Reading: Recommended books lists

Books and resources for Reading and IRW (Integrated Reading and Writing) courses

Use this guide to find book to read for a class assignment or your own reading pleasure.

Information Literacy Projects:  If you will be working on an information literacy project, consult this guide for step-by-step guidance: RD 115 Information Literacy Project 

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Books to Check Out from PCC!

Find a lively book to read on your favorite topic!  These lists include books recommended by students, staff, faculty, and librarians. Choose a topic that looks interesting, then look at the list for your Reading class to see a list of recommended books.

There's something for everyone here - if you don't find a book you want to read, talk to any PCC librarian for more suggestions!   

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Sources of Additional Book Recommendations

This site will help you find a book to read based on your interests. Browse books by mood and emotion, by characteristics of the main character (gender, sexuality, race, etc.), by events in the book, or find books that take place in specific parts of the world. 

This social media site for book lovers has scores of rankings and reviews on every imaginable type of book! Browse genre (subject) lists, lists created by other users of the site, or search for a book or author you've read that you enjoyed to see other recommendations.

Read This Twice
Book recommendations from famous people, including Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Jennifer Lawrence and many more.

Oprah's Book Club 
Current recommendations and lists of favorite books from past years.

Read Alikes 
If you like a particular author or book title, you might be able to find similar books from Read Alike tools and lists like these:

NPR's Book Concierge 
Find recommended books by NPR staff and trusted critics on every topic imaginable