09 August 2010

Got Links? Or Where to Share

Where do you turn when you are tracking down reviews for a particular book, are trying to figure out what to read next, are looking for suggestions in a particular genre, or are interested in a specific imprint?

On the flip side, where do you link up your reviews so that you can share your thoughts with a wide audience?

I am a big fan of sites that let me link my reviews so interested readers can click on through to see what I have to say. I also use review databases to help me decide about buying and reading particular titles and to guide me when it comes to gift giving.

NOTE: I have added this post's button to my sidebar so you can easily find this resource in the future.

Here are some of the databases, features, open challenges, and other places where you can share reviews. If you know of other sites, please tell me in a comment or email, and I'll add them to this post.

General Sites and Book Blogger Search Engine

Semicolon--Saturday Review of Books: Every Saturday book bloggers around the globe share the links to their reviews on Sherry's site. Each week you can find close to 100 links.

Firefly--Book Blogs Search Engine: This is the place to track down reviews, author interviews, and other book blogging content. If your blog is not in in the database, click on over and get added. You can even embed the book blog search engine on your site.

Best Posts of the Week
: Although this site is not specifically for reviews, it is a place to link your best post from the week and to discover new blogs and content.

Reader Advisory Link Farm: This site collects links to professional reviews, reader guides from publishers, bookstores, book clubs, and websites that focus on a large variety of genres. This is a place to find book reviews and resources, not a site for linking your own reviews.

Audiobook Jukebox: This site is owned by @AudiobookDJ (Susan). Anyone who has reviewed any audiobook may link up his or her reviews.

The Sunday Blues: Each Sunday, Kristen from Bookworming in the 21st Century has a Mr. Linky you can use to link up a post you wish had gotten a bit more attention. The post "should have 3 or less comments . . . [and] should be content posts - not giveaway posts." She asks that you commit to reading at least three of the participating bloggers for the week.

Children and Young Adult

Childrens Book Reviews Database: This is a Wiki where you can share your reviews of children's, middle reader, and YA books. The database is sorted by audience, title, author, and genre.

Booking Mama--Kid Konnection: Each Saturday Julie discusses or reviews children's books and provides a Mr. Linky so others can share their posts and reviews concerning these books. The definition of "kids" is up to the blogger, so feel free to share everything from picture books to YA. Note that you do not have to post on Saturday; you can link up content from the previous week.

There's a Book blog: A weekly feature that spotlights new releases in children's, middle grade, and young adult titles. A Mr. Linky is provided for reviews of that week's featured titles. Click on the category "Just Floating In" or "New Releases" on that blog for more information.

Genre and Imprints

Although some of the databases in this section are associated with reading challenges, almost all encourage nonparticipants to share and link up their reviews. Check the link page or email the database owner if you're not sure about linking your reviews. All link pages I own are open to everyone, whether you are in a challenge or not.

Graphic Novels Challenge Blog: This blog, started in late 2008, was set up as a way to share and link reviews for people participating in the Graphic Novels Challenge. The reviews and links offer an amazing resource for GN titles.

Beth Fish Reads--Amy Einhorn Books: Although the database was set up as part of the AE perpetual challenge, it is open to everyone who has reviewed any Amy Einhorn Book. Don't be shy, link up your review. See also the alphabetized review index.

Reagan Arthur Books Blog: This blog started in 2010 as a home to the Reagan Arthur Book challenge. The owners (Bermudaonion and Booking Mama) are collecting RAB reviews from participants. A great resource.

Beth Fish Reads--Harper Perennial Books: This database is for reviews of Harper Perennial books published in any year and in any genre. Anyone can link reviews (older reviews welcome!) or provide short reviews in the comments. See also the alphabetized review index.

S. Krishna's Books--South Asian Review Database: Originally set up as part of the South Asian Author Challenge, the database owner encourages everyone to link up his or her reviews. Please be sure to read the guidelines before linking.

Beth Fish Reads--Weekend Cooking: Every Saturday, this feature offers a place to link up your foodie book reviews. Links cover foodie novels, biographies, culinary cozies, films, restaurants, and cookbooks. Or share a recipe. This is a resource for all things foodie. Post whenever you want; link up over the weekend.

Women Unbound Challenge Blog: This review database was set up for a reading challenge focusing on "nonfiction and fiction books related to the rather broad idea of ‘women’s studies.' " As of this writing, there are 550 reviews. Check with the blog's owners before linking a review if you aren't participating in the challenge.

War Through the Generations: This blog is collecting reviews from reading challenge participants and others on books focusing a particular war. Currently, the databases encompass fiction and nonfiction relating to World War II and the Vietnam War. Other war literature will be added in the coming years.

Diversify Your Reading: This blog collects "reviews of books by authors underrepresented in English-language publishing today." You'll find authors from diverse cultures, GBLT, and even authors with disabilities. Please read the submission guidlines for how to add your reviews.

Beth Fish Reads--Pamela Dorman Books: Be on the look-out this fall for a Pamela Dorman database. I am working on adding this resource, but it won't be ready until after BBAW.

Classics Blogger Directory hosted by Amanda at The Zen Leaf: If you read classics, review classics, or want to know more about classics, visit the page and start exploring. This isn't a review database but a place to find bloggers who read the classics.


What databases or linking sites have I missed? Let me know in the comments or via email, and I will add the resource to this post. I know that bloggers post their reviews on bookstore sites and on social book sites (like Library Thing), but I'll save those resources for another post.


Julie P. 8/9/10, 7:02 AM  

Great resource to have all of the information in one post - thanks!

Sandy Nawrot 8/9/10, 7:14 AM  

This is great! I use Firefly's database all the time. I've got it marked as a favorite.

JoAnn 8/9/10, 7:44 AM  

Thanks for putting this all together. I do use Firefly's search engine, but am not familiar with a lot of the others.

Helen Ellis 8/9/10, 8:28 AM  

What a wealth of information. Thank you so much for continuing to make the treasure trove that is cyberspace more accessible.
Helen Ellis

Molly 8/9/10, 8:34 AM  

What an ingenious idea!!

I will be favorite placing this information for easy access.

For now, I use Firefly's database almost exclusively (most because I did not know that these others existed).

S. Krishna 8/9/10, 9:04 AM  

Love this! Thanks for taking the time to compile all these links.

Teresa 8/9/10, 10:24 AM  

Very nice list! I knew about some of these already, but I'll make a point of checking out the other.

One other folks might be interested in is the database of books by diverse (mostly international) authors at http://diversereading.wordpress.com/

Natasha @ Maw Books 8/9/10, 10:57 AM  

I was also going to mention the Diverse Reading site which I see Teresa just mentioned. It's fantastic! Thank Candace, great post!

bermudaonion 8/9/10, 11:12 AM  

Thanks for all the hard work putting this together! It's a great resource.

Sherry 8/9/10, 11:55 AM  

Thanks for mentioning the Saturday Review and also for the other resources.

I also link reviews of book I own at LibraryTHing, and I suppose people use GoodReads for the same purpose?

nat @book, line, and sinker 8/9/10, 12:27 PM  

what a wealth of info! i wasn't listed on the main blog search, so thanks for pointing it out! hopefully, i'll be up there soon. :) great job! you really are super-organized!

Fyrefly 8/9/10, 12:48 PM  

Thanks as always for the link to the blog search... it's up over 1200 sites now, and more keep coming!

Louise 8/9/10, 2:09 PM  

Great list. There is so much I want to do with my reviews, first thing to categorize them (only got around to make the tabs so far) and I also want to put links to other reviews of the same book in the post. And now this ;o)

caite 8/9/10, 3:23 PM  

wow, am I the only person that never seems to be short of books, to be actually looking for more? lol

great list of resources though if one is!

Robin M 8/9/10, 5:02 PM  

Great list. I utilize most of them. I linked to your blog and a few others for 52 books challenge this week. You may have a few new visitors.

christina 8/9/10, 5:25 PM  

Coolness. Your post has forever been bookmarked! :)

Erika D. 8/9/10, 6:31 PM  

A noble endeavor!

Not sure if these are what you're looking for, but here you go:

The Complete Review (lists other review summaries and excerpts in addition to the site's own reviews)


The Book Publicity Blog's NPR Books Watch

Hope those are helpful!

Erika D.

Deepali 8/10/10, 7:47 AM  

How useful! i ve added my blog to fyrefly..shall visit all these OTHER links soon

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 8/10/10, 7:52 AM  

Thank you for pulling all these cross-references in one place!

I hadn't known of Reader Advisory Link Farm -- what a great resource.

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 8/10/10, 8:48 AM  

This is a great list. Thanks for putting this together. I need to bookmark this as a resource.

Dorte H 8/10/10, 3:35 PM  

You are so organized!

- and if I NEEDED more temptations ....But I can resist, I can resist!

Michelle 8/11/10, 6:00 AM  

Excellent list! Definitely one to bookmark :)

Serena 8/11/10, 9:46 AM  

Thanks for including War Through the Generations

The1stdaughter 8/11/10, 2:45 PM  

This is a great list! I actually use the Children's Book Reviews Database quite frequently to list my own reviews and it's great!

I've also started a link-up on my own site each week for all of the new releases out that week in Children's MG and YA titles. That way if anyone has reviewed a recently released title we can get to know a bit more about through the reviews linked-up.

Fantastic post, I'm definitely bookmarking it for future use! Thank you!

Robin Whitten 8/11/10, 4:49 PM  

You mentioned this on Audiobook Community, and for AUDIObook reviews--AudioFile is a huge resource http://www.audiofilemagazine.com
Our(disclosure--I started AF in 1992 because there were no audiobook reviews) reviews try to keep the focus on what is unique about listening to a book.

wisteria 8/12/10, 5:40 PM  

Thanks for the Wiki on Children's book reviews. I wasn't aware of this one.

Jennifer 8/15/10, 1:50 PM  

This is a great resource, one I'm sure I'll be visiting again and again. Thanks so much for putting this together!

Kristen 9/13/10, 8:53 PM  

Great resources! Very happy my feature made the cut ;). Thanks for stopping by and letting me know!

Amanda 11/14/10, 12:33 PM  

Wow, I didn't even realize this existed! Thanks for adding us, and I obviously need to check some of the rest of these out!

Steve,  2/10/12, 6:09 PM  

Don't know if this is helpful, but there's a podcast that does reviews of Audiobooks. They review everything from fiction to non-fiction and they have a book club every month. It's done by a couple of guys at Open Book Audio. You can find the podcast at www.openbookaudio.com/podcast.

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