I strongly believe that to be a better writer, you have to be a reader first. I mean, why would you even write, if you don’t like reading in the first place?! I have a very strong opinion about people who want to write even when they don’t like reading, but I’ll discuss it some other time. Today, I want to discuss the 5 Bookish Websites That Every Book Reader Must Know.
I have been reading stories in various forms like comics, storybooks, magazines, and of course, novels since childhood, but studies and life came in the way and, well, I wasn’t able to read as much as I had wanted to. 2012 was the year when I dropped out of my Engineering College and decided to find my calling. Having nothing to do to distract me, I started reading and, to cut a long story short, 2 years and some 50-60 books later I realised that I wanted to write. Fast-forwarding to today, I am a published author with one full-length novel published along with an anthology, 3 books in various stages of publishing and another 3 in various stages of writing and it is all because once I started reading, I simply never stopped.
Today, I read about 80-100 books a year without having affecting my writing (well, sometimes I do leave my writing behind to finish a novel that I really like.) And on this beautiful journey if something remained constant then it was a couple of websites that really, really helped me! In my list of 5 Bookish Websites That Every Book Reader Must Know, I have introduced these treasures as well as some recent favourites. So do check out these awesome websites and let me know which ones you already knew about and which ones are new to you.
To sum this video up, here’s my list of 5 Bookish Websites That Every Book Reader Must Know:
- Goodreads – The biggest social media platform dedicated to books.
- Project Gutenberg – The one place where you can find all the classics available in the public domain.
- Librivox – Get all the classics in audio format that are available in the public domain.
- NetGalley – If you don’t know what NetGalley is, then read this article I wrote a couple of years back (and which is still one my most viewed articles of all time): Are you a “Professional Reader” at NetGalley?
- Audible – Amazon for audiobooks (literally!)
If you are already on Goodreads, then feel free to send a friend request to or a follow my Goodreads Author Profile.
If you’d like to explore new books and crave discussing books with other book-lovers, then I’d love to invite you to my Book Club – RMFAO, which stands for Reading my Frigging A** Off.
If you’re not on Goodreads and still want to join my Group then I do have a RMFAO Facebook Group for it and even a WhatsApp one – to become a member of RMFAO WhatsApp group please email me your WhatsApp number along with your name at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to share your personal favourite websites that help you in your everyday reading as I would love to know about them!