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I asked a question about literature that was closed. Someone recommended that I try posting the question on another website. What are some good recommendations for other websites that would be a good fit for questions that would be closed here? In addition, are there any off-line communities (e.g. book clubs?) that would be a good place to discuss questions that would be closed here?

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Your local library

If you have a local library, it is a great resource. They have free books! Librarians are a fantastic resource that can answer all sorts of question. I've gotten book recommendations from librarians, they've helped me with my research... they're a fantastic resource! And many libraries have social groups such as book clubs.

You can find the location of the nearest local library using a fantastic website called WorldCat.



Reddit doesn't have a be nice policy, which is why I, for the most part, no longer post there. (I used to be a moderator on an active subreddit BTW). But it has some good literary subreddits. /r/askliterarystudies is good for academic questions, /r/books and /r/literature are good for more casual conversations. It's not particularly my cup of tea, given the lack of a be nice policy, but you might find the site useful.

Also on Reddit:



Goodreads is a social networking site that allows people to review books. It has a recommendation engine that recommends books based on what you've already read and liked. The site also has social networking features: for example, you can create lists of books and share those lists with friends.

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    I wouldn't go as far as calling Goodreads a social networking site, but it's good for recommendations. +1, didn't think of this one. Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 16:20
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    I disagree. It's much better for networking and recommendations for things your friends are reading about, than genuinely new recommendations.
    – gktscrk
    Commented Sep 1, 2020 at 20:43


If you want literature recommendations, try this site. Simply put in three authors you like and it'll recommend a selection of similar authors for you that you can then thumbs up or thumbs down through which it further fine-tunes its selection. Not always accurate, but can be fun and occasionally helpful.

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    This looks interesting!
    – gktscrk
    Commented Sep 1, 2020 at 20:46


This resource may be available at your local library. If you like a specific genre or something within a genre, then you may use the resource to find your ideal books. A record may show interesting information, such as book reviews, popularity ranking, writing style, a brief summary, and tags that link to other books.



This site has a discussion forum about French literature (in French).



This site has a discussion forum about German literature with—in truly German fashion—many subcategories.


De Boekgrrls

A Dutch-language forum for women who love reading.



A German-language forum for discussing the classics in literature.


Literaturforum (Versalia.de)

The forum of the German-language literature site Versalia.de. The subforums focus on topics such as news or new publications, history & theory of literature, reviews, poetry, prose and translations.

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