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How Do I Find a Good Book?

A Do It Yourself Guide


Tired of stumbling around in the library stacks hoping a great book will pop off the shelf?
Have you read all of your favorite author's books and found yourself wondering what to read next?

You'll find suggestions for every interest on the Reader's Advisory shelves at Mary Cheney Library. The reference books listed below are located on the first floor of the library at the end of the fiction section, just before the 000's begin and are filed alphabetically by title. Look for the acid green labels.

No time to spare? Let our bookmarks and reading lists guide you to your next book.


American Historical Fiction: An Annotated Guide to Novels for Adults and Young Adults by Lynda G. Adamson . . . . . From the settlement of the early colonies to current time, this handy volume also has indexes for subject and geographic areas.

Detecting Men: A Reader's Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Men by Willetta L. Heising . . . . . Mysteries are indexed by type, background and setting. Winners and nominees for major mystery awards are listed along with biographical sketches of authors. Other indexes list series sleuths by profession along with author of the series and setting. For those interested in series mystery history, a chronology of series mysteries written by men is listed by publication date.

Detecting Women 2: a reader's guide and checklist for mystery series written by women by Willetta L. Heising . . . . . Mysteries are indexed by type, background and setting. Winners and nominees for major mystery awards are listed along with biographical sketches of authors. Other indexes list series sleuths by profession along with author of the series and setting. For those interested in series mystery history, a chronology of series mysteries written by women is listed by publication date.
Fiction Catalog . . . . . Entries are listed alphabetically by author with titles and subject indexes along with summaries of featured titles and commentary by a major reviewer. A directory of publishers and distributors is also provided.

Genreflecting: A guide to reading interests in genre fiction by Diana Tixier Herald . . . Genre fiction is pleasure reading. The author discusses the many types of genre fiction (Westerns, Crime, Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror) and provides reading lists and personal recommendations. Bibliographies of history and criticism of particular genres, names of publishers, journals for genre fans, associations and awards are also included. Indexes list authors, titles and, of particular interest, series characters.

Good reading: a guide for serious readers edited by Arthur Waldhorn, Olga S. Weber and Arthur Zeiger . . . . . Presents a survey of literature, humanities, social sciences and sciences. Lists of books to read on vacation, books to read before entering college and books to read after retirement are provided along with a list of 101 Significant Books. Sections are devoted to historical periods, regional and minority cultures, the novel, poetry, drama, biography, science fiction, mystery fiction, essays and criticism. A great deal of information about the world of books can be found in this concise reference.

Killer Books: A Reader's Guide to Exploring the Popular World of Mystery and Suspense by Jean Swanson and Dean James

 

Murder by category: a subject guide to mystery fiction by Tasha Mackler . . . . . Look up a subject (blackmail, missing persons, medieval, smuggling, etc.) and find a list of mysteries with short summaries of the storyline included.

The Reader's adviser. . . . . A six volume set includes: V.1 The best in reference works, British literature, and American literature...V.2 The best in world literature...V.3 The best in social sciences, history, and the arts...V.4 The best in philosophy and religion...V.5 The best in science, technology, and medicine...V.6 Index. Each volume is edited by subject specialists.


WHAT DO I READ NEXT SERIES

What do I read next?: a reader's guide to current genre fiction
. . . . . Fantasy, mystery, western, science fiction, romance and horror are all presented with reading suggestions and lists of books with similar appeal.

What Fantastic Fiction Do I Read Next: A Reader's Guide to Recent Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction. Fictional countries, imaginary planets, time period, and character indexes - in addition to major listing by author and suggestions for similar reading - make this a very useful volume for fans of fantastic fiction.

What do I read next? : multicultural literature . . . . .Presents recommendations for reading in the areas of Asian American, African American, Latino and Native American literature along with a brief history and overview of the literature discussed. Indexes which offer suggestions to readers with interests in particular time periods or geographic areas or characters in various professions are also included.

What mystery do I read next? : a reader's guide to recent mystery fiction by Steven A. Stilwell . . . . (circulating copy 016.8 Q) . . . . .Entries are by author and include: a brief summary of the story along with title, story type, major characters, time period, and suggestions for similar books by different authors. Also included: a index to mystery series, a listing of mysteries by time period, locale, character's profession, story type and character name.