Books and Media A good place to start for new books, with news of what is being reviewed in the national papers and magazines and which titles are being talked about on radio and television. Listings and reviews give a taste of what might be to, well, your taste. Visit Books and Media.
London Review of Books A heavyweight site with serious reviews and essays – on books, themes and authors – by full-on littérateurs. To access the whole archive (more than 12,000 articles) you need to be a subscriber but casual browsers and temporary registrees still have plenty of choice. Visit London Review of Books.
Book Rabbit This is Facebook for readers, a social site that’s a meeting place for book lovers, giving reader reviews, listings, favourites and idea swaps. It is most useful for its discussion threads and the chance to stick your oar in on anything from Fifty Shades of Grey to the merits or otherwise of ebooks. Visit BookRabbit.
The Paris Review The journal, founded in 1953 as a showcase for highbrow fiction and poetry, has been good enough for Philip Roth, Jonathan Franzen and VS Naipaul, among others. Not all the material is accessible to non-subscribers but it’s excellent for its interview archive, blog and taster reviews. Visit The Paris Review.
Omnivoracious This blog and feature site is run by the editors at Amazon, but don’t hold that against it. It’s a lively resource for opinion, news and bookish quirks, and contains video clips, lists and personal pieces. It naturally links to the main Amazon pages but is easy to use as a place for literary diversion. Visit Omnivoracious.