Book Lists for Adults
Book Lists in the Online Catalogue
- Libraries 150 Reading Nova Scotia: 150 Books of Influence
Library staff have made some great thematic reading lists on our Pinterest Page.
The following is in an alphabetical listing of our Pinterest boards for adult readers (along with a few boards for movie lovers!).
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Alice Munro and Canadian Short Stories : Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel judges proclaimed her a “master of contemporary short story.” Here we celebrate her work and that of other Canadian short story writers.
All Things Cape Breton: To those who hail from this island in Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island is indeed “the home of our hearts”. Discover the wonder that is our island though personal stories, history, ficton, and more!
Alternate Times and Universes : A person from a “normal” reality (to them) is removed to or confronted with an alternate reality or period of time, or is meddling with a timeline. From Lest Darkness Fall by L Sprague de Camp to modern novels such as Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
Arts and Crafts : Some newly added arts & crafts books including knitting, sewing, weaving, painting and woodworking.
Asperger’s, Autism and the Spectrum : Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders as seen by medical professionals, parents, families, and those diagnosed as being on the Spectrum, as well as fiction touching on the Spectrum. An eclectic mix from many differing viewpoints and for various age levels, selected from the collection of the Cape Breton Regional Library.
Atlantic Book Awards : Award-winning books and contenders held in the collection of the Cape Breton Regional Library.
Audiobooks – Staff Audio Reviews : Some of the best of what library staff have been listening to.
Black Canadians : Books dealing with Black Canadians, particularly those pertaining to Nova Scotia. A mix of fiction and non-fiction, for both children and adults.
Book Awards: Each year there are many book awards given out for outstanding works of both fiction and non-fiction, both at home and abroad. Here are some of the contenders for various awards (the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Man Booker Prize, etc.) held by the Cape Breton Regional Library. Note: the Atlantic Book Awards for books from and about the Atlantic Provinces are featured on a separate Atlantic Book Awards board.
Book of the Day : Every few days we offer a different book. It may be new, or old. Relevant or completely irrelevant. Just a book that caught our eye.
Bookflix: Movies : You liked the movie, now try the book! We have both the book and the movie: click through to the catalog to place a hold.
Bookflix: TV : You’ve seen the TV show or miniseries, but have you read the book it’s based on? The following books all have adaptations that are currently airing or can be found in our DVD collection.
Bullies and Bullying : From picture books through teen fiction, personal stories to anti-bullying techniques for both kids and concerned adults, a selection of works showing bullying in its many forms from the varying perspectives of the victims, the perpetrators, the bystanders, and the oblivious, and those who want to help.
Canada : What is this country called Canada? Who are Canadians? There are many answers to those questions. Perhaps these books by and for Canadians will help discover them.
Canada Reads : Canada Reads is an annual “battle of the books” competition organized and broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Five Canadian personalities each select a book they want Canadians to read and defend their chosen title in a series of debates aired on TV and radio. At the end of each debate, the panelists vote one title out of the competition, and books are eliminated one by one until a winner is declared. Here are the finalists and winners from past Canada Reads competitions.
Canada’s Military – In War and In Peace : Personal stories, histories,narratives, and more, selected from the collection of the Cape Breton Regional Library
Classic Science Fiction : These award winners, cult classics, and revitalizations and more transport you to far-off lands to tour alien civilizations and futuristic technology, some of which we have today!
Cookbooks : Newly added cookbooks in the library. The most recent books will appear first.
Decorating and Organizing : Ideas to inspire that new look.
Downton Abbey Fans : If you can’t get enough of Downton Abbey you may want to check out these books and DVDs which feature similar stories! Like the show many of these novels and movies are set in Edwardian England and focus on the lives of aristocratic families.
Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction : These novels depict either an individual fighting against oppression or a group of people coping collectively as a society with the dehumanized conditions. For teens and adults.
Erotic Fiction : Wondering what to read after Fifty Shades of Grey? Looking for something edgier than a typical romance novel? We have the following in print, plus an ebook collection at digitalmedia.library.ns.ca. Please note that these are mature titles containing explicit sex, which some readers may find offensive.
Fantasy : For those who love Game of Thrones, or those who just want to try a foray into other realities far outside the ordinary.
Fiction Reads for Older Teens : Great books for mature young adults to enjoy!
First Nations : Books dealing with our North American First Nations (predominately Canadian) particularly those pertaining to the Mi’kmaq. A mix of fiction and non-fiction, children’s and adult works.
Fitness, Inspiration, and Motivation! : Looking for that jump start towards a healthy lifestyle? Let these helpful, educational titles lead you in the right direction!
Gardening and Homesteading Books : Get ready for spring & summer with some great books for green thumbs, urban farmers, and traditional homesteaders!
Girl on a Train Read-Alikes : If you liked “The Girl on the Train,” check out the suspenseful books listed below. These mysteries feature troubled characters with unreliable memories and multiple twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages quickly.
Graphic Novels for Grown-ups: Think comic books are for kids? That they’re all about masked villains fighting caped heroes? Think again! There are as many different genres of graphic novels as there are of regular books.
Great Reading Lists : These are book lists we’ve found on the Internet and wanted to share. Some of the books listed may not be available at CBRL, please ask for staff assistance if you are having trouble locating a book.
The Halifax Explosion: On December 6, 2017, two ships collided in Halifax harbour, resulting in the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of the atomic bomb. The story and scope of the disaster and its aftermath is revealed in fiction and non-fiction narratives for both adults and children in these selections from the collection of the Cape Breton Regional Library.
Kat’s Picks for Grown-Ups : Interesting and amazing books to read.
Lego for Everyone: If you love LEGO, we have a book for you! Find projects for all ages and skill levels, as well as looks at various characters and creations.
Living Mannequins : The first Living Mannequins Reading Event took place at the Baddeck Library on Sunday, April 7th 2013. It was so successful it has now become a recurring event! Here are some of the books purchased with the funds raised.
Manga Series : Whether you’re a grown-up or a kid, whether you like action, romance, mystery, magic, horror, or a little bit of everything, you should be able to find something new to try among these Japanese (and Japanese-style) graphic novel series. Click through each pin to go to the library catalog and place a hold.
Mystery Lovers’ Buffet : Having trouble finding new mystery/thriller/suspense authors or series? Try some of our newer and less well known works in the Mystery and Suspense Genre. Your new favourite may be here…
New Releases and Just Arrived : 100 of our newest books.
New Sci-Fi and Fantasy : Don’t see the new sci-fi or fantasy book you’re looking for on the Sydney shelf? Our other branches have plenty of speculative fiction to keep you going. Just ask at the desk to place a hold. Here are our 50 newest additions.
Nova Scotia Authors : Looking for fiction or non-fiction written by our home-grown (or adopted) local authors? The library has it all.
One Book Nova Scotia : One Book Nova Scotia is a province-wide community reading event for adults, which began in 2012. Nova Scotians are invited to read/listen to, discuss and get excited about the same book. Public libraries, university and community college libraries, and the Nova Scotia Provincial Library all work together on the One Book Nova Scotia initiative. The title is revealed in late summer/early fall, with author reading events taking place across the province in the Fall.
Pagan Path : For anyone interested in Wicca, Native American Spirituality, Druidism, goddess religions and other nature-based spiritual paths
Parenting Books : Check out some of these parenting books which have been recently added to the library collection.
Plant-Based Eating: Add more veggies to your plate!
Prenatal Resource Guide : Some very useful Pregnancy and childbirth books and DVDs all available at CBRL.
Romance Authors : If you’ve read every one of your favorite author’s books and are looking for someone new to read, why not give some of these authors a try? Click through to be taken to a catalog page listing all the books we have by that author.
Steampunk(ish) : The past, with a difference, which may create a future with a difference… (Very loose definition of steampunk.)
Stranger Things: The Netflix original series Stranger Things is smash hit with anyone who grew up in the eighties. The books on this list may offer something to fans of the series who like stories of children facing of against the supernatural. These books feature monsters, telepathy, and government secrets. A few even even feature a retro setting.
Top 250 Films From IMDB – available on DVD or Blu-Ray at your library
Travel Books : The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. Where will this year take you?!
UnConventional Career Guidance : Advice for entrepreneurs, artists and employees seeking change and growth.
Urban Fantasy : Novels and stories with supernatural and/or magical elements set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings–as opposed to ‘traditional’ fantasy set in imaginary locations.
What Are You Reading? : A general list joined by the CBRL.
Zombies : Newly resurrected from the dead? These books want your brains!
Seasonal Pinboards (not always up)
Handmade Holidays: Make your holidays unique with these ideas for handmade gifts and decorations.
Holiday Movies (for grown-ups and big kids) : List of Holiday (mostly Christmas) theme DVDs available in CBRL. Always popular this time of year – place your holds now and cross your fingers that they will arrive before Santa does!
Holiday Movies for Kids : A list of festive favourites for kids on DVD available at CBRL