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Looking for something good to read but don’t know where to start? Goleta Valley Library staff have created curated recommendation lists of our favorite titles. Click on a subject category title below to find a number of items on that subject that you might enjoy reading! Please let us know how you liked our recommendations.

1960's Literature

1970's Literature

AFI's 100 Greatest Movies

Agatha Christie Read-Alikes

American Biographies

American Classics

Around the World in 36 Novels

Art Heists

Awesome Autobiographies

Best Children's Novels for Adults

Books About Hackers

California Calling (Fiction)

California Crime

Crown Readalikes

Dear Diary

Doggy Fiction

Dystopian Fiction

Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives

Favorite Books of 2018

For Young Writers

Ghost Stories for Adults

Goleta's Favorite Fiction

Gods & Monsters Teen Fiction

Great American Reads Top 100 

Great British Classics  

Hollywood Fiction

Hollywood Mysteries

Horror

Humor for Adults

If you Like the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, Try One of These

If you Like Malcolm Gladwell, Try...Entertaining and Enlightening Pop Psychology

LGBTQ

The Lincoln List

Macho Men

Magic Realism Fiction

Medical (Fiction)

Memoirs of Love and Loss

Microhistories

Music in Fiction

Nero Wolfe-Hoopla

Real People, Incredible Lives

Regal Reads

Rest and Relaxation

Romance

Royal Reads (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

Salute to Veterans 

Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Favorites 

Shocking Plot Twists

Sisters

Space Exploration (Real and Imaginary)

Spelllbinding Fantasy Teen Fiction

Spy Stories (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

Staff Favorites (Fiction)

Staff Favorites (Non-Fiction)

Star Wars Material for Adults

Superheros, Supervillians, & Superpowers Teen Fiction

Survival Stories (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

Teen Books that Adults will Love

Thrilling Tales of Disaster (Fictional and True)

Time Travel

Travel Narratives

True Crime

Vietnam (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

Women's History

World War I (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

World War II (Fiction)

Writers' Workshop