Reader’s Advisory Guide
These websites offer book reviews, “readalike” recommendations about what authors you might like (based upon your favorite authors) or other information that can guide readers at any time of the day or night. Try visiting the following free websites to update your reading list:
goodreads.com – this site promises to provide “insightful recommendations” about what you should read next, based upon your favorites from the past.
fictfact.com – a site dedicated to helping you read fiction book series in order.
Fantastic Fiction – Bibliographies for over 30,000 authors. Information on over 350,000 books. Throughout the site, just click on a book to see its cover picture, description and publication details.
Series and Sequels – A listing of fiction books for adults which are part of a series, or are sequels to earlier novels. Can be searched by author, title and series name or characters.
A Reader’s Place – especially for readers and writers of memoir and other nonfiction work.
African American Literature Book Club – dedicated to books and film by and about people of African descent.
Bookfriend.me – start sharing Nook and Kindle ebooks!
Librarians at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, provide book reviews, interviews with authors, author podcasts, and library patrons also contribute book recommendations.
IndieBound – find independent bookstores.
Poetry Foundation read the poetry of noted authors; get a “poetry app”; or have a poem sent to your email account every day.
The Bookworm’s Reader’s Advisory the gateway to your next engaging read.
Novel Crossing – the intersection of fiction and faith.
Young Adult (Teen) Reader’s Advisory
Flamingnet – Flamingnet features book reviews by teens for teens. Note: this site will be changing to http://www.litpick.com/ in the near future.
No Flying No Tights – Graphic novel and anime reviews.
Blog for Teen Readers – Stuff for the Teen Age blog, a multimedia, multi-format, targeted, and teen-tested list of the best of the year in teen books, music, graphic novels, movies, games, and more. Created by the New York Public Library.
Rainbow Books – hosted by the American Library Association, reviews books for GLBTQ teens.
Teenreads.com – book reviews, author interviews, book lists, announcements of upcoming book releases and more!
Children & Teens
Common Sense Media – offers developmentally age-appropriate, balanced, and reliable information so parents can decide what’s best for their family. Includes reviews of books, movies, TV, games, and other media marketed to children and teens.
‘Juvenile Series and Sequels’ database – contains over 36,000 books in 4,900 series titles that are classified into three audiences: Juvenile Easy [JE] – for birth through 2nd grade readers; Juvenile [J] – for 2nd through 6th grade readers; Young Adult [YA] – for 6th through 12th grade readers. Great way to check titles and order in series.
American Library Association – reading lists for all ages.