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Literary Hub: Book Marks

Avid readers and those interested in literary criticism may enjoy this crowdsourced book rating resource from Literary Hub (featured in the 3-09-2017 Scout Report), which collects and weighs book reviews from multiple literary journals, news outlets, and "alternative litblogs." The aim is to create a cumulative rating that helps users select their next favorite book, providing pull quotes from the collected reviews that express "the range of voices and opinions that make up the world of American literary criticism." Each entry also contains a synopsis, lists the categories in which that book belongs (e.g. fiction and literary), and shows readers a colorful overview of the individual book review ratings and their cumulative tone (on a scale of "rave," "positive," "mixed," or "pan"). Those interested in purchasing books will find links to do so via a local bookstore. Visitors may want to begin by browsing New Books and Biggest New Books, or reviewing Features for listicle-style reading suggestions. To look for a particular genre, browse by Fiction and Nonfiction via tabs at the top of the site, or by subjects like poetry, criticism, and investigative journalism, which are accessible from the All Categories section and a list on the right side of the website. Book Marks is also searchable via query bar at the top right.
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