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Help choosing books to read for readers of all ages, including book discussion guides, lists of award winners, and more.



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 Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, and much more.  Read reviews and learn about the author.  Create your own reading wish list.  

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Regional ebook collection featuring University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University Press titles, in cooperation with the Library of Michigan. 

Books can be read in the browser. This resource uses geo-ip authentication; if your internet is not showing your IP address as being in the state of Michigan, you may have trouble accessing this resource. 


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Other Resources

CADL Book Bound Podcast

Book lovers are in for a treat each episode as Capital Area District Libraries’ Collection Development Specialists, Jessica Trotter, Mari Garza and Cheryl Lindemann discuss books, interview authors and check in with other staff members.


BookPage is a discovery tool for readers, highlighting the best new books across all genres.

NPR’s Books We Love

Updated annually with the best books of the year (as chosen by NPR’s staff and trusted book critics), this resource offers a mix-and-match style interactive book selection tool.

Book Riot! Podcasts

For those who love listening to people talk about books, this is a collection of weekly and biweekly podcast episodes, covering kidlit through adult nonfiction titles.

Michigan Authors & Illustrators Database

A database of Michigan authors and illustrators, maintained by the Library of Michigan.

Reading Group Choices

Monthly selections of discussible books for book groups of all types.

All About Romance

A website focused on romance novel reviews, author interviews and more for romance readers. Also offers a Power Search, for users to find books by review grade, sub-genre and/or sensuality level.

Stop, You’re Killing Me!

“A website to die for… if you love mysteries”

Created for mystery/crime/thriller/suspense/spy lovers, with booklists broken down by location, historical setting, job, sub-genre, as well as author bibliographies and series listings.

Fantastic Fiction

Book information, reviews and read-a-likes.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Digital Texts from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

What’s Next

“What’s Next” helps you search for fiction books written in series.


Catalog of material in OCLC member libraries in the U.S. and world wide.