Find a good read
There are days when inspiration for the next engrossing read doesn’t leap off the shelf into your hand. Maybe we can help! Love nice crisp new books? Check out our lists of newly acquired fiction, Non-Fiction, DVDs and more. If you need some inspiration browse our genre reading lists, get book recommendations from BookPsychic or follow our fun first lines on Twitter.
New Titles at Waimakariri District Libraries
genre reading lists
Do you have favourite authors whose works you have exhausted? Do you like murder mysteries or thrillers? Only read chick lit? Or are romance or historical novels more your thing? Get some ideas of what to read next with our genre lists.
Follow Our Staff Reads Blog
Want to know what our Library staff are reading? Follow our new Staff Reads Blog.
Connect With us on Pinterest
Pinterest - an online pinboard - is one of the fastest growing social media sites. Our library has started a Pinterest board, with book reviews and suggested reading. Have you read a great book lately? Why not share your thoughts about a book with others. Send a short review to the webmaster and we'll include it on our board. Put 'Readers Recommendations' in the subject, and let us know if you would like your name included in the review (just your first name is OK if you like).
There's also a separate Teen Themes board now too - check it out.
Find Your Next Book on BookPsychic
BookPsychic is a fun, easy-to-use personal book recommendation system. As you rate books, BookPsychic learns more and more about your tastes and comes up with recommendation lists. Learn more about it or just jump right in and give it a go.
Follow our fun first lines on Twitter
Browse our fun first lines and let a book hook you. You don’t have to be a member of Twitter to read our Tweets. Simply browse our most recent tweets, if you see a line that hooks follow the link to discover what the title is on our catalogue.
Listen to book reviews
Listen to book reviews we have broadcast on Compass FM.
Websites with even more reading ideas
- Fantastic Fiction - hanging out for the next book by your favourite author? Try the Fantastic Fiction website to find upcoming titles plus author bios and complete lists of works and series
- Whichbook.net - just feel you want something light and cheerful, or perhaps some nail-biting suspense? Find reading suggestions by emotional appeal using the Whichbook search. Adjust slider controls to suit and find books that match
- Books and authors - readers’ database with lots of information to help you
- LibraryThing - social networking for book lovers - connect to people who read what you do
- Goodreads - meet your next favourite book by reading reviews and recommendations
- Book Awards of the World - find results from the world's leading literary awards plus author biographies
- Booksellers NZ - find out which books are most popular in New Zealand bookstores
- Internet Book List - a comprehensive database with heaps of great books and authors
- The Guardian - Books - book news, reviews and an online reading group
- The Bookbag - a book review site featuring books from all the many walks of literary life
- The Book Club Forum - a discussion site for book lovers
- Booktrust - inspiring a love of books - use the bookfinder to find books by age and theme
- Lovereading - will help you find new books to keep you inspired and entertained
- reader2reader - an online book group
- Shelfari - a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers - create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends and learn more about your favorite books
- Packabook - find books set in fascinating places - travel novels, memoires, travelogues, guidebooks and more
- Chick Lit Reviews and News - one-stop-shop for all things chick lit
- Historical-fiction.com - lots of book reviews for lovers of historical fiction
- Historical Novel Society - the home of historical fiction online
- The Romance Reader - the very latest news and views of romance novels
- All About Romance - the back fence for lovers of romance novels
- SF Book Reviews - lots of reviews of science fiction, fantasy and horror books
- Stopyou'rekillingme - a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books
- AustCrime - crime fiction and true crime from Australia, New Zealand and everywhere
- Australian Crime Fiction Database - bibliography of Australian crime authors
- Crime Time - crime novel news, features, reviews and interviews plus lots of links to crime author websites