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!

Do you have enough time to create this?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

This month is stressful right? Why not take some time off to create a Christmas Junk Journal.



“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends the old and the new.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

Oscar Wilde

Stuck inside your head?

Do you ever get stuck inside your head? In my early teens, I sometimes had bouts of insomnia. It’s a crazy time -right? Classes, endless tests, relationships, growth spurts – you name it. But, like life, I outgrew it. Now, as an older and somewhat “sexy senior citizen,” I like to think I outgrew this malady. Covid 19 changed all that.

How do you crawl out? Most, if not all real holes don’t have hand or foot holds to grab onto. You can’t get out of a hole by yourself. Unless you like being stuck, you have to cry out for help. There’s an episode on a tv show called Laramie ( season 3, episode 92)

We’re all probably familiar with the signs of depression but are we equally familiar with the signs in the ways of healing? How do we get out of our heads? I’ve written before about mindfulness; living in the moment and being mindful of our emotions and thoughts that sometimes defeat us before we even begin a journey towards wellness. There are other ways too and I welcome your comments as to how to battle depression especially now as we battle isolation from our loved ones at the beginning of our holiday season.

Veteran’s Day

Dear Fellow Journalers,

November 11th is Veteran’s Day in America. Please read this post by long time perspective author “G”


I am but a tiny fragment in the long line of men and women who believed, AND not only believed, but acted upon the “call to duty.”

They’re all there, standing tall, as they answered the call.

Washington, Lincoln, Jackson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Marshall (whom I consider Americas’ greatest soldier) McArthur, Bradley, Vandergift, Puller, Nimitz, Halsey, Mattis, and Hopper, the list goes on forever, and far back in time. I, and maybe you, or your loved one, have a small place in that line. We are ‘Standing in the shadow of giants.’

Men and women who clearly understood that if there’s nothing worth dying for, then there’s nothing worth living for. Who understood that for those who fought for it, freedom and liberty hold a place no one who hasn’t could ever understand. And respecting that while some gave all, ALL gave some.

We’re American Military, active duty, reserve, retired, veterans. We have grown old in war, salute our flag, and make NO APOLOGIES to anyone for either.

We’re easy to spot. We stand a little taller, wear the Flag or some other patriotic symbol on our lapel, have a bumper sticker on our cars, and speak reverently about our honored dead—those we recognize as the REAL heros.

We get pissed off when those who would disrespect all our American values act up, for they know NOT what they do, for if they had seen what we’ve seen, and done what we’ve done, they wouldn’t do what they do. The American way of life was EARNED by men and women of ALL races, colors, and creeds. The color of their currency was BLOOD RED. It wasn’t murder, rioting, looting, terrorism or disrespect. And the only color we recognized was BLOOD RED– our comrade in trouble no matter what their skin color.

Twice a year we take out our uniforms (if they still fit) and say “Yeah, it’s me”, and seek to give honor rather than receive it.

And every night, dropping to our knees, we say a simple prayer:

God Bless America, Land That I Love !!

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