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Nobody puts backlist in a corner—readers'-advisory experts Karen Kleckner Keefe and Rebecca Vnuk bring attention to older titles by featuring "dusty books" and offering read-alikes for what’s hot on the holds list.

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Fri, April 18th, 2014
Web Crush of the Week: Bookgasm
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

We mentioned this week’s Web Crush of the Week, Bookgasm, on our original site way back in 2009 and wanted to revisit it.     I’m sad that they no longer link to their “About Us” page, because it used to say, “Hey, have you read the new Nora Roberts? Are you a member of Oprah’s […]


Fri, April 4th, 2014
Web Crush: Whichbook
Posted by: Karen Kleckner Keefe

From the site: Everyone has their favorite writers who can be trusted to deliver the goods. But there are thousands of books out there. One of those might satisfy you even more, but how can you tell? Whichbook enables you to search for a book that up to now may only have existed in your […]


Fri, February 28th, 2014
Web Crush of the Week: Bookreporter.com
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

http://www.bookreporter.com features book reviews in a variety of genres, interviews ranging from bestselling authors to debut writers, polls, contests and more. Content is updated weekly.  I like to simply browse around this site – it can be a great way to come across something you didn’t even know you were looking for! Take a look at […]


Fri, February 21st, 2014
Web Crush of the Week: StreetFiction.org
Posted by: Karen Kleckner Keefe

StreetFiction.org is a veteran resource for Street Fiction news and reviews. Running the gamut from Urban Christian Fiction to Urban Erotica, StreetFiction.org features reviews, interviews, book trailers, and resources for aspiring writers.


Fri, February 14th, 2014
Web Crush of the Week: Collection Reflection
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

Collection Reflection is a blog dedicated to library collection development, run by 2 fabulous librarians, Robin Bradford and Anna Mickelson. They talk about practical library topics such as weeding, purchasing, all aspects of selection, as well as fun library stuff, and personal musings.  They also do a regular post called “Click My Link,” a roundup […]


Fri, February 7th, 2014
Web Crush of the Week: LibraryReads
Posted by: Karen Kleckner Keefe

The best thing about LibraryReads is the awesome monthly recommendation list.  The second best thing is their tagline.  Not sure what LibraryReads is? It’s “the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.” Smart. Simple. Says it all. What’s behind this literary do-goodery? As they say, “First and foremost: we want to […]


Fri, January 31st, 2014
Web Crush of the Week: Brain Pickings
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

This week’s crush is a weekly web digest, Brain Pickings. The brain child of Maria Popova, “an interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large,” we particularly love the book and literary coverage, which can be accessed via a virtual bookshelf or explored by the generous use of post tags. The site also features a link to […]


Fri, January 24th, 2014
Web Crush of the Week: Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading
Posted by: Karen Kleckner Keefe

So, sometimes you want a reading recommendation with a little more weight. Sometimes you’d like to know what Ann Beattie or Chang-Rae Lee  think others might enjoy reading. And this is why Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading is awesome. This is literally what it does. “GREAT AUTHORS INSPIRE US. But what about the stories that inspire […]


Fri, January 10th, 2014
Web Crush of the Week: NPR’s Book Concierge
Posted by: Karen Kleckner Keefe

Are you ready for a reprieve from all the year-end “best of lists?” Well, the book people at NPR were sick and tired of it before it even started. That’s why they created NPR’s Book Concierge. As they put it, “… we started to think about a site that would be more Venn diagram-y than […]


Fri, January 3rd, 2014
Web Crush of the Week: The Write Life
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

The Write Life is a (currently) free online magazine for writers (and readers!). Their thought is that “writing is not just a hobby or an interest, it’s a lifestyle,” and their goal is to “help writers on ALL ends of the spectrum make writing a bigger part of their lifestyle, and get closer to their writing […]





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