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Galesburg Public Library Blogs
The GPL Blog features book reviews written by Galesburg Public Library staff and readers.
You can access GPL’s archived blog of all reviews written prior to 2021 at Books You Can Die in the Middle Of.
- Book Browse
Site includes recommendations, reviews, and excerpts of current fiction and nonfiction books.
Book review website that aggregates newspaper, journal, and trade publication book reviews.
Includes a wide variety of information including reviews, updates on paperbacks and bestsellers, and author bibliographies and information.
- Fantastic Fiction
Books and series for over 30,000 authors.
Social networking site with book reviews, information, and recommendations.
- Stop, You’re Killing Me!
A resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books that lists over 5,400 authors and chronological lists of their series and non-series titles.
- What’s Next
Database maintained by the Kent District Library to help you find the next book in a series.
Consider joining one of the library’s book clubs.
Start your own book club using the library’s book club kits. Each kit contains 5 to 20 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. 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 Desk at email@example.com or (309) 343-6118.
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.
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:
Mystery: 1st Books in a Series
Back to the Future: Time Travel Novels
Books That Rock: Teen Novels About Music & Musicians
Boy Meets Book – Teen Reads with Guy Appeal
From Page to Screen – Teen Books Made Into Movies
He Said, She Said – Novels Told From Male AND Female Perspectives
Legendary Reads – Mythic Fiction
Michael L. Printz Award Winners
Read Globally – Novels Set Outside of the U.S.
Teen Books about Bullies and Bullying
Black Lives Matter: A Booklist for Teens
Culture Shock: Novels about Immigrants and Refugees
Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Novels
Get in the Game – Sports Novels
On Wings of Love: Romance Novels
Read with Pride: LGBTQIA+ Stories, Characters, and Authors
They Walk Among Us – Science Fiction Novels
Am I The Only One?: Picture Books About Feeling Different
Books featuring Main Characters living with disabilities
Easy Readers – Reading with Help
Easy Readers for Pre-readers / Beginning to Read
Graphic Novels for Young Readers
Kindness Counts: Books About Kindness
Easy Readers for Independent Readers
Fantasy and Adventure Graphic Novels
Native Stories by Native Writers
Nonfiction for Kids Who Hate Nonfiction
Pick a Winner: Award-Winning Books for Kids
Sweet Dreams: Bedtime Read-alouds for Babies
Worlds of Wonder: Picture Books that Encourage Imagination & Play
Best Books of the Year
Every year, the Galesburg Public Library tracks books of the year lists published in literary journals and trade publications, national newspapers, book awards groups, and popular websites, arts and culture outlets, and blogs in order to determine the definitive best books of the years. The Top 20 (or, Top 15 for some of the early years) for each year can be found below, as well as a lengthy list of honorable mention titles for each year.
Click on the image to view the entire list for previous years.