When you’re not reading a book, sometimes the next best thing is reading about books and authors and such. So from time to time I’ll post links to sites and other resources for you to check out. This week I’ll present three: Goodreads, Bookforum, and Fantastic Fiction.
Goodreads is like a sprawling megacomplex, offering book reviews, author interviews, Kindle Store eBook deals, and so much more. But what sets it apart from other readers’ sites is the community where you can let people know what you’re reading and what you think about it, and see what Facebook-like friends are reading. In addition, you can join a special interest group that engages in discussion about books, book themes, and much more.
Not only can you read about books, authors, and publishing industry news at Bookforum., you can also watch videos of readings and interviews with authors. Here’s one called “Conversations: Louise Erdrich, Author of The Round House,” which, by the way, is a novel I highly recommend. Set on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, it’s the story of a thirteen-year-old boy’s search for justice following a white on Indian crime.
When I asked my friendly neighborhood librarian about her favorite reading blog or website, she recommended Fantastic Fiction. I was a little wary–sounded to me like its focus was limited to fantasy. Not so. This site offers information on more than 40,000 authors and 500,000 books. Say you’re a fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and looking for book #10, The Hard Way. At Fantastic Fiction, you can see the books listed in order of publication and see thumbnails of book covers, something I’d find helpful because I usually forget the title of the last book I’ve read in a series. You’d also learn that a Jack Reacher book is coming out this month and another in October.
When you click on a book title, your screen will display the cover in a large format that I really like. Want the book? You can order from listings for used copies or jump to Amazon.
I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson