‘Book Stuff’ Happening Online
Free comics, live author discussions, new book reviews and recommended reading? Sign us up! The literary world has gone virtual in more ways than one- websites are now offering free access to book reviews and events. Below, you will find a list of five excellent literary resources that we’re sure you’ll enjoy using from home.
- A favorite among some of our reference librarians, Literary Hub is an essential (and fun) website for all things literary. The Lit Hub website is brimming with everything from book reviews to author interviews, poetry, curated reading lists and odd literary facts. Be careful though- you might fall into what we call at the library a ‘Lit Hub black hole’ which is when you end up spending hours perusing their website and laughing over things like What Your Go-To Quarantine Read Says About You
- If you miss grabbing a hard copy of BookPage at the library, don’t fret! BookPage is available online so you can read descriptions and reviews of new book releases (across all genres) right from home. Get browsing!
- The library has a paid subscription to an excellent literary resource called BookList which our librarians read through each month to help us determine what books to buy for our patrons. During the COVID-19 pandemic, BookList has graciously decided to open their website up to everyone for free access to book reviews as well as webinars and podcasts.
- Do you enjoy comics? You’re in luck because the annual Free Comic Book Day event is going virtual this year! ‘FCBD,’ which usually takes place on the first Saturday of May, is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores. Since many of these stores will be closed this year, the creators are hosting the event online- visit their site to scope out the panel lineups and register for free.
- We’re sure you’ve noticed that feature on Amazon.com that says ‘if you liked this, you’ll also like..’ Have you finished reading a book or series and now you’re stuck wondering what’s next? If you’re looking for a similar type of guidance there’s a very nifty website called www.whatshouldireadnext.com where you can type in the name of an author or book title and the site will generate a list of like-minded books catered to your tastes. Give it a whirl and check out one of the library’s digital eBook catalogs, like Overdrive or Hoopla to see if we have that title to borrow!