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Check out the sites below for ideas, tips and leads for your next reading:
-yes, actor and producer Reese Witherspoon has had her own book club since 2017, and we like her choices. Each month she nominates a book of the month, and you have 56 to choose from so far - she seems to have a knack for picking an entertaining well-written page turner, but one that won't traumatise you! According to her site, the book club aims to pick a book " with a woman at the center of the story" which is not always easy to find. If this is what you want, look no further.
-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!
-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.
- aims to list all the books in every English language fiction series for children and adults. It's a great resources for those of us who aren't limited by age categories when reading.
The three websites below are great resources for fiction too, but their very well-developed non-fiction guidance is a rare strength.
-a great for non-fiction. The website provides loads of non-fiction categories for browsing , and you can also search by title or author. A lot of the database is open access. but you can get more personalised results if you sign up (it's free) and build a profile based on your tastes.
- presents curated lists of recommended books across many fiction and non-fiction categories. You'll also find lists of international prize and award winners to peruse, with symposes and 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 😊
- a wonderful resource. 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.
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