Are you a bookworm? Sometimes nothing is better than curling up on the couch with your favorite blanket, a hot cup of joe and being taken away to another place, reading others' stories of hope, inspiration, despair and pain.
But sometimes, you just don't know what you want to read. That's where the internet can help. There are hundreds of thousands of book forums, blogs, and groups you can turn to, but where should you start?
We here at Komando.com have scoured the internet and put together a list of great sites book lovers need to check out. From reading classics online to figuring out what to read, even getting the latest news on all of your favorite authors, we've got you covered.
Without further ado, here's our list of five websites all book lovers should bookmark right now.
1. Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is the largest in the world with more than 110 million items in its catalog, which, when laid out, would stretch more than 500 miles. With that in mind, I'm positive there's something you can find to read by heading to the free books section of the Library's official site.
Here, you can view, download and read PDFs of children's classics, selections for teens, adults, educators and parents. What's also unique is that these PDFs are mostly copies of the originals. You'll get the real feel of a book when you see how some of the pages have aged over time.
2. The Millions. Going strong for 10 years now, the Millions site is the place to go for book lists and reviews, recent articles and essays, and see all of the bestsellers of the month.
Read a review and decide you want to read the book? The site will tell you where it's available for purchase. There are hundreds of thousands of reviews and lists to easily get lost in, so make sure you don't go crazy and spend your entire paycheck on books to read! Trust me, this site makes it tempting.
3. Goodreads. Once you've finished a book, where do you go from there? Do you ask your friends or do you have a new book already on hand?
Before you start your next book, head over to Goodreads.com to get help picking out your next great read. All you need to do is sync Goodreads with your social media accounts so you can see what your friends and family members are reading.
Then, you will need to tell Goodreads what genres you like. From here, the site will ask you to rate books you've already read. Give any particular book anywhere from one to five stars, or select the "Want to Read" option. Once you've rated 20 books, you will start to get personalized recommendations.
From here, click on the recommended book to see how many stars Goodreads' Facebook page gave it. If you decide to give that particular book a try, click on the book again and you will see the option to buy a hard copy or download it to your eReader.
4. LibriVox. With your busy schedule, you don't always have time to read but you may have time to listen. Audio books give you the ability to still enjoy a good book.
Before you start filling your online shopping cart with audio books, check out LibriVox's free catalog first. You can choose from 15,000 titles and download the audio files to your computer, phone, tablet, eReader - even burn a CD!
The free service is sustained by works that are public domain and by volunteers. People from all over the world can record themselves reading in different languages. Volunteers can read as many chapters as they like. Book coordinators collect the chapters and upload the entries.
5. Meetup. Stay connected to the outside world by taking your adventures offline. Meet people in person who love the same genres as you.
Sure, you could join an online book club, but when you see another reader's reaction to the plot twist, you'll be glad you met in real life. Right now, Meetup.com has 4,777 book clubs in 1,442 cities all over the world. There's bound to be one in your neck of the woods.
In larger cities, you should be able to find several groups, ones that cater to age, gender, and preferred genre. You can also look for groups in related categories, such as creative writing meet-ups.
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