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Websites like FictFact

Sadly, FictFact closed its doors a few months ago and it’s left a bit if a hole in how a lot of us track our series. FictFact offered a streamlined and straightforward way to track series that no one else can really live up to. The My Next Book feature was especially handy as well as the Release Calendar. So where do we go now that FictFact is gone?

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📝 Goodreads

The most obvious answer is probably Goodreads and they do a great job at tracking but not so much in tracking series. They do have an option to view all books in a series so you know which book is your next read. You could create a shelf in your My Books section for each series you want to track.

📝 LibraryThing

LibraryThing is the next best tracker but again it doesn’t offer a streamlined way to view your series. It’s only really good for tracking your library and keeping lots of details about individual books.

📝 BookLikes

BookLikes is another site you can use to track your reading but it is designed more as a blogging site rather than for tracking. It is possible to track your books and create shelves for them but the main focus of the site to blogging and the social aspects of an online book site.

📝 Google Books

With Google Books you can track what you’ve read, add them to shelves and add reviews. It’s a bit like a watered down version of Goodreads but it’s only good for tracking your books as individuals not as series.

📝 TinyCat

TinyCat is an online library you can create from your LibraryThing account. It doesn’t really offer any real way of tracking your reading. You can use the tags and categories from your LibraryThing account to create collections and an attractive virtual library. I use it mostly as a way to browse my books based on tags when I’m deciding what to read next. You need to create your TinyCat library through your LibraryThing account.

📝 Litsy

Litsy is an app very similar to Instagram but it allows you to tag books in your posts and add a reading status. You can track your reading in terms of Want to Read, Currently Reading and Read with a thumbs down or up rating system. It’s very basic in terms of tracking and is more about sharing visual reading updates.

📝 Apps

If none of the above work for you there are many apps for your phone or tablet that might do what you need. In my experience the ones I’ve used are mostly only good for tracking individual books and not in terms of series.

📝 Spreadsheets

At the moment it seems like there isn’t really a suitable alternative to FictFact. The easiest option may be to create your own spreadsheet but this will probably be time consuming depending on how many series you need to track and you will have to keep an eye out yourself for new releases to add. You could use Excel or Google Sheets to do this but if you’re unfamiliar with how to use spreadsheets you may find it complicated at first. I’m sure there are a few tutorials on YouTube to help you out.


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Do you know of another site for tracking books and series?

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5 Interesting Articles from the Booksphere

It’s almost as enjoyable to read about books as it is to read books (almost). Here are some interesting articles I read during the month about the books and reading. The article from Goodreads about killing the ‘dead girl’ in crime is particularly interesting and Signature’s article on haunted houses in literature has some great books for Autumn.

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Book Bloggers Are Real Readers

Bloggers do it for their love of books. No agendas, no bias and no pay. If  bestselling authors can see the benefit, why can some readers not?

“On Saturday, February 4th, Chocolat author Joanne Harris started a hashtag on Twitter: #tentweetsaboutbookbloggers highlighted some of the misconceptions that surround the world of book blogging and online reviews.” – Margaret Madden, The Irish Times

Killing the ‘Dead Girl’ Theme in Crime Fiction

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“It’s long been my observation that a lot of crime writing, even very good crime writing, can be summed up this way: a beautiful girl dies, and a man feels bad about it. Maybe he’s a mourning husband/father/brother/lover. Maybe he’s falsely accused. Maybe he did it, but he has, you know, REASONS. And now we’re seeing more and more female writers asserting for their ownership of crime fiction, and it’s very exciting. ” – Cybil, Goodreads

The Future Isn’t Female—It’s Feminine

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“How is feminine different? Because as with all labels, categorizations divide us. Evolving means being all-encompassing rather than exclusive. Men are just as capable of being feminine as females are. Therefore, this change isn’t solely to be championed by females. But championed by those in tune with and embracing all things feminine. A balanced approach to both masculine and feminine energy. Not one or the other. Remember from the Goddess Manifesto: Unity is a source of our power.” – Emma Mildon, Tips on Life & Love

Beyond Haunted House: Fictional Houses in Novels that Jump off the Page

“Whether English country houses, Gothic Manors, or simply the classic haunted houses, writers have long had a fascination with making homes the centerpiece of stories. Some are so memorable and integral to the narrative as to essentially become characters themselves. They stick with us, captivate and terrify us, and provide a level of metaphorical depth that lifts a novel to another level. From horror and suspense to literary fiction and everything in between, these are few of my favorite houses in literature.” – Keith Rice, Signature

Everything We Know About the ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’ Movie

“With Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Witherspoon adds another female-authored debut novel to her list of book club picks. The book stars Eleanor, a lonely 30-year-old who spends her weekends nursing a bottle of vodka and a pop-star obsession. Throughout the novel we see Eleanor slowly widen her circle of interaction, both intentionally and unintentionally. However, Honeyman didn’t want Eleanor to be portrayed as a victim. The result is a humorous, yet thought-provoking story.” – Vicki Lindern, Bookbub


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Dude, do you even BookBub?

BookBub is where I get most of my free and cheap books. All of the offers are organised by genre and you can set a preferred retailer so you only get offers from the people you buy from. You can set a list of favourite authors as well and they will notify whenever a book by them goes on sale. I love their daily offer emails, I’ve gotten so many ebooks through them. I know there are a few other sites for free books but this is my go to.

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I really like the offers email from romance.io as well. Romance.io is an awesome site for romance readers. I love how they list topics for books. So when you’re searching you can include/exclude books that are YA or have a love triangle or have vampires. I almost always look up my next romance read on that site before reading.

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Have you used either of these sites? Where do you get free or cheap books? Do you find you buy more ebooks than paperbacks because of deals like these?

By the way, this not a promoted post. Neither of these sites are giving me money for this I just wanted to share them with you guys.