If you want to be in the know about the latest and greatest books available for adults and teens, here are 14 websites (listed in no particular order) you should add to your e-mail inbox or news feed now! Some are huge venues you may already be familiar with, and others are much smaller, but delve deeper into great books. Some take a serious/highbrow/literary look at reading, and others are just for plain fun. Enjoy!
She Reads is a great place to look for novels that might interest women who are in the market for "chick" lit, a term which I hate, but I use here because it is so recognizable. It's written by authors and mothers. If you enjoy realistic or romantic "women's" fiction, She Reads is a place you need to check out!
The Millions is an established literary blog for those looking to delve deeper into books, culture, and art. If you're a New York Times Review of Books/NPR kind of reader, don't miss out on this site. It's arguably the number one literary site on the Internet, with a dozen years in its pocket, which is a lifetime in online time.
While blogger Anne Bogel writes about much more than books, she is a self-proclaimed bookaholic who reads excessively, and she devotes a great deal of her site to writing about adult novels and non-fiction. Bagel's focus is on pop lit, and she's a fantastic resource for filling out your booklist.
I am a huge BookRiot fan because it's a site that manages to do what few other literary web places have accomplished: BookRiot talks about serious books, fun books, book culture, and more, and all with a refreshing tongue-in-cheek attitude that makes it an accomplished happy medium between highbrow literature and lowbrow fun. I'm a particular fan of its Book Fetish column, where you can find out about all kinds of non-book book lover stuff.
YALSA stands for Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, and this is its blog not for library professionals, but for regular people who love teen lit. I rely on this site to find out all the good stuff coming out for teens (generally readers in middle and early high school). I like that this blog talks about all the uber-popular stuff we all know about (i.e. Twilight, Divergent, and more), but also focuses on teen lit that is truly well-written, thought provoking, and at the forefront of our culture. And, since so many adults read teen lit, this is a blog that all readers should know about.
You may have heard of America's most famous librarian due to her frequent appearances on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. She's the rockstar of the adult library world (there's even an action figure namesake), and more than happy to look like a stereotypical librarian, while coming off more like everyone's favorite aunt. Nancy knows books, and she loves to recommend under-the-radar reads, which are books that haven't quite broken the bestseller lists yet. She also has her own website, a wonderful place to look for a new book when you're tired of popular lit or you've already read everything everyone's talking about.
NPR has a knack for teasing out thoughtful, on-the-cusp-of-greatness titles and featuring them on the radio. It also has the power to take one of these books and make it a bestseller very quickly. The NPR Books site (as well as its podcasts) are there for all the times you're not glued to your radio. I also love its Book Concierge app, which is a powerful tool (not as good a a real life librarian, but still) for finding a great read. And, I'm very excited about the new bookclub they've just begun, too!
Powell's, an institution in Portland, Oregon, is arguably one of the only large brick and mortar independent bookstores to survive big box chains and Amazon intact. I live about as far as you can from Portland (bottom of Florida), so I make do with the store's wonderful website, which offers engaging staff picks, as well as a blog to follow. I miss the days of real bookstores staffed by real book lovers, and Powell's online, is the next best thing.
Parnassus is the brainchild of award-winning author Ann Patchett, who woke up one day to find her hometown bereft of a bookstore. She writes eloquently about how that happened, as it has happened all across the country, here. Online, Parnassus hosts the literary blog musing, which is a lovely resource for learning about new books, your favorite genre, and authors of whom you want to know.
Okay, so POPSUGAR, is pretty much what it sounds like -- a lot of poppy, frothy cultural fun. It also releases a wonderful list of new books published each month that you want to know about. If you're a fan of pop lit, don't miss the books section of POPSUGAR.
Teen Lit Rocks is a blog that focuses on the frothy end of young adult lit, which means it encompasses all of the popular crossover teen novels that adults are reading en masse. I like it because it's written by moms, library people, and even a teen herself. It's an awesome place to find your next crossover read if you liked books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Fault in our Stars, and more.
Go Book Yourself is a super cool Tumblr that every book lover should know about. The brainchild of a BuzzFeed editor, Go Book Yourself is a place to take a look at books you liked and find out what you might want to read next. And since it's all photographs, you can get your info lickety split.
Also a print tabloid, BookPage is a fantastic resource for finding out what's trending in fiction and non-fiction, as well as the publishing world. Its quick, easy, and manages to talk about everything from highbrow to lowbrow, while remaining accessible to all readers.
Finally, I'm guessing you've heard of this one! I list it here because it's the largest and most established (yes, I know it's Amazon-owned) "bookshelf" site on the Internet. This is a place where everyday people form virtual collections of what they've read or want to read, and review books for other readers. Imagine Facebook or Twitter, but only for books. You can talk about books to your heart's content on goodreads.