Library Reading Recommendations

If you're looking for your next in-between-book-club read, there's no better place to start than your local library.

Libraries are so much more than just a place to borrow books from: They're veritable community hubs where people to learn, gather and grow together. They're also a great resource for book recommendations, as demonstrated by these popular Christchurch City Libraries Reading Genre Lists.



World and Travel

We may all be feeling a little grounded of late, but that doesn't mean you can't be transported to foreign places between the pages: Immerse yourself in different cultures, learn about the history of another place, and experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of foreign lands through reading about them. Check out the entire World and Travel reading list for more.

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Popular Science

Popular science takes science and makes it engaging and interesting to read for non-scientists. 

Find out what it is to be human, learn about scientific phenomena, get in touch with nature, study the big questions or the scientific discoveries behind everyday objects. Take a journey to the stars or find out how future trends will affect the way we live — explore the list of popular science titles.

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Biography and Memoir

For inspiring true stories of artists, inventors, icons, and influencers, as well as everyday individuals look no further than this list of biographies and memoirs that will move and motivate you.



Science fiction, mystery, adventure and more — search Christchurch City Library's most highly-rated, new, and upcoming fiction titles.



Prefer a purely factual read? Check out their list of Non-fiction titles, including histories, biographies, scientific reads and more.


True Crime

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction — find true stories of murder, gangsters, investigations and the wrongfully imprisoned in the True Crime Reading Guide.


Did you know...

...that many of Christchurch's BDS book clubs meet in their local library? Find a library group near you by going to and browsing the map for library groups, or contact us and we can put you in touch with a library group near you.

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