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Girl ReadingLooking for your next book to read? Amazon and Barnes & Noble can recommend titles based on your purchase history. You probably already knew that, though.

But did you know there are a lot of offbeat, interesting sites out there specifically targeted to us readers? Below is a list of sites I like, in no particular order.

1. What Should I Read Next? answers the obvious question. Type the last book you read and enjoyed and it returns a suggestion list with tags that allow for even deeper searches.

2. The Book Lamp: Home of the Book Genome Project
Similar to how Pandora matches music lovers to new music, helps you find books through a computer-based analysis of “written DNA.” Their mission statement: “To be the best in the world at applying science to the written word.”

3. Good Reads is a free website that connects readers and book lovers. This online community allows users to create as well as peruse other member’s bookshelves, reviews, and book ratings. You can create book clubs and groups, and my personal favorite — lists! Want to see what Good Reads Members consider the best Florida Mysteries or the Scariest Books by Stephen King?

4. WattPad is a free website that connects writers and readers. Members post short stories, novels, poems and even fan fic. There’s complete works and works-in-progress, by both undiscovered and published writers. Users are able to comment and like stories or join groups.

5. Opening the Book (aka Which Book) is a really cool site. By clicking sliders to set the degree of your preference for Happy/Sad, Funny/Serious, Expected/Unpredictable, No sex/Lot’s of sex, Short/Long and much more, this website enables those combination of factors to suggest books which most closely match your interests.

6. Book Gorilla sends you a daily email with the best deals on books that match your reading genres and preferences, including bestsellers, 99 cents and freebies!

7. Book Bub
With over a million subscribers, is an e-mail newsletter operated out of Cambridge that’s essentially a “daily deals” mailing list for avid readers. It offers free or discounted downloads of what co-founder Josh Schanker calls “acclaimed books” in digital form.

8. All Readers, while in desperate need of a modernizing face-lift, is definitely unique. Browsers can search books based on plot, setting, character, and writing style, in addition to traditional search parameters. So, if you liked a specific plot, you can find other authors who write similar kinds of stories. For example, if you just loved the mystery about the murder of a lawyer on cruise ship in the 1990’s where the investigator loves her Mom but hates cats, you can actually search for a crime story with that kind of plot and main character. Cool, huh?

9. The Book Reporter Network is a sleek website that posts thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, contests and more every week.

10. Book Browse is a glossy, online magazine for book lovers, that includes reviews, previews, “behind the book” back stories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.

For more information, check out the following articles:

“17 Ways to Find a Good Book to Read” by Alex Morris,
“20 Unique Ways to Find Your Next Favorite Book” by Leigh Boyer,

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