Readers’ Advisory or What to Read Next

Look for Books with Starred Reviews

The library puts Starred Review and NYT Editors’ Choice stickers on New Fiction books. These stickers signify that the book has received an excellent review in one or more publications. So, try something new and pick a book with a Starred Review!


eSequels is a guide to novels in series. Look up your favorite author to get a complete list of their books with annotations. It also indexes character, location and subject as well as author and title so you can identify a series that you may remember. And last, eSequels lists the novels in the correct reading sequence so you can begin at the beginning rather than blunder into the middle of “Act III.” To use this resource you must have a library card that starts with the numbers 21996.


NextReadsLooking for a great book to read? Check out NextReads, our monthly e-mail newsletter service which will send you great book suggestions by email. Each newsletter includes new books that may be of interest as well as some older ones that you may have missed, with links to the library catalog so you can see what’s available and place requests for books you want to read. There are over twenty subjects to pick from for readers of all ages, and you can preview them all online before subscribing.

NextReads E-Mail Newsletters — See the list of newsletters, preview and sign up.  You will need to enter your library card number before subscribing.

NoveList Plus

novelist_plusUsing your Swampscott Library Card number, you can access NoveList Plus, an electronic readers’ advisory resource which assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Through its attractive and easy-to-use interface, NoveList Plus allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. Readers can also enter words that describe the contents of a book they would like to read, and NoveList Plus will list relevant book titles. In addition, users can browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 160 award lists and 1,800 fiction related web-sites.

Access Novelist Plus
*When prompted for a “Patron ID”, enter your Swampscott Library Card Number without spaces. You must be a resident of Swampscott to access Novelist.

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