RECOMMENDED READING WEBSITES
bookish.com – This site uses its own unique book recommendation technology that includes using critical reviews and awards in its selection of suggested print and digital material. Editorially independent, Bookish features great content about books and authors from a variety of publishers. Bookish’s eighteen genre pages and unique topics pages feature articles, Essential book lists and other book-related stories.
booklikes.com – This is a social site for book lovers. It’s a sort of cross between Tumblr and Goodreads in that there are some ways that you can catalog your books, but the emphasis of this site is the reviews of books. If you love reviewing your books for friends in a blog this is the site for you.
bookriot.com – A very visual site (like Pinterest) dedicated to both serious and fun readers that includes articles contributed by both professionals and other readers, fun book-related products, and reviews for many genres, Adult fiction, Young Adult, graphic novels and non-fiction.
comicbookdb.com – Like FantasticFiction, LibraryThing, or fictiondb.com on this site you can track your reading as well as your pull list and a wishlist for all your comics whether they be TPBs or individual Issues.
earlyword.com – A great website that connects serious readers and librarians to the publishing world. Updated weekly with all the newest book/author news in the media as well as in print. Also links to best books spreadsheet, awards, best sellers, pre-pubs, publisher catalogs, and media tie-ins. Offers frequent live author chats.
fantasticfiction.co.uk – A British site that contains information on over 350,000 books and bibliographies for over 30,000 authors. You can search for authors or click on a book to see its cover picture, description and publication details.
fictiondb.com – One of the first sites dedicated to everything you wanted to know about a fiction author and their works has now expanded to include more genre and young adult fiction. Combines elements of LibraryThing and FantasticFiction.
freshfiction.com – Provides informative data to popular fiction readers on current authors and their available books. It specializes in genre fiction: romance, mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, graphic and action novels. FreshFiction.com consists of author pages, book pages, reviews, columns, blog, book reviews, news and contests.
goodreads.com – The “world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations”. On this site you can see which books your friends are reading; track the books you’re reading, have read, and want to read; and get personal book recommendations from their recommendation engine.
historicalnovelsociety.org – An international literary society devoted to promoting the enjoyment of historical fiction. Featurettes and guides complement book reviews.
lambdaliterary.org – One of the leading sources for LGBT books, poetry, and author interviews. Lambda Literary also sponsors an annual award for outstanding literature dealing with LGBT communities.
leafmarks.com – This site was originally spun off of Goodreads by a few of their larger reviewers. It’s much like Goodreads, but has some different challenges and things like that. It still gives you a community that’s growing everyday and a way to track all the books you’re reading. If you’re not sure that you want to use Goodreads (who is owned by Amazon), this is the website for you.
LibraryThing.com – LibraryThing is slightly different than the book tracking sites like Goodreads, Leafmarks, Booklikes, etc. It leans much more towards cataloging than social media. But, it also has quite a robust Recommendation engine and it definitely has a thriving Talk Forum with everything from Religion debates to all sorts of Reading Challenges and just general hilarity. For those who are book nerds or wish to be bigger book nerds. This is the site for you. (It also now has some limited Media Cataloging as well as an iOS App).
noflyingnotights.com – Featuring comic books beyond superheroes, this librarian-run web site reviews all kinds of graphic novels. Categorizes not only be genre, but by age group.
panels.net – This site was spun off of BookRiot and is dedicated to everything related to comics.
romancereaderatheart.com– A collaboration of 8 women from different backgrounds, age brackets, and literary interests coming together to write about romance books. Covers new releases, ebooks, and a slew of subgenres (particularily strong in Historical Romance).
rtbookreview.com – A genre magazine, website and blog specializing in the vast array of romance novels. Includes author, title information, and reviews as well as upcoming news and publications in their expanded genre coverage (includes mystery, paranormal, inspirational, young adult and science fiction).
School Library Journal – A reliable selection resource used by librarians for youth and young adult book reviews (including graphic novels) and trends in the field. www.slj.com
stopyourekillingme.com – A resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. They list over 4400 authors, with chronological lists of their books, both series & non-series. Author, character, genre, job and other special indexes make finding titles easy.
weneeddiversebooks.org – Based on a movement to highlight and promote diversity in literature, this site compiles resources for finding books that feature people of color, LGBT people, and people with disabilities.
Lesa’s Book Critiques – Lesa mostly reviews Mysteries on the blog (and quite a few of them are Cozies). She’s also a librarian in Indiana as well as a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal. She’s also the Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. She’s seen it all and read it all. You may not always agree with her reviews, but they are amazing reviews.
The Classics Club – This blog was started to “unite those of us who like to blog about classic literature, as well as to inspire people to make the classics an integral part of life.” The Classics Club challenge is to read at least 50 classics within a 5 year span and to blog about your choices. So, there are plenty of reviews from classic enthusiasts as well as lists and an interactive meme question of the month.
FOR BOOK CLUBS
litlovers.com – A website created by a former college English instructor as a way to communicate with other solo or book club readers on what we read, how we read and how to think about our reading. Check out the “Getting Started” page for a helpful guide to the site’s resources including book club help, book discussion guides and even what food to serve on club night.
readinggroupchoices.com – From the company that publishes the annual “Reading Group Choices”. Offers fiction and non-fiction book discussion guides, recommended titles, a newsletter and more.
ilovelibraries.org – This site is an initiative of the American Library Association. The “Starting a Bookclub Page” offers helpful guidelines on how to structure your meeting, facilitate discussions, finding books as well as offering further resources to refer to.
DATABASES AVAILABLE FOR NEVINS LIBRARY PATRONS
Books & Authors – Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. Combining over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian’s favorites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together.
NoveList – A fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 125,000 fiction titles. It also includes author read-alikes, what we’re reading, book discussion guides, book talks, and annotated book lists.
NoveList PLUS includes nonfiction as well and is provided by the Nevins Memorial Library.
Reader’s Advisor Online – This unique database helps bring books and readers together. Just read a book that you really enjoyed? Reader’s Advisor Online will help you find similar titles. The database covers 400 genres, subgenres and reading interests. Includes both fiction and nonfiction titles. Also lists “best” reads from a variety of magazines and online sources. Available via nevinslibrary.org . Username = nevinsmemlib. Password = nevinsmemlib.
NL’s PERSONAL READERS’ ADVISORY SERVICE & TUMBLR
What Should I Read Next @ Nevins Memorial Library – The Nevins Memorial Library is pleased to provide our readers with this service that helps to match readers with books that they may enjoy, based on other books they have read and enjoyed. A detailed, but quick, online survey about your reading tastes is available on our website. The more information you provide, the more likely it is that we can suggest titles that you might like. Librarians at the Nevins Memorial Library will use your answers to create a customized reading list for you within two weeks of receipt of your submitted form.
A Book A Day Tumblr – On “A Book a Day…” a new book is posted (almost) every day. From Mystery/Thriller Monday to Comic Books Saturday (and Sometimes Sunday) there is something for everyone to find and enjoy. There are multiple ways that you can follow along. If you have a Tumblr account feel free to follow us. We won’t inundate your dashboard too much, and will try to follow back too. And, have no fear. You don’t have to be a Tumblr member to read the blog. If you use something like Feedly to keep track of the blogs you read you can “Add Content” and search for nevinslibrary.tumblr.com, or if there’s a search function in your RSS reader you can use that to follow us as well. Or, like with any other website, you can bookmark us and when you need something new to read or watch, browse through the posts that have been made since your last visit.
Nevins Library’s Goodreads Profile – Want to read our reviews, interact with our staff, and enjoy great literature together? Friend the Nevins Memorial Library on Goodreads! You too can get a librarian’s eye view of the world of books by following what our librarians are reading today. Better yet, become a library power player by recommending books to our staff!