Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Best Book Review Sites – 2015


Sometimes you buy books on impulse or because you heard it was good. In other cases due diligence is necessary and maybe you want to read a few reviews first. There are many review sites out there that have spoilers that can ruin the reading experience, while others are really solid. Today, we are going to look at the best book review sites out there.

BookLikes – BookLikes, the Poland-based multi-national site whose eight month beta launch went public in 2013, does bring some new twists to book discovery. While still incorporating the same kinds of features that have made sites like Goodreads so popular and well-trafficked, BookLinks offers its users a greater scope by creating book blogs rather than profiles.

Goodreads – GoodReads is a book discovery site and online book club community. There are millions of reviews and people buzzing about new books coming out. It has a strong social media vibe, with some books generating thousands and thousands of comments. GoodReads is basically the Facebook of books.

NPR – The NPR has excellent book reviews and podcasts. I like this one better than the CBC or BBC equivalents.

Kirkus Reviews – Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been an authoritative voice in book discovery for 80 years. Kirkus Reviews magazine gives industry professionals a sneak peek at the most notable books being published weeks before they're released. Kirkus serves the book reviews to consumers in a weekly email newsletter and on the website, giving readers unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust.

Oomnivoracious – Omnivoracious is a blog run by the books editors at They aim to share their passion for the written word through news, reviews, interviews, and more. This is our space to talk books and publishing.

From the Critics –  New York Times Book Blog  is different from the perennial New York Times bestseller list. You will find better crafted book reviews and interviews with authors. The New York Review of Books is a different site, but equally great and so is the London Review of Books.

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