Readers' Advisory

Book Lists & Reviews

Novelist Logo and Link


A fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists. For Grayslake Library Card Holders only.

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center

Includes plot summaries, synopses, articles of literary criticism, author biographies, full text from over 300 literary journals, book reviews, poems, short stories, author interviews, and images of key literary figures.  For Grayslake Library Card Holders only.



The following links are free websites, the library does not subscribe to them.

Reading Group Choices

Selects discussible books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups.


"We're a resource for all things literary. If you belong to a book club or like to fly solo, this is your site. Come on in...and look around. You'll be amazed at all we offer."


“Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love.

NPR Books
What's Next-Books in Series

Helps you search for fiction books in a series.
Barnes & Noble

 "We have thousands of literature study guides, lesson plans, literary criticism, and a vibrant community."

Free Booknotes

A comprehensive guide to free book notes, free book summaries, literature notes, and study guides (like "cliff notes") for over 1600 books, plays, and poems.


Use these free CliffsNotes literature notes to help with your homework and tests.


Book Blogs

Booklist Blog

“Keir Graff and editors from Booklist's adult and youth departments write candidly about books, book reviewing, and the publishing industry.”

HTML Giant

Literature Blog for hipster reads.

The Millions

The Millions is an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture since 2003. The Millions has been featured on NPR and noted by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Village Voice, among others.