Book Guidance

Finding your next book to read can be complicated:

  • Do you want a book from a series?
  • Do you like a particular author?
  • Did you completely hate the last book you tried to read and want something totally different instead?
  • Do you want a particular genre?
  • Do you want a certain topic?
  • Do you just want a book so your teacher will stop annoying you because you need a book for an assignment or MCAS?

One of the first places to start is just walking through the library and looking at the shelves. We’ve moved our fiction books and sorted them by genre. We now have:

  • Realistic Fiction: stories that seem like they could reasonably happen;
  • Historical Fiction and Classics: stories published or written about the past (we’ve picked 1970 as the “past.” Any fiction written before 1970 or about the world before 1970 is in this section);
  • Mystery & Adventure: survival stories, lost in the woods stories, mysteries, murder, etc. Not all mysteries are detective stories, so take a look here for realistic stories that have an air of mystery or adventure.
  • Nonrealistic Fiction: stories that could not (or should not be able to) happen in our world as is. This is where vampires, werewolves, ghosts, other planets, aliens, futuristic dystopias, steampunk, etc. exist.
  • Graphic Novels: “sequential art,” stories with a visual component that plays an important role in the book (i.e., comic books).
  • Picture books have also been moved into the fiction collection. Check one out! You can read to a young friend or just enjoy it yourself.

If you can’t find a book by browsing, look up books in the library catalog. The BAA Library is now connected to BPL, so we can order you any book that they have.

Other options are:

  • Ask the library staff:
    • Ms. D’Ambruoso loves nonrealistic fiction, graphic novels, and occasionally historical fiction, but she also sees all the new books that the library gets,
    • Ms. Botnen reads all sorts of YA novels, so she’s great for new releases,
    • Ms. Edmonds reads classics, noir, & crime novels (both true crime and fiction), so she’s great for classics and mystery books,
    • Mr. Walsh reads nonfiction, so he’s great to ask if you need a readable nonfiction (i.e. true) book.
  • Go to GoodReads;
  • See what your teacher is reading;
  • Ask a friend;
  • Check out one of our Google Sheets (works in progress):

Once you find a book, check it out at the circulation desk. If you like it (or really hate it), we’d love to hear from you. Write us a review, emailed it to Ms. D (adambruoso@bostonartsacademy.org) and it can be posted to the library website. You’ll be helping your classmates find a new book.