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    Recommended Reading Websites

    Recommended Useful Reading Websites  


        Free Online Read Books – eBooks, online reads, recommendations, Awards 

    Goodreads is an excellent essential website for all readers. It allows you to read online, to track books you have read, want to read and add custom shelves to sort books. You can connect with other readers in groups and follow authors for updates and exclusive information.  Why not give the Goodreads Reading Challenge a go, an annual self-challenge to set a goal of how many books you want to read that year.  

    Strengths: Community, reading data tool, book list articles, user-generated reviews, reading challenge 



    LoveReading exists because reading matters and books change lives. Support local schools through the LoveReading bookshop. Includes reviews, debuts, different genres and the LoveReading Litfest 

    Google books searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned and converted to text .  

    Search the world’s most comprehensive index of full-text books. Many are free 

    Includes best sellers, new releases. 



    Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks and home of the first e-book 

    Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for you to enjoy.  

    There are no fees. Search for your favourite authors, genre, title. Includes bookshelves of similar books and recently added books 


    Amazon Book Review 

    The Amazon Book Review is a flagship for good book content, with recommendations form notable from readers being a unique feature. The site includes author interviews with writers like George R Martin, Holly Black and Charlie Jane Anders recently stopping by for a chat, often on the podcast. Amazon’s Best Books of the Month list is one to check regularly for new books they often surprise with little-known reads. Highly rated is ‘new book discovery’ meaning a place where you can learn about new books to read.  

    Strengths: Author interviews, previews of new releases, lists of recent award winners, podcast, new book discovery 



    Get ebook deals, handpicked recommendations, and author updates 

    The drawback of Book Bub is that you have to set up an account . However it is free and you can download onto your eReader. It shows comprehensive book lists, new books and has book recommendations from authors like Stephen King and Nora Roberts 

    Strengths: Book list articles, book recommendations, eBook deals, new book discovery 

    Literary Hub ( 

    A daily literary website with reviews, interviews, recommendations, lists, journal articles. Good reading when you do not want to read a book. Articles on authors, books and everything literary  

    One of the sites associated with Literary Hub Book Marks is the place to go if you want to find book reviews of the latest big books. Book Marks speciality is aggregating adult literary fiction and non-fiction reviews and then assigning them a score card so you can see how many reviewers  gave the book a Rave, Positive, Mixed or Pan. The site regularly interviews book critics to ask them more about their bookish lives. The site also reprints classic book reviews.  

    Strengths: Book reviews, coverage of new books, literary criticism, book news, essays 

    Literature Map 

    A fun site where you can type in an author’s name and then view similar authors that other readers are enjoying. The site generates a map that displays author names in relative states of closeness. The closer the authors, the more likely other readers enjoyed both.  



    Epic Reads is one of the largest young adult fiction communities online. Along with their endless energy and passion for YA, one reason for their popularity is their interactive quizzes, lengthy lists, and colourful book charts that point readers towards their next favourite read. 


    Who’s your favourite author – why not find out more about them and their books? 


    Popular Authors 


    Michael Morpurgo   

    A website dedicated to the  popular author of War Horse. It contains extracts from his books as well as details of events, interviews and even news of the Michael Morpurgo month!!! A must visit for any animal lover 


    Anthony Horowitz 

    Equally at home writing for teenagers, adults or for television drama Anthony Horowitz  OBE remains a favourite with young people. Recently awarded an OBE by His Majesty King Charles III he continues to write His website has lots to offer including interviews and news of all his books.  




    Malorie Blackman OBE is a British writer who held the position of Children's Laureate from 2013 to 2015. She primarily writes literature and television drama for children and young adults. She has used science fiction to explore social and ethical issues. Her critically and popularly acclaimed Noughts and Crosses series uses the setting of a fictional dystopia to explore racism. Blackman has been the recipient of many honours for her work including, most recently, the 2022 PEN Pinter Prize. 


    Tom Palmer | Children's Author 


    The author of fifty seven children’s books including award winning historical fiction titles and the Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad series.  Foul Play was short listed for the 2009 Blue Peter Book Award.  

    Look out in the library for messages to Bishop Ramsey from Mr Palmer