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How do I know what to read?
Not sure how to find a book? You don’t have to aimlessly browse until the right title catches your eye! These tools will help you pick a book before you walk through the doors. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, try a list of prize-winning books for a guaranteed great read. You can also take a look at what other readers suggest for a more obscure pick, and if you find an interesting book that you want to learn more about, look for reviews!
Pulitzer Prize Winners
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is awarded for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.
Man Booker Prize
Award for best novel of the year published in the United Kingdom.
Gold Dagger Award
Award given by the Crime Writers' Association for the best crime novel.
Awards given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.
Lambda Literary Awards
Awards honor the best gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender books. The awards recognize a variety of genres, including science fiction, graphic novels, young adult, and mystery.
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Founded in 1935 by Edith Anisfield Wolf, these awards “recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures.” Supported by the Cleveland Foundation since 1963, it is the only American book award solely focused on racism and diversity.
New York Times Book Reviews
Browse the New York Times archive of book reviews and search for genres that interest you. You can also find the New York Times Best Seller list for monthly updates on what to read.
Go to the site of Portland's famous independent bookstore for picks, bestsellers, reviews, and author interviews.
Read reviews on recently published books and browse lists by subject and genre for recommendations. Flip through the online magazine and see what’s new!
An independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. Browse daily poems and search the shelves for an anthology!
Books & Boba
A book club and podcast dedicated to spotlighting books written by authors of Asian descent. Every month, hosts Marvin Yueh and Reera Yoo pick a book by an Asian or Asian American author to read and discuss on the podcast, and authors are invited for interview episodes.
Black Chick Lit
A podcast that takes an in-depth look at a title written by a black woman and its author each month. Hosts Dani and Mollie read across genres and forms, including literary fiction, non-fiction, YA, poetry and urban fiction.
Between the Covers
A literary podcast hosted by David Naimon, discusses books in-depth from famous and underground authors who join David to talk about their work.
LeVar Burton Reads
In every episode, host LeVar Burton invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. Listen to contemporary short fiction from all different genres and learn about authors before digging into a longer text.
Online Book Suggestions
An online community of personal library collections with user tags and descriptions. Browse tags or find new books based on user recommendations and recent activity on the site.
Seattle Public Library ShelfTalk
This blog, sponsored by Seattle Public Library, offers book reviews and suggestions for your next read. Did you know that UW students can get library cards at SPL, even if your permanent address isn’t in Seattle?
A site where users can recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs. Includes a dynamic recommendation system! Current Good Reads users can export their booklist to The Storygraph without losing a title.
Publishers’ Weekly Bestsellers List
This weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business. Besides this bestseller list, PW also offers pre-publication book reviews.