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Book Reviews, Awards, and More

Welcome to your source for book reviews, book awards and more. Use the resources below to help you find out what other people are buying, reading, and talking about in the world of books.

Staff Recommendations

Visit the High Plains Library District GoodReads page to find out what library staff members are reading! You can also visit the Recommended! guide to get suggestions for adults, teens and kids, as well as the archive of recommended titles and special interest topics. Just follow the links below to find out what your library staff is enjoying!

High Plains Library District on GoodReads

Adult Picks

Teen Picks

Kid Picks

Special Interest Topics


Book Awards

The Bram Stoker Awards
Horror fiction awards given by the Horror Writers Association for superior achievement in horror writing.

The Christy Awards
Given in recognition of excellence in Christian fiction.

The Hammett Prize
An award for literary excellence given to crime books written in English and published in the United States or Canada.

The Hugo Awards
The World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) gives these prestigious awards every year to excellent works of science fiction and fantasy.

The Man Booker Prize
An award given to full-length books of fiction in English written by authors from the United Kingdom or Ireland.

The National Book Award
Awards for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature are given each year to books written by American citizens and published in the United States.

The National Book Critics Circle Award
Awards given for autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. All books are eligible as long as they have been published in the United States.

The Nebula Awards
These awards, given to the year's best works of science fiction and fantasy, are presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

The Nobel Prize in Literature
An International award given to an author who has created outstanding work in literature.

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
A yearly award for the best published works of fiction by an American author.

The Pulitzer Prize
Awards given each year for Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music.

The RITA Awards
These awards are given by the Romance Writers of America to outstanding romance novels and novellas.

The Spur Awards
Awarded by the Western Writers of America, the Spur recognizes distinguished writing about the American West. Awards are given in a wide range of categories, including novel, short story, biography, and TV or motion picture drama.


Book Reviews

The Denver Post
This website, for the biggest newspaper in Denver, offers in-depth reviews for selected books as well as book news and headlines.

New York Review of Books
Literary writing and the Arts are the focus of this internationally-known publication. Articles and reviews are available to read online, as well as a blog and podcasts by the journal's contributors.

New York Times
The New York Times has long been known for its book reviews and bestseller lists. The website allows visitors to read articles, the Sunday Review of Books, and to search reviews back to 1981.

The Onion AV Club
The Onion AV Club, an arm of The Onion satirical newspaper, offers articles, live chats, and reviews of books of all sorts. The simple review grading system (A, B-, etc.) makes it fast and easy to identify their favorites.


Best Seller Lists

New York Times Bestseller Lists
Fiction and Non-fiction bestsellers for adults and children. Lists are separated by subject and audience.

Amazon.com Top 100 Bestsellers
Amazon.com's bestselling books list is updated every hour and includes all formats, subjects and audiences.

USA Today Top 150 Bestsellers
A weekly list of bestselling books that includes both fiction and non-fiction.

Independent Bestsellers
A weekly list of the bestselling books from independent booksellers. Includes lists for fiction, non-fiction, children, and specialty lists.