Useful Links - 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.
  • Bartleby.com
    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.
  • Bibliomania
    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.com
    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!
  • Bookpage.com
    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 Online
    This online library of classic literature offers full, unabridged texts of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and plays. Authors range from Dickens and Bronte to Darwin and Descartes.
  • Cozy Mystery List
    This website serves as a detailed guide to the cozy mystery genre including new releases, popular series, and recommended titles. Cozy mysteries are searchable by author, theme, and series.
  • Crime Fiction Lovers
    This website, established by two crime fiction loving journalists, provides crime fiction recommendations to help you find your new favorite book. Check out cutting edge news, reviews, featured titles, and even upcoming events in the crime fiction industry.
  • 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.
  • Goodreads
    Build a virtual bookshelf to display your books and view what your friends have been reading on this social networking site for book lovers.
  • 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.
  • Poets.org
    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."
  • Sons of Spade
    This resource for readers of thrillers, crime, and mystery books provides book reviews and recommendations.
  • 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.