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What Should I Read Next?

Updated on March 10, 2014
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Some people live a single life, but a reader lives a thousand. And sometimes, you just don't know what life to pick up next. You may read an amazing page-turner, a book that you just can't stop thinking about, and you're left in the dust of the back page flap. While you could read the book again and let the good times continue, why not experience something new, something just as great. Nowadays with the internet there are numerous ways to pin-point your literary interests and discover books similar to your favorites. Before you take this step, however, the library is the first place to stop. Those librarians know what their talking about and if they may not know exactly what books you like, they'll find out for you. Your next step (or maybe steps) is outlined below. Here is a list and a little bit about the best online book finders and recommendations. The last step, of course, is getting that one special book. Check out Where to Buy Cheap Books to discover the best book purchasing alternatives for the deal-seeker in all of us.

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The Book Seer

This is a very simple, yet powerful, site that allows you to simply type in the name and author of one of your favorite books. Say for example you type The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, not only will his two other books pop up as a hit, but similar books will appear, such as: The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Life of Pi by Yann Marte and others which you may never even know existed! These are prompted by Amazon, and the links to the books are directly (and conveniently) on the site. While The Book Seer may not be as comprehensive as some of the other online tools, it should definitely be one of your first steps in your search to the next great novel.

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Whichbook

A bit more complex, this site allows you to create an account (or sign in with Facebook) and create your own book wish lists that you have the ability to be shared. Aside from this, Whichbook has put together lists of popular books in certain categories including: Comfort Zone, Laugh Your Pants Off, Pure Entertainment, Weird and Wonderful and many more. The best attribute to this website is its "slider tool". On the main page a variety of book characteristics are listed to the left. For example one is labeled "Happy Sad" another "Safe Disturbing". Clearly these are two opposite traits. To begin, simply click on 4 of these opposite traits and use the arrow to "slide" your opinion to whichever extreme you prefer, wishing to leave it in the middle or going all the way to the left for a sad novel. It's an extremely useful tool which can generate extremely accurate results that will pique your interest.

I performed my own little search, using the sliders to on various extremes: funny, unpredictable, beautiful and unusual. There's another option within this slider tool to get results based on character, plot or setting specifics.You could choose a conflicting plot, a South Pacific setting and a gay, Asian, middle-aged woman as the leading lady. Obviously, not every book exists so something that specific may generate few to zero results; however, just playing around on this site for a few minutes can give you years of literary inspiration.

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Barnes and Noble

This chain bookstore can be of more use than simply purchasing your next read. Just typing in a book and clicking on the title will not only bring you to the synopsis, it will also show you a list of books that others have purchased based on the search title. From here, you can click on any of these and do the same thing. This can stray you miles away from your starting point; however, with multiple tries and some time you can really find some interesting reads quite similar to your favorites.

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Your Next Read

Similar to the Book Seer, you begin by typing in the title or author of a book. After clicking on the specific title, a display of various similar book selections will appear. In a search for John Green's Looking for Alaska several other of his titles appeared along with Salinger and Chbosky titles. You, yourself, can not only also recommend a book, similar to Whichbook, you can create your own account. With this account you will have access to your history as well as book "maps". These essentially "map" out your favorite books in various genres and books that are similar to these, creating an ever-growing network of literary genius.

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What Should I Read Next?

Yet another simple effective tool, it all begins when you type in a title or author. Using keywords, the search engine spits out several similar books, books that you should "read next". The simplicity of this website make its one of the best in its field of book recommendation database. With a log in, you are enabled to save your searches an effective tool that can be used to go back into your past book history. This site may generate the most results, with a search for Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, over 50 titles with overlapping keywords were displayed.

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Goodreads

This may be the most comprehensive book recommendation site out there. Reminscent of a social media page, Goodreads allows you to make your own account. Some of the fesatures include:

  • Creating lists of books you've read, books you're currently reading, books you want to read
  • Based on books you've read, a list of book recommendations are generated personally for you
  • Write your own reviews and read other reviews on books of your interest
  • Connecting with friends is always fun and a way to keep in touch while sharing some "good reads"
  • Engage in polls, challenges and events with fellow members of the website
  • Explore various genres and book shelves with similar themes to find your perfect next book

While these features may be overwhelmingly, Goodreads incorporates several aspects from many of the other websites. It is therefore extremely useful to put time into this site to generate connections and organize your literary interests.

Book communities similar to Goodreads include:

  • LibraryThing
  • Shelfari
  • Anobii
  • Libib
  • The Reading Room
  • Bookish

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      Renee 3 years ago

      Thanks for the information you shared here. I am a bookworm and the one thing I always have with me is my Kindle, so no matter where I am I do not get bored nor impatient because I can read. I will definitely pay a visit to these sites. Good job on this hub! Shared, tweeted and voted up and useful!

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      Luis Asuncion 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Although, I am not a member of HubPages yet but your share is a big help to a reader like me.

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      Raymond Philippe 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      Thanks for sharing this info. You mentioned two sites that i hadn't heard of before. I love reading. So i'll certainly pay them a visit.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 3 years ago from Europe

      Really, really an awesome suggestion.... Try this new Novel though, it is an awesome recommendation for everyone and trust me, you will not regret it "The Soul Talkers" by Dr. Funom Makama.

      Voted up! Thanks for the share

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      Alyssa S. 3 years ago from USA

      Thank you! Too many books is never a problem!

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      Chelsea Muzar 3 years ago

      This is both a good and a bad thing. I tend to buy more books than I can read and now you've given me a way to add more to my wish list! Very helpful article, well organized with a clear voice and purpose.

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      Janelle Cruz 3 years ago from Vancouver, Washington

      Thanks for the information! I am always on the hunt to find another good book to read! I will definitely try your suggestions!