How to find a Read-A-Like

Dear Fellow Journalers,

If you read series books, I have mentioned my favorites in the past (Murder She Wrote, Cosy Mystery series from Joanne Fluke and Miranda James) when you’re either waiting for the author’s next book or just wanting to find a read-a-like, where do you find it?  This article from the Cheshire Library Blog may help you.

~Sallie

New post on The Cheshire Library Blog

How to Find a Read-alike by Mary

If you are like me, when I find a series I love I burn through it in record time and then am left mourning that I have finished the series. Finding a new series can be difficult, so invariably I turn to NoveList for help.

NoveList is an online database that offers recommended reading lists. You can sort by age and genre and even by topics such as “fast-paced and amusing” or “moving and haunting” and even “snarky and compelling”. However my favorite part of NoveList is the Read-alike links.

If you type in a book title or author, NoveList will produce a list of results that include three very handy links: Title Read-alikes, Author Read-Alikes and Series Read-alikes.

What is a Read-alike?

A read-alike is a book, author, or series that shares some of the basic characteristics of another book, author, or series. It means that if you enjoy, say, author Marcia Muller, you may also like books by Laurie R. King, Kate Wilhelm, or Iain Pears,

For example, type in Lord Peter Wimsey (one of my favorite British mystery sleuths), click on Series Read-alikes, and you will get a list of recommendations that include the Phryne Fisher mysteries by Kerry Greenwood (stories that have also been turned into a wonderful BBC drama: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and the Adam Dalgliesh mysteries by P.D. James, among many others.

Bingo! Two more series just waiting to be devoured.

Try NoveList. It works!

Books that make me happier

 

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes want to run away INTO a book. “Some of the characters have become my best friends”, a friend once told me about a series of books by Debbie Macomber.

What about you? Does your journal reflect any book or series of books that make  you happy? Here are a few new ones to check out:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tarry

A Kestrel for a knave by Barry Hines

I capture the castle by Rosie Smith

The Enchanted Apriil. By Elizabeth Arnim

Raise high the roof beam by J D Salinger

 

~Sallie

 

 

Books

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”

Anna Quinden (How reading changed my life)

Classic Novels

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Book Bub, a literary website, shared the first results of a recent survey entitled 28 Classic Adult Novels. A lot of those books were assigned to us in high school or college and so I’m sharing some of my favorites:

Pride and Prejudice- by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre-                   by Charlotte Bronte`

Little Women –            by Louisa May Alcott

Rebeca –                      by Daphne cu Maurier

Wuthering Heights –  by Emily Bronte`

A Christmas Carol –   by Charles Sickens

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

War and Peace –         by Leo Tolstoy

Moby Dick –                 by Herman Melvin

~Sallie

Value

 

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather to become a person of value.”

Albert Einstein

Love

 

Love Scallop

 

“”You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Dr.Seuss

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