Picking a Summer Read


By: Dawn B

Edited by: Jessica Schrader

With the solstice just passing a few days ago, summer has officially begun. For many people that means it’s time to start picking out their summer reads! There are plenty of booklists online that people make with their top picks, but what if you want to find books more custom to your liking? I did some investigating and there are a couple of great sites online to help you navigate!

1. Whichbook

Whichbook is great in that it allows you to pick books based on many different factors, all illustrated on a scale. The categories range from happy to bleak and conventional to unpredictable. Once you’ve picked a couple of categories, Whichbook generates in-depth lists of books! There are even summaries, extracts, and a link for finding similar titles.

2. What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next? is a simple search engine in which you write what book you read last, then it puts together a recommended list of books that you can check out next. If there’s a long list of similar results, just click the highest link on the page. The reviews on this website are connected to Amazon.

3. The Carnegie Library Lists

On the Carnegie Library’s website are lots of different booklists, separated into an abundance of categories. If you see one you’d like to check out then all you have to do is click on the link, and it will lead to the catalog and you’ll be on your way. There’s even a book list on volunteering.

There’s also this flowchart (while it’s geared toward high school summer reading, it still has some solid picks) and this summer book personality quiz.  Happy summer reading!


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