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Leisure Reading: Book Reviews & Bestsellers

So What Are You Waiting For ?

Bestseller Lists

Lists of best selling titles simply provide a numerical count of the highest seling titles in a particular category (fiction, children's books, cookbooks, etc), over a specific period of time.  It can be a useful measure, and one of many ways of selecting what your next read is going to be! The following sites provide lists of bestselling titles in various categories:

New York Times bestseller lists

Publisher’s Weekly Bestsellers

USA Today Bestselling Books

National Indie Bestsellers

Los Angeles Times Bestsellers

Book Reviews

Reading well written book reviews can be a very good way of helping you decide what book to read next.

Booklist Online   This unfussy site from the American Library Association does book reviews very well.  Books can be searched using categories, such as “great reads”, or by searching author or title and so on.

Choice Reviews offers monthly in-depth reviews of academic titles. You can sort titles by subject or rating.

Times Literary Supplement includes excellent reviews of fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as full-length essays.  Also included are reviews of the visual arts, exhibitions, as well as theater productions.  Frequently, individual editions will follow “headlined” themes on topics such as: science, German literature or literary criticism.  Review lengths vary, with the reviewers name always included. Contact the reference desk for the username and password. (336) 841-9101

-- Please ask a librarian if you would like help finding book reviews!

Book Recommendations & Discussions

Goodreads is a “social cataloging” website that allows individuals to search a massive user-generated book database.  Having signed up and registered the books they are interested in, users can go on to create reading lists, review/rate titles, join discussion boards and get suggestions on what to read next.

LibraryThing uses the Overcat database of over 32 million titles, from libraries worldwide.  The system allows users to create a variety of book lists, join reader groups, read and post reviews, collect stats, and much more.

National Public Radio (NPR) Best Books of 2019 is an interactive site featuring book reviews which are set up beautifully to browse by genre. Links to the library catalog.

WorldCat Genres allows you to browse dozens of fiction genres for hundreds of titles, authors, subjects, characters, locations, and more, ranked by popularity in the world's libraries.  This is an experimental site from OCLC Research and the WorldCat.org team.

Amazon Books allows users to find books by genre, book(s)-of-the-month, or by best-seller.  The “frequently bought together” and “customers who bought this item also bought” features, allow users to quickly identify further titles that might be of interest.

Barnes and Noble offer many of the same search/find features as Amazon.  Additional “coming soon”, “page and screen” and “Books we are talking about” groupings might suggest titles to consider.