Barrie Public Library - Enriching our Community

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Books and Reading

Books and Reading

Great Reading Lists

  • Goodreads - This social networking site lets readers find great books that other people recommend. Genre lists are included.
  • Based on the Book - Site has a database of books, short stories and plays that have been made into movies. Searching can be done by movie or book title or year of the film's release.
  • Fantastic Fiction - Site has 30,000 bibliographies that are useful for finding popular authors and titles in a series.
  • Who Writes Like? - This Australian Library site provides extensive lists of Read-alikes for popular authors.
  • Webrary - FictionL - Site has extensive and eclectic booklists.
  • CBC Books - Site has information on books, book program, and events
  • Book Browse - Site has book recommendations and author information.
  • Reader's Advice - Site has lists of authors and series. Read-alike and genre lists are also available.
  • Overbooked - Site has annotated lists of books reviewed by major library journals.
  • Library Booklists - Site has a huge collection of reading lists from other libraries including Gentle reads and Nautical fiction.
  • Indie Bound - Site has lists of the top picks (for adults, teens and children) of the independent booksellers.
  • Book Spot - All purpose sit ehas What to Read and Genre Corner.

Author Information

  • Author Name Pronunciation Guide - A collection of brief recordings of authors and illustrators saying their names. Make sure you are using the correct pronunciation when talking about an author.
  • Author Yellow Pages - Site is an online directory of author websites and newsletters.
  • Pseudonyms - Site has lists of real names and pseudonyms in an alphabetical arrangement.
  • What's Next! - Site lets you search for the next book in a series by a particular author. Website also lists authors who write series in a particular genre.
  • Wired for Books - Site has authors reading from their works and interviews with prominent autors.

Book Club Information

  • Reading Group Guides - Website has current suggestions for book clubs and over 3,400 reading guides.
  • Book Club Resource - Site has information on starting a book club and links to discussion guides.
  • Book Chat Central - Site has live chat and discussions on general fiction, non-fiction and genre fiction.

Book Blogs

  • Citizen Reader - The writer of this blog discusses mainly non-fiction titles.
  • Canadian Bookworm - A librarian comments on the books she has recently read. She also gives links to books by topic and other book blogs.
  • Pop goes Fiction - A former librarian reviews fiction titles and suggest read-alikes.
  • Dewey Divas and the Dudes - Book publishers' representatives comment on books and book events.
  • Reader's Advisory Online Blog - Site is designed to give information about new books to book lovers and Library reference staff. Site has "best of" lists.

Genre-related websites

  • Cozy mysteries list - Site lists authors of mysteries that do not usually have gruesome violence or explicit sex. Many cozy mysteries are set in a small village or town.
  • Family Fiction - This is a site for Christian fiction that has information about authors and current and forthcoming books and movies for adults and children.
  • Romance Reader - The site has reviews of new Romance titles and author interviews.
  • Historical Novels Info - Site has lists of Historical fiction by country and time period. There is also a list of authors who write in this genre,
  • Uchronia - The Alternative History site - This bibliographical site lists over 3000 books whose plots revolve around the "What ifs" of historical events.
  • Western Writers of America - Site has the Spur Awards and reviews.
  • SF Site - Site has lists of the best Science Fiction and Fantasy books and reviews.
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy World - Site has book reviews, author interviews , articles and art.
  • Locus magazine - Site has Science fiction bestseller lists, reviews and news.
  • Horror Writers Association - Site has a list of new releases and awards.
  • The Mystery Reader - Site has rated reviews, news and interviews with authors of mysteries.
  • Stop, You're Killing Me - Site allows you to find all the mystery or suspense titles written by an author under a name index.
  • Bloodstained Bookshelf - Site has monthly lists of both forthcoming and recently published mysteries.

Book Reviews

  • LibraryThing - This social networking site lets you catalogue and tag the titles you have read and get suggested similar titles. You can share your list of books or make them private.
  • Globe and Mail Book Page - Website has online book club discussion, book reviews, book lists and book news.
  • January Magazine - Site has book reviews, news and author interviews.
  • New York Times Book review - Weekly reviews are from the New York Times book page. Back issues (from 1981) can be searched.Free registration is required.
  • BookReporter - Site has book reviews and author profiles interviews ansd interviews.
  • BookPage - Site has reviews of popular fiction and non-fiction titles. There are extensive genre lists.
  • Amazon - Online book store has reviews from professional journals and customers.