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Leisure Reading - NEW!

A place to discover and share fun reads


                            Welcome to the MCC Library's Leisure Reading Guide!

     For general reading interests, click on a topic in the box below to jump to a list of suggested sites.

     For suggested titles in a specific genre, click on the yellow buttons to the left.

     For help using the library catalog, click the Using the MCC Library Catalog button on the left.

General Reading Interests

Click on a topic!

Readers Advisory     Book Reviews     Organize Your Books     Current Best Sellers     Book News     Reading Lists     
Read-Alikes     Award Winners     Guide to Genres     Book Clubs     Books in a Series     Beginnings & Endings     
eBooks - eRead Illinois     Digital magazines - Flipster


Readers Advisory

For a list of personalized recommendations from MCC Librarians, fill out our Google form!

NPR's Book Concierge

What Should I Read Next

Find Great Teen Books (from the Young Adult Library Services Association)


Tailored Book Recommendations

Epic Reads Science fiction. Fantasy. The universe. And related subjects

RA for All


Book Reviews

Library Thing

Book Reviews from

New York Times Book Review

Kirkus Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Book Reviews


Organize Your Books

Library Thing


Current Best Sellers

New York Times Best Sellers List

Publishers Weekly

USA Today - Best-selling Books


Book News

125+ Books Becoming TV Series We Cannot Wait to See

Book News from

Breaking News on authors, publishers, and book-related topics

Book News from Buzzfeed News

Books from BBC News


General Reading Lists


Book Companion

100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (

Book Spot

Young Adult Retellings

Based on the Book



Book Browse - read-alikes

Read-Alike Books Lists -

Literature Map


Award Winners

National Book Award Winners by Year

Coretta Scott King Author Award

National Book Critics Circle Awards

Newberry Medal

Nobel Prize in Literature

Bram Stoker Awards (Horror Writers Association)

Hugo Awards (World Science Fiction Society)

Caldecott Medal

Pen/Faulkner Award

Pulitzer Prize - 2021


Guide to Genres

A Guide to 14 Literary Genres

21 of the Most Popular Book Genres, Explained

List of Book Types or Genres

The Ultimate List of Book Genres: 35 Popular Genres, Explained


Book Clubs

Book Club Discussions

Reading Group Guides - the online community for reading groups

Lit Lovers - a well-read online community

Book Browse - book club central

Crystal Lake Public Library's Book Discussion Groups - Bookies and Forever Young Adult


Virtual Book Clubs

How to Host a Virtual Book Club

15 Online Book Clubs to Boost Your Reading in 2021

Start an Online Book Club: How to pick the right read and host a virtual discussion on Zoom


Book Club Get-Togethers

Book Club Cookbook

MyRecipes - Dinner and a Book - Dinners to Wow Your Book Club


Starting Your Book Club

Book Riot - start your own book group


Books in a Series

Series Book Lists - from

What's Next: Books in a Series

The Best Books Series for Adults in Every Genre

Juvenile Series and Sequels


Beginnings & Endings

American Book Review- 100 Best First Lines of Novels

30 Great Opening Lines in Literature

23 Sentence Diagrams That Show the Brilliance of Famous Novels' Opening Lines

100 Best Last Lines from Novels

21 Amazing Last Lines from Literature That Will Make You Want to Read the Whole Book

The 10 Best Closing Lines of Books


eBooks - eRead Illinois

                            Download the Axis 360 app to access eRead Illinois eBooks on Android, iOS, or Kindle Fire devices (learn more about setting up the app and checking out eBooks).

Click here to access eRead Illinois from your computer.

To checkout and download eBooks, you'll need a library card from MCC. To get a library card, stop in or contact the Circulation Desk at (815) 455-8533 or


Digital Magazines - Flipster

                            Click here to access Flipster for digital magazines. Current issues as well as back issues are available for you to view on your computer or mobile device, or through the Flipster app for iPhone/iPad or Android.

To access magazines from off-campus, log in using your library card number.