Reader's Advisory Resources
BookBrowse recommends books for book clubs by a variety of categories and themes; and provides a reading guide and excerpt for each book. Find books by: genre, title, author, time period, setting amd many themes.
Provides thoughtful book reviews, features, in-depth author profiles & interviews, excerpts of new releases, literary games & contests.
Fantastic Fiction is a great website when you want to look up an author’s collection of books, and it even lists the books of a series in order. The website even lists new books being released by the author. Each page even includes the books that the author would recommend as well as a section that lists other authors that visitors also looked at after looking at a specific author.
Good Reads is one of the most popular book review websites on the Internet and it allows you to make book lists. You can see which books your friends are reading and what they recommend, and track the books you’re reading, have read, and want to read. This website is completely based on user reviews and recommendations.
The concept of LibraryReads is simple: The top ten books published each month that library staff across the United States love. The ultimate goal is to connect their favorite books to as many readers as possible!
Literature Map is not only helpful, but it is a lot of fun to play with. The user types in an author’s name and the website generates a web of other authors that have similar writing styles and genres.
New York Times Bestseller List
Authoritatively ranked lists of books sold in the United States. This bestseller list is widely considered the preeminent list of best-selling books in the United States. Published weekly in The New York Times Book Review, the best-seller list has been published in the Times since October 12, 1931.
OCLC's Fiction Finder
Explore fiction and movies from libraries around the world. Fiction Finder is a works-based application that provides access to millions of works of fiction described in WorldCat records for books, eBooks, audio books, movies and television. You can search by person, place, topic, genre, character, Dewey and more.
Since its inception, Oprah's Book Club has been a cultural force that has pushed many books that would otherwise have been overlooked by the general public onto the bestseller lists. The so-called "Oprah Effect" is estimated to have sold nearly 60 million copies of its selections, and has made several authors into household names simply by their selection. Oprah's Book Club has been credited with reviving a culture of literary discussion to a large extent.
What Should I Read Next?
What Should I Read Next analyzes the favorites list of all their members in order to recommend the best next read for any book. You can either just get a book recommendation for free by going to their main page and choosing a book title, and it will provide you a list of titles that others who have favorite it have also read. Or, you can join for free and build your own list of favorites to add to their extensive database. The analysis based on reader’s lists is surprisingly good, but book recommendations is pretty much all this website offers.
Which Book helps you pick a book based on your mood, which you can do for free or sign up and create saved lists. The site provides a list of sliders, and you can choose 4 of the sliders to indicate your mood (are you looking for something more Happy or Sad, Expected or Unpredictable, Easy or Demanding, No Sex or Lots of Sex, etc…). Once you’ve indicated your tastes, it will provide you with a list that fits your mood (or you can explore their mood book lists). But if that way doesn’t work for you, you can create book lists based on character, plot type and setting. This site is great to help you find new books that you may not have thought you would like.
Your Next Read (USA)
Your Next Read provides book recommendations in two ways, and you can sign up and crate you own “Map” of books. To find book recommendations, you can either browse reading lists, or you can type in a title, and a web of 8 other books will appear (as well as Amazon reviews about the book you searched for). You can then click on another book in the web and 8 more books will show up based on the book you just clicked. You can also offer up recommendations of your own.