Call Me Ishmael is a site dedicated to helping you discover new books by listening to people talk about the books they love.

The premise is that people from around the world can call into the Call Me Ishmael voicemail, and record why they love a book. The author of the site then uses a real typewriter to transcribe the messages.

If you click play on the About tab at the top of the page, you can watch a video that gives you a taste of what it’s all about. 

From there I’d suggest exploring the Calls section. There you’ll find videos that combine the actual voicemail received and the typewriter transcription. For me these videos truly speak to the essence of what makes books magical. The full library of calls is available ton their YouTube Channel.

You can also call and leave a voicemail about your favorite book. I know that was my first thought when I explored the site: How could I pick just one book? So many books have shaped my life.  Should I call in about Jane Eyre  and try to put into words what it meant to me as teenager? Should I call in about Beloved? The first book that truly haunted me. Or should I call in about one of the books I’m doing my thesis on? Both of which have changed my life forever. I still can’t decide,

I think this is a wonderful site with which to share a love of reading, but don’t take my word for it, go see for yourself.