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Celebration of Woman Writers                                               
A useful resource on literature by women, searchable by name, country, date or ethnicity.

Cliffs Notes                       
Interactive site with free online access to the full text content of 180 literature guides.

Spark Notes                      
Very similar to Cliffs Notes.

Victorian Web       
All you wanted to know about authors from the Victorian period.

Award Winners

Agatha Awards                               
Since 1989 this award, inspired by Agatha Christie, celebrates novels that usually feature an amateur detective, and no explicit violence or sex.

ALA Notable Books
Since 1944, a division of the American Library Association (RUSA) has announced a list of important works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published that year.

ALEX Awards     
Books written for adults that have appeal for young adults, ages 12 through 18.

Christy Awards                                             
Since 1999 this award, established to honor popular Christian fiction writer Catherine Marshall,   has recognized excellence in several genres of Christian fiction.

The Edgars                                         
Since 1945, the Mystery Writers of America have awarded "Edgars" annually for outstanding contributions to mystery, crime, and suspense writing.

Locus Awards             
Each year the readers of Locus magazine vote for their favorite science fiction, horror, and fantasy books among other categories.

Modern Library’s 100 Best Books                
The goal of the “100 Best” project was to get people talking about great books. They succeeded beyond their wildest imaginings. 

National Book Awards
These prestigious awards were established in 1950 to recognize American literary works of exceptional merit.

National Book Critics Circle Awards                                   
Honors outstanding writing in six different categories annually.          

Nebula Awards                                  
Voted on by active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Nebulas have been awarded to outstanding and popular works of science fiction or fantasy since 1965.

Nobel Prize for Literature     
Awarded annually by the Swedish Academy, literary prizes are funded from monies donated by the estate of entrepreneur, inventor, author, and pacifist Alfred Nobel.

PEN/Faulkner Award                        
Awarded annually by a panel of fiction-writing peers, this award is presented for a distinguished work of published fiction by an American author.

PEN/Malamud Award                       
The PEN/Malamud Award, established in the 1980s, honors authors of outstanding short story fiction.

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction       
Established in 1917 and endowed by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, prize categories include distinguished works of fiction and nonfiction published by an American author.

RITA Awards
These award winners represent the best novels in romantic fiction, and are presented annually by the Romance Writers of America

Thurber Prize for American Humor
Named after author and cartoonist James Thurber, this prize is awarded to outstanding works of humor.

Book Lists

A huge amount of reviews for fiction books, including upcoming titles, reviews, suggested reading lists.

Get personalized recommendations, keep track of what you've read and what you want to read, play trivia quizzes, and collect your favorite quotes.

Kirkus Reviews                                  
Library review journal with reviews of adult, teen and children’s books.

Library Reads             
National public library staff picks list of the monthly ten most recommended titles. Includes both fiction and non-fiction. Past titles are archived.

Los Angeles Times Book Review                   
The most recent week of book reviews in the Times.

New York Review of Books  
Available in full-text back to 1996, this is probably the most literary book review publication.

New York Times Bestseller List                     

New York Times Book Review Section 
The most recent week of the world's most popular book review, archived back to 1996.

NPR Books 
All the best from NPR.

Oprah’s Book Club   
They may skew depressing, but her picks are popular!

Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists  

Reading Group Choices       
If you need some help finding great books for your reading club, this site is your answer.

Find a Book

Big Book Search
Search for a book using keywords based on what you remember from its cover.

What’s That Book Called
A helpful site for when you can’t remember the name or author of a book but you remember details about it.  Maybe someone else on the site can help.


Historical Fiction

Historical Novel Society


Horror Writers Association


Stop, You're Killing Me!

Other Websites of Interest


Indie Bound 


What Should I Read Next      

What’s Next        


All About Romance  

Romance Writers of America 

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Fantastic Fiction  

Locus Online 

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association

SF Reader  


Worlds Without End 
All about science fiction, fantasy and horror.


Western Writers  

Grammar, Writing & Style

Common Errors in English   
An alphabetical listing of a multitude of commonly found mistakes in grammar.

The Elements of Style                   
The classic standard for writing well.

Works Cited 4U       
Helps students, writers, and researchers format citations for bibliographies.

The Writing Center (University of North Carolina) 
Excellent site providing massive amounts of information on writing for students and others.

Online Books

Bartleby Library               
Copious collection of classics which includes fiction, poetry, reference, and non-fiction. 

Provides Open-Access scholarly publishing services to the University of California and delivers a research platform to scholars worldwide. 

Free Books: 100 Legal Sites to Download Literature   
Yes, they’re all free!

HathiTrust Digital Library             
A partnership of academic and research organizations, this site offers millions of titles from libraries world-wide.

Internet Archive      
Gives free access to books, music and movies via this non-profit digital library.

Project Gutenberg         
This was the first online site for free texts and has thousands of available classics from all over the world.

Self-published books by Indie authors are available here.  Click on the “Free” button at the top to access the free titles.


Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations 
The compendium of quotations searchable by date, author, and subject.

Quotations Page 
Easily searchable by author or keyword.