The Galesburg Public Library happily offers readers advisory services to patrons in need of a little help. Whether you are looking for new books similar to your old favorites, want to try something new or are simply out of ideas, we are glad to help. Stop by the Reference Desk any time to ask for a recommendation, or check out our Genre Lists available on the display shelf near the public internet machines.
Genre lists can also be viewed by clicking the links below:
- Graphic Novel
- Historical Fiction
- Inspirational Fiction Authors
- Mystery: 1st Books in a Series
- Native American Books
- Oprah’s Book Club
- Regency Romance Authors
- Romance Authors
- Science Fiction
- Science Fiction & Fantasy: 1st Books in a Series
- Street Lit
- True Life Survival & Adventure
- Western Authors
To see the best books of a given year (2001-present), please visit our Best Books of the Year page.
- Just Like Me: African American Novels for Teens
- All You Need is Love: Romance Novels for Teens
- Back to the Future: Time Travel Novels for Teens and Tweens
- Black Lives Matter: A Booklist for Teens
- Teen Books about Bullies and Bullying
- Boy Meets Book – Teen Reads with Guy Appeal
- Christian Fiction for Teens
- Classic Books…New Looks
- Culture Shock: ‘Tween and Teen Novels about Immigrants and Refugees
- Distant Futures and Alternate Worlds – Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Novels for Teens
- Diversity in YA – Teen Novels Featuring Diverse Characters
- Faith and Spirituality – Novels for Teens
- Game On! Sports Fiction for Teens
- Girls Who Kick Butt – YA Books With Awesome Heroines
- He Said She Said – Teen Novels Told From the Male AND Female Perspective
- High Fantasy Novels for Teens
- Historical Fiction for Teens
- Legendary Reads – Mythic Fiction for Teens
- Mystery and Suspense Novels for Teens
- Novels in Verse for Teens
- Read Globally – Teen Novels Set Outside of the United States
- Road Trips You Can Read
- Sibling Stories: Teen Novels Featuring Brother-Sister Relationships
- Spooky Teen Fiction
- STEM Stories – YA Novels Featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
- Teen Series Starters
- Teen Tearjerkers
- They Walk Among Us – Science Fiction for Teens
- Top Picks for Tweens
- What Are You Laughing At – Funny Books for Teens
- YA Novels Featuring LGBTQ Characters
- Am I The Only One?: Picture Books About Feeling Different
- And the Winner Is: Children’s Books About Contests and Competitions
- Beyond the Disney Princess
- Entertaining Books for Beginning Readers
- Everyday Diversity: Chapter Books
- Everyday Diversity: Picture Books
- Disaster & Survival
- Funny Books for Kids
- Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow
- Historical Fiction for Kids
- If you like A Wrinkle in Time
- If you like Daisy Meadows
- If You Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- If you like Harry Potter
- If you like the Magic Tree House
- If you like Raina Telgemeier
- If you like Rick Riordan
- Illinois Settings in Children’s Books
- Illustrated Early Chapter Books
- I’m in the Band: Children’s Books About Playing Musical Instruments
- Kindness Counts: Children’s Books About Being Kind
- Mysteries for Kids
- Nonfiction for Kids Who Hate Nonfiction
- Pick a Winner: Award-Winning Books for Kids
- Reading Across the USA: Chapter Books
- Reading Across the USA: Picture Books
- Reading Takes You Around the World
- Reading Takes You to Outer Space
- The Sibert Medal: Award Winning Nonfiction for Kids
- STEM Stories: Children’s Fiction Featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
- We’re Having a Baby: Books for Introducing a New Sibling
- Worlds of Wonder: Picture Books that Encourage Imagination and Play
Galesburg Public Library Blogs
- Books You Can Die in the Middle of
Book reviews written by Galesburg Public Library staff and readers.
- Bookworms in the ‘Burg
Book recommendations and other fun stuff for (and sometimes by!) Galesburg’s youngest readers.
Recommendations for fiction and non-fiction reads organized by geographic areas.
- Book Browse
Site includes recommendations, reviews, and excerpts of current fiction and nonfiction books.
Includes a wide variety of information including reviews, updates on paperbacks and bestsellers, and author bibliographies and information.
- Book Spot
Includes reading lists, genre lists, and behind-the-book information. Selecting “Reading Lists” will bring up “If You Liked Lists…” (For example, “If you like Dan Brown, try these authors.”)
- Fantastic Fiction
Books and series for over 30,000 authors.
Social networking site with book reviews, information, and recommendations.
Book review website that aggragates critics reviews, user reviews, and bestseller status.
A website for ravenous readers, OverBooked specializes in providing timely information about literary and genre fiction as well as readable nonfiction.
- What’s Next
Database maintained by the Kent District Library to help you find the next book in a series.
Book Club Services
Given advance notice, the library may be able to interlibrary loan your book club selections. Contact the Reference Desk at 309-343-6118 or stop by during library hours for additional information.
Your turn to lead the discussion? ReadingGroupGuides.com is a helpful resource.
Looking for a book club? Consider joining one of the library’s book clubs. Click here for more information.
Or start your own book club using the library’s book club kits. Each kit contains 6 to 24 copies of a book and a set of discussion questions. One member of a club can check out the kit, distribute books to the club members, collect the books after discussion, and return the kit to the library. This is an easy way for a book club to find enough copies of a book for everyone in the club. The kits check out for six weeks. Click here for more information and a link to the current titles. New titles are added once or twice a year. If you have questions about the kits, would like help starting a book club, or would like to suggest a title to be added, please contact the Reference Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-343-6118.