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!


Are you happy?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Happiness and unhappiness are largely based on your perception. Last spring the eve of my birthday to be exact, our state was hit by a hurricane. We lost electricity, water internet, phones and tree limbs. Now this phenomenon occurs occasionally and we+’ve adapted over the years, but this time it was during a really hot season. At the time I thought it was the worst thing that could happen and on my birthday no less!  However, the next day we had some solutions (the local library allowed us to charge our devices and the Senior Citizen offered discounted meals.) I was happy.

Can you ‘re-set your idea of happy? Yup, yes you can.

Don’t think that you are a victim. Life hurts and is sometimes unfair but when I considered that there were others in my town who were worse off than me and I had solutions after-all I felt better.

Not everyone is out to get you. The guy who took your parking place ,- he probably was running late and never “saw” you. The lady who decided to get into the “12-14  grocery items only” with 25 items and you need to get the school to pick up your child is selfish but you are not the victim.

Give up control.  You can’t control the weather and you can’t control what people will do so why fight it? Avoid punishing your friends because they are disappointing you.

You can choose to be happy or unhappy. As for me, I choose happy.


Wednesday words to live by


A little of this and a little of that…

Dear Fellow Journalers,

This month I thought I’d take a break from different journal writing and share some different blog articles I’ve found and written over the years.

First up is a poem called “The Journey” by Mary Oliver. Let me know what you think.


Build Your Day

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice—though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles.

“Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones

. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world determined to do the only thing you could do—determined to save the only life you could save.

Wednesday words to live by

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Today, we are starting a new column entitled “Wednesday words to live by.”  Each Wednesday we’ll post a quote from our considerable library for your inspiration. If you would like to contribute some of your favorite quotes, please email me.



“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Book Shelves Galore!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

As many of you know, I am a crafter. When I see an article or Pinterest post about organizing crafts I get very excited. But when I see an article about book shelves well that’s a different Story!


I thought you might like this article I found on BookBub


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