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Online Book Places I Frequent

This week I am looking at the online places I go to read about books and what others are reading. Some I visit more often than others and as I go into 2021 I’ll be thinking about how I use each.

Book Blogs

All the book blogs I visit are rich with ideas for what books I might read some time into the future. I think I use blogs the most in deciding what new authors I might try.


I happen to use Goodreads quite a bit. I keep track of what I have read and what I want to read there. I usually update it as I finish a book or when I start a book. I also use it when deciding to read a book. What do the readers I follow say about a particular book. It does influence me in that way. If a reader I respect is cautious about a book, then I am likely to reconsider.


I have only started using this place this year. I didn’t find it very useful until I asked them to change me to the USA version, which is much more detailed than what I initially had. This is a place I intend using a little more in 2021, as its a place authors seem to value the support of a review.

Modern Mrs Darcy

At present I belong to the book club, and follow the monthly choice of books, although I don’t always read them. I don’t really frequent the boards there very much as I find there aren’t a lot of readers with my reading taste. However I like the video interviews and Zoom discussions about books and that’s mainly why I stay there – for now.


There are so many groups that have reading as their common ground and I follow quite a few authors there. I don’t join in on discussion, although the Emilie Richards Reader Page is one place I do join in and also Susan Elizabeth Phillips Seppies reader group which is a small group of those who were on an old Board of hers and now share what each one is reading.


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Goodreads Choice 2020

Well it seems I am more out of sync than usual for the Goodreads Choice Awards. I have read even less of them this year. And usually I don’t vote unless I’ve read them. This year I broke that and voted for one I am currently reading and one that comes out late November.


book coverI am reading this at present. I think it will hold up – it has a theme of all the choices unchosen in life and what would it look like if you had gone down that path. The heroine is depressed and with no felt sense of any purpose in her life decides to end it. Instead of ending up dead she lands in the in-between of a library that is going to enable her to examine the choices she didn’t make.

Historical Fiction

book cover I read this via audiobook and I think because I read it in this format that I fell for it. It really put me on a Jane Austen path – I loved the setting – the time … just at the end of WW2 and the various characters just took hold of my heart. The narration by Richard Armitage was superb. And that’s saying something because I am not that keen on a male narrator but he nailed it. I also voted for this one in the Debut section.


The Switch book coverI had also read Beach Read in this category but I liked The Switch a lot more. Again I think because I read it via audiobook and that aced it for me. It’s fun, interesting characters and was well narrated by two narrators. Had a great older character too.

Non Fiction

book coverWith wonderfully real examples Anne Bogel depicts the over thinking that many of us engage in (from time to time) and gives us tips to manage this little habit that robs us of energy and time. In one place it had me chuckling out loud. Anne doesn’t spare herself.

It’s a book I’ll dip into again, exploring some of her references as well.


book cover Okay this is the one that I haven’t read but voted for anyway! I plan to read it and will most likely do via audiobook.

If it is as good as his wife’s book then it should be interesting, informative and most likely entertaining as well.

Have you read any of the Goodreads Choice books. Did you vote in the semi final round?

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