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Click on any of the following links to Internet sites to view lists of books that have won recognition by a variety of organizations, and in different categories. This list is not comprehensive; there are many other literary award programs for all genres of writing.

General Noteworthy Book Lists

Vermont Book Awards

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Click on any of the links below to search for fiction books to match your preferences or needs (and please ask a librarian if you would like further assistance):

  • ALA VOYA - The American Library Association’s “Voice for Youth Advocates” lists of recommended Young Adult books.
  • BookBrowse - You’ll find book group reading guides here, author information and “read-alike” suggestions.  
  • Fiction DB - Many search functions, including series titles in order, authors’ pseudonyms and biographical information. 
  • Goodreads - Share your book recommendations with other booklovers.
  • Gutenberg.org -The Gutenberg Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to digitizing classic books and making them available for free.  The entire text of many books may be read online or with an e-reader.
  • IndieBound - Bestselling book lists from independent booksellers (members of the American Booksellers Association).                             
  • Juvenile Series and Sequels - The Mid-Continent Library in Kansas City, Missouri, provides various ways to search for young adult series books.
  • Library Thing - Catalog what you have read into your own online library, and share reviews.                              (membership fee). 
  • Mystery Writers of America - Lists the Edgar Award nominees and winners in various categories.
  • Nancy Pearl - Nancy Pearl, book reviewer on Public Radio and expert Reader’s Advisor (and the model for a “librarian action figure”), has her own book review site with book group tips too.
  • Novel Crossing - Search for titles in Christian fiction sub-genres.
  • Poetry Foundation - A feast for poetry readers.
  • Romance Writers of America - Search for titles in romance sub-genres.
  • Seattle Public Library  - See the staff’s well written and extensive reading lists for adult fiction.
  • Teen Reads - Suggestions for Young Adult readers from a publisher, The Book Reporter
  • KDL What’s Next?The Kent District Library, in Kent County, Michigan, provides a database to search for the sequence of adult fiction with series characters. If you can’t remember the title or author in a book series, try the character name search. 
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The following fiction and non-fiction books are available for book discussion groups in sets of multiple copies. The book sets are available for pick up by local librarians, reading groups, individual patrons and their families.   
If you are a librarian or an individual borrower picking up a book set in person on behalf of a reading group, there is no fee, and you may reserve one or two titles in advance.   Please specify the number of copies needed and the discussion date, so that we can determine the appropriate pick up and due dates.  Please be aware that if a book set is reserved for use by the South Burlington Community Library, or on loan to another user, the books may not be available at a particular time for use by your group.

All requests for book sets to be delivered from the South Burlington Community Library to another library through the Inter-Library Loan (ILL) process must be submitted by a librarian on behalf of their patron. Individual borrowers should inquire at their home library about obtaining this service. If you are requesting a book through ILL, please reserve it 2 months or more in advance of when you need to distribute it.  Also, specify your discussion date so that we can send the book two weeks or more in advance, and give you a due date which is 2 weeks after your meeting.  When you request a book set, we will inform you if another group has already reserved it for that time period. Reserves are limited to two sets at a time.

Whether borrowing in person or through ILL, you will be charged a replacement fee for any lost or damaged copies, and this must be paid before your Library or reading group can borrow another set of books.


Book Groups, Take Note …When you select a title from the Library’s list of book sets available on loan to your reading club, you can directly link to an online study guide or background information about the book. Just click on any of the titles below.

Book Title & Author Number of Copies
84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff 16
All That I Have, Castle Freeman 13
All That's Solid Melts into Air, Darragh McKeon 12
All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr 11
All the Names, Jose Saramago 12
All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy 15
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 12
The Beautiful Mystery, Louise Penny 16
A Beautiful Place to Die, Malla Nunn 15
Bel Canto, Ann Patchett 19

Bellweather Rhapsody, Kate Racculia

The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant 13
The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown 12

Brooklyn, Colm Toibin

The Call, Yannick Murphy 17
The Circle, Dave Eggers 13
The City of Your Final Destination, Peter Cameron 12
The Curiosity, Stephen Kiernan 13
The Devotion of Suspect X, Keigo Higashino 15
The Dinner, Herman Koch 12
The Dirty Life, Kristin Kimball 15

Displacement: A Travelogue, Lucy Knisley

The Eight, Katherine Neville 15
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery 16
Emily, Alone, Stewart O'Nan 16
The English Girl, Daniel Silva 14
Etta and Otto and Russell and James, Emma Hooper 12
Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy 12
Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver 15

Girl at War, Sara Novic

Glass Houses, Louise Penny 11
Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee 8
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck 10

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls 15
Hand to Mouth : living in bootstrap America, Linda Tirado 10
Heat and Light, Jennifer Haigh 12

The High Divide, Lin Enger

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez 17
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin Hamid 10
The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde 12
Long Time Coming, Robert Goddard 11
The Lost Painting, Jonathan Harr 16
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert 5
A Man Called Ove, Frederik Backman 12
Mansfield Park, Jane Austen 12

The Martian, Andy Weir


My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante

The Nest, Cynthia D’Apprix Sweeney 12
Neverhome, Laird Hunt 13
Night Film, Marisha Pessl 10
North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell 12
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman 12
Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman 10
Our Town, Thornton Wilder 12
Pachinko, Min Jin Lee 12
The Painted Veil, W.S. Maugham 15
Persuasion, Jane Austen 12
The Poacher's Son, Paul Doiron 12
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen 7
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline 10
Room, Emma Donoghue 11
A Room with a View, E.M. Forster 18
The Samurai's Garden, Gail Tsukiyama 14
Sandrine's Case, Thomas Cook 12
The Seventh Wish, Kate Messner 12
The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert 8
The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey 16
Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson 18
Still Life with Breadcrumbs, Anna Quindlen 15
Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel 8
The Strangler Vine, M.J. Carter 12
The Submission, Amy Waldman 13
Summer, Edith Wharton 15
The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare 5
Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Carol Rifka Brunt 10
Tinkers, Paul Harding 13

The Unquiet Dead, Ausma Zehanat Khan

The View from Penthouse B, Elinor Lipman 12
We Were Liars, E. Lockhart 8
Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple 18

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed

The Wives of Los Alamos, TaraShea Nesbit 12
The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers 12



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