Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic is Online Resources for Readers.
Here are a few online resources I’d recommend in no particular order…
- StoryGraph. This phenomenal resource helps you keep track of your reading while recommending books based on a variety of factors including mood, topics, and themes. My post from earlier this year goes into a little more detail, and can be found here.
- Libby. Supported by local public libraries, Libby is a free app where you can download e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines and more. I have used it for years and find it to be very convenient and user-friendly.
- Hoopla. Another wonderful app supported by public libraries, Hoopla has (in my experience) a different variety of e-books and e-audiobooks than what’s found on Libby. It’s worth it to have both in my opinion.
- Goodreads. While I’m almost entirely switched over to StoryGraph at this point, I do still have an active Goodreads account where I enter giveaways and follow authors for updates.
- Bookstagram. If you are already on Instagram, be sure to follow the bookstagram hashtags to connect with other readers and get recommendations. I really enjoy my time on Instagram now that I am more involved with the bookish community there!
- NPR’s Book of the Day. This podcast is a great way to learn about new books before reading them. I always discover titles I wouldn’t have otherwise come across. You can listen online here.
- NPR Book Concierge. If you don’t want to listen to book recommendations, NPR’s Book Concierge has an annual reading guide that is full of recommendations. I always find new books to add to my to-read list!
- Mirkwood Scribes on Etsy. This Etsy shop sells some of my favorite bookish accessories including a wide variety of bookmarks. I love getting new seasonal ones each year!
- Book of the Month. I know a lot of people who fell out of love with reading, and had the spark reignited through Book of the Month. While I no longer have a subscription, I would recommend it because you often get access to new releases before they come out.
- Ask a Librarian on Twitter. One of the best ways to get book recommendations, or at least one of the fastest, is through Twitter! I recently asked for spooky graphic novel recommendations and thanks to the hashtags I had responses within the hour and a handful of new titles to check out!
Above all, I would recommend always starting with getting a library card. There are so many wonderful resources your local public library offers, some of which I didn’t know about until I started working at a library. Now, I recommend them to everyone 🙂