I stumbled across a well-designed website the other day: http://www.recommendmeabook.com
The layout is plain, featuring only the opening paragraphs of an unidentified book. This allows you to read without making assumptions based on the author, title, genre, or cover. There’s a button at the bottom of the page to reveal the title and author, along with links to view/purchase the book on Amazon. Alternately, you can click the “Pick a Cover” link and scroll through columns of cover art for something to grab your eye.
The site features a wonderful selection of contemporary lit, classic fiction, and even non-fiction. (Browsing the covers gives you a better idea of the variety available since the sample text only shows one book per page.)
Each time you visit, you’ll see a different sample text and it’s easy to jump between them until something catches your imagination. And when the site eventually recommends something you’ve already read, it doesn’t feel like a wasted click so much as a round of trivia: Name That Book!
Happy Reading, All!