BY DAN PRICE
Nobody likes to spend money on a new book only to face that overwhelming feeling of disappointment when it doesn’t live up to your expectations.
The solution is to check out a few book review sites before you hit the shops. The greater the diversity of opinions you can gather, the more confidence you can have that you’ll enjoy the title.
Which book review and book rating sites are worth considering? Here are the best ones.
Goodreads is arguably the leading online community for book lovers. If you want some inspiration for which book to read next, this is the site to visit.
There’s an endless number of user-generated reading lists to explore, and Goodreads itself publishes dozens of “best of” lists across a number of categories. You can also join book discussions and reading groups with thousands of members.
You can participate in the community by adding your own rankings to books you’ve read and leaving reviews for other people to check out. Occasionally, there are even bonus events like question and answer sessions with authors.
LibraryThing is the self-proclaimed largest book club in the world. It has more than 2.3 million members and is a part-cataloging site/part-social networking site.
With a free account, you can add up to 200 books to your library and share them with other users. But it’s in the other areas where LibraryThing can claim to be one of the best book review sites.
Naturally, there are ratings, user reviews, and tags. But be sure to click on the Zeitgeist tab at the top of the page. It contains masses of information, including the top books by rating, by the number of reviews, by authors, and loads more.
3. Book Riot
Book Riot is a blog. It publishes listicles on dozens of different topics, many of which focus on the best books in a certain genre. To give you an idea, some recent articles include 7 of the Best Books About Writing and 12 of the Best Video Games Based on Books.
Of course, there’s also plenty of non-reading list content. If you have a general affinity for literature, Book Riot is definitely worth adding to the list of websites you browse every day.
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