Tuesday, August 25, 2009

NoveList: reading suggestions for what to read when what you want isn't in.

Today I’m not going to talk about a specific book, but rather, what to do when the book you want isn’t in.

For example, right now, one book with a long waiting list is Jodi Picoult’s "My Sister’s Keeper". But what to read while waiting for it is a question that we are often asked.

Much as we’d like to, library staff cannot read everything on our shelves, so we look to Novelist for help. This database, available on our website, offers Read-alikes for many favourite authors, including Jodi Picoult.

Chris Bohjalian who has a similar writing style, and is from a similar background as Jodi Picoult is one possibility. Jacquelyn Mitchard’s "The Deep End of the Ocean", or Theory of Relativity are 2 books that Picoult readers enjoy. Luanne Rice’s strong characters and examinations of family and personal relationships might also be a good fit. Sue Miller is another possibility and some of her books are considered modern classics.

If the library doesn’t have your title, be sure to ask for it. And while you’re waiting, have a look at Novelist - staff will be happy to help you. You may discover a new favourite.

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