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Staff Picks

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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

AFI"S 100 Greatest Love Stories (Films)

Agatha Christie Read-Alikes

American Biographies

American Classics

Around the World in 36 Novels

Art Heists

Arthurian Fiction

Awesome Autobiographies

Baseball Documentaries Kanopy TV Series

Best Children's Novels for Adults

Books About Hackers

California Calling (Fiction)

California Crime

Chicanx Literature

Crown Readalikes


Dear Diary

Depression Non- Fiction Comprehensive List

Doggy Fiction

Dystopian Fiction

Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary

Fantasy:Monster Hunters

Favorite Books of 2018

For Young Writers

Ghost Stories for AdultsGoleta's

Favorite Fiction

Great American Reads Top 100 

Great British Classics

Historical Fiction

Hollywood Fiction

Hollywood Memoirs (Hoopla Audiobooks)

Hollywood Mysteries


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

Inspector Montalbano Series Hoopla E-Audiobooks

Joyous Reads


The Lincoln List

Macho Men

Magic Realism Fiction

Medical (Fiction)

Memoirs of Love and Loss


Music in Fiction

Mysteries for Moms

Nero Wolfe-Hoopla

Psychological Suspense

Real People, Incredible Lives

Regal Reads

Rest and Relaxation


Romance II

Royal Reads (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

Salute to Veterans 

Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Favorites 

Shocking Plot Twists


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