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Finding a Good Book

Donna Gray-Williams

Where do you find your next read? Do you look at the New York Times bestsellers list every week? Do you get ideas for your next read from NPR or People Magazine? Do you get recommendations from listing your own collection on Shelfari or from purchases in Amazon? Or do you browse the shelves in the library to find treasures you wouldn’t have found from ordinary sources?

Those are all excellent ways to find a new book, but there are many other online sources for book information. Below are just a few sites to help you find your next favorite book or author.

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/
Bibliographies for over 30,000 authors. Information on over 350,000 books. Throughout the site, just click on a book to see its cover picture, description and publication details

http://stopyourekillingme.com/
A resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books, lists over 3,700 authors, with chronological lists of their books (over 42,000 titles), both series (4,200+) and non-series. Search by author or character.

http://www.theromancereader.com/
Welcome to the only Internet site offering over 7,000 candid reviews of current romantic fiction. Romance fans know that it's nearly impossible to find reliable information about romance -- despite the fact that millions of romances are sold each year.

http://www.themysteryreader.com/
A resource with thousands of book reviews for your mystery reading pleasure. We also have features, author interviews and much more.

http://www.sfsite.com/
SF Site is composed of many pieces. Twice a month since July 1997, we have posted a mixture of book reviews, opinion pieces, author interviews, fiction excerpts, author and publisher reading lists and a variety of other features. At the same time, we've maintained a comprehensive list of links to author and fan tribute sites, SF conventions, SF TV and movies, magazines and e-zines, writer resources, publishers and small press sites and many other SF resources.

http://www.scifan.com/
We're all about helping readers discover new science fiction and fantasy books and authors. We update our database almost daily, with the ambition to make it a comprehensive and accurate resource for bibliographies and biographies in our favorite genres. As of today we include 78218 books, 21979 writers, 10375 series & 4914 web links.

http://www.booksnbytes.com/
Your home for mystery, science fiction, and fantasy author information

http://www.librarybooklists.org
This website consists of four sections: original booklists on various topics, primarily but not entirely focused on themes, places, characters, and plots of crime novels; annotated lists of other booklists, primarily but not entirely focused on fiction, for adults, kids, and teens; a growing calendar of authors' birthdates, organized by month, with links; and some resources for reading groups (discussion questions, recommended books, how to start a group, etc.).

http://www.flashlightworthybooks.com/
Flashlight Worthy is nothing but thoughtful, hand-picked recommendations...
Organized into hundreds of useful, interesting, fun lists...
And all we do is books. :)

http://www.goodreads.com/
Deciding what to read next? You’re in the right place. Tell us what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and we’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations.

http://www.kirkusreviews.com/
Founded in 1933, Kirkus reviews more than 5,000 books each year, including fiction, nonfiction, children's, teen, self-published books (“Indie”) and iPad storybook apps for kids. Our mission is to help readers discover new books, publishers and agents discover new authors, producers discover new stories and characters, and librarians and booksellers discover the best new books pre-release.