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NextReads newsletters are written by the award-winning book experts at NoveList. Newsletters link right back to the Sonoma County Library catalog, making it easy for you to get more information or to place a hold.

Choose from more than 25 NextReads newsletters, each one focused on a genre or topic. See the list of newsletter topics covered below, and a sample issue.


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NextReads is an email newsletter and readers advisory service. You can choose to receive a variety of newsletters including lists of great new titles on the subject of your choice. Newsletters are sent about once a month. All of the featured items on the lists include links to the Library's eCatalog so reserving an item is a snap.

Newsletters for Adults: Fiction

  • Christian Fiction
    Like a little faith with your fiction? These titles, representing a range of genres from historical fiction to romance to suspense, will hit the spot. Bi-monthly.
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction: Whether fueled by magic or advanced technology, imagination is the engine of speculative fiction. This newsletter brings you the best of fantasy, science fiction, and everything in between. Monthly.
  • Fiction A to Z
    Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section and discover a range of fascinating characters and stories to engage and enlighten. Monthly.
  • Historical Fiction
    Do you prefer novels with period detail? Become part of history, without having to slop through the mud or face the guillotine yourself. Monthly.
  • Horror
    If you feel that no day is complete without uncertainty, terror or blind panic -- fictional, of course -- the books featured here are sure to send chills down your spine. Bi-monthly.
  • Mystery
    Drawn to puzzles? These books will provide you with a steady stream of who-dun-its for your solving delight. Monthly.
  • Romance
    Flirt with romance -- whether you like your lovin' with ghosts, spies, or knights in shining armor, this newsletter will deliver, sealed with a kiss. Monthly.
  • Thrillers and Suspense
    Footsteps behind you... Conspiracy theories... A race against time... Horrific consequences... If you're seeking white knuckles and a racing heart, you've come to the right place.

Newsletters for Adults: Nonfiction

  • Armchair Travel
    See the world without ever leaving your chair! Featuring the best in travel writing, this newsletter will take you all over the world. Bi-monthly.
  • Biography and Memoir
    Walk a mile in someone else's shoes -- immerse yourself in the lives of the famous, the infamous, and the ever intriguing. Monthly.
  • Healthy, Wealthy & Wise
    Stretch your muscles and your mind with our selection of books that explore the financial, physical, and philosophical challenges in life. Bi-monthly.
  • History and Current Events
    Whether you're interested in ancient Greece or modern peace, you'll find the world -- past and present  -- here. Monthly.
  • Nature and Science
    No equation, test tube, or leaf is left unexamined! Explore the wonders of our world with books that will quench your thirst for knowledge. Bi-Monthly.
  • Spirituality and Religion
    Looking inward, outward, or upward? All manner of devotional and spiritual books will be featured in this newsletter, to inform, enlighten, and engage. Bi-monthly.

Newsletters for Youth

  • Picture Books
    Looking for great picture books to share with the children in your life? You'll find books here that are sure to captivate their young imaginations. Monthly.
  • Kids Books
    Find out what’s new and cool! We’ll suggest fun and fascinating fiction (and great nonfiction, too) for kids in elementary school. Monthly.
  • Teen Scene
    All types of fiction for those who want to imagine different realities -- and nonfiction for those who are trying to understand ours! For readers of high school age and up. Monthly.

NextReads Archives

  • Audiobooks
    Hear ye, hear ye! Whether you're on the road or just like to multitask, these newsletters will be music to your ears. Bi-monthly
  • LibraryReads Favorites
    A monthly list featuring the top ten books loved by librarians across the U.S.
  • New York Times Fiction Bestsellers
    An up-to-date list of the New York Times Fiction Bestsellers. Weekly.
  • New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers
    An up-to-date list of the New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers. Weekly.

NextReads Archives

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