Online tools to help you plan your next book adventure

magnifying glassIf you’re like me, you sometimes have trouble finding your next reading adventure. That’s what we’re all about here at The Book Adventures – making it easier for our readers and fellow adventurers to find new books! To that end, I have that series you might be familiar with, where I list free and cheap online reading outlets, and snippets of works that authors put on their websites. This post is related to that: I list online resources that will help you select your next read.

We’ll start with Books Set In, a site that connects books based on their setting. Search for the location of your upcoming vacation, or a place you want to visit but haven’t been able to yet, and scroll through the lists of books that will take you there without ever leaving your cozy armchair. It’s not exact, and sometimes irrelevant books show up first, but it’s a great way to introduce new novels based on geography.

If you’re on Goodreads (and you probably are, at this point), have you checked out their Listopia feature? It’s under their “Explore” category, and it’s great for introducing new books based on specific features you’ve enjoyed about other reading adventures. For example, you can search for “strong heroines” or “magicians” or “dragons” and view a number of relevant (and not-so-relevant) book lists. You can also create your own – I created one for “Celtic fantasy and science fiction,” because I love a tale based on Celtic folklore, and I wanted to know what other people would put in that category. That’s another feature – vote on any list, and other people can vote on yours, adding new books that they think fit. It’s a great way to discover new, related books.

NoveList” is a great interactive book-connecting tool that is likely available through your public libary website. You can search by a book title, an author, a genre, or other features, and refine by specific attributes that you like. It has a fun web feature that visualizes the connections between books in a clickable web that mimics a brainstorming diagram.

Are you into the steampunk genre? You should definitely check out the Airship Ambassador, a site that has… oh, everything you could probably ever want to know about steampunk – books, authors, events, a blog, a store, a gallery, and lists of blogs and steampunk fashion.

Sci-Fi Fan Letter is a blog that has reading lists based on genres, topics, characters, tropes… as well as a blog, news, and “recommended reads by professionals”. Worth a look if you’re trying to find more books on a specific feature you’ve enjoyed previously.

Do you like buying paper/hardback books but are tired of buying from Amazon? IndieBound is an online aggregator of independent bookstores that allows you to search by book, by store, or by geographic area. A great idea if you want to support your local bookstores, and if you want a break from reading e-books.

Lastly, the biggest database I’ve ever seen for speculative fiction: The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. With a search function, a browse function, a wiki, FAQs, and more, there are so many ways to discover your next adventure here.


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