Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flashlight Worthy Books

It’s a known fact that book lovers love book lists. As a reader, the perennial question is “what should I read next?” You can often find the answer to this question at online book recommendation sites.

I’ve recently discovered two* good ones. The first is Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations, run by Peter Steinberg and Eric Mueller. Peter recently sent me a message urging me to check out this comprehensive site.

I like sites that are unpretentious. As much as I enjoy reading the New York Times book page, I also need a site that will recommend vampire novels for me, if that is what I’m in the mood for. Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations has hundreds of lists of recommended books arranged loosely by topic. Lists include everything from Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite books, to Top Ten Essay Collections by Lesbians, to the Best Fantasy Series for Teens. The site is easy to navigate, fun to read, and includes a good search feature. As a test I searched for “Jane Austen” which generated many lists, including a list of 21 Great Books with Just-as-Great Movie Versions. A search for “India” got me a list called Favorite Reissues of Neglected Books, among many others.

As you can see, there’s something for everyone at this site. I’ve just inserted a blog widget on my sidebar which shows the latest lists added to Flashlight Worthy Books and which links directly to their site.

*The other really good site I found is called War Through the Generations. I’ll write about that in a few days. I've already posted a link to that on my sidebar.


Serena said...

Thanks so much for mentioning War Through the Generations. I look forward to your post. We have a guest post up today from an author who writes about the Vietnam War in his debut novel

Ted said...

I enjoyed discovering the book list site!

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