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!

What our veterans fight for

Dear fellow journalers,

I was going to save this video for Memorial Day but it so fits here..

~Sallie

 

Thank a Marine

Today, the United States Marine Corps celebrates its 243rd Birthday!

 

Wednesday words

Life and gratitude:

I don’t want a perfect life – I want a happy life.

Where do you find your next book?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

It occurred to me this week while I was reading the last few pages of my latest read “The British are Coming” by Rick Atkinson, that my book challenge on Good Reads was coming to an end. My list of titles this year was eclectic to say the least: 8 true stories, 3 Cozy Mysteries, 6 Fiction, 3Self-Help, 1Western among others.

I bet your list of read books is about the same as mine. I also can attest to the fact that my TBR (to be read) pile of books has grown also. So I thought I’d take a look at our Reading Journal and bring you an update on articles I have found over the year.

Where do you find your next great read?

According to a recent library article there are (believe it or not) somewhere between 600,000 and 100,000 books published every year in the US alone.Now, if you were to purchase all your favorites from B & N ( Barnes & Noble) you’d be feeding an expensive hobby. Luckily your local library has come to your rescue. Most libraries in the US belong to a consortium which means if they don’t have the latest “xxyy” title, they will check the other 30 or so libraries in the group. There are also hold systems, so you  can get your hands on “xxyy” eventually. Also, have you checked your library book sales?

If you have a Kindle or other e-reader you can download. books from apps like OverDrive, Amazon, Libby, or RBDigital. If your community has a used book or Thrift Store, you will find books of all kinds at the fraction of the original cost. Lastly, you can start  a book swap with friends.

One of the ways that I have kept prices down are to keep a wish list of books on my Amazon wish list. Once a month I check the prices against my library catalog and other apps. When the price point is close to my comfort level, I buy it or borrow it if I can.

What have you read lately?

~Sallie

November Prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

November Monthly Prompts follow:

  • What has made you a stronger person?
  • When do you feel most at peace?
  • What is one of the best decisions you’ve ever made?
  • What are you thankful for and why?
  • What will have mattered most at the end of your life?

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