Monday, February 4, 2008

Good Reads: Book Reviews & Beyond

To help you find new books you might enjoy, we've developed Good Reads, a resource for book and illustrator reviews, author biographies and interviews, lists of bestsellers and award-winning books, books by theme, and books that have recently been talked about on television and radio.

The best part is how often you'll see the "Check Our Catalog" link next to a title. That link means that if a WCCLS library has that title or that author's books, you don't have to leave the page and go a-hunting for it in the WCCLS catalog. Following the "Check Our Catalog" link takes you right to the title's entry in the catalog. If we've got it, and you have library card, you can place a request for it immediately.

In short, if you don't know what to read next, Good Reads is the place to start.

While you're there, sign up for a news feed or an email newsletter in one or more of twenty categories, including Audio, Fiction Bestsellers, Children's Chapter and Picture books, and your favorite genre fiction. Book Club Choices, Book Sizzle, Book TV this Weekend, and Books on the Air will help keep you up to date on books talked about on radio and TV.

Coolest Feature: my vote goes to Chapter a Day. Wisconsin Public Radio reads one chapter per day of an entire book. They're currently about half way through Joseph E. Ellis's American Creation, a book on the period of American history between the War of Independence and the Louisiana Purchase. On Feb. 21, they start reading J. Revell Carr's All Brave Sailors : The Sinking of the Anglo Saxon, 1940, the true story of the two survivors of the sinking of a WWII British merchant ship and the 70 days they spent at sea in an open boat. (Library2Go fans take note! Chapter a Day gives you something interesting to listen to while you're between downloads.)

Look for the Good Reads link on the main page under "Lending Library." Contact us if have questions or comments. We're eager to hear what you think of Good Reads.