Summer reading

The semester is over, so it’s time for a change of pace.  I work on many special projects in the summer, so my cataloging output isn’t always steady enough for regular blog posts.  I’ll create posts when I can, but now is a good time of the year to start thinking about beach reading.

Can’t figure out what to read next?  Here are some sites that will offer suggestions:

BookBrowse

What Should I Read Next?

Whichbook

The Book Seer

YourNextRead

FlashlightWorthy

Crowd-sourced recommendations: Here are a few social sites where users list what they’ve read*, and then the site helps generate recommendations based on that information:

LibraryThing

Shelfari

GoodReads

The Book Explorer

A few other places to find things to read:

The neglected books page

Stop, you’re killing me!  (devoted to mysteries – one of my favorite sites!)

NPR Books

New York Review of Books

The Times Literary Supplement

Summer reading 2010 – last summer, blogger Rebecca Blood published reading lists from a multitude of sources, including many lists of award-winners and runners-up.  The lists are from last summer, but they’re still great.

As I mentioned last year, if you still can’t find anything to read, at least you can read about books on these sites.  Enjoy!

*I sometimes feel like I’m the last person on earth who still cares about privacy, but do be careful about what you post on such sites.  Libraries still work very hard to protect patron privacy, and we find it a funny that people then go to sites like these and record every book they’ve ever read.  Don’t get me wrong – I have an account on LibraryThing too – but you don’t have to put everything on it.  Some things are best left offline.  Be careful.
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