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Our Favorite Reading Tools

by Meghan Kowalski on 2022-07-25T09:00:00-04:00 | Comments

All you need to enjoy a book is to settle in with a copy. Paper or electronic or audio, just you and the book is all you need. But, there are some useful things that can make your reading journey a little more fun. Here are some of our favorite reading tools!


Kindle (Catherine Meals, Assessment Librarian)

I have moved more to my Kindle since COVID started. I've gotten used to reading e-books and like having a ton of books on one device. Plus it's good for travel/vacation (even if it means there's almost always sand in its nooks and crannies).


Reading Challenges (Glen Benedict, Access Services Librarian)

One thing that has really helped me read more is having a reading challenge with different categories I can pick from each year. My favorites come from the Booklist Queen website (2022’s list). I like that one because it has 52 categories, and my goal for each year is to read at least 52 non-graphic novel books. These categories have a good mix of themes, so I’m reading new releases, classics, and even genres I wouldn’t normally pick. I print the new year’s list in January, and mark off each category as I complete it along with the title of the book that fit that category. Every four months I post the books I read for that third of the year on social media, along with my starred review from Goodreads.


Wowbrary (Meghan Kowalski, Outreach and Reference Librarian).

I love encountering new (to me) books that I would otherwise miss. Wowbrary is is a tool that sends you weekly alerts about new books (print, digital, and audio) at your local library. You can search by zip code to find your library. I didn’t need another way to add books to my To Be Read list, but I sure to like perusing the titles every week. (You can sign up for the DC Public Library's Wowbrary here.)



This website is part book finder and part reading tracker. Sign up for a free account and you will find a plethora of books lists and community discussion about books. You can save books to your account to read later, share your reviews, and post about what you are reading right now. You can also set up reading challenges for yourself. There are also fun features like quizzes and trivia to help you more engage in your chosen reading communities.

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