Visions of Alice is another GLer forum, more modernized as far as the technology behind the forum for example (separated forums so if you are like me and don't wanna read New related drama you can stay out of it or if that's your jam you can focus on that ect.) ect. a PM system, a friend system, ect. being able to set your AoA, have both an avatar and signature. (ect.)
they also have run an E-zine for a long time, and other various projects for you to be involved with if you are so inclined to do so.
As far as books what do you have in mind that you would like to read?
When GL Garden was still up if memory serves there was actually a book resource page.