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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Wednesday words to live by

 

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

VanGogh

Books and your life

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Does what you read “for pleasure” tell you something about your personality? Oscar Wilde once wrote “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines who you will be when you can’t help it”. In essence, I think, we seek specific reading content that reflects our identities and views. There was a study that examined the connection between personality and people’s favorite books. It was based on the Big 5 Personality Traits:

Openess (those people who are creative, imaginative, curious and adventurous) Those people tended to read books that stimulated their intelligence and mostly read non-fiction, art books and some classics.

Conscientiousness (those people who were thoughtful, organized, goal-orientated) Those people tended to read religious, and  books in their career field.

 Extroverts (those people who were sociable, expressive, talkative, outgoing.) Those people read books about relationships, memories and autobiographies.

Agreeableness ( those people who were kind, trusting, cooperative)  Agreeable people read mostly books about relationships, faith-based and family drama.

Neuroticism (Neurotic people tended to have mood swings, lots of anxiety issues and are stressed a lot of the time. These people read to escape their lives so sci-fi books are high on their agenda.

In my view our tastes in books change over time like our lives. When I was young I loved to read adventure stories. As a teenager,  I read all the Nancy Drew books and of course, “The Little House” books. I was introduced to “Black Beauty by my Grandmother and so began my “love affair with horses and western. I admit freely that I liked most of “the required reading”books of high school and college (“Rebecca” and Tale of Two Cities” to name a couple).

If you take a look at The Good Reads column on the right side of my posts you will see a partial lit of what I m currently reading.

What does your bookcase say about you?

~Sallie

 

Self Discovery Prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

There’s a line from one of my favorite stories that goes like this:

“Be gentle with his feelings”

Sometimes, in the throes of grief, despair, anger, loneliness we attack ourselves and others. A journal of self discovery can help us sort through the many layers of one’s life and create a safe place to vent. By being gentle with ourselves we can become a better person.

Some prompts for self-love are:

  • What good habit do you want to begin this month?
  • What do you  need to start saying “yes” to?
  • What do you need to forgive yourself for?
  • What is your biggest struggle of loving yourself? And finally,
  • Find a verse, poem or quote that inspires you in your current situation and write it down. Repeat it every day this month.

~Sallie

Happy Mother’s Day

Wednesday words to live by

 

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” Gandhi

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