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.


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!

Mother’s Day

“If ever there comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”. Anonymous

Journal Prompts for May

Dear Fellow Journalists,

5 Journal Prompts for you:

What are your 3 biggest goals for this month?

What form of art or artistic expression are your favorites?

Write about your ideal spring day. What would you do? How would you feel?

What brings you joy

If Mother’s Day is hard to live through this year, write about how you plan to get through the day.



Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever been frozen by the perfectly clean first page of a journal? I found the following to be a life changer:


Over the next 365 days I give myself permission to:

Play, rest, love, vent, grow,shine, learn, explore, simplify, color outside the lines, be loved, be strong, be daring, dream big, be grateful, help others, be creative, laugh more, ask for help, the successful, accept myself, try new things_be determined, create my own life, be kinder to myself, repeatn myself if I am not heard, keep an open mind, rise above negativity, let go of past hurts, celebrate my daily achievements, don’t give up on my dreams even if others put me down, grab new opportunities with both hands.

The Quotes

“One good quote is worth a book”

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Walks Emerson

“Age appears to be best in four things,- old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” Alonso of Aragon

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It is to enjoy each step along the way.” Wayne Dyer

“Everything starts as somebody’s daydream.” Larry Niven

“Never laugh at live dragons.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Turning a phrase

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Long ago, I started a phrase and quote journal. Boy, did it help when I was writing my stories. Here are a few phrases I like.


“History is in us. Our history lives in us.” The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

“Heroes are the people who are bigger than their times. Most of us are not. History is sometimes made by heroes, but it is a also always made by us. We, the people, who stumble around, who help the heroes out of loyalty, stubbornness, faith or fear.” – The Guest Book

“Life gives you two choices. Regret the past or change the present.” – When we were young” by Karen Kingsbury

“When do promises come with expiration dates?” The Revolving Heart by Chuck Hugely

“Humans tend to build walls when they should be opening doors.” Mr. Penumbra”‘s Bookstore by Robin Sloan

“Fingers of thought are raking the space behind the cushions, looking for loose ideas, finding none.”. Mr. Penumbria’s 24 Hour Bookstore” Robin Sloan

“If one has a book, Mr. Boone, one is never alone. They will talk to you when you want to listen, and when you tire of what they are saying, you just close the book. It will be waiting for you when you come back to it.” “The Cherokee Trail” Louis L’Amour

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