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The 10 Best Book Review Sites and Book Rating Sites

Dan Price Updated 16-12-2019

Nobody likes to spend money on a new book only to face that overwhelming feeling of disappointment when it doesn’t live up to your expectations. The solution is to check out a few book review sites before you hit the shops. The greater the diversity of opinions you can gather, the more confidence you can have that you’ll enjoy the title.


Which book review and book rating sites are worth considering? Here are the best ones.

1. Goodreads

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Goodreads is arguably the leading online community for book lovers. If you want some inspiration for which book to read next, this is the site to visit.

There’s an endless number of user-generated reading lists to explore, and Goodreads itself publishes dozens of “best of” lists across a number of categories. You can also join book discussions and reading groups with thousands of members.

You can participate in the community by adding your own rankings to books you’ve read and leaving reviews for other people to check out. Occasionally, there are even bonus events like question and answer session with authors.


2. LibraryThing

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LibraryThing is the self-proclaimed largest book club in the world. It has more than 2.3 million members and is part-cataloging site/part-social networking site.

With a free account, you can add up to 200 books to your library and share it with other users. But it’s in the other areas where LibraryThing can claim to be one of the best book review sites.

Naturally, there are ratings, user reviews, and tags. But be sure to click on the Zeitgeist tab at the top of the page. It contains masses of information, including the top books by rating, by the number of reviews, by authors, and loads more.


3. Book Riot

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Book Riot is a blog. It publishes listicles on dozens of different topics, many of which focus on the best books in a certain genre. To give you an idea, some recent articles include 16 Must-Read Space Books and 8 Horror Novels by Latino Authors.

Of course, there’s also plenty of non-reading list content. If you have a general affinity for literature, Book Riot is definitely worth adding to list of websites you browse every day.

4. Bookish

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Bookish is a site that all members of book clubs should know about. It helps you prep for your next meeting with discussion guides, book quizzes, and book games. There are even food and drink suggestions and playlists suggestions.

But the site is about more than book club meetings. It also offers lots of editorial content. That comes in the form of author interviews, opinion essays, book recommendations, reading challenges, and giveaways.

Be sure to look at the Must-Read Books section of the site regularly. Every two weeks, a new Staff Reads article goes live.

5. Booklist [Broken URL Removed]

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Booklist is a print magazine which also offers an online portal. Trusted experts from the American Library Association write all the reviews.

You can see snippets of reviews for different books. However, to read the full reviews, you will need to subscribe. An annual plan costs $295 per year.

6. Fantasy Book Review

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Fantasy Book Review should be high on the list for anyone who is a fan of fantasy works.

The site publishes reviews for both children’s books and adults’ books. It has a book of the month section, a rating system of 0-10 for books it’s reviewed, and a continually updated list of must-read books for each year.

You can search through the old must-read archives, going right back to 1980.

7. LoveReading

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LoveReading is one of the most popular book review sites in the UK, but American audiences will find it to be equally useful.

The site is divided into fiction and non-fiction works. In each area, it publishes weekly staff picks, books of the month, debuts of the month, ebooks of the month, audiobooks of the month, and the nationwide bestsellers. Each book on every list has a full review that you can read for free.

Make sure you also check out the LoveReading Loves section. You’ll find themed reading lists such as World War One Literature and Summer Reading 2019.

8. Kirkus

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Kirkus has been involved in producing book reviews since the 1930s. The site critiques the week’s bestselling books, along with a simple Buy It, Borrow It, or Skip It rating.

As you’d expect, you’ll also find dozens of “best of” lists and individual books reviews across many categories and genres.

And while you’re on the site, make sure you click on the Kirkus Prize section. You can look at all the past winners and finalists, complete with the accompanying reviews of their books.

9. r/books

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As is so often the case, Reddit has a subreddit dedicated to book reviews and reading lists.

The subreddit has weekly scheduled threads about a particular topic or genre. Anyone can then chip in with their opinions about which books are recommendable.

Several new threads are published every day. Recent threads have included subjects such as Literature of the 1910s, Literature of Singapore, and Favorite Beach Reads.

You’ll also discover a weekly recommendation thread, a weekly What are you Reading? discussion, and frequent AMAs.

10. YouTube

YouTube is not the type of place that immediately springs to mind when you think of the best book review sites online.

Nonetheless, there are several engaging YouTube channels which frequently offer opinions on books they’ve read.

Some of the most notable book review YouTube channels include Better Than Food: Book Reviews, Little Book Owl, PolandBananasBooks, and Rincey Reads.

We’ve written about the best YouTube channels for book lovers The 10 Best YouTube Channels for Book Lovers Say hello to BookTube! Here are the best YouTube channels for book lovers who love to read and discuss their favorite stories. Read More if you would like to learn more.

Don’t Forget Amazon!

The 10 book review sites we’ve discussed will appeal to different types of readers. Some people will be more comfortable with the easy-to-interpret book rating systems; others will prefer extensive reviews written by experienced professionals. Haven’t found anything, yet? Here are a few more sites to find your next book to read 5 Fuss-Free Websites to Find What Book to Read Next Which book should you read next? These websites find the best book for you and recommend titles by experts and famous people. Read More .

And remember, if you don’t want to dig into endless book reviews, you can also use Amazon as a quick-and-dirty way to gauge people’s opinion on a title.

To learn more, make sure you read our article on the best books to read this year and the best books for geeks to read The 15 Best Books for Geeks to Read in 2019 This is shaping up to be a strong year for literature. Here are the best books for geeks you should read in 2019. Read More .

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  1. Bruce Miller
    April 2, 2020 at 5:19 am

    TeamGolfwell has been doing book reviews for several years. Check us out > https://www.teamgolfwell.com/free-book-reviews.html

  2. Melissa Melton
    February 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks so much for all your great info on book sites. It makes it so much easier when you know what sites you can trust to give you the info you’re looking for.

  3. Rosalba Mancuso
    January 30, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    I really appreciate your detailed and comprehensive list. If I can, I want only to say that I founded a book review site some years ago. The website is Advicesbooks.com. That is the Italian book site (Italian like me), where I write and publish book reviews in English and in Italian.

  4. Ella James
    October 15, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Then there is Artisan Book Reviews

  5. Saroosh
    April 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Hi writers
    a website by name ireaders.ga is under construction and we intend to create a great hub of emerging writers,their profiles,books,book reviews for book promotion and referals on demand...It is quite nominal in price so if you wanna be a part do tell me...For new writers its a wonderful platform...I have also inquired in the group about published writers so i hope its going to be a huge platform

  6. Daphne Madonna
    March 23, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    In addition to the above, I find one new website which is helping the indie authors to have their books reviewed. You can check it out here : authorsrushin.com

  7. Thiago Freitas
    March 1, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Where is other 4?

  8. Deb Mavin
    September 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    The US Review of Books (www.theUSreview.com) - fair, honest, professional, fast, and cost effective. Their marketing and social media is lively and authentic. Run a filter, like TwitterAudit.com, against any of their competitors. Most are deceiving people with fake Twitter and Facebook followers. Their actual numbers are only a fraction of what they appear to be.

  9. poo
    August 30, 2016 at 8:35 am

    can someone mention a good site pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee

    • Deb Mavin
      September 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      The US Review of Books (www.theUSreview.com) - fair, honest, professional, fast, and cost effective. Their marketing and social media is lively and authentic. Run a filter, like TwitterAudit.com, against any of their competitors. Most are deceiving people with fake Twitter and Facebook followers. Their actual numbers are only a fraction of what they appear to be.

    • Ícaro Nogueira
      July 29, 2019 at 9:55 pm


  10. Wanda
    December 23, 2015 at 10:30 am

    For UK readers there's also bookangel.co.uk, which has been going for a few years now and does free ebooks as well as reviews.

  11. Susan
    February 20, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Yes, where are the other 4?

    • Kathleen
      March 29, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      At the bottom of the NYTimes entry, there are four other newspapers mentioned.

      "Also worth mentioning 'capturing almost the same type of writing and quality' are the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and The Telegraph."

  12. Tamara Kopko
    December 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Stefan, I'd appreciate your opinion of The New Yorker's book reviews as it was not mentioned. Thanks.

  13. SM
    February 14, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Nice post. Thanks for shared

  14. Ash
    February 8, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Ashbooks comes highly recommended for book reviews. I've enjoyed using it. Cheers

  15. Andrea
    February 7, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Try Princetonbookreview.com It's a great site for honest concise reviews.

  16. Norm
    December 30, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Check out bookpleasures.com. This site has been in existence since 2002 and has posted over 5000 reviews and over 500 author interviews. The site comprises over 40 international reviewers that come from all walks of life and that review all genres.

  17. bookpleasures
    November 19, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    You may want to add bookpleasures.com for its diverse team of reviewers that come from all walks of life and that review all genres. In addition, the interesting author interviews that have been posted over the past several years.

  18. John
    November 4, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I guess the "Best" in the title refers to the actual quality of the book reviews, and not in regards to the books they choose to review.

    In my opinion, this applies especially to The New York Times.

    As you say, they certainly have the skills to pay the bills, but who's choosing which books they review these days, Border's?

    I mean, it's corporate book promotion at its best, or worst, depending on how you look at it I suppose.

    I'm looking for reviewers that introduce me to books that I actually want to read.

    Oh well, I guess it's all personal tastes in the end.

  19. Jan
    July 17, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Helpful for Kindle owners

    kindlereader.blogspot.com/ The Kindle Reader

  20. enid lacob
    July 10, 2009 at 1:57 am

    What about www,guardian.co.uk/books - it's great and has podcasts too

  21. Dian
    June 27, 2009 at 4:03 am

    goodreads.com ?

  22. Tyrone
    June 25, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    It is my humble opinion that books are still a pinnacle of human civilization.

  23. Larzo
    June 25, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    So where are the other 4?

  24. Amy
    June 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I'm not sure when it'll be up and running but booklamp.org looks promising. It's like Pandora.com for books!

    • Amy
      June 25, 2009 at 4:19 pm

      "Also worth mentioning – capturing almost the same type of writing and quality – are the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and The Telegraph."

      Cheap but there it is.

  25. James
    June 25, 2009 at 12:44 pm


  26. Chuck
    June 25, 2009 at 6:05 am

    And then there's the audiobook review site:


  27. Carter Jefferson
    June 24, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Maybe you should take a look at this one: