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Readers' Corner for Teens: Resources and Links

Bookish Resources

We love helping people find the books they're looking for, and we're always looking to add more books to our reading lists!  These are some of the best book-related websites, lists, and blogs that we've discovered, and we're passing them along to you.  Happy reading!

Your Next Read

Need a recommendation for a new book? Look no further than Your Next Read! If you can’t make it in to the Library to talk in person, this form is the next best thing! Fill out each section – the more information you give, the better – and a librarian will send you a personalized list of recommendations in one to two weeks.


Do you have a favorite author, but you’ve already read everything he or she has written? Maybe you love a certain style of writing? NoveList can help you find the new read you’ve been waiting for.

Library Reads

The Top 10 books published each month, as voted on by librarians.  And best of all, the Waukegan Library makes sure to order a copy of every book mentioned on the Library Reads list!  So if you see something that catches your interest, let us know so we can place a hold for you.

Indie Next List

Indie Next List

Similar to the Library Reads list, this is a list of favorite books published each month, as voted on by independent booksellers.  You'll see a lot of overlap between the two lists, but you'll also find a wider range of literary and diverse authors here as well.

Favorite Websites


If you like your reading diverse & exciting, this is a great blog.  Lots of interesting book lists and articles posted daily.  Content warning for some adult language and mature subjects.

We Need Diverse Books

Nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting diversity in children's literature. Website contains fantastic resources and book lists for children's lit fans!

Stacked Blog

TONS of quality reviews, book lists, newly released titles, and more!

Teen Librarian Toolbox

This blog may be written with librarians in mind, but it also has tons of great book lists and book reviews to browse through!

Type in the name of an author or book, and off you go!  Great for questions about series ("What order am I supposed to read these in?!") or getting a complete list of everything an author has written in their career.


Information on a book's plot, characters, and potentially sensitive content.  This is a great resource if you want to get a sense of what the book is like before you read.