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Monday, July 12, 2010

The Book Seer | Find your next book

The Book Seer is a fantastic way to find new books when you have absolutely no idea where you should go to next. I've used this on numerous times and have found some fantastic new books.
How to use it? Simple. Type in the title of a book that you've recently read (and liked for that matter). Then enter the author of the book. The results will be either other titles of books by the same author or a similar genre of books.

For example: I one of my favorite books is Wicked lovely. So lets see what the results I get for this book. There are two separate lists, the first is what Amazon recommends and the second is what the LibraryThing (this is what it is called) recommends.

The recommendations from Amazon includes:
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Spells: A new kind of faerie tale by Aprilynne Pike
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Darklight (Wondrous Strange) by Lesly Livingston
Captivate (Need Pixies, Book 2) by Carrie Jones
Hourglass (Evernight) by Claudia Gray

Oddly enough the LibraryThing didn't recommend anything, so lets try another book and see if it recommends anything the second time around.

So, second time around I put in a classic that everyone knows Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Amazon recommends:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

LibraryThing recommends:
Tess of the D'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy
Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The LibraryThing's suggestions are almost all classics, but not all of them are the same time period or are all classic romance novel like Jane Eyre is. For the most part Amazon's suggestions stay in the classic romance genre.

I really do like this website mostly because you don't get just one kind of suggestion when looking for a new book to read. You get two different lists that have very few books in common. Come find some new books to read with me and check out the website. Let me know what books you find that you'll add to your book list. :)

Until next time, happy reading.

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