Staff Picks

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Crown Readalikes

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

Agatha Christie Read-Alikes

American Classics

Around the World in 36 Novels

Art Heists

Awesome Autobiographies

Best Children's Novels for Adults

California Calling (Fiction)

California Crime

Crown Readalikes

Dear Diary

Doggy Fiction

Dystopian Fiction

Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives

Favorite Books of 2018

Ghost Stories for Adults

Goleta's Favorite Fiction

Great American Reads Top 100

Great British Classics 

Hollywood Fiction

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


The Lincoln List

Macho Men

Medical (Fiction)

Memoirs of Love and Loss


Music in Fiction

Real People, Incredible Lives

Rest and Relaxation


Royal Reads (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

Salute to Veterans

Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Favorites 

Shocking Plot Twists


Space Exploration (Real and Imaginary)

Spy Stories (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

Staff Favorites (Fiction)

Staff Favorites (Non-Fiction)

Star Wars Material for Adults

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