In a new spin on literary recommendations like Amazon’s “people who bought his book also bought…” Library Thing has entered the scene with a new site allowing users to catalog for free up to 200 books that you have read or are reading. If you pay $10/year or $25 for life, you can enter as many books as you like. This means you can then search their database and check out who’s reading what. You can enter a book you loved (I entered Cloud Atlas) and see what other people who have this book on their list are reading, and even chat with other users to swap recommendations or make a new lit friend.

They also have the “unrecommender.” In this search feature, you enter in a title and it ferrets out from the 9 million books in their catalog, a list of those that are least likely to share a library with your title.

Regular readers as well as published authors appear to be members of Library Thing, so you can stalk a writer you like and see what they’re reading, or fancy yourself worthy of being stalked by just posting all your own titles. I suppose there’s another perk: if you lost all your books in a fire, a tsunami, or a freak postal service incident, you’d have a ready list to give to your insurance company.

Results for Cloud Atlas | by David Mitchell
[Incidentally, I actually do have 3, 9, 11, 12, & 13, and would like to have 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 14]

People with this book also have…

#1 Ghostwritten : a novel by David Mitchell
#2 Number9dream : a novel by David Mitchell
#3 The line of beauty : a novel by Alan Hollinghurst
#4 Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro
#5 The accidental by Ali Smith
#6 Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
#7 Beyond black by Hilary Mantel
#8 Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami
#9 The wind-up bird chronicle by Haruki Murakami
#10 Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
#11 Enduring love : a novel by Ian McEwan
#12 Saturday : [a novel] by Ian McEwan
#13 Last orders by Graham Swift
#14 The sea by John Banville
#15 Any human heart : a novel by William Boyd