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What's your favorite book blog?

Let's start off really simple: What blogs/Facebook pages/Twitter accounts do you use to find book recommendations?

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Two of my favourite places to go for book recommendations are GoodReads and LibraryThing. They're weighted more towards fiction and popular non-fiction than to academic texts, just by sheer force of demographics, but once you've been using both sites for a while, the underlying algorithms start recommending books/other users that are most relevant to your interests. GoodReads' format encourages a more active commenting culture on reviews, I think, but LibraryThing has lots of good readers' groups and gives you more detailed statistical info about your collection. (Apparently if I stacked all the books which I physically own, the pile would approach the height of the Statue of Liberty! Which is the kind of pointless but fascinating fact that I love.)

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I'm always eager to hear how other people find their book recommendations.  I have LibraryThing and GoodReads accounts, but haven't done much beyond making virtual book shelves.  I'll have to look into the groups on LibraryThing!

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Not all of the groups on LibraryThing are super active, but I've found them good ways of getting especially thematic/genre recommendations when I'm trying to delve into new topics. They certainly tend to get updated faster with new releases than most academic reviews--with the exception of maybe the reviews on H-Net, which of course don't really allow a forum for response/discussion.

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