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Good Reading Ideas

Good Reading Ideas

We really want to help you find hours of pleasure from reading. This section will give you hints on how to use the Library's resources to find good books, new titles we have purchasedBook-Related Websites and searching for books by genre, style or read-alikes in NoveList.
We also have a number of Book Club Kits that can be borrowed.

If you want to get information on an ongoing basis on books, we have a number of newsletters for specific genres or age groups. Click on the button below to get the form to opt-in for as many of these as you like.

Ask a Librarian

In addition to the resources listed, staff are available to assist you with your reading needs. Don't hesitate to contact us!

To help you choose something interesting to read every year we put together lists of books recommended by library staff. 
For 2014: Adult Fiction / Fiction Audiobooks / Adult Nonfiction / Nonfiction Audiobooks / Graphic Fiction and Nonfiction / Movies, TV shows and Documentaries /
Teen Fiction / Teen Graphic Fiction and Nonfiction / Kids Fiction and Nonfiction / Picture Books
Also take time to check out our lists of books of all types below. 
Watch here for more categories or let us know what you'd like to see.

2016 Summer Reading Suggestions

Hot Topics:

Pleasure Diva Fiction / Pleasure Diva Non-fiction / Pleasure Diva Talking About Sex / Pleasure Diva Young AdultDownton Abbey Read-alikes  /  Fiction for the Nonfiction Reader  /  Nonfiction for the Fiction Reader  /  Steampunk  /
LGBT Fiction and Biography  /  Native Fiction  /  Teen Books for Adults  / Adult Books for Teens /  Evergreen Award Nominees 2015  /  Oscar Nominations / Freedom to Read / Charles Taylor Prize Finalists / Audie Awards /

Canadian Content:

Literary and Historical Fiction  /  Biography and Memoir  /  Evergreen Award Nominees and Winners  /  Mysteries  /  Globe and Mail Bestsellers  / Canada Reads /


Adventure/Political Thriller  /  British Family Stories  /  Chicklit  /  Contemporary Romance  /  Dystopian  /  Erotic  /  Cooking, Collectibles and Crafts  /  Fantasy  /  Historical  /  Historical Romance  /  Horror  /  Inspirational  /  Literary  /  Paranormal Romance  / Science Fiction  / Sea Tales / Short Stories / Christmas stories / Romantic Suspense /


American  /  Animal  /  British  /  CSI  /  Foreign  /  Historical  / Legal Thriller / Medical Thriller / Scandinavian / Cosy Mysteries /


Biography and MemoirBlack History  / True Adventures

Great Websites

Reading is about more than book lists and we've put together some of the best websites around books here for you. 

Great Readings Lists that We Didn't Create

Information about Authors

Lots of Stuff for Book Clubs

Blogs about Books

Book Information by Genre

Book Reviews  

and don't forget to check out our Databases for Literature and Books databases like Novelist.