Website Wednesday

Website Wednesday is a regular feature in which we highlight one (or a couple) of sites from the Billions floating around the Intertoobz that just might help you with your Herculean task of educating inquiring minds. Any and all suggestions for future editions are welcome.

You Are What You Read is an interesting site for finding (and making) booklists. It takes advantage of our celebrity-obsessed, voyeuristic culture and turns those tendencies into motivation to read. Not too shabby.

The site has people–celebrities and shlubs alike–post their “Bookprint” (the list of the five books that have been most influential in their own lives), while allowing for searches and comparisons and connections of all sorts. I found the site while reading Valerie Strauss’s The Answer Sheet this summer where she talked about the site and shared Bill and Hillary Clinton’s lists, along with Bill Gates’.

But that’s not all. Instead of just looking up names and reading over their book print, you can look up individual books and see who listed them or search by age or search by location. And when you look up a book, you get three lists–one that shows the books that are most likely to be linked to that book (i.e. show up on the book prints that include it), a map showing the last 300 global locations of people who listed that book, and the list of people who included it.

There are lists from celebrities, educators (teachers and administrators), librarians (who, of course, are educators, but distinguished ones!), and authors. You have to register with Scholastic before you can put your own list together, but it’s easy and free. Here’s mine.

Enjoy!