Top 10 IN Resources: Book Review Sites
By Sarah E. White
August, 2005, 00:06
Summertime and the reading is easy.
Something about this time of year just makes me want to break into song. Since I live in the southern U.S., something about this time of year also makes me want to never leave the house again. It's a great time for reading, since that's an activity you can do indoors while eating ice cream.
But where should you go to find out what to read? Here are the top 10 resources for book reviews, in no particular order.
Much of this site is devoted to genre fiction, particularly mystery, suspense, thrillers and chick lit. But the site also features mainstream fiction reviews, as well as interviews with authors, reading group guides for book clubs, contests, polls and more. Also covers audio books and books made into movies.
For lovers of all things mysterious, this site offers reviews, interviews and games (like "name that author"). New reviews are separated from older ones, and you can search by genre (who knew there were 17 genres of mystery?) and leave a request for a review if you can't find what you're looking for.
For book news and reviews with a British twist, the Guardian's book pages can't be beat. The "first look" contest allows regular readers to get advance copies of books and share their thoughts. There are sections for children, author interviews, fun top ten lists (fairytales, books on the sea, Welshmen) and, of course, reviews.
The SF Site
The sire for news, reviews, interviews and more from the world of science fiction and fantasy. Read excerpts, speak out in the forums and check out reviews of nonfiction, series, first novels and television shows and movies on DVD. There are even a few reviews of audio books and looks at that classics.
Midwest Book Review
A great site for people looking for good books, as well as for people looking to write reviews (though it's an unpaid market). Midwest Book Review actually offers several "publications," for children's books, general fiction and nonfiction, small press or POD books, and a reviewer's choice list. There's good information for writers here, too.
I love the concept of this site, which proclaims itself as "for ravenous readers." Perhaps the coolest feature of this site is the book lists for books that have received starred reviews (the symbol for the best-of-the-best books in Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Library Journal) but there are lots of other great lists on this simple site, too.
In the interest of full disclosure, in the past I have written for Book Page. It's still a great site :). Providing more than 50 positive reviews a month, about books from general fiction to cookbooks to mysteries to children's books, this site is a good one-stop shop for whatever you like to read.
The magazine (and web site) for reviews of good books independently published, I love this publication because it shines a light on books that often don't get a lot of attention. There are a lot of great books out there that happen to be published by small presses, and this site will help you find them.
Quill & Quire
For Canadian book news and reviews, look no further than Quill & Quire. The online home of the magazine of the same name offers all the contents of the print edition with reviews, events, notices and links to other publications' weblogs. It also includes reviews of books for young people.
USA Book News
While not a huge site, USA Book News offers solid reviews in categories ranging from fiction to spirituality, picture books to business. The site also offers a monthly ezine featuring reviews, interviews, contests and more (much of which does not appear on the web site).
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