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Check out the sites below for ideas, tips and leads for your next reading:
Yes, you can sign up, catalogue your own books and share them with other members - but you don't have to! Just type an author or title into the searchbox at the top right of the home page and you'll get a list of similar matches and options which are pretty accurate 👌. And we love their word clouds! They provide descriptors that make you think about which aspect of the book you like 🤔
-this is great for finding the full list of titles in a series. You can search by author, book title or series title. It also provides author recommendations on other authors - an interesting way to find out what influences or pleases your favourite writers!
- a visual tool for finding a new author: just type in a favourite author and this site will generate a scattergram of author names - the names nearest to your favourite will be the most similar authors. Our testing had mixed results: great for literary authors, okay for genre fiction authors, and kind of puzzling for non-fiction authors!
-this is an author database where you search for an author and get a list of similar writers. Each author entry is tagged with a genre, setting, main character, and notable series titles. As with any comparison tool, it is subjective, but it is a large enough database to get you a few good matches. You need a library card in order to log in.
The three websites below are great resources for fiction too, but their very well-developed non-fiction guidance is a rare strength.
- presents curated lists of recommended books across many fiction and non-fiction categories. You'll also find lists of international prize and award winners, with reviews of each title.
-provides a surprising approach to choosing your next fiction: instead of searching by the usual author, title or genre, you search by mood, geographical location, or character type!
The mood spectrums include quirky options such as beautiful to disgusting / optimistic to bleak / safe to disturbing as well as more conventional spectrums such as happy to sad / funny to serious. You can combine spectrums too: if you want a disgusting-optimistic-funny-sad book this is where you will find it!
-will guide you to your next fiction or non-fiction book, yes, but also to your next music, film, TV series, podcast or video game. It also provides extensive lists of recommendations, including those created by their audience. If you feel the need to influence other people's entertainment choices, here is your chance 😊
- an extensive compilation of resources. You'll find reviews, booklists and searchable databases here, for children from age zero to late teens. The options include New Zealand and Pasifika tools as well as international ones.
- an easy-to-use ratings site for books, movies and computer games for young people, which provides assessments of appropriate age level, and guidance on potentially concerning content. The site provides reviews by parents and by children.
Let us use our experience with satisfying hungry readers to help you!
Use the option "Reader Advisory" in the drop-down menu, and tell us:
With a bit of back and forth we will hopefully launch you on a fresh reading journey