favorite genre?

Here are a few resources to help you find reading ideas:

NoveList Plus: Start here to find reading ideas by genre! Access NoveList Plus through the Library by visiting, selecting “Tools and Research” from the ribbon of choices at the top of the page, selecting “All CCLS Databases,” and then NoveList Plus. Enter your library card number when prompted.

Once you’re in NoveList Plus, there are a few ways to find ideas by genre:

  • Under “Recommended Reads,” on the left-hand side of the NoveList Plus homepage, hover over a broad genre category to choose from related lists. Select a list of interest to view title suggestions, and then click on a specific book title to read a book description, professional reviews, and more.


  • Hover over “Browse By” at the top left-hand side of the NoveList Plus homepage; select “Genre” to peruse new and popular titles by genre. Below each broad genre, click on “Explore [Your Genre]” for more related lists.

NextReads: Sign up to receive free monthly or bimonthly NextReads emails loaded with great book suggestions by genre or subject area. Sign up here, or view the NextReads Archives here.

Beyond great library resources like NoveList Plus and NextReads, there are many additional resources for finding book ideas by genre! Here are just a few:


The Reading List (from America Library Association/RUSA CODES): The Reading List highlights outstanding genre fiction in eight genres: “adrenaline titles (suspense, thrillers, and action adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, and women’s fiction.” Scroll down the page to see current and past lists.


Agatha Awards: Honoring “the Traditional Mystery, books typified by the works of Agatha Christie.” View current nominees here, or select “Agatha Award History” to see past winners.

Cozy Mysteries: Find “cozy” mystery reading ideas by theme, place, and much more!

Edgar Awards: Presented by Mystery Writers of America, and named after author Edgar Allen Poe. View 2020 Nominees, or visit the Edgars Database to search current and previous nominees, or view by category.

Science Fiction

Hugo Awards: “Awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy…run by and voted on by fans.” Hover over “Current/Past Hugos” to view award-winners.

Nebula Awards: “The Nebula Awards® are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.” Hover over “The Awards” to search awards or view them by year.


RITA Awards: Romance Writers of America awards for “excellence in published romance novels and novellas.” Scroll down the homepage to click on “Current Winners” or “Past Winners.”

And finally, while not technically a genre, here’s just one resource for finding audiobook listening ideas:


Audie Awards: “Each year the Audio Publishers Association honors the best titles in audio publishing.” Scroll down the page to link to current and past honorees.

Earlier this week, we discussed Author Read-alikes and Title Read-alikes. No matter which approach you take, we hope that you find good ideas for books to try.

Enjoy exploring, feel free to contact us with your Novelist Plus or other questions, and happy reading!

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