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African American Literature Book Club - This provides reviews of fiction and nonfiction books by and about African Americans. It includes reviews of bestselling and classic titles, author profiles and news of forthcoming publications.


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    These free websites allow you to organize your read and to be read books, add wish lists and share with others your love of reading.

    • Goodreads
      Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. A large library that you can wander through and see everyone's bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future, join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing.
    • LibraryThing
      LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.
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    • Shelfari
      Shelfari is a social network for people who love books.
      Create a virtual shelf to show off your books, see what your friends are reading and discover new books

    Websites for Booklovers

    • Blogging for a Good Book
      A book review a day, Monday through Friday from Williamsburg Regional Library.
    • Fantastic Fiction
      This British website covers over 30,000 authors. Bibliographies, lists of series, new and forthcoming books
    • Fiction L booklists
      An eclectic group of book lists generated by participants in the Fiction-L discussion list. Librarians all over the world help generate these lists.
    • Historical Fiction Network
      A comprehensive collection of historical fiction searchable by author.
    • Many Books
      This free website offers nearly 30.000 ebooks in many different formats. Whether you want to read the ebook on your iPad, iPhone, smartphone or ebook reader, you can get it here.
    • Overbooked
      This one is a volunteer project run by librarians with Chesterfield County Library, Virginia. Includes genre fiction, reviews, reading lists, what to read next, and "book talk"...a discussion area for readers and authors. Nicely designed site, easy to use.

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    Book Blogs

    • Book Lust Forever
      Nancy Pearl nationaly known book reviewer. Not a daily blog, posts are long enough and thoughtful enough to be useful in deciding if it's a book you want to read.
    • Early Word
      Designed for librarians, to get the early scoop on upcoming books
    • Mostly Fiction
      A community of reviewers who voluntarily write about recent books that they read and enjoyed. Archives searchable by author, title, subject
    • Shelf Talk
      Seattle Public Library book blog

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