What to Read Next?


You know when you finish an amazing book, and you're a little traumatized by suddenly being cut off from this glorious world that you were immersed in for so long and aren't sure how you're going to go on with your life or what you should read next because it's just not the same?

Well, I just discovered a website that will help!

It's so simple: go to What Should I Read Next and enter the title of a book or author you love.  Then it makes recommendations.

I did a few tests with some of my favourite books:

The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell gave me The Great Brain at the Academy by I Fitzgerald John D and Mayer Mercer, Flash Forward by Robert J Sawyer, and Omega by Jack McDevitt, among others.

Patrick Rothfuss' masterpiece The Name of the Wind lent to suggestions like A Memory of Light and Towers at Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson.

The first suggestion that came in based on White Teeth by Zadie Smith is a Nigella Lawson cookbook, which is not the same at all. Also in there is Love, Etc. by Julian Barnes and A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore.

Harry Potter 6 provided The Witch's Boy by Michael Gruber and the Chronicles of Narnia, as well as a novel about Doctor Who.

It's hard to judge how good the recommendations are, since I hadn't heard of any of the books recommended except for Narnia (which is quite fitting). I'm a bit put off by the cookbook recommendation, but that's okay. They also list all the tags associated with your book and their recommendation, so you can scan through for one that has the attributes you liked best.

Warning: this website is definitely run by Amazon. Each book has an "Info/Buy" button that leads you right to the book's Amazon page. I'm not too concerned about this, but you might be.

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