Finding Your Next Great Read

As a student, I often look forward to the end of any semester- a small break from required reading, but a break, nonetheless, for recreational reading.  If you’re like me and you do not have a never-ending TBR (to-be-read) pile of books, there are plenty of online services that can help you find your next great read.

NoveList Plus  is a terrific source for finding read-alikes based on book title or author.  Available to those with a MORE library card, NoveList Plus is an electronic subscription-based service provided to patrons for free.  On it, you can search for books based on what appeals to you as a reader, such as genre, storyline, writing style, and much more.  In addition, you can search for audiobooks and book series.

Pinterest can be another good site when looking for books to read.  The library’s own Pinterest Page has boards for new fiction, new nonfiction, mystery, romance, science fiction/fantasybooks, and even for “What to read?”  With this interactive site, you can simply pin books that appeal to you and create your own boards for what you want to read next.

Goodreads and LibraryThing  are two others sources you can use to discover new books to read.  On Goodreads, you can read and rate your own books, or compile your own want-to-read book lists.  It is a bit more social in the sense that you can befriend others on the site, comment on what they have read, or even see how they have rated and reviewed their own books.  LibraryThing lets you catalog your own books (up to 200 for free) and create tags for them.  In this way, you can see other user “libraries” and find books for yourself based on tags that jump out at you, such as historical fiction, WWII, or memoir.

Also, make sure to keep an eye out for our new online readers’ advisory service that will make its grand debut on the library’s website this June!


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