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Readers Advisory Resources: Genres & Series Information

Like to read? Check out this subject guide for information about books, authors, series and reading!

Series Information

The following are some websites that detail the titles in major fiction series:

The Los Angeles Public Library
LAPL has three incredible indexes that allow you to look for books within a series.  Readers can search based on author, title or series/character name.

What's Next
The Kent District Library features their handy search form, which allows readers search based on author, title or series name.

Genre Information


All About Romance
Features close to 6,000 reviews of romance fiction and is updated quite frequently.  Reviews can be searched through their database as well.


The Romance Reader
Site not only offers reviews of the works from major romance publishing houses, but features articles and interviews with authors of the genre as well.

The Romance Writers of America
A highly popular group within the romance fiction industry.  They are also responsible for creating the RITA award. Click here to see lists of previous RITA winners.

Romance Review Today
As its name suggests, site offers tons of reviews of a wide variety of contemporary romance works.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Wonderful resource that’s chock full of current biographies and bibliographies of many different subfields of the genre.  Readers can search based on publication date, author, series or subject theme.

One of the three highest honors given to science fiction, along with the John Campbell Award and the Nebula.

Offers an impressive annotated bibliography of over 2,700 works about “alternate” versions of history. Readers can search based on author or even the language of the work.


The Western Writers of America
A large organization devoted to the genre.  Their e-magazine Roundup offers reviews of recent works.

The Spur Awards
Awards are awarded to the top Westerns each year in various categories including nonfiction.

Mostly Fiction
A good source for book reviews on the genre.

The Wolfner Library
Located in Missouri, this site offers a nice breakdown of series by popular Western authors.

Literature of the Fantastic
Site offers brief snippets of classic horror stories and poems.


The Horror Writers Association
Organization responsible for presenting the Stoker awards, which are given annually to the top authors in the field.  Past winners can be seen here, as well as its “best of horror” list.

The International Horror Guild
Organization “recognizes the achievements of those who create in the field of Horror and Dark Fantasy.”  Previous winners are archived all the back from 1994.

As its name eerily suggests,offers both fiction and movie reviews relating to the genre.

Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction Review
Detailed reviews and articles on the genre.

The Historical Mystery Homepage
Indexes both authors as well as various time periods for interested readers.

Mysteries, Thrillers & Suspense

Reviews many different varieties of mysteries (i.e. police procedural, serial killers, etc).  The site also provides an informal ranking of these works as well as a very lengthy thriller list.

Stop, You're Killing Me
Strange as the name may be, the site is a fantastic resource for fans of the mystery, suspense or thriller genres.  Author and character indexes are listed A-Z and award winners are also posted.  An electronic newsletter is available too.

Mystery Writers of America
The group is in charge of several different awards given to top Mystery writers in the field.

The American Crime Writers League
Group offers thorough bibliographies of its many members as well as helpful links to conventions within the genre.

Inspirational Fiction

Offers lots of information about the inspirational genre, including links to publishers, reading lists and author profiles.  Their “hotlists” date back from 2002.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library
If you’re interested in inspirational fiction in e-book form,is a great site for downloading such works.  Works can be browsed by author, title or subject.

Provides readers with tons of author profiles within the inspirational genre.

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