Blogs About Books
Alltop - Blogs about books and much more!
Early Word - Meant for readers advisory librarians but a great source for anyone who loves books.
GRPL Staff Picks - Learn what the employees at the library are currently reading!
Papercuts- A Blog about Books via the New York Times.
Bookshelf- A blog showcasing wonderful and interesting bookshelves and cases.
African American Literature Book Club - A great site for book reviews, writer's resources, and author profiles.
All Readers.com - Search for books by character, setting & plot. Includes many fiction genres.
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Based on the Book - Compiled by the Mid-Continent Public Library, this site contains over 900 titles that have been made into motion pictures.
BookCrossing - A cool site where you can go "hunting" for books in the wild (see who's reading what around the world)!
Book Remarks - The website that promotes books written by or about African-Americans.
Bookreporter.com -- A great place to find in-depth author profiles, book reviews, books being made into films and so much more.
Book Sense - You'll have access to information and news about local authors, store events, and myriad staff recommendations -- and you will also be presented with content that reflects the collective wisdom of booksellers.
BookSpace - Put together by the Hennepin County Library, this is a great resource for people to create book lists, sign up for author alerts, find out how to start a book club and much more!
Christian Fiction - Compiled by the Tulsa City-County Library, this site is a wonderful resource for Christian Fiction readers. Many "genres" in the field are covered, such as historical and short stories.
Cliffs Notes - Read Cliffs Notes on-line for free! You can also download them for a fee.
Complete Review - A selectively comprehensive site devoted to book reviews and titles that come highly recommended.
DearReader.com - Have a few chapters of a book sent to your email. A great way to find new authors and keep up on old favorites.
Empty World: Apocalyptic Fiction - A site dedicated to fiction and film depicting the end of the world, apocalypse and nuclear war.
Faithful Reader -- Resources for Inspirational Fiction.
FictionDB - Another great fiction reference.
Genrefluent - "Provides titles, authors, and character names of Western, Crime, Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novels arranged by well-defined type."
Know a Good Book - A collection of diverse resources, all focused on providing you, the voracious reader, with information and insight into the world of literature.
LibraryThing - Catalog your books online!!
New York Times Bestseller List - The hottest fiction and non-fiction titles are here!
Oprah's Book Club - Find Oprah's latest book pick and also her selections from years past.
Oprah's Book Club: Kids Reading List - Recommendations to read with the children in your life and they make excellent presents.
Overbooked - Overbooked specializes in literary and genre fiction. You'll find book talks, reader's advisory resources, and starred review lists.
Readers Advice - A great place to go for reader's advisory tips!
Readers Advisory Link Farm - A plethora of readers advisory links at your fingertips!
Readers Services - A variety of resources for the avid reader from the Rochester Hills (MI) Public Library.
Reading Group Guides - An online community for reading groups that offers over 1,000 reading group guides.
SFF Net - "SFF Net is designed to support fast-moving, intelligent conversation about genre literature of all kinds. It's the place for authors, editors, readers, and publishers to get together to discuss books, stories, the art and craft of popular fiction, and all aspects of the literary life."
Webrary Reader's Corner - "Wonderful resource for reader's services, including book reviews, recommended web sites, and their well-known fiction mailing list, Fiction L."
What's Next - Provided by the Kent District Library, What's Next helps you search adult fiction in series (two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits). Searches can be made by book title, author, or series title.
All About Romance This site rates romance titles by steaminess and quality.
Romance Reader - "We have thousands of book reviews for your romance reading pleasure. We also have features, author interviews and much more."
Romance Writers of America - "RWA is a non-profit professional/educational association of 8,200 romance writers and other industry professionals."
Romantic Times Magazine - "Your definitive romance guide and one-stop bookshop."
Mystery Writers of America - "Mystery Writers of America, Inc., was established in 1945 by a dozen or so like-minded mystery writers for the purpose of promoting and protecting the interests and welfare of mystery writers and to increase the esteem and literary recognition given to the genre."
Stop You're Killing Me! - A wonderful resource for lovers of mystery, thriller, spy and suspense books.
Dark Echo - Focuses on books, author links, and reading lists.
Horror Writers Association - "The Horror Writers Association (HWA) was formed to bring writers and others with a professional interest in horror together, and to foster a greater appreciation of dark fiction in general."
Science Fiction and Fantasy Resources
Fantastic Fiction -- A comprehensive site of author and book information.
Locus Magazine -- Reviews and Resources in the Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror genres.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America - "SFWA has brought together the most successful and daring writers of speculative fiction throughout the world, and has grown in numbers and influence until it is now widely recognized as one of the most effective non-profit writers' organizations in existence. Over 1200 sf and fantasy writers, artists, editors, and allied professionals are members. Each year we present the prestigious Nebula Awards for the sf or fantasy best short story, novelette, novella, and novel of the year."
SFBook.com - Find personal reviews by SF readers and a plethera of author links.
Western Writers of America - "Western Writers of America, Inc., was founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West and bestow Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the western field. The founders were largely authors who wrote traditional western fiction, but the organization swiftly expanded to include historians and other nonfiction authors, young adult and romance writers, and writers interested in regional history."
Graphic Novels/Comic Resources
ArtBomb - Anwers the questions "what is a graphic novel" and "what is a comic book" in graphic (or comic panel) format.
OnlineComics.net - A directory of online comics, offering categories such as alternative, gamers, furry, manga, etc.
Comic Book Resources - This site offers something for everyone, from news to stores to columns, chat, links, and lots of other comic-related resources. A commercial site, but worth a look.
Lambiek Comiclopedia - An illustrated compendium of over 6,000 international comic artists with biographies and artwork examples.
Friends of Lulu - This site is a national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage female readership and participation in the comic book industry.
Newsarama is a website which publishes news, interviews and essays about the American comic book industry. In addition, the site hosts an active internet forum, "TALK@Newsarama", in which comic book fans discuss a wide variety of topics.
The site's main page is updated with new material throughout the day and is currently the most trafficked comic book news website on the internet. (from Wikipedia)
PW Comics Week - Delivered every Tuesday, PW Comics Week reports on comics and graphic novel publishing, bringing our readers business trends, artist and publisher profiles, retail information and much more.
Books and Authors explores the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. Backed by a team of hand-picked genre experts, Books and Authors connects readers with books and provides read-alikes, author and genre searches, and listings of award-winning titles.
Novelist provides enhanced subject access to over 125,000 fiction titles. With NoveList, you can find fiction titles based on a favorite author, title, or description. Access author Read-alikes with suggested titles and authors that are similar to your favorites. Browse lists based on genre or awards (over 1000 pre-made lists). Read and use feature articles, book discussion guides, and booktalks developed exclusively for NoveList.
Magazines and Journals at the Library
- Literature and Book Review Magazines at the Main Library
- The library owns literally thousands of magazines and newspapers in print, microfiche, microfilm, and electronic formats. These magazines are located in the Reading Room, our Youth Services Department, the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department, and our Retrieval Desk at the Main library, as well as at each of our branches.
- Search our catalog for specific titles.
- Search our databases for full-text articles and citations from thousands more magazines and newspapers. Check MeL (the Michigan eLibrary) to find out if a magazine's full-text articles are included in a database.
For author biographies, bibliographies, and criticism of their work, search Literature Resource Center on our databases page.