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!

The Adventure of life

 

The adventure of Life is to Learn.

The purpose of Life is to Grow.

The nature of Life is to Change.

The challenge of Life is to Overcome.

The essence of Life is to Care.

The opportunity of Life is to Dare.

The spice of Life is to Befriend.

The beauty of Life is to Give.

Pet Peeve

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Do you have a pet peeve? One of mine is the addiction to electronics. Now, I admit I am somewhat addicted to my Kindle. I watch u-tube presentations, read e-mails, listen to music etc. The one thing I don’t do is read at the dinner table. I am sure that you have seen this scenario: a family is in a restaurant presumably to eat a meal together but no one is talking. They are all on their devices. Has everyone lost the ability to communicate? Could I be a happier person if I left my e-mails alone in the morning?

You’ve all heard that you should wait to check your e-mails first thing in the morning. Your routine consists of shutting off the alarm, reaching for your glasses, mumbling “good morning” to your spouse, sliddiling your feet into slippers and checking your inbox at the speed of sound!

Well, one of my self-help goals was to become more productive so I chose to leave my Kindle in another room over-night and wait to check emails until mid-morning. That simple act had consequences! One I couldn’t spend a lot of time reading e-mail messages or “doing” FaceBook and Two, a lot of chores kept me from enjoying what had become an enjoyable experience. I did seem to have a lot more time in which to do chores through. Funny how that worked out!

~Sallie

Scars

 

“My scars tell a story. They are a reminder of times when life tried to break me, but failed. They are makings of where the structure of my character was welded.”

Steve Marabol

Dear Fellow Journalers,

If you’re beginning to sense a pattern here, you’d be right! I’m turning over a new leaf. This past year has been one of hardship for me and I’m going to change my perspective, I can’t change some of the future outcomes but I can change the way I look at life in general. There’s been too much hatred, division, uncertainty, despair in my world and maybe, with a little luck, we can change it.

Join me won’t you?

~Sallie

Good Intentions

Dear Fellow Journalers,

You know that saying, “life is full of good intentions?” Well, I started out with pen and paper in hand and then old habits reared their heads. It wouldn’t hurt to just check out e-mail would it? Just for tonight? The more excuses you make the more the intention (habit) fades away and before you know it you’re back doing exactly what you wanted to stop!

I knew the benefits of mindfulness (see past posts) so I didn’t have to talk myself into a new way of thinking. I didn’t want to be affected by the angst in the world yet there I was reading about it BEFORE I turned out the light! So much for that idea, I thought to myself.

Before you make a resolution you have to think it through. I read that statement once in a self-help book and it held a lot of water for me at the time. I needed to go slowly down the path. Baby steps get you where you want to go but slowly. There is a great ad on tv these days about quitting smoking featuring an animated turkey that is dressed in hilarious outfits who slowly “kicks” the habit of smoking with the aid of the product being promoted. Well, if a turkey can do “it” (whatever “it” is to you) than I guess you and I can go slowly too.

The next step is to show myself some compassion. What is my current situation? I have to find what works and makes me more comfortable. If I stop reading the newspaper every day (except for the headlines will that help my peace of mind?

Is there someone else I know that feels the same way I do? We all need buddies to travel the road with us.

Have you ever been in a situation where the triggers to your “habit” rears its head and you  sucked into the “rabbit hole?” It might be a slice of chocolate cake in the break room at work or a new book that has just been published and you just have to buy it. How do you conquer triggers? I ‘re-discovered music.

~Sallie

Self-Care, a new start

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had about all I can take of the negativity, hatred, suspicion, and downright meanness exhibited in the world right now. It seems that almost everyone I meet (family, friends, and complete strangers) are affected by the destructive behaviors of others. While many may start their “New Year’s Resolutions”  to get healthy or fix relationships I decided to ” be gentle with my feelings”. I can’t fix the world but I can do something to fix some of my problems that are brought on by my reactions to the world’s chaos.

My Self-Care Journal will hopefully help in this regard. I decided to write in it all year. 2020 is not only the beginning of a new year but the beginning of a new decade, one which I hope to survive. Being a “sexy senior citizen” over the age of 70, this decade will be one of challenges and changes so what better time to start than right now!

In a way, a “Self-Care Journal encompasses every other personal journal. I decided to focus on my health first and so to that end I began my journey.  I have habits like all the rest of you! Some of mine are good, some not so much! I mean reading and eating chocolate are good, right-but probably better in moderation.

I bought a die-cut 2 weeks ago which will, I hope, help me in my creative goals and also my Self-Help goals as well. This journal has sections I can create that will divide my journey and which I will share at a later date.

For now though, I decided to take my journal to bed instead of my Kindle and set up an alarm app so that I get 7-8 hours of restorative sleep. I’m still working on the chocolate angle -maybe next week…

~Sallie

 

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