Notes from An Alien

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What Should You Read Next?

How do you choose what to read next?


Ask a friend?

Browse a bookstore?

Browse a WebSite?

Go to a library?

Well, I found another way—based on other readers’ favorites and used over 10 million times

And, it’s called, ever so appropriately, What Should I Read Next? :-)

I’ve checked it out and it seems to have some merit.

What I’d really like, though, is for you to check it out and come back and let me know what you think in our comments.


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10 responses to “What Should You Read Next?

  1. martinaseveckepohlen July 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

    This site is great. I tried it with several of my favourite books. One can think of lots of uses – in class, in reading groups, for selecting a present … I have come across one or two similar sites but they weren’t so good. The connection to amazon is useful, of course. And it is this connection that makes me wonder – am I nothing more than a customer?


  2. Alexander M Zoltai July 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Fascinating, Martina—“…am I nothing more than a customer?”

    Perhaps balancing a site like this with Goodreads? :-)

    Of course, they have purchase links, too


  3. Barbara Blackcinder July 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I can’t wait until I compile a list and see what happens!


  4. Alexander M Zoltai July 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Very Cool, Barb :-)


  5. Start Your Novel (@StartYourNovel) July 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Intuition and four-star reviews at Amazon. That’s how I find new books to read. I actually trust four-star reviews a lot more than five-star ones.

    I tried the site, and the recommendations are rather intriguing. Will probably use it often.


  6. Alexander M Zoltai July 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Can you elucidate your reasoning on four-star reviews?


  7. Mike Reeves-McMillan July 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I tried Lindsay Buroker, one of my favourite authors, and it gave me a list of authors who I know I don’t like that much or even actively dislike. Debora Geary: not on enough people’s lists to give any recommendations. Rachel Aaron: some more pulpy writers not nearly as good as she is, and a few recommendations of books I’ve already read. So for me, not very useful.


  8. Alexander M Zoltai July 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm


    Thanks for your comment.

    I was pretty sure the usefulness of that site depended heavily on the type of book entered

    So, the “score” so far is 2 – useful — 1 – not useful — 1 – yet to be seen :-)


  9. martinaseveckepohlen July 26, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I would agree to Start Your Novel’s reasoning on four star reviews in so far as it relates to over enthusiastic reviews. I tend to ignore reviews of books (a tendency, not a rule) but use them when looking for electronic stuff. Five star reviews often have a ring of a child enjoying the first five minutes with a new toy :-)


  10. Alexander M Zoltai July 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    “…a child enjoying the first five minutes with a new toy…”

    Well-put :-)


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