Richmond Heights Memorial Library

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Pen/Faulkner Award Three noted writers of fiction each year select the winner and four runners-up of the PEN/Faulkner Awards for Fiction.

National Book Award Awards given in American fiction, nonfiction, and poetry of exceptional literary value.

American Library Association Notable Books
The Notable Books Council of RUSA, a division of the American Library Association, selected these titles for their contribution to the expansion of knowledge or for the pleasure they can provide to readers.

National Book Critics Circle Award
Awards given in American fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry, and criticism of exceptional literary value.

Bancroft Prize Winners
Awarded by Columbia University for outstanding books on American History (including biography) and Diplomacy.

Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year.

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction recognizes distinguished fiction published in book form by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.

Nobel Prize for Fiction
Awarded to the author who has, in the words of the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction". One of the "ideal direction" which is the homage paid to those great artistic achievements that are characterized by uncompromising "integrity" in the depiction of the human predicament.
The Edgar Award
The Mystery Writers of America awards authors of mystery fiction.
Philip K. Dick Award
Award given annually for best American science fiction in paperback.
Hugo Awards
Awarded by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS).
The Christy Award
Recognizing excellence in Christian Fiction written by contemporary authors.
RITA Awards
Presented annually to the best published romance novels in thirteen catagories by the Romance Writers of America.
"Books are my blood and my world. I've always understood passion for books and being obsessed by them. I know what they can do to you. Storing them forever and enjoying their company is always reassuring."
--Karl Lagerfield
Try our database Novelist. There are several ways to find reading suggestions: by finding authors who write like your favorite authors, by searching under genre, by series, or by just by describing a plot or setting. You will need your library card number. When you get to the home page of the database try starting with the tab "For Readers" to find authors who write like your favorite.  100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
Catalog link Z for Zachariah
Robert C. O'Brien

This edge-of-your-seat YA dystopean post-apocalyptic hails from 1974 and will please fans of books like Hunger Games and Divergent. Ann Burden is 16 and living on her own in a valley untouched by the nuclear war that killed her family and neighbors. Ann struggles with lonliness until one day she spots smoke over the hill and sees that a person dressed in a safe suit is headed her way. Now she is terrified that there could be worse things then being the last person on earth. This is an enthralling book; you will be hooked before page 3.
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron
by Jasper Fforde

This dystopian tale takes place at least 500 years in the future in a world called Chromatica where social class is determined by the dominant color one can perceive. All citizens are expected to follow the laws of Munsell which take the concepts of bureaucracy and government overreach to such bizarre lengths that a typo which results in outlawing the manufacturing of spoons is taken seriously creating a shortage of spoons, and one's ability to devise loopholes prepares them well for a life in public service. Swatches of color are used to heal people. Our protagonist finds himself in a part of his world known to be sketchy when his father, a swatchman, is called to serve the local citizens. This is the most creative and engaging dystopian book I have read in a long time. Fair warning, according to Fforde, the sequel is not expected until 2015.

Susan Fowler, Library Assistant
Allegiant (Divergent Series)
by Veronica Roth

This is the third title in the Divergent trilogy. If you enjoyed Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and/or The Testing, chances are good you will enjoy this series as well. This final installment is told from the perspective of Tris (the protagonist in the first two books) and Tobias. The story takes unpredictable plot twists making it hard to put down. Roth delivers a depth of emotional maturity and insight, especially in regards to interpersonal relationships, that is refreshing in the science fiction dystopian genre. The movie version of the first book is due for release in March 2014

Susan Fowler, Library Assistant



Click the link above to go to the catalog listing "Books and reading" for more lists and suggestions for reading.

Between the Covers
A great site to find more lists of books.

BookPage is a monthly book review publication distributed to bookstores and public libraries. The Richmond Heights Memorial acquires BookPage in its print version, as well. BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month.

 Link to NPR
Books on NPR
Read about books and authors you've heard discussed on National Public Radio.


Poetry Magazine
Devoted to poetry-- online poems, bestseller lists, and reviews. is a selective collection of open access literary criticism for British and American poets and authors. Individual web pages on writers of the twentieth century and the nineteenth century, with links to hundreds of high quality, free articles.

What Should I Read Next?
Type in an author and or title and get recommendations from a database created by readers like yourself. You can add to the database your own recommendations.

Oprah's Bookclubub
See Oprah's Past Bookclub selections, Kid's Reading List, What's Hot, Author Interview Videos, and Book Discussion Questions


Fresh Press
Want to know what books are being discussed or promoted on radio and TV shows today? Fresh Press compiles a list of books and authors appearing daily in the national media.


Encyclopaedia Britannica's Great Books of the Western World
Scholars and editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica believe this collection represents the essential core of the Western literary canon.

Kemper Reading Picks
Kemper Fellows, MU faculty recognized for their teaching excellence, have compiled the following list of influential books. Rather than reinventing the many existing lists of top books, these outstanding Mizzou professors from multiple disciplines chose books published since the year 1900 that have been influential in society or in their personal lives.

Booklist's Best Adult Genre Fiction of the Year
Booklist, a publication of the ALA, asks librarians to select an annual list of outstanding books in eight adult genre fiction.


Booklist: Notable 100 Books
Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Time Magazine's Top 100 Books
Time critics pick the best novels in English from 1923 to the present
OCLC's Top 1000
The intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the "purchase vote" of libraries around the globe.
Modern Library's Top 100
Three lists of best novels and best nonfiction compiled by the Modern Library's editorial board, by readers, and a rival list, The Radcliffe Publishing Course.
The Big Read
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

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