Reading Recommendations


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Explore lists of new library books grouped by genre. You can also sign up to receive these lists in your email each month.

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Mystery & Thriller

Romance

Sci-fi and Fantasy

Audiobooks

Teen and Young Adult


RSS On the Shelf

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    This week marks 100 years since the birth of President John F. Kennedy on May 29, 1917. The Pasadena Public Library is joining in this Centennial Celebration with a musical event […]
  • LitFest Pasadena!
    This weekend, May 20th & 21st, Pasadena celebrates the literary arts with the 6th annual LitFest Pasadena. All the events and information about this free festival for all ages held throughout […]
  • Happy Mother’s Day
    This Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day when we celebrate all the amazing mothers and grandmothers in our lives. Try one of these great stories of mothers from all walks […]
  • Good Books to Watch
    Books are always great source material for film and television adaptations, and the airwaves are awash in compelling new series and miniseries based on good books. There’s something to read […]
  • Bilingual Books for Día del Niño
    Every year Día del Niño (Children’s Day) is celebrated in Mexico on April 30 and for the past 4 years we’ve celebrated this special day with a festival at La Pintoresca […]

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additional resources

Book Groups
Learn more about the book groups offered through the Pasadena Public Library system. Find meeting times and contact information. Have your own book group? Learn about the Book Club Kits that the library has available for check out.

One City, One Story
Learn more about Pasadena Public Library’s annual shared reading celebration. Our guide has plenty of good reads to suggest, among the annual selections and short-list nominees.

NoveList Plus

Search this online resource for information about book titles and series; reviews from professional journals; reading suggestions based on title, author, or series; recommended reading lists and more. Make sure to have your library card number handy to sign in to use this resource.

BookBrowse

Look through this online resource that has in-depth book reviews; handpicked “if you like this, try these” recommendations; browsing by genre, time period, geographical setting and theme; advice on starting and running a book club, and much more. Make sure to have your library card handy to sign in to use this resource.

Online Book Clubs

Sign up for an online book club in the genre of your choice and you’ll receive a five-minute selection from the book of the week in your email each morning. It’s a great way to try new book titles from the comfort of your own home before checking out the full title from the library if it catches your eye.

Teen Book Suggestions

Find great reads for teens recommended by staff and organized into themed booklists.

Children’s Book Suggestions

Find great reads for kids recommended by staff and organized into themed booklists.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Search this online resource for information about book titles and series; reviews from professional journals; reading suggestions based on title, author, or series; recommended reading lists and more, all tailored specifically to readers grades K-8. Make sure to have your library card number handy to sign in to use this resource.