Top Ten Tuesday: Online Resources for Book Lovers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

She assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

  1. NetGalley

I have used NetGalley for all of my ARCs since 2016. I absolutely LOVE it. Of course, it is easy to get sucked into requesting too many books.

2. Goodreads

Goodreads and I go way back. I have been a member since 2010/2011 (I think??). Put it this way, I was still using Shelfari and Goodreads wasn’t a part of Amazon yet when I joined. Yup, that far back. Anyways, I love that I can easily keep track of what I am reading, what I want to read, and what I have read. Of course, there is some bad with it. Like not being able to organize my larger shelves (it was turned off) and the groups’ digest (which is super hard for me to follow/get into)

3. The StoryGraph

I started using The StoryGraph about a year ago and I started paying for the Plus version a little over 4 months ago. I mainly use it for tracking my challenges (which I am failing miserably at right now) and for keeping track of my books. I know that there has been some controversy with the content warnings section (I personally don’t use it anymore) but other than that, it is a good site. My favorite thing is that if you can’t find the book you’re reading on the site, then you can add it by using the ISBN.

4. Bookhype

I started using Bookhype around the same time I started using The StoryGraph. It is a little more difficult to use than The StoryGraph but a little easier to use than Goodreads. I mainly use it for reviews. They did do an overhaul of the site a little over a month ago and made searching for books easier.

5. BookBub

I have been using BookBub to publish my reviews since 2018/2019. I had an author ask if I could publish my review on the site. When I went to publish the review, I couldn’t get over how easy it was to use.

6. Libby

I started using Libby when I took my hiatus from blogging in 2020. Nothing too much to say about it. The site is easy to use but I didn’t like having to log into my library account once or twice a month (getting my library card out of my wallet is awful. The wallet is new)

7. North Carolina Digital Library via Overdrive

I used Overdrive a lot during 2020. It was easy to use but you did have to check and see if Kindle was supported on the book you wanted to read before requesting it. I didn’t do that a couple of times and was disappointed when I couldn’t get it on my Kindle. My favorite thing about Overdrive is that you could request books to be brought into the library. If they got enough, they added them.

8. Grammarly

I have used Grammarly since 2017ish (can’t remember) and I love it. My grammar and general spelling sucks and using this to double-check have helped me a ton. Of course, you do need to make sure that you don’t blindly follow every prompt Grammarly gives you. Because sometimes their suggestions don’t work….lol.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Online Resources for Book Lovers

  1. Love your list! Libby is my go-to for audiobooks but I keep wondering how great The Storygraph plus version is for users. Are you loving it?

    1. Thank you!!!

      I am loving The StoryGraph Plus. I don’t use the advanced stats (I should though…lol) but I do use the personalized similar books and the up next suggestions a lot.

      I am thinking of starting to use Libby again now that I got Apple Airpods.

  2. as an international reader, netgalley has been my go to when it comes to requesting books! it’s so handy and they’re generally accepting of anyone with a good feedback ratio or a decent following – country of origin aside!

    1. That’s awesome!! I have had an issue with only 1 publisher declining my requests. But, I heard that they are super picky and you need a certain amount of followers, be on Booksagram and Book Tube in order to get accepted.

      1. i’ve had a few that’re picky but i altered my bio thingy to match what they required and it seems to be fine for now. i don’t really post on bookstagram, as i prefer physical copies for that — haha!

      2. You just reminded me that I need to update my bio on there!!! And I don’t do bookstagram either.

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