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Goodreads Book Lists | Award Lists | Fan Links | Reading ChallengesVirtual Teen Zone

Goodreads Book Lists

There's a little something for everyone. We put together these carefully crafted lists so you could be sure to find something to read that you love. Lists are created by library staff and teen volunteers. Visit our Goodreads to see all the books we love or check out our featured Goodreads lists below.

Award Book Lists

We are not the only ones who love books! The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and GoodReads put out lists every year of award-winning and recommended books. Some  are selected by librarians and some you get to vote for! 

Book Awards (active book awards where you can vote for your favorite): 
YALSA Award Winners (the Young Adult Library Association award books):
YALSA Pick Lists (links to the Young Adult Library Association 2020 lists):

Fan Links

We love books and games and shows and manga and stories of all sorts. And we also love fan culture. Here are some of our favorite links for some of the top fandoms featuring both official and fan-created content. 

Fandom Culture:
  • Deviant Art - a longstanding community of fan art creators.
  • - the definitive wiki for the world’s most popular fandoms.
  • - the most comprehensive database of fancition from writers all over the world.
  • Fanpop - online communities for every fandom.
  • Go Go Cosplay - an archive of some of the best cosplay costumes around the U.S.
  • The Otaku - an online community of anime & manga lovers. 

Harry Potter:

Lord of the Rings:
  • Born of Hope - a YouTube fan film by Actors at Work that tells the story of Arathorn, Aragorn's father
  • The Hunt for Gollum - a YouTube fan film based on Appendices in The Lord of the Rings
  • The One Ring - the 411 on upcoming productions, Tolkien-centered events, new publications, and fan gatherings
  • Tolkien Gateway - community wiki and forum on all things Middle Earth

  • Marriland - a longstanding fansite and wiki
  • PokeBeach - a popular fansite and forum
  • Pokemon - the official Pokemon website!
  • Pokemon Go - official gym leader boards
  • Serebii - a wiki database of all things Pokemon!

Role Playing Games:

Star Trek:

Star Wars:
  • The Force - articles, podcasts, forums, and more
  • Kenobi - a Star Wars fan film
  • Star Wars - the official website for all things Star Wars

Reading Challenges

How many books do you want to read this year? Check out these online communities and get tracking you reading.

Virtual Teen Zone

Check out our Virtual Teen Zone - a blog of book, movie, game, and music recommendations from our Teen Advisory Group.