More Book-Related Websites
African American Literature Book Club
This site features book reviews and discussions, author bios and interviews with African American authors about their books.
This web site offers reading group guides for over 500 popular book club titles.
This is a great place to gather ideas if you're interested in starting a reading group, or if the group you're already in just needs some new ideas: Book discussion guides, author bios, even recipes are included.
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General Book Reviews
This online version of the American Library Association's Booklist magazine reviews nearly 4,000 adult and 2,500 young adult books each year. In addition, articles, book lists, author interviews, editorials and essays make this a valuable web site for bibliophiles.
This monthly online version of the publication BookPage is devoted to serving readers, libraries, booksellers, and publishers. It features up to 100 new book reviews per month as well as author interviews and articles.
BookSpot simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the Web. Featured sites are hand-selected by BookSpot editors and organized into intuitive categories such as bestseller lists, genres, book reviews, electronic texts, book news, and more.
The American Booksellers Association represents independent bookstores nationwide. The ABA web site has Book Sense Picks, which are monthly reading recommendations from independent bookstores. It also provides lists of books to be reviewed in national newspapers and on radio and television
Avid readers no longer have to weed through a myriad of web pages only to find that the review they want requires registration or costs a fee to read. Reviewsofbooks.com searches the web for book reviews of new titles and gathers them together in one site.
EarlyWord is a website created by Nora Rawlinson to keep librarians informed about
the latest book news and popular titles. It includes a weekly New Title Radar,
books featured in the media, books being made into movies, publishers’ catalogs and
You can keep track of what you have read and what you want to read next using www.goodreads.com. All you need to do is create a username and password. You can also share your reading selections with friends and get book recommendations from them.
This site features reviews of new fiction, non-fiction, children's books and music, as well as interviews with authors.
Nancy Pearl’s Web Site
Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust and More Book Lust, is known for her book reviews on National Public Radio. . Now you can go to her web site and read new reviews each week.
New York Times
The New York Times Books section offers featured reviews from the paper and from the New York Times Book Review magazine. It also gives you access to their bestseller lists, columns by their knowledgeable staff, essays on reading and writing, very active forums and a monthly book discussion group.
This site is a treasure trove for readers, because it provides access to a multitude of book-related sites for adults, young adults, and children. Whether you are looking for author information, reviews, e-books, reading lists, or more, you will find them here. Of special note are the Authors, Featured, Hot Picks, On the Fly, and Stars Lists sections.
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Christchurch City Libraries
There is an extensive list of The Best of British Detective Stories, but the reading suggestions on the Christchurch City Libraries (New Zealand) website are much broader. There are book reviews, literary magazines and awards, and suggestions for new music.
This British site spotlights science fiction, fantasy and horror authors. It has author bibliographies, science fiction and fantasy award winners, new releases, and links to author websites.
Romance Writers of America
The Romance Writers of America is a professional association whose goal is to promote the reading and writing of the romance novel. The RWA offers the reader suggestions and links to the best-selling authors and award-winning novels. Many of the members have direct links to their homepages.
Stop, You’re Killing Me!
The web site offers chronological book lists of authors who write “mystery, suspense, and intrigue” books and are published in the United States. It also lists non-series books. Readers can search by character or author.
This site reviews urban fiction, providing information about the genre to readers and
librarians. One of the fastest growing genres, urban fiction exposes readers to
drugs, violence, sex and the gritty realities of street life in urban America. This
genre is also referred to as street fiction, street lit or gangsta fiction.
The SF Site
Updated twice a month The SF Site is a great way for Science Fiction and Fantasy fans to keep up with new releases.
This website provides bibliographies of books that are in a series. Kent District Library has created a database that allows you to search by author, book title, or series title.
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Comics Worth Reading
This is a great website to read reviews of comics and graphic novels or to see previews of new comics. The reviews are divided into sub-genres of comics like Manga, DC Comics and Marvel Comics. There is also a list of recommended comics and soon-to-be-released titles.
No Flying No Tights
This site provides reviews of graphic novels, divided into three broad sections: the original “No Flying No Tights” for teens, “Sidekicks” for kids, and “The Lair,” which features graphic novels that appeal to teens but are more appropriate for adults.
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Just For Teens
Teens! Are you looking for something good to read? Reading Rants offers booklists full of great titles under categories such as "Reality Bytes", "Inquiring Minds Want to Know", "Gods and Monsters", and more.
Teen Ink is a web site with original content written for teens by teens. The web site features fiction, non-fiction, reviews of books, movies, music, television, and video games.
This site highlights the hottest books for teens. It provides author interviews and reviews of books covering a variety of reading choices, a wide range of interests and age levels.
This is the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's web site for Teens Only. In addition to links to other great web sites discussing a wide range of topics; this site's forte is its collection of booklists ranging from poetry to survival books.
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Academy of American Poets
This site has a collection of over 500 poet biographies, 1400 poems and 100 audio clips of poetry.
Center for the Book: Library of Congress
The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, libraries, and literacy. There are affiliated Centers for the Book in all 50 states and The District of Columbia. Each state's center offers book or literacy-related programming and other activities such as story-telling festivals, author appearances, collections of books available for use by bookclubs, student essay contests, special events for seniors, and more.
DNA of Literature
Assembled by the Paris Review this website is an archive of the journal's famous interviews with world authors. They plan to eventually have all of their author interviews available free of charge. Currently available are interviews from the 50's, 60's and 70's.
This quarterly online journal attempts to bring together the best writing on the web and is a great mix of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Along with new issues, the site also archives nearly fifty back issues.
This online journal has insightful, in-depth author interviews. It also contains original fiction and nonfiction, excerpts from forthcoming books, and reviews. The review section of the website, called Book Rate, provides brief, refreshing commentaries.
Notable Books for Adults
Each year, the Notable Books Council, a division of the American Library Association, selects 25 “very good, very readable, and at times very important” fiction, nonfiction and poetry books. This website provides access to the current year’s choices, including a brief synopsis of each title, as well as archived lists dating back to 1993.
Project Gutenberg, the Internet’s oldest and largest collection of free electronic books, has thousands of classics from the early 20th century on back. Works from authors like Shakespeare and Poe and old favorites, such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, may be freely downloaded and read.
Read North Carolina Novels
Created by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, it has links to novels set in North Carolina by author, geographic region, and county. It also provides a list of fictional towns. The site even lists North Carolina novels that are part of a series.
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