Web Sites (and More!) for Book Lovers
Welcome to our select list of websites that the librarians at Pamunkey have found useful. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Websites change often. These have been recently checked, but may disappear or move without any warning. Please report any missing or broken links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the Internet contains lots of up-to-date information, it is not the only source of information on books and reading. Please remember to check with Pamunkey Regional Library's friendly staff when you are doing research for any project that includes book discussion groups. They will be able to direct you to many print sources that you may find helpful.
Our Ashland, Atlee, Goochland, Hanover, Mechanicsville, and Montpelier branch libraries have book clubs where book lovers can get together and talk about their favorite reads. Book club meeting days and times are listed on branch program pages For more information about book clubs, please call or visit your local branch library.
Love to read the latest books? Take a look at our list of upcoming titles now on order for the library. You can go to PamCat, our online catalog and place your hold before these books arrive at the library. Dates listed are expected release dates. Availability may vary.
It's easy to Best Sellers in PamCat! On PamCat's home page (at www.pamcat.org, look for the heading "Best Sellers" under the main search box. Best seller lists for the New York Times and Washington Post are highlighted. To see even more lists, click on "More best seller lists."
Find people with similar reading tastes with LibraryThing. You can catalog with Amazon, the Library of Congress or 680 other world libraries. Import from anywhere. Get reading recommendations. Tag your books and explore others' tags. Even put your books on your blog.
Check out PRL's LibraryThing.
NoveList Plus helps readers of all ages find interesting books to read. Search for reviews, read-alikes, series information, and more! Have your library card number handy if your are searching at work, home, and school.
Reading Group Choices is the first place to try on the web for book guides and author information. The Paz Associates have created a collection of many (but not all) of the Reading Group Guides issued by publishers and in their own publication, "Reading Group Choices". This does not index Oprah's Book Club.
Publishers who have EXTENSIVE lists of Reading Group Guides include:
Almost all of these sites are trying to make money in one-way or another. However, they do all have interviews with a variety of authors. Each has different access points to the interviews.
Amazon: A variety of author interviews
Barnes & Noble Review: Interviews and more are available here
Bookpage: More author interviews
Bookspot: Author interviews and much more, including more links to web sites
Salon: (author interviews and reviews)
Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Borders all have their own list of Award winners on their web sites. You can also search the web using the name of the award you are interested in. NoveList Plus also have extensive awards listings.
There are lots and lots of booklists maintained by individuals or libraries on the web. These are some of the most interesting that I have found.
Morton Grove Public Library, Morton Grove, IL: This library has a very extensive page for Reader’s Services. It includes “Web Sites for Book Lovers”, “Thinking Out Loud” (a book discussion group) and over 120 different booklists compiled by librarians from all over the country.
NoveList Plus: available through the Pamunkey web site at home or at the library
Oprah's Book Club: See all of the Oprah book selections and discussion questions here.
Reading Woman: This book club claims to have started when Oprah was 16.
There are a wide variety of personal review web sites. They often come up when you do a search of the web by title or author. These three sites are regularly updated and maintained.
Genrefluent: The World of Genre Fiction Diana Tixier Herald, librarian and author of Genreflecting, reviews books on her web page. She includes only the books she feels she can recommend.
Printed Matter by Elisabeth Sherwin
Kent District Library, Michigan: (for all ages)
Mid-Continent Public Library, Missouri: (for children)
The Pamunkey Regional Library offers access to magazine indexes and databases from the library on our web site. These databases allow users to search for magazine articles on a wide variety of topics including author interviews and book reviews. You will need your library card number to access some of these databases from work, home, or school.
The Cozy Chicks, authors of cozy mysteries