Databases for Books & Literature

Find a book to read

  • BookBrowse A treasure trove of resources for readers, including reviews, excerpts, readalikes interviews, articles, newsletters, book club resources and more.
  • Novelist Plus Online electronic readers’ advisory which assists fiction and nonfiction readers in finding new titles and authors from all subjects, periods and genres. Contains full-text reviews and read-alikes for many titles.


  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Provides complete, full-text access to the Dictionary of Literary Biography (vols. 1-348).
  • Literature Criticism Online Provides complete, full-text access to the following print titles: Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (vols. 1-271), Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (vols. 1-210) and Children’s Literature Review.
  • Literature Reference Books Online Includes the full-text of a number of reference books about literature, including:
    • Contemporary Novelists
    • Drama for Students
    • Epics for Students
    • Literary Themes for Students
    • Novels for Students
    • Short Stories for Students

Websites for fiction readers:

  • All About Romance The back fence for lovers of romance novels.
  • BookBrowse Your guide to exceptional books.
  • Books in Series The What’s Next?: Book In Series™ database was developed and is maintained by the Kent District Library.
  • BookSpot Another great site with lots of features to help you find the next good book.
  • Christian Fiction Search by genre, then choose based on age, audience, format.
  • Gentle reads Lists of good old fashioned stories without a lot of sex or violence, from the Los Angeles Public Library.
  • Graphic Novels All about graphic novels, including reviews and author interviews.
  • Historical Fiction Useful resources to find new authors, bestselling historical fiction and editors’ choices.
  • Horror For fiction and film horror reviews.
  • Read West Great for finding book reviews and author websites for westerns. Also has online books to read.
  • SF Site The home page for science fiction and fantasy.
  • Stop, You’re Killing Me! A resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books.

Websites for nonfiction readers:


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