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Ashley Holstrom

Staff Writer

Ashley Holstrom helps make books at Sourcebooks. She lives near Chicago with her cat named after Hemingway and her bookshelves organized by color. Newsletter: Crooked Reads. Twitter: @alholstrom.

The internet has given many gifts, and many of them are goofy name and story generators. Here, we have 9 bookish generators to help you choose your next book, create a new name for yourself, insult and/or compliment someone, and read some beautiful erotic prose.

The Book Seer

The Book Seer is book recommending magic! It generates books similar to what you put in, based on Amazon and LibraryThing reviews. So you really loved Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and you want more like it? Try Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders or Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Poof! Magic!

L.M. Montgomery Name Generator

For a pretty rerelease of Anne of Green Gables, Sourcebooks created a fabulous generator to L.M. Montgomery-ify your name. I’m Josephine of White Hills, pleased to meet you.

Shakespeare Insult Generator

Keep this one in your back pocket for when someone really riles you up. Maybe keep it saved on your bookmarks bar? Do whatever you wish. [Thine] face is not worth sunburning. Wasn’t that fun?

Surreal Compliment Generator

Or maybe you’re sweet on someone and looking for the best way to compliment them. Well, the Surreal Compliment Generator is for you! Your layers of absinthe and torsion form concretions of hyperalimentation. I’m gonna need a dictionary and some sentence diagrams for that one.

Dickens Character Generator

Ever wonder what your name would be if you were in a Dickens story? The time has come. This one’s a fun, random name generator. I’m Dolly Beggeridge. Rolls right off the tongue.

Read It Forward’s TBR Time

If you’re really, really dedicated to whittling down your TBR, Read It Forward has your back with this handy calculator. Put in the number of your TBR, how many books you read last year, and your age. It’ll take me two years and a month to finish the 214 books currently on my TBR pile. Yikes. And that’s not even counting all the books that will come out over that time!

Epic Reads’s YA Name Generator

It’s not a generator; you have to do the leg work here. Popular YA character names are assigned to a letter, and you pick the ones corresponding to your name. Fun! My name is June Grayson, June Grayson.

I Write Like

Slap something you’ve written in the box, click analyze, and see who you write like! I apparently write like David Foster Wallace? Huh.

Fifty Shades Generator

I’ve saved the best for last. At the click of a button, you get a wild paragraph of intense, steamy, BIZARRE erotica writing. You’re welcome.

What’s your favorite bookish generator? Let us know in the comments!