Readers’ Resources

Awards and Honors

Bancroft Award

Best Book in American or Diplomatic history. Awarded by Columbia University.

Edgar Awards

Mystery Writers of America- Best mystery fiction, nonfiction, TV, Movies and stage productions.

Eisner Awards

“The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comics world. Named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, the awards are given out in more than two dozen categories during a ceremony each year at Comic-Con International: San Diego.”

Hugo Awards

Science fiction awards for best sci-fi and fantasy in many formats. Awarded by vote of due-paying members.

James Beard Awards

Best Culinary or Wine books, as well as Chef awards.

The Man Booker Prize

“The prize, which celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2013 after launching in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.To maintain the consistent excellence of the Man Booker Prize, judges are chosen from a wide range of disciplines, including critics, writers and academics, but also poets, politicians and actors, all with a passion for quality fiction.” (from the Background page, 2/11/2015)

National Book Award

“The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.” (from the Mission & History page, 2/11/2015)

Nebula Awards

Science fiction and fantasy awards, presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association.

Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature is one of the awards established in the will of Alfred Nobel. The Swedish Academy gives the award to a writer who has produced “the most outstanding work in an ideal direction” (from Nobel’s will). The award is not given to the author for one particular work, but rather for their entire body of work.

Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prizes were established in the will of Joseph Pulitzer. Every year, the Pulitzer Prizes are awarded by the Pulitzer Board for excellence in writing in the fields of journalism, letters (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), drama, and music to United States writers and artists.

RITA Awards

Romance fiction awards given by the Romance Writers of America.

United States Poet Laureate

Modeled after the United Kingdom’s Poet Laureate tradition, the official title is the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. It is an annual appointment made by the Librarian of Congress. The current poet laureate is Charles Wright, who was born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee.

Content Reviews

Common Sense Media

Aimed at parents who monitor what their children read or see, this site provides useful ratings of movies, books, games, and other media. Search or browse this site, and each work’s review contains a suggested age range as well as a “What parents need to know” section that breaks down content such as violence, sex, drug and alcohol use, and language as well as educational value and any positive messages the work offers.

Rated Reads

This site provides reviews of popular fiction, nonfiction, and young adult books. Reviewers rate books for violence, language, and sexual content on a scale of none, mild, moderate, high, and dirt. Browse by these categories or search the site to find book reviews that provide a summary of both the plot and the content. One problem with this site is the reviewers usually stop reading the books they rate as DIRT (their emphasis). But if you are looking for books with a certain level of content, this site will help you.

Lists and Reviews

The Big Read Top 100

In 2003, the BBC collected nominations for the UK’s best-loved book. The result is this list of 100 classics and modern classics.

Modern Library Top 100

The Modern Library’s Top 100 books was created at the end of the last millennium, but it still stands as a guide to 100 popular works of classic literature.

New York Times Best Sellers

“Rankings reflect sales reported by vendors offering a wide range of general interest titles. The sales venues for print books include independent book retailers; national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; supermarkets, university, gift and discount department stores; and newsstands. E-book rankings reflect sales from leading online vendors of e-books in a variety of popular e-reader formats.” (from the New York Times website on their methodology of creating the Best Sellers lists, 2/11/2015)

Reading Suggestions


This is a fun tool to find book recommendations. Enter the title and author of a book you’ve enjoyed reading, and Bookseer will produce a list of similar titles linked to their pages. It is a U.K.-based website, so the Find a local bookstore and library pages may not work for U.S. locations.

Books and Authors (TEL)

Browse or search this site to find information about your favorite author or book, reading recommendations, and find lists of award winners for hundreds of literary awards. Create a free account to use My Reading Room resources: Rate and review books you’ve read and create book lists of books you’ve read or would like to read.

Fantastic Fiction

Search by author’s name to find a list of every book they’ve written, including series listed in order. Search by title to find a summary of the book, any awards it has received, and a list of similar books by other authors.


Librarian Ann Chambers Theis provides lists of recently published fiction by year and genre. Her starred review lists indicate whether the book received a starred review from Booklist, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, or Library Journal.

What Should I Read Next?

Types the name of your favorite author or book title, and this site will recommend another title you might enjoy.


This U.K.-based website uses a unique technique to create suggested reading lists as an alternative to traditional genres. Users select what kind of book they want to read by identifying key characteristics they enjoy (gentle versus violent, larger than life versus down to earth, short versus long, optimistic versus bleak). The site then generates a list of books that fit those characteristics.

Social Media


See which books your friends are reading; track the books you’re reading, have read, and want to read; check out your personalized book recommendations; and find out if a book is a good fit for you from our community’s reviews. (from the About Goodreads page, 2/11/2015)


LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth. A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books. (from the About page, 2/11/2015)

Return to the Online Information Desk to find more online resources. If you need additional assistance finding information, contact the Johnson City Public Library Information Desk at (423) 434-4454.

Page updated 11/12/2015