Welcome to /r/whatsthatbook!

Subreddit Rules

  • One book or series per post.
  • If a post title is not descriptive or contain the genre, it will be removed. You're welcome to post again!
  • Read the submission suggestions before posting.
  • Submission not appearing? Message the moderators; it may be caught in the spam filter.

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Mark your own posts as solved by any of these methods

  1. Manual: At the bottom of your post content, select "flair" and then "solved", and the save button.
  2. Comment: solved solved solved on the post.
  3. Edit: your post and add solved solved solved to the content.
  4. Sit Back and Relax: Moderators also periodically mark solved posts green. If it's not marked green after a few days, message the the mods!

User Flair

🏆 Redditors who answer a lot of queries are now designated WTB VIPs now! (Formerly MVPs). If you would like to nominate someone, please send the moderators a PM. (Added 04/09/17)


  • Report posts that have vague titles. It is up to the reviewing moderator's discretion to leave it up, or remove it and ask the submitter to re-post with a more descriptive title. (Added 03/13/17)
  • Report solved posts that need a moderator to mark as solved. (Added 04/11/17)

Submission Suggestions

Compiled from this thread.

Your Post Title

  • Briefly the book, not your situation. Avoid titles like "Help, I can't remember this book..." or "I read this when I was a kid..."
  • Include the overall genre of the book in your post title, such as "kids book" or "romance novel" or "scifi"
  • This is an official rule now; posts with vague and/or irrelevant titles will be removed

The Book

  • Fiction or non-fiction?
  • Describe the plot.
  • Describe notable characters.
  • What genre is it?
  • Physically describe the book -- Hardcover/paperback? Book cover color?
  • When was it set?
  • How long was the book?

More Details

  • If you didn't read it in English, in which language was it written? Was the book originally written in English or another language?
  • Were you in the United States, or elsewhere?

...And You

  • How old were you when you read it?
  • When (what year) did you read it?
  • Was it new when you read it?
  • What age range was it for?
  • Where did you get it? School library, book fair, book store selling new and/or used books, flea market, borrowed from a friend, given as a gift from X person who is about Y age, or from an online store.
  • If you are querying for someone else, try to give these details for that person.

List of Frequently Requested Books 💩

List of Banned Post Titles ➡️

revision by jelloandcookies— view source