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Books You Can Love and How to Find Them: Megasites

An overview of the readers' advisory resources available to help you find the next thing you want to read. Think block breaks, summer reading, or even something to take your mind off that looming deadline.

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Some of the Best General Websites for Readers

Ann Arbor Public Library - lots of links to online ebook collections  and more.

BookBrowse - monthly ezines, and a broad selection of reviews, excerpts, and read-alike suggestions.  Since this is a subscription database, you can easily click through to the catalog to see if we have the book you're interested in.  If we don't have it, Prospector probably does!

BookPage - author and illustrator interviews, reviews, recommendations, giveaways, and more.

Kent District Library What's Next - An incredibly comprehensive tool for figuring out which book in a series comes after the one you've just read, or deciding where to start with a new author.

Goodreads - a social reading site.  Goodreads is a place to review, rate, list, and discuss books, and to connect with your friends about reading.

LibraryThing - also a social reading site.  LibraryThing's approach is more focused on cataloging and tagging your books, and less on the conversational aspect.

Los Angeles Public Library’s Series & Sequels - Another good place to figure out the order of series books.  This website also showcases staff reviews and themed booklists at LAPLReads.

Novelist - Readers advisory service providing access to information on 155,000 fiction titles. Includes author read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists and more.  It's aimed at librarians, but fun for all kinds of readers!

ReadMe - Metafilter is one of the web's oldest and most active discussion communities.  This page collects links to all the Ask Metafilter conversations about books, with "best-loved" discussions handily placed at the top of the list.

Reader’s Advisory Link Farm - a huge collection of links to websites for readers.

Skokie Public Library - highly recommended for great, well-organized lists.  They also provide information and suggestions about movies and music.

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