Arts & Humanities
Books & Literature
- All About Romance
Serving as “the back fence for lovers of romance novels” for over 10 years, AAR offers author interviews, reviews, message boards and blogs for romance readers to get the latest news and connect.
- Arts & Letters Daily
This website supplies a variety of current articles and book reviews concerning the arts and humanities, as well as annotated essays and reviews. Updated six days a week by the Chronicle of Higher Education, it also provides links to journals, newspapers, web logs, and columnists.
Access to full-text literature, poetry and reference information is available at Bartleby free-of-charge. Students, researchers, and anyone else may utilize books as varied as the Columbia Encyclopedia, Darwin’s Origin of the Species, or Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Thousands of e-books, poems, short stories, and plays are available and new ones are added each month. Religious, reference, and quotation books are also offered along with study guides and message boards for discussion.
Bookbrowse promises to recommend “only the most interesting and well-written books” of all genres and members’ comments reflect an appreciation for their on-the-mark reviews. A few minutes browsing here can help you decide what books to put on hold!
With over 75 new book reviews and author interviews offered each month, Bookpage helps you choose which new book is right for you. Reviews are organized into interests such as mystery, romance, audiobooks, children’s, and even book club choices.
- Classics at the Online Literature Library
This online library of classic English literature offers full, unabridged texts of both fiction and scientific works. Authors range from Dickens and Bronte to Darwin and Descartes.
- Fantastic Fiction
Searchable by author or title, this website offers over 20,000 bibliographies of author’s works. You may also search by series, award, and year.
- Mystery Reader
Publisher and editor D. N. Anderson promises to supply “the latest news and views of mystery novels.” The reviews are grouped by tags such as cozy, romantic suspense, police/detective, thriller, historical, and suspense.
- New York Times Literary Map of Manhattan
Settings of fictional classics from Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint to E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime are accessible via an interactive map of Manhattan.
- Outline of American Literature
Divided by time period from the colonial era to the present, this website offers critical essays (which analyze the era) as well as information on the authors of that time. Kathryn Van Spanckeren of the Univ. Of Groningen, Netherlands, maintains the site using information from the U.S. Information Agency.
A searchable site (by poet or poem) which also offers features such as “Daily poetry,” “This week’s highlights,” “New poems, bios, and essays” and more.
- Project Gutenberg
Over 100,000 book titles are available through Project Gutenberg and affiliates and can be searched by author or title. Special areas include “Top 100 books and authors” and digitized sheet music.
- Reading Group Guides
Ideas for book discussions abound, complete with questions to get you started. Check out the featured titles or search under “Now in paperback,” “Best of” lists, or “New, Ongoing or Enduring Favorites.”
Build a virtual bookshelf to display your books and view what your friends have been reading on this social networking site for book lovers.
- Stop, You’re Killing Me!
This resource for readers of thriller, spy, crime, suspense, and mystery books lists over 2,700 authors along with chronological lists of the over 30,000 books they’ve written. Also included are listings for new books, historical period of series character, read-alikes, and other features.
Looking for twins in fiction or books set on a lake? This reader’s advisory site has fiction listed by setting, character, audience, subject, and more. Genre divisions include unusual headings such as “Mysteries set in hot climates” and “Humorous historicals.”
- What’s Next? Books in Series
A database of series fiction (“two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits”) maintained by the Kent District Library, What’s Next? is searchable by author, title, or series.