At the library, we love nothing more than helping people find their next favorite book. Whether through book displays, one-on-one conversations, or this blog, we hope to connect people to stories, authors, and genres that they will love.
In honor of National Book Lovers’ Day, here is a roundup of some sites that you can use to explore new literary adventures:
Goodreads, a social media site for the literarily inclined. On Goodreads, you can create a new account or sign in using existing Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Amazon accounts. Users can create shelves to keep track of books they have read or would like to read, and read reviews written by other users. Once users have reviewed at least 20 books (“reviews” can be as simple as rating a book on a 1 to 5 star scale), Goodreads will provide recommendations based on those. There are also plenty of lists to browse and discussion groups to join.
Book Riot, a treasure trove for bibliophiles. This frequently-updated site has a number of regular feature columns, including Buy, Borrow, Bypass, where brief reviews culminate in a recommendation to do one of the three; Fresh Ink, a roundup of reviews of recently-released titles; Genre Kryptonite, a column about genres the writers have “an inexplicable weakness for”; and Reading Pathways, a guide to well-regarded authors and where to begin with their works.
Epic Reads, a site for Young Adult literature. If you are past the “YA” window in real life, don’ t think that you’re beyond it in your reading life. From contemporary realistic fiction to fantasy, there is a wealth of great literature that can appeal to readers of all ages.
When you’re in the library, don’t forget to ask the staff what they might recommend. Happy reading!