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Best Sellers

New York Times
List of hardcover bestsellers based on sales from various stores where general interest books are sold.

Publishers Weekly
Weekly lists of bestselling fiction from the magazine.

San Francisco Chronicle Best-Sellers   
The Bay Area best-seller lists are compiled each Tuesday from a telephone survey of booksellers whose reports are weighted according to store volume.

Metasites: These Websites are directories of links to other sites on books.

The Booklist Center    
The web's largest selection of booklists.

Exhaustive list of websites for book lovers.

Other Sites

Fiction L Booklists
Lists of read-alikes and books on themes that were posted on the Morton Grove Public Library's listserve.

New York Times Books
Access to the Sunday Book Review and NY Times bestsellers lists.

Links to many online review sources and lists of suggested reads. Also lists books that have received "starred" reviews from at least one of the big four review sources (Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly).

San Francisco Chronicle
Reviews from the SF Chronicle's online book section, and lists of bestsellers in the Bay Area.

Provides book recommendations based on your preferences in story characteristics, or plot, character, and setting.

Genre Reading

All About Romance
Reviews of romance books, plus articles, cover contests, and message boards where readers can discuss books.

Hundreds of reviews for various genres: biography, fantasy, history, literature, mystery, romance, science fiction, and thriller.

Fangs, Fur & Fey
This site is operated by author Melissa Marr and features interviews, news, and the occasional excerpt from paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors, including C.E. Murphy, Jeaniene Frost, Caitlin Kittredge, Rachel Caine, P.C. Cast, Laura Ann Gilman, Jeri Smith-Ready, Yasmine Galenorn, and many more.

Fantastic Fiction
This British site lists science fiction, fantasy, and horror books, providing a summary, cover image, and publication details. It also has a picture and brief biographical details on many authors. This site is also good for finding award winners.

Locus Magazine Online
Reviews for science fiction, fantasy, and horror books, as well as publisher and author links, events, and upcoming releases.

Monster Librarian
Reviews of horror books for adults, teens, and kids. It also has news and lists of upcoming books.

No Flying, No Tights
Lists of comics and graphic novels for adults, teens, and kids.

SF Site
Reviews of science fiction and some fantasy books, articles, links to award winners, and news.

Stop, You’re Killing Me!
This site has lists of mystery books by author, although they are adding other options, such as sub-genres.

Urban Fantasy Land
A site with news and reviews on urban fantasy books (but not paranormal romance).

Series and Sequels

Mid-Continent Public Library - Juvenile Series & Sequels
The 'Juvenile Series and Sequels' database currently contains over 18,000 books in series titles.

What's Next: A Searchable Database of Novels in Series
Up-to-date listings of adult and youth fiction series.

Social Networking: These Websites generate reading suggestions based on the users’ book recommendations.

Use this site to keep track of your book lists, post reviews, see what others are reading, and get book recommendations.

A self-adapting site based on the recommendations of users. It has suggested reading, cloud map of similar authors, and other features.

Guys Read
An interactive site with book recommendations for guys of various ages.

This site enables users to categorize their book shelves and reading lists, and find similar books through the lists of other users.

Bookclubs: Sites with resources and suggestions for book discussion groups.

Reading Group Guides Over 1200 book guides for discussion groups, plus advice on starting a group and selecting books to read.

An online community dedicated to books and book clubs—because both enrich our lives. LitLovers has great resources to enhance your book club experience. Whether you're selecting books, or thinking & talking about them, LitLovers is the place to come.


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Revised: July 28, 2014
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