Finding a Good Book


Recognizing that many patrons want to read quality literature, the Library makes a concerted effort to collect all award winning titles and those included on various "Best Lists." In addition, the staff of the Readers' Services Department has created many booklists on various subjects as well as a Books We Love database of over one thousand annotated book reviews.

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Booklists Created by Skokie Public Library

    Author and novel readalikes
    Award winners
    Family ties
    General fiction
    Historical fiction and nonfiction
    Location, location, location
    Science fiction and fantasy
    Additional booklists are available for kids and teens.

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Online Resources

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardeSequels

eSequels contains over 30,000 entries focusing exclusively on series fiction with six easy ways to search. Annotations of every series and every book are included. Check here for the correct reading order and for a list of forthcoming titles in your favorite series!

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardNoveList

This enormous online guide to fiction helps readers locate novels by plot characteristics and also includes summaries, book reviews, and lists of award winners. Information is searchable by author, title, subject, and genre.

Skokie Public Library's guide to this database

Web resourceWhat's Next

Looking for books in a series or for sequels of your favorite book? This site, maintained by the Kent Public Library in Michigan, will help keep those series straight, and is searchable by author, title, or series name.

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Staff Recommendations

Web resourceStaff Book Picks

Check out this list of favorite books read last year by Skokie Public Library staff members. And, in case you missed them, it's not too late to see our Annual Staff Picks for books, films, and music from 2002 to the present!

Web resourceBooks We Love ...Skokie Public Library Staff Book Reviews

Created by the staff of the Readers' Services Department, this database of more than one thousand books and audiobooks includes descriptions of staff favorites as well as suggestions of similar titles and authors for further reading. You may search for books by title, author, and genre.

Web resourceA Few Good Books ...nonfiction staff selections

Can you handle the truth? Do you crave real stories about real events that keep you up really late at night because you need to know what happens next? So do we. Check out our blog, The Bookshelf, as we bring you A Few Good Books – a podcast and related posts dedicated to must-read nonfiction.

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Trying to remember that book you read, or would you like to find a read-a-like for a favorite author?
Try the NoveList database!