I know a lot of you are here for book recommendations. Honestly, that’s one of the reasons I like to write book-related posts so much: they nearly always result in more recommendations for me to try as well.
Hands down, I think the best book suggester is always going to be another human. But if you’ve ever drowned in one of Amazon’s “You might also like” lists, you know that the algorithms can also lead you down some pretty interesting paths. This collective ability to pester each other and compile our likes and dislikes is one of the major perks of the web that Nichola Carr talks about in his wonderful book The Shallows: How The Internet Is Changing Our Brains.
Other than Amazon’s recommendations, there are also a couple of others I enjoy.
Librarything is a virtual bookshelf. You can catalog all of your own books, and visitors can browse your shelves. For instance, if you want to know what I’ve been reading (or at least what I’ve been conscientious enough to catalog) you can take a look at my own Librarything bookshelf.
Other than the cataloging, there’s a decent community and no shortage of recommendations.
Similar. Good Reads is like a social network for book junkies. I’m no longer a member because I’m trying to cut down my online activity and figured one online book site was enough.
I have also dabbled with Shelfari but never committed for the same reason I dropped GRs. Our library also subscribes to a couple of services that are okay: one is called Novelist, and the other is called What Should I Read Next?
But there’s nothing I enjoy more than talking books with real, live, flesh and blood friends. Or people here on the blog.
Are there any other book communities, blogs, book suggesters, or cataloging services that any of you particularly enjoy or recommend?