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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

Book Lover’s Online Resources December 7, 2009

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket

Have you ever been at a loss to find a really good book to read?   Have you ever wondered what the sequence of books in a series is?   If you don’t have a librarian handy to answer these questions there are some great online sites that can help.  Here are eight good ones that might fit your interests.





African-American Black Literature Club has been around since 1997.  It is a good source for author profiles, book recommendations, active discussion boards, writer resources, informative articles, videos, and book reviews.



Books ‘n’ Bytes is focused on mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy.  It has booklists, reviews, author lists,  guest columns, a calendar, and conventions.  They update frequently. 



Fantastic Fiction is a British site with over 25, ooo authors and information on more than 300,000 books.  Although publishing is becoming more international there are still delays on getting many British authors in the US as they are often edited to include Americanisms.  Stay ahead of the game and knowledgeable about the original titles of your favorites at



Readers Advice seems to specialize in genre fiction offering incredibly detailed choices such as Fantasy – Underground Worlds, Fiction – School Shootings, and Elfpunk/Urban Fantasy.  They also have a healthy list of read-alikes


Reader’s Circle is a resource for book groups, publishers, and authors.   It includes assistance in starting a book group, a calendar, author phone chats , as well as local groups to join.





South Asian Women’s Network , a site is for women from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in English, includes a nice section called the bookshelf.  There are copious reviews and links and is of interest to those not from South Asia.


 Stop You’re Killing Me is my favorite site for getting lists of mystery author’s works, series, and searching.  It includes the new and the classic and is extremely easy to use.

Whichbook is a UK site with a very cool tool for matching your interests to books.  The user chooses several characteristics that they want in a book or pick settings, characters, etc.  and the program pulls up possible matchs.  The system is actually to assist UK readers link to books they can then checkout at their local library or have sent to them.  For the user not living in the UK this options won’t work and you may also run into books not pusblished in the US, but its fun and most searchs result in some books you will be interested in reading.



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