Where to Discover Books?

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It’s fall, glorious fall!

The span from the start of fall up through New Years is likely my favorite time of year. The air is crisp, macintosh and honeycrisp apples are in season, I can make things with squash and pumpkin… In fall, everything in the world seems gold and red, and then the world turns into a beautiful white stillness, glittering lights and snow, velvet-blue skies, and there’s holiday music and cookies… Best of all, fall and winter are wonderful times to read and write, with a fire crackling in the grate and a mug of tea steaming gently.

But how do you find that next amazing book? Sometimes, you just look at your reading list and go, “…meh.” I know. I’ve been there! So, your friendly neighborhood author has collected a set of places where you can find your new favorite books!

  • The Book Genome Project – a new project, still getting up and running, but developing a unique algorithm to match you with your favorite books. Feed a book in, get suggestions out!
  • GoodReads – I’m sure that almost everyone here is familiar with GR, but in case you aren’t, the idea is this: find books, rate books, put books on digital “shelves” so you don’t have to remember the name of The One Book Jim Recommended later, get book recommendations, converse with other readers, enter giveaways … There’s a lot to discover, and GR has recently been acquired by Amazon, so there may be new features coming your way.
  • Book Digits – also new, also getting up and running. This is a rating site, similar to GoodReads, but with different rating metrics: themes (nature, fate, magic, etc.), and things such as measuring books on a scale from literary to commercial, movie potential, etc!
  • BookBub – sign up, indicate your favorite genres, and voila! Daily picks. Pretty cool, eh?
  • The Fussy Librarian – like BookBub, but with some added metrics for levels of violence and sex. The site is still collecting books (submission guidelines mandate that books must have a certain number of ratings, with an average above 4), and daily emails should start in the first week of October – but you can sign up now!
  • If you prefer to browse physical books, here are two for my US readers: the Indie Bookstore Finder and Library Finder!
  • Any favorites you want to add? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the list!

Happy reading, my dears!

-M

P.S. I love the quote up at the start of the post, but I can’t find who made the image? If anyone knows who did, let me know so I can link back to them :)

2 thoughts on “Where to Discover Books?

  1. This post couldn’t have been better timed, Moira! I’ve heard of GoodReads but the rest of these websites were completely new to me… now I know where to search for my next book thanks to you :).

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