Top 10 Book Review Sites Totally Worth Checking Out
For a book lover, finding a new piece of reading feels like a small feast to say the least. But in order to save enough time for some quality reading, one ought to avoid uninteresting or disappointing books.
One of the biggest, and probably the most famous one among book review resources. Goodreads is actually more of a social community for reviewing and discussing books, sharing your interests and finding like-minded readers from all over the world. Here you can not only find real feedback about various books and post your own reviews, but also share your preferences, add friends and communicate with them. GoodReads is integrated with Amazon so if you pick a book there, you can click to jump to its reviews on GoodReads, if there are any.
If you prefer feedback from professional critics or renowned journalists, consider exploring the dedicated book review section in the New York Times magazine. The archive of articles published there is huge, and many of them are pieces of art per se. Of course, books that have been published recently and whose authors have not yet made their names in literature are less likely to be mentioned in NY Times, but it is still worth checking out.
Many of us passionate readers feel more confident in a library. So why not visit one online and read some real reviews from fellow book lovers? Librarything is not just a social cataloging website with free socializing options for its users (such as ratings and forums) but it also contains a huge knowledge base officially retrieved from a number of public libraries in the US, UK, Australia and other countries.
Originally an e-store jointly launched by several New York publishers, Bookish eventually became a platform for passionate readers. Here you can compose your own bookshelf, search for specific reviews, check out book authors’ interviews and also find helpful articles and guides. Occasional giveaways, challenges and game or music suggestions might also be quite interesting for many. In addition to that you can plainly purchase electronic or real books directly from Bookish.
Self-proclaimed as the largest independent book review site, this resource contains a lot of reading suggestions of diverse categories and also hosts a community of reviewers who can publish their blog posts on various related topics, create groups and communicate with each other. You can also find a lot of podcasts on literature topics there, as well as relevant information about book deals and upcoming events.
This site is rather simplistic at the first glance but its key difference from other book review & suggestion resources is its approach to classifying books: based on emotional and psychological traits of a plot. Each new user can go through a series scales: Happy – Sad, Funny – Serious, Safe – Disturbing, Expected – Unpredictable, and so on. Ticking a few slides helps WhichBook to compose your reader profile and make some matching suggestions for you. Alternatively you can just browse through book categories which are made following the same emotional pattern: Weird and Wonderful, Bad Luck and Trouble, etc.
Another online book review portal of a printed magazine, with critical articles by professional journalists and lots of other content: webinars, podcasts, offline events etc. Not as classy as NY Times but probably worth visiting, especially for readers who prefer more cozy atmosphere and design. Full access to content on Booklist is available for registered users only but there is a considerable free tier as well.
Not as popular as GoodReads, this resource is still the #1 book review site in the UK. Its two main categories are Fiction and Non-Fiction (simple as that!) and after choosing one you can dive into multiple sub-genres, reading people’s reviews and occasionally getting a chance to peek inside a book itself. In addition to that Lovereading has a blog, a Competitions section and allows registered users to create their custom bookshelves to share with others.
A website with some history behind it, Kirkus definitely deserves your attention if you prefer detailed and classy reviews. It has grown as an online portal of a book review magazine of the same name, founded in 1933. In addition to reviews and recommendations it has its own Prize section, so you can check winners and finalists of the last years. News, interviews and educational materials could also be a matter of interest for many book lovers and aspiring authors.
Not quite a book review community like the others above, this site suggests its users deals on free and low-cost e-books, trying to pick up genres and niches matching each reader’s interests. After you sign up there, you can specify what you are interested in, and Bookbub will regularly recommend you relevant literature. Users can upgrade their profiles to authors and partners, which allows them to submit new deals and blog posts.
More Book Reviews Out There?
Of course, this is but a brief list of interesting resources and you can find much more after browsing the Web. Wish to mention your favorite book review site that is missing here? Feel free to leave a comment or reply to this post via social networks!