What to read?
Looking for some great reading in the library:
Please Ask Us!
All of our customer service staff are trained to use their reading knowledge and available resources to respond to requests, both for assistance with finding information about authors and titles, and to suggest similar authors and titles.
- Check out the author bookmarks by the returns slot and help yourself. To download and print your own copies, click here.
- A selection of new titles, authors and series are featured on our display screen above the circulation desk.
- Our monthly newsletter features a different author each month.
- A list of coming titles by popular authors is available from the Hot Picks shelves and is updated each month. Just tick the boxes to reserve items of your choice, add your name and library card number and hand in at the circulation desk.
How to find great reading online:
BookPsychic gives you high-quality recommendations drawn from Masterton library's collections. As you rate more items on BookPsychic, you'll see more and better personalized recommendations for books, audiobooks, and DVDs you can get from your library now.
You don't need to sign up to play with BookPsychic. Just go ahead and browse to rate books and DVDs. BookPsychic will remember them on your computer or tablet while you continue doing so.
To save your ratings and recommendations, click the "Sign up/in" link at the top right of the page. You can sign in through Facebook, Twitter, LibraryThing, or an @MyLibrary account. If you sign in, the ratings you make and the recommendations you see from BookPsychic will be saved.
Click the "Import ratings" link at the top of the page to add ratings you've made on Facebook, LibraryThing, or Goodreads. These ratings will be imported and—after a few minutes—factor into your BookPsychic recommendations.
In the library catalogue
Our library catalogue has lots of great features to help you find your next great read. To get the most out of the catalogue, click the title of a book within your search results. This will give you:
- More information about the item incuding - a summary, subject headings, a series link.
- Reviews if another borrower has reviewed it book. You can even write your own review.
- Other editions of the title, such as large print or a talking book.
- A BookPsychic link, which will let you rate the title from within the catalogue.
- Similar Titles from LibraryThing. You can also use the tags below the sililar titles to find further related titles, based on subjects.
Useful websites for readers:
- Fantastic Fiction - A comprehensive website with bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and information on over 350,000 books. You can search and browse, by authors or books. Series are listed in order in publication, and upcoming publications are also listed. An added hidden gem is the 'Author recommends' section at the bottom of each page!
- Goodreads - This website uses reader recommendations and ratings to rank titles. It lists books by genre and has the best books ratings for the previous year. The social media applications mean you can share your reading with others and make reading lists.
- Lit Reactor - LitReactor is the destination for writers and readers.
- Book Browse - Book Recommendations and Information - Online Magazines - Booklovers' Community
- Library Thing - A community of 1,600,000 book lovers. LibraryThing connects you to people who read what you do.
- Similar Authors - Similar Authors is a free service designed to promote reading by providing information about authors similar to those you already love, also known as readalikes.
- Literature Map - Literature-Map - the tourist map of literature. Find a writer in the map.
To view more information about these awards follow the links below:
- The Man Booker Prize
- The Pulitzer Prize
- The Orange Prize for Fiction
- New York Times Bestsellers
- New ZealandPost Book Awards
- New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards