Reader's Advisory

August 8th, 2015

Diary of a Desk-less Librarian: Day 20 of an estimated 49

One of my favorite activities, when I’m not working or reading, is discovering awesome books that other people have read and then adding them to my To-Be-Read list.  It’s always so surprising to me to find out, for example, that one of my friends, only likes to read non-fiction because, he says, “real life is more exciting than anything that authors can make up”. Or, that another of my friends prefers to read only books that have been made into films so that she can read then watch it. She thinks that it makes the experience of enjoying the book much more enriching.

Don’t have enough to read?  Don’t know what to read? Bored with what you usually pick up? Here’s a bunch of suggestions from a ton of different sources to break that bookworm’s ennui!

BBC’s The Big Read

“In April 2003 the BBC’s Big Read began the search for the nation’s best-loved novel, and we asked you to nominate your favourite books. (Presented) are all the results from number 1 to 100 in numerical order!”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml

Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

“A bucket list of books to create a well-read life from the Amazon book editors.”

100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

NPR’s Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books

“More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. The winners of NPR’s Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.”

npr-top-100-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

“Over the course of seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, Rory Gilmore was seen reading 339 books on screen. How many have you read?”

http://goingdownswinging.org.au/site/the-rory-gilmore-reading-challenge-1984/

All-TIME 100 Best Novels 1923-2005 (TIME Magazine)

“Critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo pick the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923—the beginning of TIME magazine.”

http://entertainment.time.com/2005/10/16/all-time-100-novels/slide/all/

Goodreads’ Best Books Ever

“The best books ever, as voted on by the general Goodreads community. How many of them have you read?”

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1.Best_Books_Ever

Still need more suggestions?  See our Pinterest list composed entirely of book lists!

https://www.pinterest.com/ofallonlibrary/book-lists/

Want more personal suggestions?  Here’s the O’Fallon staff recommendation list from Pinterest and our website’s Reader’s Advisory page:

https://www.pinterest.com/ofallonlibrary/staff-picks/

http://ofpl.info/reading-suggestions

Have I overwhelmed you with choices yet? 🙂 Good.

Until next time, happy reading!

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