Internet is a great go-to resource for readers looking to add a new
dimension to their hobby. I’ve collected a few of the best sites to
share with you—maybe you will find some to add to your own favorites.
Reading Group Guides
This site has sections for
starting reading groups and for existing groups, librarians,
booksellers, authors, publishers, and more. If you scroll down, there’s
even a section for Christian readers to find discussion guides of
Christian fiction. As of this writing, they are featuring Crossing
Oceans by Gina Holmes, It Had to Be You: Weddings
by Bella, Book 3 by Janice Thompson, and This Fine
Life by Eva Marie Everson. Another great feature are
suggestions for what to do when your book club wants to read a book
that doesn’t include a discussion guide. Very handy site!
All Readers has this to say
about their site: “There are a zillion book review sites out there, but
ours is different! For starters, we classify books based on plot,
setting, character, and writing style. Therefore, if you know what kind
of book you like, you can find other authors who write similar kind of
This site has received rave
reviews from: Wired Online, USA Today Online, The New York
Times, and more.
Find out about a title before
you buy the book, and branch out to new authors by using their creative
search engine. Keep in mind, this is a general book-lovers site, so it
will also feature books you’d rather not read. For any general site,
use discretion and discernment.
Book Page has a catchy tagline: Discover
your next great book. You can sign up for their
e-newsletters, such as BookPageXTRA, Book of the Day, and Reading
Corner. This site has helpful book reviews, as well as additional
BookPage is a monthly book
review publication distributed to more than 450,000 avid readers
through subscribing bookstores and public libraries. It serves as a
broad-based selection guide with an upbeat tone.
Their mission statement is “Our
goal is to recommend the best books for readers of all types, whether
you’re interested in literary fiction or romance, history or science
fiction, cookbooks or children’s books. We focus on new releases and
tailor our reviews for the general reader the true booklover always on
the lookout for the next great read.”
Midwest Book Review
The Midwest Book Review
publishes nine monthly book publications specifically designed for
librarians, booksellers, and the general reading public. Their reviews
are posted on a variety of sites, including their own. These are
archived for a minimum of five years. Cengage Learning makes these
reviews available to library systems nationwide.
The Midwest Book Review is a
compilation of volunteers committed to promoting literacy, library
usage, and small press
They avoid conflict of interest by
not accepting any financial contributions in exchange for reviews.
Christian Suspense Zone
The Christian Suspense Zone is a
one-stop site to preview Christian suspense. It features over eight
hundred novels, author interviews, author bios, reviews, and contests.
Join the mailing list to get updates. The contests are especially fun,
and the book cover photos are eye-catching. Get to know suspense
authors better by reading their feature articles.
This site is hosted by Susan
Sleeman. She is passionate about Christian suspense as both a reader
and an author. Susan’s tagline is Christian Suspense to Die
Fiction Finder is perfect for
any lover of inspirational fiction (mystery, suspense, romance, women's
fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, historicals, chick lit, etc.). This
easy-access resource aids in the search of the most current releases,
as well as classics from the past. There is a wide range of search
options to customize the hunt for your next good read.
You can learn of new releases
from your favorite authors, and pick up new favorites by entering a few
key search words. The search engine is sensitive enough to help readers
find novels when you remember only a detail or two about the story and
have forgotten the title.
With free registration, the site
will remember your settings to make return visits convenient and simple
to use. Fiction Finder is a project of American Christian Fiction