I Want a Good Book: Tips & Tricks

It is a common occurrence. You finish a great book, one that was engaging or just plain awesome fun, and you immediately want something else to read just like it. Unfortunately, you’re not quite sure how to go about finding that next good book.

Finding that next great book to read can seem difficult. However, there are many tools available to help you find books based on what you’ve read or the subjects you like.

From the Library

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Don’t let the weird name fool you, one of the best tools available to you through the library is Novelist Plus.

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 simple!

Novelist Plus is 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 It. 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.

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This is a great service that will provide you a list of 10 or so book recommendations based on your responses to a questionnaire. Fill out the form telling us what you like or don’t like and our great reader’s advisory librarians will send you recommendations we know you will like.

Ask Us!

frequently-asked-job-interview-questionsText, use our online chat service, call, or just come in and ask a librarian for recommendations.

  • Call: 785-580-4555
  • Text: 785-783-0096
  • Email: asktscpl@tscpl.org

General Tools


You may already use Goodreads to keep track of the books you have read, but did you know the library has a Goodreads page?

On our Goodreads page you can explore dozens of staff favorites and recommendations and participate in discussions with other book lovers, including what book you should try next.

If you haven’t used Goodreads, it is a website that allows you to keep track of the books you read, organize them, and find and discuss books with other users.

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One of the quickest ways to find read-a-like for a book is to search for it at www.amazon.com. For each book, Amazon provides a list of other books and items that people looked at or bought.

The book list is not as researched as what you would find at Novelist, but a quick Amazon search can get you started in the right direction.

Thanks to these tools, your book shopping is now simplified. Do you have any other sources you use to find that next good book? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Jeff Tate is a former employee and wrote about digital content such as ebooks, databases and other online services.