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Friday, April 1, 2016

The solution to all your book problems!

This conversation is a common one in the library:

Student: I need a book.
Me: Well, what do you like to read?
Student: I don't know.
Me: Okay. Is there a certain genre you like? Science fiction? Mystery? Sports? Horror?
Student: Well, I liked the book XXXXXX. But I don't know what to read now.

Books aren't like many other sources of entertainment out there. Unless you're willing to read the first 20 pages of many books before you find one to finish, you're going to have to put in some time up front in order to pick one that suits your tastes. (Think of it like being more choosy when watching YouTube. Instead of watching 15 seconds of a lot of videos before deciding you like one enough to watch it all the way through, you read the descriptions of and comments to see what it's about and what other people thought. Then you watch it.) Yes, this will take more time. But If you're going to be putting in 2-10 hours reading a book, you want to make sure it's a good one.

Behold! There's a website to help you!

If you've read at least one book that you have liked, the website NoveList can point you to others you may like. This website database is purchased via Badgerlink for residents of Wisconsin (thank you WI government for keeping this funded!).

Click here for a direct link to NoveList. Or you can always find it on Badgerlink.net. Don't Google for it or it might ask you for a username/password. (If you ever find that it DOES ask for a login, you can use your public library card number.)

How to Search for Read-alikes in NoveList

If you need help, stop by the library or email me!

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