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!

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Keeping a journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

If you’re a supporter of this blog, you’ve read over and over again that keeping a daily journal (whatever the type) is important. If you’re new to journaling, read on!

You know exactly what you want in life. But you can’t seem to get there. You have all the resolves -hundreds of them and yet like all “resolutions” you fail .J.M.Barrie wrote that “the life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one Story, and write another, and his humbled hour is when he compares the volume it is with what he vowed to make it.”

If you have a list of all your resolutions and try to attack them all at once, you’re going to fail. You have to tackle the problems one at a time. This is not the time to multitask!

A lot has been said about a “keystone habit” – a small change that comes over to all the other aspects of your life.

Journaling clears your emotions. Yesterday, what started out as a normal Wednesday became, in America a day where democracy was threatened, violence erupted, people died and all of us struggled to control our feelings. The narrative changed for all of us. So many questions, so many fears. The natural “go to” strategy for some is to lay blame on someone. The voice of reason is drowning admist the turmoil. We need to step back and write it out. Yelling and calling names are what little kids do not adults; not Americans; not calm, focused people. My bet is that your journaling forward will be very different. Venting on paper will help you fully experience and understand those emotions. Without a journal, intense emotional experiences can be crippling for days. Write and live.

This year we will talk about the following journal types:

Gratitude, reading, writing, prayer, letters to God, writing a Story, art, making a journal and “whatever YOUR interests are. Please contact me below.



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