This post is sponsored by Barnes & Noble
There is basically nothing I love more than a good book recommendation.
When I’m tired at the end of the day or just want to do something relaxing, one of my go-to hobbies is reading book reviews, looking at recommended books and making lists of books to read on my own, audiobooks to listen to, and to read with the girls.
I love thinking about what books match well with other books, especially because I get so many questions from parents asking, “If my child loved Harry Potter, what other books should I try?”
So you can imagine how delighted I was to discover Barnes & Noble’s new book recommendation tool called Book Graph. They just unveiled it this season and it’s a perfect combination of their literary knowledge and smart technology that makes it really fun (and beautiful!) to find the next perfect book to read.
It starts out with a graph of some of the most popular books (think Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dan Brown, John Green, etc).
You click the one that interests you and then it gives you two book choices. You pick the one that looks more compelling (if the title and cover don’t give you enough hints about what the book is about, you can click on the title and it’ll give you a little description of the book so you can make an educated choice) and then it gives you another two choices.
At any time, you can choose a book further down the string if something stands out to you.
I’ve been really impressed by what a wide variety they have and I love that they include both new and older titles instead of only the brand-new bestsellers.
And I really love that it doesn’t just show you the same five or ten books over and over again.
It’s such a fun way to discover new books for yourself or the perfect gift for someone else. It’s like having a smart, friendly Barnes & Noble bookseller right at your elbow to suggest books that will make the perfect gift.
It’s especially brilliant for parents who are trying to find new reading materials for their child who’ve found a book they love.
And you better believe that, as I’ve played around with it, my to-read list has gotten even bigger.
If you’re looking for the perfect book this year for a dad, a friend, a child, or yourself, this is the perfect way to find that book.