Resources

Recently I’ve been finding more and more books available to read online, read through smartphone apps, or download to an e-reader, whether the books are classics that are now public domain or are new stories that authors are choosing to make available through sites such as Wattpad and Textnovel. In any case, I’ve decided to try to make links available when I find these (organized first by site and then by story title). I’m also including links to several other sites that I have found to be useful (or just plain fun) resources, such as gaming sites or author’s pages. Please be aware, this is very much in its beta format at this point. I’d welcome any input into ways to make this more useful (as well as any sites you know of that I’m missing):

Baka-Tsuki: A wiki site where users can post fan translations of light novels and original light novels (as well as some other stuff that I haven’t fully explored yet).

Kokoro Connect Hito Random (vol. 1) by Sadanatsu Anda

DeviantArt: Lots and lots of cool art, plus some original lit, webcomics, etc. if you look for them.

English Light NovelsThis blog is probably the best resource I have found for information on light novels that have been translated into English. There’s a ton of information, and the author’s style is both informative and pleasant to read.

FanFictionProbably the biggest site for fanfiction on the Internet, this site houses thousands of stories set in the worlds we love–from TV, anime, books, and numerous other sources. Crossover stories? Definitely to be found here. All are readable for free on the site.

Goodreads: This should be pretty obvious, since most of the people who frequent honyasbookshelf are already Goodreads users themselves. But for those who haven’t tried this awesome site, it’s a huge database of books including detailed information about the books and other people’s reviews and ratings. You can’t actually read the books there, but it’s a great place to both catalog the books you’ve read and find new things to read.

Google BooksAs you can imagine, a huge index of lots and lots of books, many of which you can purchase to read online or on e-readers, and some of which (especially public domain classics) you can read for free.

Whether It Rains or Shines Tomorrow by Madoka Harumi ($)

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Humble Bundle ($)An awesome site that offers bundles of books (and comics and games) in a pay-what-you-want format. The offerings are a bit unpredictable–you just have to check every once in a while to see what they have–and you have to pay more (usually around $15) to get the entire package, but they’ve got some amazing deals sometimes.

Pottermore: Discover your Patronus. Get sorted into your Hogwarts house. Read a selection of original shorts by J. K. Rowling revealing more secrets of the wizarding world–including the origin story of Ilvermorny, the preeminent North American school of witchcraft and wizardry. All great fun!

Project GutenbergAn amazing collection of older, public-domain books in electronic format. If you’re looking for a classic, it’s likely that it’s available for free here, in multiple electronic formats.

The Story of the Treasure Seekers by Edith Nesbit

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Simkl: While still definitely in its beta form, this site is a great source both for tracking and rating the TV shows, movies, and anime that you watch and for finding new things to watch.

Snowfur’s Redwall Encyclopedia: Although officially retired in 2008 and not kept updated, this site still provides some great information on Brian Jacques’ Redwall series, including some amazing fanfiction (that’s actually clean and canon) that I would definitely recommend for fans of the series.

Steam: A great source for PC games, including a number of visual novels. Plus, it provides a great way to organize all your games in one location. (Most games purchased on Humble Bundle can be redeemed on Steam.) Also, this site has lots of great sales and a number of good games are available there for free.

TextnovelA site for posting and reading original cell-phone novels. You can’t download from here; they’re meant to be read on-site, ideally from a cell-phone, although you can read them on a computer as well.

Visual Novel Database: A large wiki specializing in all sorts of information about visual novels.

WattpadAnother site for posting and reading original works online. There’s some pretty good variety, and even published authors sometimes post omake works here. Formatted to work well on either computers or mobile devices.