There’s no shortage of books to read, movies to watch, or other stuff to compete for your attention. Luckily, the web and the library provide tools that can help you to find the next thing that’s right for you. The two guides listed below cover websites and books for getting recommendations, award winners, and best of lists.
5 Tools to Help You Find What to Read/Watch/Discover Next
Maybe the best website for getting movie recommendations. Search for a film and find others like it, or search for movies that match a certain mood, setting, genre, or plot type
TasteKid is similar to Jinni, but what’s cool about it is that it works for music, books, TV shows, and video games, too. Even more, it can make recommendations across types of media. For example, if you give it a movie that you like, it can recommend other movies that you might like, but it can also recommend books based on TV shows that you like, or music based on video games you like.
3. Reader’s Advisor Online
Lets you discover new books no matter what you’re looking for. Browse by genres and subgenres, historical period, audience, or theme, or find writers similar to the writers you already enjoy.
A website dedicated to the idea that reading should be fun and social. You can sign up, rate the books you read, and see what your friends have been reading and what they think. They also have book recommendations from famous authors.
5. Find the best of the best.
Find out what people in the know think is the best. For books, check out this guide to recent award winning books from Powell’s bookstore, or this selection of best movies from the American Film Institute.
–Carl Lehnen, Reference/Instruction Librarian