Books for Teens

Good Reads
What should I read? As library staff and book lovers ourselves, we know how much we appreciate book recommendations from trusted sources. That's why we've developed Good Reads - to help you find books you'll enjoy.

With Good Reads, we've done the work for you. Here you'll find more than 20 e-newsletters highlighting titles in specific categories, including new titles just added to the Monona Library. Subscribe to the categories of interest and on a regular basis you'll receive e-mail notification of new titles in those categories. And not just titles - we give you a peek at the book jacket, a brief description of each title and a direct link from the e-newsletter to the library catalog to place a hold on titles you'd like us to reserve for you.

But Good Reads is more than e-newsletters. Go behind the books to meet the authors - we have biographies and interviews with more than 1,500 authors. Learning more about an author can truly enhance your reading experience. Or choose a good read from our authoritative New York Times bestseller list or our more than 80 other bestseller and award list for adults, teens, and children.

Something for Everyone
Goods Reads has something for everyone. You can listen to a good book or receive an email about a new book every morning. And you can read reviews and go behind the scenes with Book Buzz, an online version of the popular BookPage, America's Book Review.

Additional Resources
Reader resources available through the library and South Central Library System
  • Book-Alikes - Don’t know what to read next? Let librarians throughout south-central Wisconsin give you good ideas.
  • Comics - Your gateway to thousands of sites about comic books!
  • Graphic Novels for Teens - Graphic novel reviews from Reader’s Club
  • Guys Read - Good books for guys
  • LibraryThing - Find books similar to the ones you love! Covers all genres and all types of books, fiction, non-fiction, you name it!
  • LitFinder - Find full-text poems, essays, stories, dramatic works, and speeches. Also included are author biographies, photos, and more.
  • NoveList provides reviews, annotations to help you navigate through the world of the printed word. Search by author, title, genre, plot description, etc. to find novels you might enjoy reading.
  • Reading Rants - An out-of-the-ordinary teen book blog
  • Teen Reading Lists - From the Seattle Public Library
  • YALSA - Award-winning books, popular books for teens, and more from the American Library Association!
Note: You’ll need your library card bar code and PIN to access some these resources.