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Recommended by Wellington City Libraries' staff members, these novels are displayed with gold Librarian's choice stickers. A very popular display and a guaranteed good read. A list of the novels chosen is available from the Central Library Fiction desk, or you can find Librarian's Choice novels on our Easyfind catalogue under the 'staffpick' tag.
We are always interested in the opinions of our readers, and so provide opinion forms with new debut novels, and new fiction as they are received. We also have these forms available on the Reader's Choice display, along with forms for favourite novels. Readers can also submit reviews online or email us with any questions.
The response to Reader's Choice had been amazing, and each novel that receives good readers reviews is displayed with a light blue Reader's Choice sticker. All completed opinion forms, with either good or bad comments are displayed in a folder, on the display stand. This display has proved extremely popular, as a guaranteed good read can be found there.
We also have a new webpage devoted to archived customer reviews.
Book Review Sites
- Allreaders. com
Latest reviews of all fiction genres, including detailed book searching.
- Book Browser
A complex site for fiction and non-fiction. Has reviews, links to authors, recommended books, new books, book clubs, and much more.
- Complete Review
Reviews of currently 950 books, old and new with book news, foreign titles and links to publishers and other review sites.
- Guardian Books Unlimited
An excellent site for books published in Britain, fiction and non-fiction. Links to Authors, top 10s, and London Review of Books essays.
- Radio New Zealand Books Page
Lists the guest radio reviewers choice of favourite books for the year.
- What do I read next? and Literature Resource Centre
Gale databases with book reviews, just login with your library card number.
Write a review
Wanting to browse new book lists? You'll find these in several places on our website, depending on what you're after...
- New Contemporary/General Fiction
- Science Fiction
- Graphic Novels
- plus a different fiction genre chosen on a rotating basis each month, e.g. Short Stories, Translated Fiction.
Prefer to receive information about new fiction books by email? We are now offering you the opportunity to subscribe an aggregate newsletter of all our fiction new book lists.
No need to check our blogs to see what is new, the information comes to you directly via email on a monthly basis. We even link to our online catalogue so you can reserve the title that interests you online and pick it up from one of our libraries.
We also compile complete area monthly lists of new material in our libraries collection. This includes: general fiction, science fiction and fantasy, murder mysteries, large print and books on cassette and CD.
(These lists are much more basic, but are a complete record, rather than just highlights of our new additions.)
The library subscribes to a number of online "premium" databases you can access for free with your library card. Not a member? Join online.
On Fiction Connection, you can discover new authors similar to ones you already like, find books set in the same time period or place, browse within a genre to find titles similar to ones you already like, and more.
Books & Authors
Books & Authors allows you to peruse lists of expert picks and librarian's favorites, browse within genres, browse similar authors, award winners and more.
Literature Resource Center
Read literary criticism, reviews and author bios on Literature Resource Center.
Our Books & Authors online database page lists more resources. Have a browse!
Social reading sites
Want to catalogue your entire collection of books, discover new books recommended especially for you or see what your friends are reading? Try one of these social reading sites -- social networks for reading!
"Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world, with more than 9,200,000 members who have added more than 330,000,000 books to their shelves."
"LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere - even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth."
Shelfari is similar to both the sites listed above, with the caveat that it's owned by Amazon.
- Adult Book Awards
- Costa Book Awards
- The Crime Writer's Association
- IMPAC Dublin Award
- The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes
- LAMBDA Literary Awards
- Man Booker Prize
- Everything about the Booker Prize" site
- Montana New Zealand Book Awards
- New Zealand Literature
- Nobel Prize for Literature
- The Orange Prize for Fiction
- Pulitzer Prize
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