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How to Find a Book Without Knowing the Title or Author

Saikat Basu Updated 31-03-2020

Do you want to find a book title when you can only remember the plot? It’s easy when you know how.


Sometimes you remember a book you read by its jacket. Sometimes by the actions of an obscure character. However, there are times when you can’t even remember the author or title. Everyone has book amnesia at times, so expect to see (or ask) a question like this one day:

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“What was that book which had something about a puppet master as a murderer?”

In the old days, you could have asked the librarian. Today, you can go online and use these tips to find a book when you don’t know the title or author.

How to Find a Book With a Google Search

When you can’t (or even if you can) remember the name of a book, author, or the characters in it, Google or another search engine should be your first port of call.

What is true for any generic search is true when trying to find a book without knowing the name and the author too. Use any details you remember from the book as keywords.

Using keywords in Google Search to find a book


In case of a forgotten title or author, you have to remember anything you can use from the book. It could be the name of a character, a line of dialog, or even basic plot points. The more specific the phrase, the better the result.

All rules of a normal search apply (for instance, for exact searches put it in quotes). Google auto-suggestions will also tell you if you are on the right track.

Tip: The search for a long-lost book is a good way to master advanced Google Search skills 11 Advanced Searches to Bookmark to Become a Google Power User Turn yourself into a true Google power user with these 11 advanced searches and pro tips. This will make sure you never have to recall these searches and yet will always have them at your fingertips. Read More . For example, you can include or exclude specific keywords, search with an exact phrase, or use the wildcard operator to guess the name of a character.

Try Google Books Search

The massive Google Books Library Project was the largest book cataloging project of its kind. It scanned millions of books and set off Google Books Search which works just like Google Search.


The difference is that the reference page displayed in the search results also contains extra information like various covers, tables of content, common terms and phrases, and popular passages from the book. You can view sample pages and check if this is the book you were searching for. Also, you can search within a book.

The number of search parameters at your disposal can help you even find books using a vague description.

Use the Advanced Google Search Page with filters like subject, publisher, language, publication date, or ISBN and ISSN numbers. However, you’re unlikely to remember these last two.

Advanced Book Search for finding books by a vague description


Experiment with keywords and wildcard operators to grab a clue. Even if you do not find the book you’re looking for, you might come across a reference which could then lead you to the answer.

The Best Online Catalogs to Find Any Book

There are some search engines that are more specialized for book searches.

1. BookFinder

Book Finder Search is for finding books, first editions, and out of print books

BookFinder is an advanced search engine (Click on Show more options) that taps into the inventories of over 100,000 booksellers worldwide. Try a keyword search, or, if you can recall it, restrict your query by the publication year.


The advanced search fields on BookFinder can help you find books that are out of print or their first editions. It’s also a popular site for finding the cheapest textbooks.

2. WorldCat

WorldCat advanced book search

WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services. You can search the worldwide database of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries. Search for a book and then locate it at a nearby library. Membership of the library allows you to check out the item online.

Try the Advanced Search with unique filters like Audience and Languages.

Peek into WorldCat Genres (or Fictional Finder) which helps you browse through fiction genres for hundreds of titles, authors, subjects, characters, locations, and more, ranked by popularity in the world’s libraries.

3. The Library of Congress

Advanced Search for a book at the Library of Congress site

The Library of Congress (LOC) is the world’s largest library and today it also hosts a huge digital collection. An online book search through its catalog of 167 million items—including books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources—shouldn’t take too long.

To top it all, the LOC has a friendly Ask A Librarian form for queries.

Use Amazon Search to Find the Name of a Book

Amazon started life as an online bookstore. Books remain the leading category by sales with millions of titles in stock at any one time. If Amazon doesn’t sell the book you are looking for, then it’s probably no longer available or a fuzzier memory than you think.

You can start with the basic search bar and a keyword to name a book. But the real spadework can be done by Amazon’s Advanced Book Search.

Help find books with just a short description on Amazon Advanced Search for Books

Amazon does not have an official list of advanced search operators. But it does display a few search tips on the above page. The API documentation also lists a few power searches you can try out for your book.

Go through the documentation by clicking on “Next”. For instance, experimenting with the [title-begins] keyword could help you name books quickly.

The trick is to cut through the clutter of Amazon search results. Try this neat Amazon advanced search tool called JungleSearch.net which can help you fetch hidden Amazon search results too.

And if all fails, do a site search with Google. You might just get lucky. For example:

“Rachel Childs”+journalist site:amazon.com

Use Amazon’s Look Inside to Search Inside the Book

Amazon not only matches your keywords to titles and authors but also on every word inside a book. You can discover if this is the exact book you are looking for by clicking the Look Inside link and going through the preview pages. Use the Search Inside This Book field to look for sentences, key phrases, and even citations.

Ask for Help From Online Book Communities

Any website which helps you discover your next book The Ultimate 50 Ways to Find New Books to Read There are some books which we don't want to put down. Thanks to the many tools available today, your next reading adventure can begin instantly. Find what you should read next with this guide. Read More will have an online community behind it. Tap into the collective memory of book lovers on these recommended book platforms.

1. Goodreads

Use Goodreads discussion board to help name a book

Goodreads is an Amazon subsidiary. As such, you can expect the knowledge base to be just as vast. This social network for book nerds has discussion boards on a variety of topics.

You can go to any genre-specific group and ask for help. But it might be worth trying these two first:

2. Abe Books: BookSleuth

Abe Books community forums to find books

Want to find a romance novel description? Or that thriller you read in your childhood? The appropriately named BookSleuth is another good hunting ground for forgotten titles. Use the community forum that is organized by genre, and provide as many details as you can for the members to help you out.

3. LibraryThing: Name That Book

LibraryThing- find books using just a brief description of its text and subject matter

LibraryThing is a less hip, more cerebral alternative to Goodreads. Start a new topic for your specific search in this community group and enter all of the book details you can remember.

Ask Your Social Networks to Name That Book

By now, you should have got either the book or your memory back. If not, your search has probably reached a frustrating hurdle because the book-loving masses haven’t been able to rescue you yet. It’s time to broaden your scope with an SOS on your social network of choice.

1. Facebook

The social network isn’t only for finding long lost friends. You can also call upon the wisdom of the crowd to help you find that elusive book. Your own social circle might be too limited, so broaden your search using book clubs.

Mark Zuckerberg started A Year of Books, and now it has close to 800,000 followers. Even smaller public groups like the Andrew Luck Book Club and Friday Reads are worth a try. Some book clubs follow a niche genre too.

2. Twitter

Start with a Twitter search. Hashtags are what makes micro-blogging work, but a generic #books or #bibliophile hashtag might be too broad. Try to plug the specific genre into a hashtag search (e.g. #DarkFantasy or #UrbanFantasy) to narrow your results, and/or when you ask for help.

3. Quora

Quora can help find books with just a vague description

The Q&A site could be the largest gathering of “experts” outside Facebook and Twitter. The best thing about Quora is that you can expect a quality response. Take the answer in the screenshot for example.

4. Stack Exchange

Stack Exchange Search for Books helps find books based on descriptions

A potpourri of 168 Q&A communities makes up Stack Exchange. Stack Overflow might be the most popular with programmers but there are niche communities for Ebooks and Literature. Then, you can also go into a genre-specific community and drop a question. Sci-Fi and Fantasy is popular.

5. Reddit

You couldn’t have thought of a better name for a subreddit on books than Tip of My Tongue. Just scan your eyes down the solved answers with the green tag to understand the power of collective memory. Also, try other subreddits like What’s That Book, Books, and printSF when you can only remember the cover.

Help Others Find Forgotten Books Too

The internet relies on the kindness of strangers. The good thing is that book lovers are everywhere and the fraternity is amazingly co-operative. So, the next time you ask yourself “what was that book?”, try to recall any tiny detail of the book.

Even a little detail is a clue. For instance, any physical feature or illustration. Try to bring up some associated memories: What were you doing when you were reading that book? How old were you? Was it a gift or did you borrow it?

To close, the best tip I can offer to every book lover is to make a reading list and keep it organized How to Organize Your Out-of-Control Reading List Right Now A reading list serves a lot of functions -- from practical to inspirational. But it can also get out of hand. Using these tips to manage your reading hobby can do wonders for your life. Read More . Have you run out of reading material? Check out these sites to find your next book 5 Fuss-Free Websites to Find What Book to Read Next Which book should you read next? These websites find the best book for you and recommend titles by experts and famous people. Read More .

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  1. PT harding
    November 23, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Looking for fiction novel about destroying grand coulee dam on columbia river. 3 main characters get brought together somehow don't know anything more. Thanks for helping

  2. Taylor
    April 6, 2019 at 4:31 am

    This book is a YA Fantasy. Description goes like she always knew fae were dangerous and did her best to avoid them, but when her best friend(sister?) gets taken she'll have to brave the fae court to get her back. It’s within the last 3 years and it's about fae, faerie, fey, fairy (can't remember the spelling) and it has a fae prince/king. It's not The Iron Fey series, or and Holly Black series.

  3. Velvet B
    August 16, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I'm looking for a series of begginer chapter books about a girl in either middle school or high school. I think there were pictures on some pages and she had dark hair. She liked a football player and had a picture of him. Once in one of the books he called her name from behind and she thought she must have toilet paper stuck to her shoe. She has a tree house she hangs out in. All the books were different colors and she might've had an umbrella and boots on, on one.

  4. Jasmin B
    July 9, 2018 at 5:33 am

    The book is about a futuristic world where all people are segregated - whites with whites, asians with asians, etc, and they have names like Gabriel 4, Samuel 2 etc. They serve the Mother, or the Goddess, they have a statue to the Goddess, masturbation is encouraged. The main girl runs away, I cannot remember why, and she meets a boy who goes on her journey. Arriving at another establishment she's surprised to see they also have a statue of the Goddess, but it's the same colour as the people there - Asian looking. Identical to her Goddess, which was Caucasian, but with Asian features. The cover of the book has a white woman statue standing with her arms up, if I remember correctly. I read this book many years ago, but lost it during one of my many moves.

  5. Kelly Millerd
    June 28, 2018 at 1:14 am

    A book that had a girl lost her father, he was eating breakfast and had a stroke. The mother brushed his teeth and then took him to the hospital. One of her close friends are in an abusive relationship. The book cover is light green or yellow. And also the girl calls her apartment a flat. And she lives with a man that she jokes about being on steriods. Please help me find this book. It's been five years.

  6. Emily
    June 21, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    I cannot remember the name of this book or the author. I remember the cover had a gray figure and the book was bout some kid who lived in a dystopian world without any books or written words. I read it all the way back in middle school. I really wish to find it again one day.

    • Robert S.
      November 13, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      Is that Farenheit 451? It's about a man named Guy Montaug and his job is to burn any books that are found.

  7. Sondra
    April 22, 2018 at 12:01 am

    **SPOILER ALERT!!!!** <3

    I had read a book in grade school and I can not find it for the life of me. All I could remember was something about Grey or Gray so I started there. The title had slipped from my mind but a light dinged in my head and there it was the title had came to me, and then everything started rushing back.

    On the cover is a boy and a black dog and the word LOST in capital lettering

    The author had something to do with someone named GREY or GRAY don't recall if that was first or last name

    It starts with a 13 year old boy in the woods and he shoots himself in the head in an attempt of suicide but ultimately survives and he is taken care of by his mom. Eventually he gets better and decides he is going to burn his house down with the rest of his family inside and then run away with his little sister. There is a lady following them because she thinks they need help and she wants to help them but didn't realize the brother just wanted them to be left alone. So she ends up on a hunt to help the little sister. The boy eventually befriends a black dog. (spoiler alert!) That he ends up having to slice its throat to end its suffering from shotgun wounds.

    Thank you <3 ^_^

  8. kat
    March 11, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Thank you so much, this is a great list of resources. I finally found a book I've been trying to find for years!

    • Sondra
      April 22, 2018 at 12:01 am

      Which search did you use?

  9. Jenny Englund
    June 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Ever heard of the local library?
    /The Swedish librarian

    • Saikat Basu
      June 30, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Not all libraries (and librarians) are created equal :)

    • Adam
      November 19, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      I was thinking that too...

      American Librarian

  10. Mavi
    May 9, 2017 at 12:09 am

    looking for a sci-fi book i read as a kid. Its about aliens who have come to earth and experiment with monkeys. One of them leaves to get a cure as they've all turned white. Comes back millennia later when humans populate the planet with a message that he has returned with the medicine to turn them back to black.

  11. Anne
    April 3, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Book about an elderly man driving in the snow one evening and he went off the road. He was trapped for 3 days and he spent the time talking to his dead wife. He survived and was recused.

  12. Elizabeth
    March 20, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Looking for a book....
    I don’t remember the title or author but I think it was young adult. It was about a young couple who got married young. The book starts out with both of them telling her parents about getting married. The girl mentioned something about her sweater. I think the couple were hippies and they were living out in the woods. I don’t think she got pregnant until after the marriage. I remember she went to a class at the hospital and made a friend there. The girl had a baby boy they named feather. It is not the first part last. It was published either in the 1970s or 1980s. I think the couple in the book had problems getting along after she had the baby. If anyone can give me any help, I’d greatly appreciate it! I’m thinking I dreamed this book up and am fairly desperate to find it.

  13. Mary McClure
    February 3, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Looking for book where two young people who have know each other for years. They love each other but he doesn't feel he's good enough for her. They sleep together without her knowing he's leaving for the army within the next few days. He wants to go into a special field but he can't be married, I think. He goes to Afghanistan and is gone for a while. She finds out that she's pregnant and she tries to get in touch with him to let
    him know but he refuses to answer her because wants her to find someone else. She has the baby she lives with her parent on a small farm or a few acres. He comes home and she tries to keep her son hid from him but in the end they end up getting married and building a home down the road from her parents. The baby was a little boy

  14. Kristene Ruddle
    January 9, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I am trying to find a book on knitting and crochet stitches. I think I bought it through a book club in the 1970's. It was ruined when my apartment flooded. I had lost the cover and the binding was a maroon or deep burgundy color (that's how I remember it, but who knows). It had the stitches, but also patterns to go with them. I remember a beautiful christening gown, a wedding robe, a hair tie. I would love to have a copy of this book. Since I don't know the name of it or the publisher, I am having no luck finding it. I would appreciate your help.

  15. Lillian
    August 28, 2016 at 4:19 am

    I literally can't find anything on this book, but this is the jist of what happens:

    A girl is orphaned when her plane crashes while she is still very small (her aunt may or may not be alive. I read this book three years ago). She has a terrible fear of planes and flying, but she's forced to join a flight training academy thing. I believe she has a female and a male friend who help her through a lot of pressure (and embarrassment, lol).

    She really sucks at first and she almost crashes the small plane in a nosedive because she freezes in fear. Her instructor has a kind of "tough-love" feel about the whole situation. He forces her to face her fear. Eventually she passes the test, but she's still not supposed to fly alone.

    I THINK at some point in the story she meets a cancer patient while on a trip with the other students.
    But even later than that, there's a bad storm and everyone is going out to save who and what they can. The girl is forbidden to go out, but she does (I forget why she left) and somehow she finds two young girls fighting off snakes on their roof with blankets. She calls for help and gets them to safety.

    I don't remember much else about it, other than it has a sequel about rainforests, I think. (Saw it on the bookshelf in my 6th grade classroom. It was a long time ago; I'm going into 9th grade in a few days)

    August 22, 2016 at 8:30 am


  17. Mark
    August 4, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    my brother says he remembers reading a book about a guy who always wanted to be president but for one reason or the other never got nominated. So they nominated a bumbling idiot and made this guy the Vice President. They won and the President somehow was gotten rid of the this other man became president..

  18. Libby
    July 31, 2016 at 2:33 am

    I'm looking for a mystery book that has something about a hardware store on fire and it has a senior married couple in it and raising a son that got in to trouble. I don't know the title or the author and if anybody knows I will thank you in advance.

  19. sana
    July 30, 2016 at 7:37 am

    i m looking fr a book which has the character name Christopher and Elizabeth. everybody in the book kept on saying elisabeth instead of Elizabeth which annoys her a lot then after a part she had to share a room with a wearied girl but she refuse to do that then she get her room replaced and accidentally gets into the room which belongs to Christopher then after few days they start falling in love with each other and few days later Chris lie to Elisa that he is dying.....then rest of the story continues....plz hlp me in finding the book's title

  20. Natasha
    July 29, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I am looking for a book that I read back in high school. The cover had a fake dollar store Barbie on the cover with the little fake Kelly sister. The book was about a young woman who may have been in law school, her father and his young wife die in a wreck and she gets shared custody of her young half sister with a man who I think is related to the mother who died. The young woman and the man sharing custody end up falling for one another. This is all I can remember but I have been Googling and trying image searches and I cannot find the book fir the life of me. I can't remember the author or title

  21. Tiffany LeBlanc
    July 26, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Hi, I really need some help! I'm looking for a book series that is set in futuristic times. The main character is a boy whose birthday is coming up and he has to go and get his "mark" which is described as a tattoo that is sparkly. The boy ends up falling in love with a girl who already has her mark. The boy starts doing dome research on why his older sister disappeared when she went to get her mark and ends up finding some stuff that he shouldn't have. When he goes to get his mark, he lies in one of the questions and they try to get rid of him too, but he escapes. Then he and the girl run away together because I believe that they tried to erase his research at the girl's father's office building and almost got caught. So then the government is after both of them. I cannot find ANYTHING on the internet about this book. It was really good, but I only read the first two and would love to finish it. Please help me!

  22. Sonya
    July 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I'm trying to find a book about a playboy (maybe in the mafia?) and a deceased mafia dudes daughter. She gets him to protect her from her crazy ex. They end up faking a pregnancy which the ex challenges and makes her take a pregnancy test which turns out positive even though it was supposed to be fake. The playboy and the girl and up getting married but he doesn't known about the pregnancy and then the ex tells him it's real. The ex ends up kidnapping the girl and the playboy has to get his friend James to help him get her back but James doesn't know that everything is real (the pregnancy and the marrige) then they live happily ever after

  23. Ninzy
    July 14, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I'm looking for a book that my daughter forgot the name of. It's a manga about a little girl who is a witch, and lives with her mother. One day, (in the first book of the series) she meets a human girl through the witch's journal/diary, and they become good friends. In the other books, a lot of problems happen, such as drinking a potion to become older to wear makeup, helping a worker at the medical shop to get medicine for the main character's mother, and visiting a land of sweets. If anyone knows this manga, this would be a great help!


  24. Connie
    July 4, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Looking for a book for my 10 year old greanddaughter. She sid it's named something like "The Crooked Way to Normal" or "The Twisted road to Normal" or something similar. A way or path or road or ssssomething to get to somewhere. This is very vague but msybe a librarian or a Book Fair peron or a children's book publisher might know. PLEASE HELP! It's for her birthday!!

    • Saikat Basu
      July 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Any idea of the subject. Even a vague one. Got a few, but none are children's books.

  25. ;)
    June 29, 2016 at 1:57 am

    anybody know the name of a book where the main characters brother gets kidnapped because the main character was in a relationship with the kidnappers ex wife and the kidnapper mistakes the brother for the main character

  26. Nicole Ellenson
    June 17, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Hey everyone my name is Nicole and i am looking for the second book of a man and woman that were going to get a divorce but ended up falling in love again. The man was a football coach and was in a car accident when 2 of his team members were drag racing and was left paralyzed and got the feeling back in his legs. I never got to read the last few chapters. Please help me!

  27. Shweta
    June 16, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I am going crazy unable to find these two books / stories. Tried Google Books too but couldn't. I read it when I was like 18 and now I am 24.. Below is what I remember of the stories:-

    1. A girl named Dulcie was infinitely handsome and a man was in love with her immeasurably and they were about to be married.. one day she was just admiring her beauty.. she was all fair except for one small dark triangle in the centre.. A quote from the story went, 'no longer did she say yes to him, did he start extracting promises from her' (not exactly those words, but same sentiment). In the end, the man kills her or something like that and the girl's mother cries, 'You killed my Dulcie!'
    If you can help me find this book I shall be really grateful!

    2. This story is one i'd read in my class 11/12.. It was about a girl who wouldn't want to be called Susmitha which was actually her name because another woman her namesake 'Sushmita Sen' had been named "Ms. Universe' recently. This girl would go to the cyber cafe to chat with a guy she was connecting with online.. they had not seen each other.. and one fine day due to some misunderstandings they stopped talking as often.. But the guy got back to her on email asking he to visit his website one last time to which she agrees. When the girl starts his website, it starts loading a page which looks very wealthy and rich... dn it loads a face which is as handsome as a Greek God.. when the rest of the body loads there is a surprise waiting for her.. She sees that the guy is seated calmly,, but he is not sitting on a chair.. he is sitting on a wheelchair.. he didn't have legs.
    Please help me find these two books. I shall meet you personally to thank you and treat you to a sumptuous meal :D

  28. Nigel Ellis
    June 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I'm looking for a book about a women who is convicted of her husbands murder. she spends her final months in Richard Askham open prison. After her release she wantts to clear her name and find out who actually did it. She hires a Private Investigator and after a while wins her Daughter over.


    Nigel Ellis


  29. Cindy
    June 12, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Hello, avid readers!
    There was a book I read when I was still in high school, I remember the book cover was a picture of a girl and the background was a old home. I can't remember the story much, but it was about this girl she can't read or write. She starts to work at a factory while her parents were working somewhere else, soon she grows up and meet a few people. She came across this guy, he is sweet and kind to her, she get married to this guy and have a few children.This girl knows how to paint and color but there was war and she lost her husband in a war. That's what I can remember.. If any of you knows the story, pls reply here.. I would be so grateful!

  30. Anuradha
    June 8, 2016 at 6:51 am

    I'm looking for a book I read in the 80s. It was about this girl who goes into a forest and somehow goes back in time where she meets a guy who was her boyfriend in the other time zone He seemed to know her. I remember the cover picture n the book. It was the silhouette of a girl walking through the forests. For some reason, I remember the book having something to do with autumn - whether the word was there in the title of what I dont know. PLease let me know if anyone can tell me the name of the book. Thanks. Anu

    • Saikat Basu
      June 12, 2016 at 6:07 am

      Oh yeah, there was a movie also on this book (I think) It was a fantasy from what I remember.

  31. Linda
    June 5, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Hi, I'm trying to remember the name of a Canadian book by a Canadian author (female I'm sure) that was historical fiction and took place during the Halifax explosion and fire early 1900s (I think). Thank you!

  32. John Hooper
    May 29, 2016 at 11:07 am

    An SF book in which a small community is divided into people who can only see in black and white and people who can see in colour (possibly full, possibly only red or green). The hero (or maybe heroine) is - naturally - a trouble maker, and may be able to see in colour but doesn't let on.

    Possibly someone or something hides/is hidden in a deserted house. There is a quest/journey to find out something or other, passing through the "wild" lands outside and around the community (through which, naturally, proper people are forbidden to go). There may be a trip in a train or lookalike, perhaps to some neighbouring community. It is possible there's been some sort of nuclear catastrophe resulting in genetic changes relating to vision.

    I can't remember any sort of resolution of the story.

    I think I've read it in the last five or six years, though as with all thing in the past it maybe a lot longer ago than that.

    Does this ring any bells? Title? Author?

    • John
      May 30, 2016 at 9:04 am

      I'm replying to myself. I think it's Jasper Fforde's "Shades of Grey". Anyone know it?

  33. Tomike
    May 22, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Hello everyone,
    I am looking for a book that is historical romance. I do not remember the names of any of the characters so I'm gonna call the main-girl X and call the main-guy Y.
    X is a Lady's Maid or a Lady-In-Waiting in the royal palace. This was the one dream her mother had for her. X's mother herself wanted to be a Lady's Maid/Lady-In-Waiting too, but when she got pregnant shortly after her marriage, she had to quit her position, and she made it a mission that her daughter, X, will become one too. X didn't really care what she did as long as she made her mother happy.
    So there was a masquerade ball/costume party at the palace and all the staff was invited, including X. I can't remember what costume she wore, but at the party, she met a guy, Y, and she slept with him. Neither of them knew who the other person was, and X left immediately after the sex because she was embarrassed that she had lost her virginity to a total stranger. But Y didn't want her to leave and he spent some time looking for her.
    You see, Y was a spy for the Crown, and he was super rich, but X didn't know that. I'm not sure, but I think he was nobility. He was only in town on a mission, and to see his boss. I don't remember much about Y's boos, except he was a closet gay (in the Victorian era, people couldn't be openly gay), and he was in love with Y. The boss knew Y wasn't gay but he loved him anyway. Y also knew his boss was in love with him, but they never talked about it. When Y was about giving up his search for X, he found her again, and they had this adorable cute-meet. It was so funny.
    Because, apparently, X was pregnant from the night of the masquerade ball, and Y had the gall to ask if she was sure the child was his. She was so mad.
    Anyway, in the end, X didn't know what to do because being pregnant meant she couldn't fulfill her mother's dream. Y asked her to marry him since they were having child but she said no repeatedly. Y's job as a spy put the two of them in danger so they had some difficulties, but in the end, they overcame the evil and lived happily ever after. And X's mother accepted that just because she had a dream didn't mean her child had the same dream.
    I wish I knew more about the book to increase my chances of someone knowing what I'm talking about. If anyone knows the name of this book, please help me. I read it when I was 14 and now that I'm about to be 20, I have no clue what the title of the book is, who wrote the book, or what it even looked like. Any type of clue is appreciated. Thanks.

    • Beth
      July 13, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      I may be able to help. I recently read a book that sounds so much like your description I have to at least offer it as a suggestion.
      The book in question is 'A Man Above Reproach', by Evenlyn Pryce Text Copyright 2013
      I hope this may be of some help

  34. Gretchen Torrey
    May 22, 2016 at 3:52 am

    There was a book my librarian gave to me in middle school that I cannot remember the title or author of. The book was probably from the 60's or 70's or before. The inside cover had a map of the region in which the main characters lived. I remember the two main characters were sisters, who lived with their father who was in charge of a large estate. The eldest sister fell in love with a man named Capricorn (or something close to that) who she broke out of jail by setting the place on fire because he was wrongfully imprisoned, and he later shows up at a party at her father's house to ask for her hand in marriage. They marry and move away soon afterwards to Capricorn's estate. The younger sister is in love with a man named Jan, who is her best friend and is often described as having flaxen hair. Later in the book, he goes on a sailing trip from which he does not return, so the younger sister goes out looking for him and in her travels becomes shipwrecked (i believe) and on the island where she has been shipwrecked, finds an old man who lives in a cave on the island, who doesn't really speak much, but eats shellfish, and in the cave if I remember right, she finds some remnants of clothing that resembles Jan's . I would love to find this book again as I have either accidentally gotten rid of it when I was younger or it was lost in a move. If anyone could point me in the direction of this book, I would be most grateful :)

  35. muchi
    April 26, 2016 at 6:10 am

    am looking for a book called "prayer made simple" can't remember the author but i know the book was an A5 sized book with about 200 pages, have been searching for the book on google and other engines, have even tried book finders to know avail, what are my options? and if by any chance some one knows the other pleeeeeease let me know thanks

  36. enedina
    March 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I'm looking b for a book about a girl who gets raped by her date and gets away with it and in the end she gets him back by trying him on another case

  37. RhondaLouise
    February 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    The Google search engine for books is amazing. I typed a long phrase about the book's plot and had the name of the book instantly. Thanks for leading me there!

  38. Banguole
    February 7, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Looking for a book about two people in love, but when one of them is alive, other one is dead or not born yet. I really want to find this book, please help me . I'm desperate :(

    • Abby
      March 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Ann Brashares My Name is Memory

  39. Payton
    February 3, 2016 at 12:58 am

    I can't remember the title or author of this book or a lot about the actual book but what I do know is a girl is at her friends and they decide to hypnotize her and after she is hypnotized she starts to remember weird things and when she tells her mom she says she was afraid of her remembering it. It turns out her mom isn't really her mom its like her aunt or something and her parents died trying to safe her. She was kidnapped and went to this weird place but I forget the name and her mom is there and her best friend sneaked into her luggage so she was with her and they have to save her mom. So they go back to where they lived and went to a bank and had to get stuff out of it but if she said anything they would kill he best friend and mom. But the bank lady knew it was in her moms name and knew something was wrong so she wouldn't let the lady who kidnap her come back with her. Does anyone have an idea

  40. Tiara
    January 21, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I'm looking for a book. I can't remember much about it exception that it was a romance book, in a series, and I think the main character was blonde detective/investigator/journalist called Babs or Barbara. I think she's Lithuanian and in the last book she found out she was a princess or something?
    If anyone miraculously knows this book then please tell me. Thank you.

  41. Ryan
    January 5, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Looking for a book about a brother and sister that run away on a train to find their grandparents farm only to find that it is now a mall. They hang out by a stream, she works at the golf course, they sleep in an empty house and make friends with neighborhood kids. Then the guy at the donut store realizes they are runaways and they call the dad and are reunited. Please help!

  42. Gina
    December 27, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    This his book is a mystery/thriller. I can't recall name or aurthor, but it opens with young woman living in apartment, and she is obsessed with locking her locks on front door, and will go back several times checking to see if she's locked them. There is a doctor that has recently moved in apartment building..he befriends young woman and in invites her occasionally for tea, etc. hopefully this will be enough info. Thank you!

  43. Vincent
    December 17, 2015 at 5:18 am

    This is a book series I have been trying to find for a while again. The books I read were in French, but they could have been translations from an English version.
    The description of the books that I remember.

    Book 1:
    In the first book, you follow the the story of a man that enrolls in a competition to become some sort of "Chosen one" that will lead the people. It's a harsh course, as all the contestants are at each others throat, while going through a dangerous forest, and eventually end up inside the mouth of an ancient sleeping beast (which they dont know at the time). The protagonist befriends and other guy (rogue type of guy) and a girl with magical powers. All three end up surviving the whole ordeal, and have to come to the decision to who will rule as there can only be one. Instead of fighting to death, they strike a bargain. The "rival" (rogue guy) concedes the world above ground and goes to rule the underworld (which they just survived through). The protagonist and girl rule the world above together and have a child.

    Book 2:
    Details are hazy for this one. Basically the child gets kidnapped, the old friends reunite; the child is used in a demonic like ritual to awake the old beast (dragon?) and as such their souls bind (matters for book 3). They manage to rescue the boy, the rogue guy scarifies himself so they can escape. The dragon? wakes up and flies around the earth, burning stuff, causing a very thick dust? cloud to cover the earth blocking the sun rays.

    Book 3:
    The lack of sun causes humans to lose their powers. The kid is special and is healthy and has powers of his own without the need of sun. The shadow cast by the beast flying in the sky causes people to turn into monsters? if they are caught in it. The first books protagonist dies pathetically to a couple of monster due to being so weak. The mother gives the kid a necklace that is supposed to protect him from something (dont remember). The kid finds out the hard way that he is immune to the dragons shadow. He and his comrades want to find a way to this nightmare to end. They manage after a lot of losses to get on top of the dragon? itself. His last friend dies watching him go towards the head of the beckoning dragon. It ends up the dragon was lonely and angry because of that. The kid promises to be with him for eternity if he leaves the earth. So the kid has to break the necklace that was keeping his soul from merging with the dragons and they merge. The dragon flies away into space?. The end. Theres a prologue about the mom at the end i think.

    Well this is what I remember from the book, any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    • Vincent
      December 17, 2015 at 5:19 am

      Additional info: Read those books in 2006, paperback, 200-300+ pages each book.

  44. Rory
    December 4, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Hi I am looking for a book I read as a kid, I don't remember the plot but I know it had some strange title like "this book has no name" or "you do not want to read this". I have entered those and related titles into various search engines and nothing. I also the author also had some strange pen name, I am remembering something like 'pseudonym'. I know it is part of a series and one of the books had a half peeled chocolate bar on a stage with red curtains. I know the description is quite vague but I am desperate, please help!

    • Sydney
      December 5, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      The Name of This Book is Secret by pseudonymous bosch

  45. Anonymous
    November 22, 2015 at 4:23 am

    I have been looking for the title of a book for ages and i have found a few other comments on various websites that seem to be describing the same book but they never have any replies so I'm going out on a limb here. It is based around a young boy whose mother recently died in a car crash because of a menacing force or creature that was trying to get her. I believe in her dying breath she told her son that he was a warrior of some sort. Anyway, he moves to his aunt's house (it may have been some other family member) and soon thereafter begins to change. He gains the ability to control water. His neighbor (a woman) for some reason knows about it and begins helping him learn. The neighbor has a special garden that contains many tropical plants and a large tree. The tree is a portal to another dimension. For some reason, that I can't remember, the boy has to go to the underworld with the neighbor and when there he learns that he can speak and read every language because the signs in the world were in a different language. Thank you!!

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2015 at 4:27 am

      i want to say the car accident was in Hawaii but I'm not sure. Oh and the boy was falling for/in love with an Indian girl around his age

      • Moore
        January 14, 2016 at 4:31 pm

        This is The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan more or less.

  46. Matthew Swanson
    November 16, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    The book was.....

    >Published from 2005-2012 ish.
    >There is a popular kid and a new nerd who moved into town.(Pennsylvania?)
    >The popular kid got jealous of the new nerd kid.
    >The 2 eventually become great friends.
    >The last line is something like..."Penn(Maybe) was my best friend


    • Matthew Swanson
      November 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Will any fukinn person reply

      • Anonymous
        November 22, 2015 at 4:31 am

        I have no idea what the book is, I'm sorry. But if you're looking for a book that has a very different story line and is about a few popular guys that make it their mission to make a nerd prom king or homecoming king, Shattering Glass might be good. It's fairly short so it won't take long

    • Sydney
      December 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Could it be Crash by Jerry Spinelli

  47. Matthew Swanson
    November 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    This book was about a popular kid at a school and a new annoying nerd who moved to his town. The new nerd seemed to be better than the popular kid and the popular kid did not like it. They eventually became friends after more pages. I read it 2 years ago so maybe it was published from 2005-2012. I remember that the new nerd kid's name was something like Penn.

  48. Anonymous
    November 10, 2015 at 8:06 am

    This book was written prior to 1958. The first chapter was read to me in school by our Head of English,so I'm assuming it is a well regarded book. I remember a young boy looking in the window of a second hand or maybe junk shop and seeing a glass ball. A shaft of light shone on the ball, and the boy saw what I remember as another world seeing a castle with turrets surrounded with glass balls from which one was missing. Around the castle flew enormous birds,which I remember as pterodactyl type birds. But that might be more down to my imagination than fact. The introduction to this book has been with me for decades,if someone can solve the mystery I will be delighted to donate £10 to a charity of their choice. Penny

    • Saikat Basu
      November 11, 2015 at 6:26 am

      Try Google Image search/ Bing Image Search or even Pinterest with whatever you remember. Who knows one of the images just might spark a memory.

  49. Anonymous
    November 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Hi I am wandering if you can help me, i bought this book from a charity shop read 3 chapters and lost it, Jedd (I think) was sent to a youth offender prison for allegedly slitting his stepfathers throat. His mother worked as a maid for the Webb family and Mark Webb was the son of an attorney and took over Jedd's case, Jedd's sister works with Mark in his office.

    Jedd was sending someones daughter love letters from prison until he found out and stopped them, the tale is about revenge as the man who is stopping the letters I feel did the killing. Thriller I'm sure it was male author and can't remember if England or America. Family was big and wealthy with characters also called Carolyn and had brother and sister in law but only read until chapter 3. Jedds cousin took him out on his night of freedom to sleep with someone met in a bar.

  50. Anonymous
    November 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    The book I'm looking for is from wattpad but, I think it might of been deleted from the website. Yes, it is a fan fiction but not a bad one. It is a teen wolf fan fiction. One important detail I will mention, only cause if you have read it you will recognize this name the writer gave as stiles' first name. Stigoel or Stigeol.

  51. Anonymous
    October 24, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I've been looking for a certain book for years and as the time passes, I forget more of the story line. It has something to do with women/a woman getting lost or breaking down in a "ghost town" of sorts. At some point in the novel they're hiding from the townspeople and find a bunch of bodies buried in a farmers field (that smells like manure and death). It might've also been set in winter, I think. The only keywords that come to mind are winter, death, red and snow although searching using those has done me no luck.
    I know this is a terrible description, but hopefully someone can help me!

  52. Anonymous
    October 16, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    The book I'm looking for was written by an author in England. One chapter of this book was printed in a 3rd grade reading textbook in 1988 used in the elementary school of Orr, MN. The children could hardly read the story, because it caused them to constantly break into the giggles. I'm pretty sure the story title was, "The Great Clean-up". All kinds of little bugs wake up to a litterbug mess in their home, which is in a park. They live in little mushroom houses. They're angry that people left this mess, but their leader, or maybe he was a "mayor" says, not to worry about it because they can make use of all of the things that were left behind, napkins, paper cups, plastic silverware, etc. They use a straw for a bridge across a puddle, which they refer to as "the lake" or "river". B. I. (before Internet) I had the title and author's name, but had no luck searching book stores. I gave up and tossed the paper with this inf. The teachers I've talked with think it was in the Houghton Mifflin series for grade 3, but remember having to pack those books up to be sent to the warehouse and sent on to another school. The archivist at Houghton Mifflin says Corporate does not have a complete set of all of their books and she couldn't find it in the ones they had. Can anyone help me find either the story in the textbook or the actual book with this story?

  53. Anonymous
    August 26, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    great tip thank you

  54. Anonymous
    August 4, 2015 at 7:54 am

    HELP!! I am dying to find out the book!

    It's about two young girls who are best friends, I believe they live across the street from one another. They play a sport together and live in the US. Should be a YA book.
    One of the friends gets kidnapped during the summer after some odd events, such as a car following her and a man who stood outside her window smoking cigarettes. She gets found some time later at a hotel, she somewhat had Stockholm syndrome where she believed they were in love. He turned out to be a man who had saved the friend who wasn't kidnapped from drowning. He in the end had actually mixed up which child he saved from drowning.

    ANY clue what it is would be so very helpful, thank you!

    • Saikat Basu
      August 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Nothing on this article worked? You have to be more specific -- for e.g. name of a character or a place mentioned in the book perhaps?

      • Anonymous
        August 6, 2015 at 11:21 am

        Nothing in this article helped. It's frustrating because I remember a lot of details about the book but nothing with names or the exact place :( I know it was in the U.S. and I don't believe it was on either coast, that's about it.

    • Saikat Basu
      August 7, 2015 at 2:55 am

      The best clue I can offer right is to search with "Stockholm syndrome" and the genre you were reading. Maybe, it was a romantic book or a thriller. Combine Stockholm syndrome + romantic and try a search. Maybe, a memory will pop up.

      Best of luck :)

  55. Anonymous
    June 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I'm looking for a book but I don't know the title/author. I do know the plot which goes a girl(i think her name is virginia) and a boy (i think his name is bobby or billy) have kind of a one night stand at college but she gets pregnant so he marries her. About a year later or so they move in with his aunt back in his hometown. He is in love with his ex-girlfriend who still lives down there. Her name is Irene but he calls her Rose. He got a tattoo of a rose on him which the female protagonist was upset about because it symbolized the ex and the protagonist told the aunt who rebuff the idea. The protagonist goes shopping with Irene and sees that she's kinda flabby in the midsection weirdly and finds out that her husband and Irene had a miscarriage a few year prior. Irene has a husband who regularly chats with the protagonist. Irene and her husband tell the couple that they plan on moving away and the protagonist catches her husband and Irene crying and holding each other. It ends with her leaving in a truck with Irene's husband and her daughter.

  56. Anonymous
    June 26, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Maybe someone can help me??
    I have been looking for a book titled "Ducie" EVERYWHERE and I can not find the freaking thing! It's a novel about a girl named Ducie who wakes up on her 13th birthday with snakes for hair and discovers that her (late) aunt is actually Medusa. It's set in a modern society and meant for a juvenile audience. I seriously can not find it on any of the websites above. Maybe I have the title wrong, but I distinctly remember the main character's name. I would really like to find it! Thanks to anyone who can help.

    • Saikat Basu
      June 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      This was a tough one. I found myself searching for it myself, without any luck. Then I changed the spelling of the girl's name and eureka...got a hit in one second.

      Here it is -- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/606969.Dusssie

      Enjoy :)

  57. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    This article helped imensely. I've been looking for this series of books for the last 6 years and I've finaly found it. Thanks a lot!!

  58. jellisii
    November 15, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Someone's a Guzzi fan... ;)

  59. Jeremy
    September 11, 2009 at 3:44 am

    People use our site (funadvice) this way, too, though we get more questions on songs than books...I think it's a result of our demographics. :)

    • magnoliasouth
      September 11, 2009 at 8:09 pm

      Hi Jeremy!

      Your site does sound promising. I flipped through a few questions and answers and it appears that most are truly helpful answers.

      The problem with Q&A sites are that people end up giving UNhelpful time wasting advice. Yahoo Answers, even though it goes on a point system, has this problem pretty badly.

      Example: I once asked a question about my daughters college. They accepted her for admission and she received a Pell grant for her financial aide (which was a tremendous help). She only had to go down to the financial aide office and verify her earnings with her tax forms. She was told she had to make an appointment, but every appointment she made was canceled by them. When it got close to time for school, she finally just sat at the office for three days waiting to get in. On the first day of school, she was told to come back in Spring! Can you believe it?

      Anyway, so my q

      • magnoliasouth
        September 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm

        Sorry, somehow I hit enter. :(

        So my question to Yahoo was, "What kind of legal action can I take?" I posted it in the legal section of Yahoo.

        I got answers like, "maybe your daughter was lying to you" or "she shouldn't have waited until the last day of school." You see what I mean? Completely UNhelpful advice and a waste of my time.

        I'm not sure I'll even go back, even though I have >400 points (I believe).

        In case anyone is wondering, I called the Governor's office. He in turn actually called the College President who called me and escorted my daughter to financial aide. She is presently in college. :)

  60. Mary
    September 3, 2009 at 9:46 am

    The author of the piece must have spent his life under a rock. Libraries have had ways of finding books by subject since the 19th century.

    • Saikat
      September 5, 2009 at 1:01 am

      Mary, let's not always assume that there's only ONE way to get some information...especially in today's day and age. We all know the obvious and if you would have cared to read the article from start to finish, I have mentioned that librarians are the best guys for it. But there can be other ways too, isn't it? And when the WWW is the biggest knowledge bank out there, why not tap into it occasionally. Constructive comments like magnoliasouth helps way more.

  61. Jordan
    September 3, 2009 at 7:20 am

    If you are looking for a textbook, you can go to iChapters.com and type in the ISBN. If it's a main book published by Cengage Learning, South-Western, Delmar, Course Technology, Wadsworth, Brooks-Cole, Houghton-Mifflin, or Heinle it will often find the book right away, and if it is a supplement like a study guide or published by a different publisher it will look it up via an aggregator and find links to other online sources that carry that ISBN, with the lowest prices listed.

    • Saikat
      September 5, 2009 at 1:10 am

      Thanks for the info, Jordan!

  62. Saikat
    September 3, 2009 at 12:32 am

    As you said it yourself - "I will ever find this book, is if someone else has read it and knows what I'm talking about." :)
    The end justifies the means...at $5 askmefi is dirt cheap and looks good.

  63. magnoliasouth
    September 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I have to say that for a one-time-only $5 membership fee, askmefi is simply amazing! I cannot tell you how helpful it's been for me. I've posted quite a few questions with great answers. Yahoo Answers and all the other ones just aren't nearly as great as askmefi.

    After reading your article, I was once again reminded of the elusive book I've been searching for, for years. I tried all of these searches today. I spent a lot of time on it.

    I went to askmefi and within 5 minutes, I had my answer. It is an obscure book that was difficult to find.

    This is my post, if anyone is interested.

  64. susie
    August 31, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Libraries are open 24/7 now. Find a list of 24/7 library services @

    • magnoliasouth
      September 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm

      What's the point of that? If you don't know the title nor the author and as it's been pointed out already, librarians often don't have the answer, then what is the 24/7 going to do?

      Besides, there are actually very few 24/7 libraries in contrast to all the libraries in the nation. A large population of citizens will not be able to use one.

  65. Jane
    August 31, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Or ask a librarian, they know everything!

    • Saikat
      September 1, 2009 at 2:47 am

      Sometimes they also don't. But usually they should be the first we should consult. Most libraries also have their own computerized databases which are starting points.