Friday Five: 5 Websites to Help You Find Your Next Great Book for Read a Book Day

Dynadot
Sep 6, 2013

Today is Read a Book Day! In honor of this wonderful holiday, we decided to feature a few websites that can help you get out of a reading rut. Reading can take you from the past to the present to the future. It can take you to the ends of the earth and to different worlds far away. In addition, it can keep your brain stimulated, improve your vocabulary and writing skills, and even reduce stress. So, what are you waiting for? Let this list help you find your next great book!


1. Goodreads.com

Goodreads is basically a social media website for book lovers. It is currently the world's largest website for readers and book recommendations. You can join for free to connect with friends as well as their community of over 20 million members. See what your friends are reading; track the books you're reading, have read, and want to read; and get personalized book suggestions from their recommendation engine. As they say "the right book in the right hands at the right time can change the world."

2. BookBrowse.com

BookBrowse is "your guide to exceptional books." It's a community for book lovers that has recommendations and reviews from its editor and its members as well as weekly top book picks featured on their homepage. BookBrowse also connects with authors, offering interviews with both new and established authors. Although you can browse the website for free, they "save the best features for members" including previews of books publishing soon, access to read-alike suggestions, the ability to track your reading with a personal reading list, and more! Membership isn't free, but you can try them free for the first month with their promo code freemonth.

3. BookLamp.org

BookLamp is the home of the Book Genome Project. Their goal is to help users find books they like through a computer analysis of "book DNA." According to their website, their system "isn't influenced by advertising budgets or popularity bias" and they "don't publish new authors for being new, or ignore them for being unknown" like other book suggestion tools. You can visit their website and type in a book you like to their search engine and voila, it'll present you with a multitude of results.

4. Whichbook.net*

Whichbook is presents a unique way to find your next great book. Use the slides on the left-hand side of their homepage to tell their system what mood you're in, what genre you'd like, and even how long you want your next book to be. If that doesn't help you find what you're looking for, you can browse their book lists. According to their website, "every title on Whichbook has been read by one of a changing team of 70 people who are drawn from libraries and literature organizations" and "the ratings and comments are created by real readers who care about books." Their goal is to help you find less well-known titles, so you won't find many bestsellers on their website, but hopefully you'll find something that might become the next one!

*Whichbook.net forwards to www.openingthebook.com/whichbook

5. Shelfari.com

Shelfari is a community of book lovers that is powered by Amazon. You can join for free and create your own virtual bookshelf of books you've read or want to read in the future. Since it's owned by Amazon, you can easily connect your Amazon account to fill your bookshelf with purchases you've made. You can also connect with friends and see what they're reading and recommending. Shelfari also has something called "book extras" that allow you to learn more about the books you're reading through plot summaries, popular quotes, character descriptions, and fun facts.

Reading can take you from the past to the present to the future. It can take you to the ends of the earth and to different worlds far away. In addition, it can keep your brain stimulated, improve your vocabulary and writing skills, and even reduce stress. So, what are you waiting for? Visit these five great websites and get lost in your next great book adventure today!


Robyn Norgan Read a Book Day
This post was written by Robyn Norgan, who loves to read and has many favorite books, though Lois Lowry's The Giver is still one of her top favorites even though it's a children's book. If you haven't read it, it's highly recommended for adults and children alike! It even won the Newbery Medal along with another favorite by Lowry, Number the Stars. What are some of your favorite books? Tell us in the comments!

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