Finding Books

I know that we all have a to-read list that’s way too long, and if you’re like me, piles of books sitting around that you haven’t yet read – piles that never seem to shrink.  But sometimes, all of us, even me with my huge piles of books and daily access to a library, don’t know what to read next.  Maybe we’re bored by the same old authors and genres, or maybe we love them and want to find more like them.  Could just be that we’re in the mood for some science fiction or romance or a biography or a mystery and don’t know where to start.   Luckily, there are tons of great free resources out there for bookworms.  I know that I won’t possibly list everything useful that’s out there, so please feel free to share your favorites!

  1. Your Local Librarian!  They deal with books every day – the read reviews, order books, read books themselves, and know what other patrons read and like.  Ask them for help!  They will surely have some recommendations.
  2. Novelist – If your library has a subscription to this online database, use it!  Unfortunately, our library system had to discontinue our subscription due to the cost and underuse, but I think it’s a really fantastic tool for readers.
  3. GoodReads – A place where you can keep track of what you read, read and write reviews, and get recommendations from other readers.  You can follow other readers, and they can follow what you read.  You can follow me there!
  4. Shelfari – Another place where you can keep track of your reading, read reviews, and share recommendations.  This is where I keep track of everything I read, even if I never review it.  I just like their interface better than others.  You can follow me here too!
  5. LibraryThing – And yet another site that does many of the same things as Shelfari and Good Reads.  Unfortunately, I no longer keep an active account on their site since I found the interface to be a bit too clunky for my tastes, but there is tons of information available on this site.
  6. The Reader’s Advisor Online – Search based on your reading preferences for a selection of applicable titles.  Clicking on one of the titles will give you a brief description of the book.  The ability to refine your search is really nice on this site and can give you very specific recommendations.
  7. Book Reporter – A site with tons of reviews and information about upcoming releases.  They also have contests and we all need to win more books!  😉
  8. BookPage – You may have seen this magazine in your local public library, but their website has even more reviews, interviews, and contests!  You can also sign up for emails.
  9. Overbooked – Lists of starred reviews as well as “if you like…” lists by author, genre, themes, literary devices and more!
  10. What’s Next – This site gives users a simple interface for finding the in-order list of books by an author or in a series.
  11. All Readers – The search possibilities on this site are significant.  You can narrow down your search to very specific books that you like or browse through lists by genre broad categories.
  12. YA Series – A site for getting a list of the books in a young adult series, in order.
  13. Fantastic Fiction – A site for getting the list of books published by any particular author and getting the ordered list of books in any specific series.

Tuesday Top Ten

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers create their own lists based on the chosen topics and post links to our lists. It’s a way of all sharing our thoughts and our love of books.  And who doesn’t love lists??

So this week’s challenge was to list the things that make my life as a reader and a blogger easier…

  1. MY HUSBAND!!!  Without his support and understanding of my bibliophile ways, none of this would be possible.
  2. MY KIDS!! My kids keep me young and keep me interested in new titles and genres that I might not otherwise be drawn to.  My son picked up The Hunger Games first…  And my daughter got me to read the Divergent series…  Our story times together at night also give me a chance to try out new children and young adult books and get reactions from a different audience.
  3. THE PUBLIC LIBRARY!!!  Without this I would be lost and broke!  The ease with which I can get access to any book that I want to read, for free, is astounding.  As the director of a public library I also get to order all of our new books which makes my to-read list very, very long.  An occupational hazard!  😉
  4. Other bloggers.  I love to see what others are doing, what they are reading – there is so much out there to learn from.
  5. Goodreads and Shelfari.  I use both of these to track what I’m reading (only Shelfari has everything I’m reading – GoodReads just has what I have reviewed) and to look up information about a book that I may have forgotten by the time I write about it…  What was that character’s name again??
  6. Audio books.  These make blogging easier because they allow me to experience some of my favorite series when I don’t have the time to read them all!  That leaves me time to actually read the stuff I want to blog about!
  7. The gift of being a fast reader.  Luckily, I’ve always been a fast reader.  If not, there would be no way I could get through as much of my to-read list as I do (and the list never gets shorter!).
  8. ARCs.  Whether hard copy (my preference) or e-book, it is always great to get a chance to get ahead of the curve and read and review something early.  It’s also a great way to try out new authors, genres, or series without making a commitment!
  9. WordPress.  I know how to code in HTML and have developed websites before, but WordPress definitely makes it easier to get my blog out there, connect with other bloggers, and even keep on top of my blog via my phone.
  10. Email lists.  OK, I get way too much email, but there are great lists out there that keep me in touch with what is coming soon, what is receiving good reviews, etc.