Top Ten Bookish websites


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Favourite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites

Using this prompt I’ve decided to list mainly those websites that I seem to visit most frequently.  I have lots of blogs that I follow and regularly interact with so it would just be impossible to narrow it down to ten:

  1. Netgalley – This is a website that publishers, librarians, authors, reviewers, teachers and bloggers use.  If you review books then I definitely recommend you head over and check this place out.  You’ll need to open up an account and sort yourself out a bio but it’s all easy and straightforward and there are lots of helpful pages to assist you in getting started.  For me, I find that I read ebooks more often than not these days and so this site is perfect for me.  In terms of advice to others who haven’t used this site before – go easy on the requests at first.  Yes, letting a book lover loose on this site is the very definition of a child in a sweetie shop but bare in mind you can quite easily overload yourself.
  2. Edelweiss – Similar to Netgalley in terms of what this site is all about and who can join in.  Again, you will need to set yourself up an account with a bio.  Try to include relevant links and information so that potential publishers don’t have to work hard to find out who you are.  In terms of advice to others – again, go easy with the requests, don’t take it personally if your request is denied, and, also good to know, is you can review any books on this site – whether you received an ARC or not.
  3. Waterstones – I like to use this site particularly to look for events.  If you like to go to author events this is the way to go. Obviously this is UK only but I’m guessing that other countries have similar bookstores that regularly run author events?  Do they??
  4. Goodreads – I don’t need to explain about GRs.  Just really useful for keeping a track of your books, great for checking out highly anticipated releases, great for checking out covers.  Easy to check out what everyone else thought of a particular book and good for making new friends and contacts, plus a good place to take part in and keep track of readalongs.
  5. Twitter – again, great for making contacts, following authors and publishers, keeping up with blogs and all the latest book news.
  6. I follow various publisher’s newsletters – useful to keep up to date with events and authors.  Also, quite a number of authors similarly have newsletters that you can sign up to.
  7. Worlds Without End – this is a great web site.  My only advice is that you may lose many hours if you click on this – you’ve been warned – it’s like falling into a black hole.
  8. Wikipedia – simply a good information resource – I particularly like to check out information when a book has intrigued me with one of it’s plot lines, say, mentioning something historic for example.  I just become curious and have to go and check it out.
  9. Reddit – this is another site that if you click into it you’ll probably become absorbed for hours.  Lots of great chat on here plus regular author AMA events.
  10. I’ve told you mine now tell me yours….


25 Responses to “Top Ten Bookish websites”

  1. waytoofantasy

    Great list! I haven’t signed up for Edelweiss yet, only netgalley so far–tryin not to overwhelm myself with ARCs. 😀

    These are pretty much my go-to places as well except for Waterstones because I’m not in the UK. Usually check the local Barnes and Nobles or some of our indy stores for events.

    Also reddit shout out woot! I’m a mod over on r/fantasy. It’s been one of my favorite places to hang out the last 4 or so years and I’ve made a lot of great friends there. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Good plan with trying not to overwhelm yourself – it’s not worth it in the end!
      I should try and pick your brains sometimes about reddit.
      Lynn ;D

      • waytoofantasy

        Oh, please feel free! I love to go on about it. 🙂

  2. Deanna Reads Books

    Oh, I didn’t even think to include Netgalley. Definitely a good one!

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’ve been using Twitter more and more lately and it has been a wonderful way to touch base with some authors and publishers!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I love Twitter but it is something of a black hole in terms of sucking hours of your life away whilst apparently achieving very little. Still..
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    Great list, Lynn. I use all of these except I’ve never been able to figure out Reddit, for some reason. It seems hard to get started??

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t even remember getting started tbh – we should ask Lisa – she’s our expert friend after all 😀

  5. PerfectlyTolerable

    I love goodreads! Its the only one you listed that I use regularly but I also use twitter and netgalley a little! Great choices 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – GR is such a great reading tool. Plus, I love lists – and there are lots of lists on there.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Interesting, I’ve never used Wikipedia for books I haven’t read, I think I’d be too worried about spoilers. I have looked for Wikis to refresh my memory a bit when its been a while between books. And Reddit Fantasy is great 🙂 Or maybe I’m biased

    • @lynnsbooks

      Sorry, probably not been clear. I only wikipedia after I’ve finished the book I’m reading to check out if something has intrigued me in the story and I want to know more, usually historic events or places.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Leslie

    I have Goodreads, Netgalley & Edelweiss on my list too! Goodreads is a must!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it’s good for keeping you organised, finding friends and so much more.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Carmen

    I use Netgalley often. Wikipedia too. Also Pinterest, where I can find lots of lists of books to read, grouped by topics, and enhanced with lovely visual aids. I also use Amazon and Barnes & Noble for covers, and Amazon’s, Bookbub’s and Netgalley’s newsletters and blog articles to find out about latest releases, what books have won awards or have been chosen by editors as the best of the month or of any given year.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I nearly added Pinterest – I could lose many hours over there.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Erin

    Great list! I wouldn’t be nearly as organized without Goodreads – it’s easily one of my favourite sites. I hadn’t heard of Worlds Without End before but I’ll have to check it out.

    My TTT:

  10. sjhigbee

    A superb list, Lynn – and very helpful for anyone just starting out. My other go-to site is more about the writing aspect. When writing those articles, I tend to keep close. Often I simply cannot think of an alternative word…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, I love Thesaurus. Good call.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        My absolute must! I tend to get locked onto a particular word that suddenly crops up in every sentence – and I can’t think of an alternative! I don’t know how other people function without a good thesaurus…

  11. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I have a lot of these on permanent tabs on my browser 🙂 The only thing I can think to add from my list would be library Overdrive websites. There are a couple library collections I check religiously each day to see if they have new audiobooks to borrow 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh yes, I also used to use the library a lot, I seem to have used it less more recently for some reason – probably because of the tbr. It was okay for audio books but the choice wasn’t massive and I’d read quite a lot of the ones available, which is a shame.
      Lynn 😀

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