If you’re an avid reader, you probably have a bunch of books, both read and unread, that you have to keep track of, not to mention all those great recommendations from other readers. So, how to keep track of it all? Some people have a notebook to keep track of their books. Other less organized folks may have a myriad of post-its to keep up with recommendations. And keeping track of books in a series?! Forget about it! Some of these resources can help with organizing your library of books read, books to be read, books in a series, and all those wonderful book recommendations! We’re all familiar with Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc. but did you know there are several social networking sites dedicated to keeping track of your books? These sites allow you to recommend books to your friends, write and rate the books you’ve read, and much more. There are a variety of sites including LibraryThing, Shelfari, aNobii, and BookJetty. But I find that Goodreads is the the most user friendly of the sites. If you join Goodreads be sure to add Book Club as your friend! I also have my own personal account on Goodreads and Librarything:
Keeping track of books in a series can also be a pain. And, some people (me!), can’t stand to read books in a series out of order. Often times books will not list all the books in the series in the correct order, which can be very frustrating! One resource that can help you keep track of books in a series is the Kent District Library’s What’s Next Database. This database allows users to search for books in a series by title, author, series name, category, or genre. Libraries also have some great reader’s resources, however, you must have a library card to accesses these online resources.
- Novelist is a database “d eveloped by librarians, for librarians, NoveList Plus is a comprehensive online readers advisory tool. Using NoveList Plus, you can search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles, and also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more. All of this rich editorial content is crafted by librarians and reading authorities who are experts in the field — making NoveList Plus the premier readers advisory resource.” Also, for our teachers, there’s Novelist K-8 which may be useful to you! Local libraries offering Novelist:
- Fiction Connection is a database that allows users to search for titles similar to those they enjoy by topic, genre, setting, character, location, time frame, etc. This site can be very useful in helping you discover new books or authors that have similarities to books you already love! Fiction Connection also has a limited non-Fiction section. Local libraries offering Fiction Connection:
- Worthington Libraries (Also accessible with a Columbus Metropolitan Library Card)
On the left-hand side of the website you will see links to many of these resources (excluding those that require a library card) I have also linked to a variety of literary award websites, book review sites, retail websites, and reading guide websites. Hopefully these resources will enhance your reading experience! Happy Reading!