(I understand the concepts of using google/fb/etc sign ons, but I don't like to have to log into them if I can avoid it. Paranoid they'll know every website I have an account on. sort of..)
I think it'd be better if the recent books took me to the user's book description first (like in the book lists). Then if I wanted to go to Amazon, I could use the link from there.
Yes - I'm going to completely change the homepage soon with a much stronger focus on featured/top lists rather than just recent ones. Also, that top books list is pretty rubbish at the moment, I should change it like you say to go to the list with the book on.
Thanks for the feedback