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Help! I Need A Novel! August 11, 2008

Posted by bookgoddess in Authors, Books, Fiction, Literature, readers, Reading, West Palm Beach Public Library.
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I recently got a question from a patron who wanted to know the best websites for selecting fiction.  This is an excellent question, and one problem is that it will have different answers for different types of readers.  The other problem is that there are endless book-related websites, and we are only going to scratch the surface here. 

First of all, I want to refer you to our Library website, where we have a whole set of pages (and many more links) devoted to helping you find something great to read:  http://librarytogo.org/books_l2go.htm.

Being a librarian makes you very aware of how many books there are out there, and it makes me want to pick out the very best.  So, here are some really good sources of “best” lists:

American Library Association Notable Books:  http://www.ala.org/ala/rusa/protools/notablebooks/thelists/2008list/notablebooks.cfm

New York Times Notable Books:  http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/02/books/review/notable-books-2007.html

American Booksellers Association http://www.indiebound.org/indie-next-list

Some readers like to find books of a specific genre, setting, or subject matter.  Websites which are very helpful for this include:

What Do I Read Next? – Search fiction by subject, settings, time period, major character:   http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/WDIRN?locID=41100_wpbpl

What Should I Read Next? – Provide a title and find out what others who read that book have read (UK emphasis, so nice for Anglophiles):  http://whatshouldireadnext.com/search

Reading Robot – Focuses on genre fiction; nice because you can choose (or exclude) certain writing styles or types of characters:  http://www.tnrdlib.bc.ca/rr.html

And one last, not to be missed source:  the National Public Radio Books page, which always makes me want to drop everything and start reading one of the wonderful featured titles:  http://www.npr.org/templates/topics/topic.php?topicId=1032

Wow!  I haven’t even said anything about the book-related social networking sites like GoodReads, LibraryThing and Shelfari.  I think I’m going to have to leave them for another post.

Do you have any favorite book-related websites?  Please share!

Happy Reading! 

The Book Goddess

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Comments»

1. draabe - August 11, 2008

I like reading Critical Mass, the blog for The National Book Critics Circle.

2. happinessandsimplicity - November 15, 2009

Those are all really great links! I haven’t used any of them yet, because my to-read list is already miles long… so I don’t need any more ideas. 🙂
Sometimes I just stroll around Barnes & Noble and make a note of anything that catches my eye (I really do keep a list, it’s on my Palm Pilot). As far as online goes, though, I’m a GoodReads junkie! I hope you do mention it in another one of your posts.
This is my first visit to your blog, because this post was recommended to me as being similar to my most recent one. I’m going to look around now and see what else you have to say. 🙂

3. lastcount - November 30, 2009

Yeah, there will be different books for different readers. 😀


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