A Novel(ist) Approach to Finding Books

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Find that next great book using Novelist Plus, a professional reader’s advisory tool available from your library!

novelist-logoAfter finishing The Twelve by Justin Cronin, a great book by the way, I wanted to keep the thrills going by finding something similar to read next. I turned to Novelist Plus, my favorite online resource for finding new books and authors.

Novelist Plus’ purpose is to provide you with recommendations for books and authors that are similar to those you have already read. Librarians have used it for years to provide recommendations, but anyone is welcome to use this great resource. With thousand’s of recommendations by reader’s advisory experts, it’s a great place to start when looking for a new book.

Using Novelist Plus is easy. Simply search for a book or author and Novelist Plus provides a list of similar authors or titles and other suggested readings. It’s that easy!

Novelist Plus is also great at recommending new series or figuring out what books comes next in a series. It also contains book discussion guides, thematic book lists, and reading and book-oriented articles. In addition, Novelist Plus is not just for adults. You will also find recommendations for children, tween, and teen books!

To use Novelist Plus, go to the Digital Branch and click on Research. If you are not at the library, you will be asked for your library card number and your PIN, which is usually the last four digits of your telephone number.

While there are many ways to find read-a-likes, Novelist Plus is a powerful online resources that gives you access to thousands of professional reviews, book and author suggestions, and much more. Give it a try and I know you will be hooked.

For even more help finding great books, check out our Goodreads page. It has staff recommendations, book discussions, surveys, trivia questions, and more!

What books have you discovered using Novelist Plus?

Jeff Tate is the Digital Branch Librarian. He can help with your ebook and digital audiobook questions and ereader, smart phones, iPads, or other gadget issues, In addition, he can assist with general research questions, library database assistance, and almost anything else you find on our Digital Branch. He also trains, markets, and develops content for the Library's website, ebooks, databases, social media, and other online services. Besides his MLS, he has degrees in American History and American Studies.