Easy resources for finding next great book, author, or series

You’ve blown through your current book and want another great page-turner. Maybe you want another book by the same author or one that’s similar, a “read alike.” With all the books, audiobooks, and eBooks available to choose from, finding that next great read can feel a bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

Where to start? Your library!

Many readers love browsing the library shelves and looking over the book displays to find the latest addition to their “to be read” pile. But if you’re not in the library, or don’t know what you’re looking for in particular, the following library resources can help.

Of course, we invite you to talk with a librarian – we love offering up recommendations!

Readers’ Café

The Library’s Readers Café webpage is a one-stop-shop for all things book-related: reading recommendations, book lists, author spotlights, book reviews, and new titles added to the collection. You can even find Book Club Kits to use with your book group. Librarians update the site frequently with new book showcases, awards lists, and more. Visit the Readers’ Café.

NoveList Plus

The redesigned NoveList Plus service will have you discovering read-alikes in no time. You can access a quick version of NoveList through the online catalog or you can log in to a robust version via Readers’ Café or our Research page.

Direct to NoveList Plus:
After using your library card number and PIN to log in to NoveList, you can conduct a variety of searches and filter your results by age, genre, and appeal. What are you in the mood to read? A book that’s intricately plotted and compelling? Maybe one that’s leisurely paced and reflective? Love character-driven, historical fiction? You can narrow in on the perfect book for you using the NoveList search features.

Via the Catalog: When you’re in the catalog search and have chosen a title, the entry may also offer you additional reading recommendations. Scroll down toward the bottom of the item entry to “You May Also Like” to find lists of books, authors, and series that you might find appealing based on your book

Scroll a bit further down the entry and you can explore reading suggestions based on “Story Elements” like theme, genre, and appeal. There is also the option to find similar books by reading level – this is particularly useful for children and teen readers. Love book lists and recommendations?


SelectReads is the service for you! In addition to awards lists and author spotlights, the service provides customized reading recommendations just for you.

Subscribe to the “Book Recommendations Newsletter” and receive a monthly roundup of great book titles and authors based on your preferred genres and age groups. Not ready to subscribe? Access the lists online through the Library’s SelectReads service. The Readers’ Café has a direct link
to SelectReads.

Another great option, “My SelectReads”, is like having your own librarian, ready to share new titles and authors based on your personal interests. You choose your own content from a list of categories and specify how often you want to receive the email newsletter. Interested in business, art, or sports? You got it! Love a specific author? No problem. Want email alerts once a week or just once a month? Done.

Summer Reading Account BookLists

After you create your online Summer Reading Challenge account, you can access a list of age-appropriate book recommendations from your Poudre Libraries librarians based on
this year’s theme, Oceans of Possibilities. It’s a great resource for kids and teens as they complete the reading challenge and work toward earning their 10-hour reading prize. Join fellow readers this summer for the annual, all-ages Summer Reading Challenge and dive into an ocean of great books. Your “to be read” pile is going to be huge!