Find a Good Book

Read on for suggestions and lists on how to find your next great read. Library staff is also available weekdays from 10-2 using our live chat feature accessible by using the “Ask a Question” tab on the far upper right of our homepage or by emailing eref@fplct.org.

Social Justice

Reading Can Bring Us Together. We’re actively providing resources, and safe virtual spaces for those wishing to educate themselves, as well as supporting those who depend on us. Here’s a recommended reading list:

Negroland by Margo Jefferson: https://bit.ly/2U6QOwv

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness by Michelle Alexander: https://bit.ly/2Mt68zp

From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin: https://bit.ly/2A4kJyP

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: https://bit.ly/2Y4aFOp

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi: https://bit.ly/2AFSPsI

White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngelo: https://bit.ly/3gQS8gV


BookNews

Love to read but need help selecting your next good book? Select Reads, a reader’s advisory service, is available 24/7 on the library’s website and offers recommendations of four to six titles with reviews in a variety of genres. With categories such as fiction preview, business, audio books, children’s, teens, and more, there’s sure to be something for every reader! Additionally, all of these recommendations can be sent directly to you via email, making it easy to select your next read and place a hold on it through the Library’s catalog in just a few clicks!

Staff Recommends

Check out Right Book at the Right Time, the staff reading blog, to learn what books the staff is reading and what they have to say about them.

We also have a staff reading blog for teens called Right Book.

New Books at Fairfield Public Library

Click here for a list of new books that have recently been added to the collection at Fairfield Public Library.

Love to read but don’t have the time? Listen to the latest fiction and non-fiction on your way to work with our audio book collection.

Need Help in Selecting Your Next Book to Read?

Novelist – a database of 60,000 fiction titles that allows readers to find authors similar to their favorites, to explore genres such as thriller, romance, detective-mystery, and to create lists of prize-winning books.

Subscribe to our OnLine Book Club

DAILY READS
Wondering what your next “great read” will be? Sign up to receive a daily email containing a 5-minute excerpts from a popular book in one of twelve different genres:
Audio, Business, Classics, Fiction, Good News, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Pre-Publication, Romance, Science Fiction, Teen, Thriller

Get a first look before you commit to a book! New books start each week, and with over 12 book club genres to choose from, you’ll always find your next good read in your inbox!

SELECT READS – Monthly Newsletter
Discovering books that match your interests just got easier with Select Reads. Choose from 14 different Genres, from New Fiction to Book Club Picks, from Mysteries & Thrillers to Romance. Sign up with your email and each month we will send you a newsletter with book selections for the month.

Join a Book Discussion at the Library

The library hosts a variety of book discussions in the library, and outside the library, for all ages. Visit our book groups page and find a group that suits you!

Join us Monthly, on the first Monday at 6:30 pm for A Different Kind of Book Club where librarians dissect a book genre and suggest great titles to get started or continue your reading adventures.

June’s event focused on LGBT fiction. Click here to review the slides and start reading.

Monday, July 6, 2020 we talk Summer Reading. Register here for this virtual library event.

Need Books for Your Group?

Are you a member of a book group? Check out our Book Club Collection where we have multiple copies of books suitable for book club discussions.

More Helpful Book Recommendation Websites

CT Readers – Goodreads’ readers list of book suggestions set in the state of Connecticut.

GoodReadsThe world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love.  It’s social networking for people who love to read.

Google Books – Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search. Discover a new favorite or unearth an old classic.

GuysRead – Guys Read is a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. Their mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers. The biggest part of this site is the collection of book titles. These are books that guys have told us they like. Their idea is to help guys become readers by helping them find texts they want to read.

International Reading Association – The International Reading Association collects and publishes booklists to help young people find books they will enjoy reading. On this web site, see the lists from Children’s Choices, Teachers’ Choices and Young Adults’ Choices. Titles are submitted by young adults, teachers and librarians from around the United States.

Library Thing – A cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.  LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of books: books you own, books you’ve read, books you’d like to read, books you’ve lent out … whatever grouping you’d like.

Mystery Books That Take Place in Connecticut – From The Cozy Mystery List Blog comes a list of mystery authors and their series’ titles that take place in the state of Connecticut.

The National Book Foundation – The National Book Foundation presents the National Book Awards. Take a look at past National Book Award winners, book trivia, book lists, and much more on the organization’s website.

Open Library – The Internet Archive and Open Library offers over 6,000,000 fully accessible, public domain eBooks. This includes a special modern collection of over 500,000 eBooks for users with print disabilities, and a very interesting curated, modern collection for the world at large. You can browse, read and borrow fascinating contemporary materials.