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Christian/inspirational | Horror | Mystery | Romance | Science fiction/Fantasy | Mega-booklist sites |Social networking sites

Christian/Inspirational fiction

Inspirational fiction and gentle reads
From a list created by the Waterboro (Maine) Public Library and maintained by one of their librarians you will find an extensive set of links to booklists for both Christian fiction and the broader category of “gentle reads” (books with no explicit sex or violence and little or no profanity).

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Created by the Horror Writers’ Association, this site contains (among many other things) a list of that the members consider to be the greatest horror books ever, as well as a list of the winners of the Stoker Award.
Readers’ Advice horror booklists
Listings of books in over 20 different sub-genres of horror, from the Cthulhu Mythos to Dark Fantasy to Splatterpunk

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Stop, You’re Killing Me!
Search for books in a variety of ways: by author, character, setting, job of the series character, historical period and more.
Thrilling Detective
This site provides extensive information on private eyes and tough guys from books, films, television and radio.

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All About Romance
This website contains over a dozen sections, including message boards, polls, articles and interviews. Also includes lots of reviews, graded for quality (A to F) and sensuality (Kisses to Burning). Finally, there’s a number of “If you like ___, try ___ “ lists.
Romance Reader
Lots and lots of reviews, both of quality (1 to 5 hearts) and sensuality (G to NC-17).
Romantic Times Magazine
This site contains (among many other things) an extensive database of books, many of which are summarized and/or reviewed. Searchable by author or ‘theme’ (e.g., suspense, inspirational, contemporary, etc.)

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Science fiction/Fantasy

Fantastic Fiction
A comprehensive site that compiles science fiction, fantasy and horror authors. For each author there is a complete listing of novels, series, collections, and anthologies the author has written or edited. Includes a section on forthcoming novels.
Internet Speculative Fiction Database
ISFDB includes works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. “It links together various types of bibliographic data: author bibliographies, publication bibliographies, award listings, magazine content listings, anthology and collection content listings, yearly fiction indexes, and forthcoming books.”
Large site, with lots of helpful features such as: over 4,000 series listed alphabetically by title, and within each series listed chronologically; over 80 themed booklists, from After the Apocalypse to Young Reader—Books for Children; and listings of over 40,000 books and 10,000 authors.

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Mega-booklist sites

Each of the following four sites contains a huge number of booklists on a wide range of genres and/or topics.

Booklist Center
Library booklists
Reader’s Advice

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Social networking sites

“Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world, [with] over 1,900,000 members who have added over 44,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more.”
“LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.”
Owned by Amazon.com, Shelfari allows users to: “Build virtual bookshelves to express themselves to their friends and to the world; Discover books that are popular in their trusted circles of friends; Influence peers by rating and discussing books online; Discover and learn from people with similar reading tastes; Participate in online book groups to further explore literature and share ideas; andInteract with and learn from authors.”

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