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Benefits of Reading

Where do bookworms go to find their next book?

Tools where you enter a title or author you enjoy, and you get ideas of new books to read:

Gnooks & Literature Map: Gnooks is similar to Pandora, but for books! Go to Gnooks, and enter up to three authors whose work you enjoy reading.  Gnooks will suggest one author; click the "I like it!", "I don't like it!" or "I don't know it!" to help Gnooks suggest more authors that will fit your preferences.

The Staff Recommends: Created by professional readers, editors, and authors, TheStaffRecommends calls itself an "advertorial publication". This is because publishers send them books they would like them to review; and publishers pay for the books that do make it on their website. 

WhichBook: ​More targeted towards high school students and adults, WhichBook gets you to use the sliders on the left hand side of the screen (up to 4 sliders) to describe the kind of book you want to read: happy or sad? Funny or serious? Safe or disturbing? Expected or unpredictable? You can also change the sliders to focus more on character, plot or setting.

​Reader2: ​Enter a title in the "What book to read next?" box on the right-hand-side of the screen, and you will be given a list of books related to your search. You can continue looking for books by clicking on any title in the results page, or by following the tags that interest you.​

Yasiv: Based on the "Frequently Bought Together" bar you can find in each product page on Amazon, Yasiv offers you a visual guide of what people purchased in conjunction with the item you looked up (Yasiv is not limited to books!).

​What Should I Read Next? One of the simplest tools out there, What Should I Read Next allows you to enter the title of a book or the name of an author and find books related to your search. You can register (it's free) to create booklists.  Once registered click on the titles in your results page, and it will lead you to the Amazon page for that book.


Websites to check out for new books:

YA Lit Guide -- Teen Reads -- GuysRead -- YA Reads -- YA Series & Sequels -- readergirlz -- YA Book Nerd


Still not sure what to read?

Here are a few resources to get you started:

Library Catalog: Destiny

Search for everything the Library has to offer, from books, magazines, DVDs and documentaries, to games and CDs, in Destiny.

Paper vs. digital books

Print books or digital books? There is no right or wrong answer: between price, weight, convenience, but also general comprehension, books on paper and e-books have their pros and cons. The main thing is to keep reading!

If you are interested in this debate, here are a few things to consider:

General comprehension differs on whether we read on paper or online.

Paper books are not on their way, whether it's people's personal opinion or their purchasing habits.

Online App to find books

YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access to the past five years' of YALSA's awards and lists on their smartphone.

Have an Android phone? Download the Android version now!

Have an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad? Download the iOS app now