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!

Learning how to make…

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever wondered how to make lasagna from scratch? My husband is a connoisseur of Italian food and although I can follow directions like everyone else, my ability to make Italian dishes is politely called “——-“.

During this forced isolation, I decided to dig into old cookbooks and discover new recipes. There was an easier way, I discovered -the internet! Without further ado, I give you, some on-line resources:

 

https://www.thespruceeats.com/best-online-cooking-classes-4800777

 

I would have copied it all, but it’s mighty long -enjoy!

 

Sallie

 

 

 

 

 

Do something

 

“Through the simple act of feeding another human being we do much more. We bring pleasure, comfort, and life to people.”

Jacques Pepin

Baking Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

A TV channel called CPTV features a show called Weekends with Yankee which airs in our area on Saturdays. One show featured a segment with Chef Jacques Pepin. The notable conversation between Chef Pepin and the host featured not only the preparation of a meal but a scrapbook he had kept since he started his career. The scrapbook contains the menu, the preparation, the food, the guests.

With COVID-19, a baking/cooking journal  is a necessity. Some of the features you should consider are: notes and clippings about the recipes you write in your journal, review of restaurants, baking tips, conversions, pantry inventory (to avoid panic buying) and healthy snacks.

We’ll be exploring some new avenues for our journal this month.

 

~Sallie

 

Find something

 

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

             Julia Child

Covid-19 Prompts for October

Dear Fellow Journalers,

5 timely prompts for this month:

  • What do I know to be true that I didn’t know a year ago?
  • If someone described me, what would they say?
  • When I look in the mirror, what do I see?
  • Why am I doing “x”?
  • What can wait until next week?

~Sallie

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