Ever stumped on what to read next? Are you done with a book, loved it a lot, and looking for similar books? Well, forget Amazon’s recommendations (so slow, and too much repetition), and check out Books Like This, a light and easy on the eyes app. It’s pretty straight-forward to use, just enter the name of any book you like, and it provides book recommendations based on your entry.
I entered my current read – Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie and here are the results I got:
OK, so the image is a little fuzzy. But the book recommendations are fairly spot on and undiluted (unlike Amazon, where a book bought for a friend can totally skew the results). The book results also make sense. The inner circle consists of more Rushdie books. The bottom corner has more Man Booker prize winners, the top right hand area has a bunch of travel-related/non-British or American-specific classics. The recommendations focus quite a bit on Coetzee, which tempts me to try him out. I have always avoided Coetzee because of people complaining his books are dense, but if his writing is comparable to Rushdie’s, well then I have a longish TBR list ready-made in front of me :).
The one improvement I would like in this app is that it gives the user an opportunity to filter out books already read, or otherwise not interested in…but I guess the simplicity factor would also go out of the window :D.
Do try this app and let me know what you think of the recommendations…