Stalking the Wild Bibliophile

There’s so much good book writing on the Internet, but how to find it all? I love clearinghouse websites that do the work for me and collect links to all those great author interviews, book lists, and writing news. One such site that I don’t think is well known is Bibliophile Stalker, a clearinghouse for all things speculative fiction that is updated very steadily (the key with such sites) by writer Charles Tan. He does the work, combing through all of those websites and author blogs for the best nuggets so that you don’t have to.

Another underappreciated clearinghouse is Largehearted Boy, where the first focus is on music, but books are certainly not slighted. The blogger is a southern transplanted to Brooklyn who compiles a great annual list of best books of the year lists, leads regular book challenges, and posts weekly reviews. He has a fun regular feature called “Book Notes” that could be adapted into a fun game for book groups, asking authors to select a “mix tape” of songs that could serve as the soundtrack to their books. I watch for the regular “Shorties” columns, which are long lists of links to all kinds of interesting book and music tidbits around the Internet.

Of course you’re all aware of other great sites like Nora Rawlinson’s Early Word, The Millions, and the Reader’s Advisor Online Blog. Along with the time I spend trolling through all the great stuff on the blogs here at Booklist Online, I use these sites in regular rotation to keep me up to date on all the online book news. What “clearinghouse” sites do you use to get news about your favorite books?



About the Author:

Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction (2007) and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups (2009).

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