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!

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Door closing

When a door closes, knock on it a few times. But if it doesn’t open, let it stay closed.

In career, in love, in life, when you see the period at the end of the sentence, don’t try and turn it into a comma.

Know when something is over and move on.

A traveler writes a journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following is a snippet of a conversation the traveler Adam Hachlander had with Sara Barnes of MyModernMet in May 2019. If you’re interested in reading the whole article, please email me.

QUESTION: What inspired you to start keeping a Travel Journal?

ANSWER: “I used to love adventure movies, especially those like Indiana Jones when I was a teenager. I liked the idea of having all your observations and memories noted down in a tiny notebook that I could always have on myself.”

QUESTION:How do you choose what to write/sketch about?

ANSWER: “I always try to note down something interesting or an interesting fact that I’ve learned, then something about the local culture”.

QUESTION:Do you take a lot of photos?

ANSWER: (My observations regarding his answer-I think he would rather draw his memories but finds that the camera is a nuisance unless he has to use it.) “I may be forced to take a few pictures and then document the page later.”

QUESTION: What do you think the benefits are to journaling your trips?”

Answer: The biggest benefit is definitely the ability to track down any of your experiences, memories, and observations.”

 

~Sallie

Wednesday words for September 11th

There are many memorable quotes from families and/or victims of one of the most devastating events in America’s history. One of them was uttered by President George W. Bush:

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and the ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

9/11 American people – those gallant first responders and loved ones who became innocent victims.

Revisit Reading Journals

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I thought I’d revisit some old journals that we have talked about in the past. One of the most read series of posts has been the Reading Journal.While much can be said the idea of a Reading Challenge caught my eye. Our local library sponsored a Summer Reading Challenge for adults and children this year and I thought I would share some of the book themes they suggested. This challenge is not so much as how many books you read ( Good Reads) but in what types.

  • Read a book with more than 500 pages.
  • Read a genre you don’t usually read.
  • Read a book published from a decade before you were born.
  • Read a non-fiction book about science.
  • ‘re-read a book you read in high school.
  • Read a travel book.
  • Read a book with a type of food in its title.
  • Read a book with a decorative cover.
  • Read a poetry book
  • Listen to audio book.

~Sallie

September Journal Prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

September always signifies the end of summer and  beginning of autumn. The end of blissful summer beach days, cool evening breeze drifting by and family barbecues. The beginning of school days, New things to learn, crisp fall days and crunchy colorful leaves on the ground.

So it’s no wonder, that this month, so full of contradictions, should beg us journalists to expand our world of writing.

Rachael Wolchin wrote “Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don’t mean much to you may stick with someone for a lifetime.”

September prompts are as follows:

  • What do you want to do this month?What are you looking forward to?
  • What did you watch on TV this week?Any new shows that caught your attention?
  • Write 3 things that you’re grateful for today.
  • What did you learn today?
  • Did you share something with someone today?
  • What happened to your goals for this month?

~Sallie

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