6 Ways to Find Your Next Read!

Sometimes finding a good book to read can be an overwhelming task – there are hundreds of thousands of books published in the United States every year, and so many more existing classics and little-known treasures that you might not know where to begin. But fear not, dear readers; I am here to give you some tips on ways to find that perfect book.

1. NoveList

As a Fountaindale card holder, you have access to an excellent reader database called NoveList Plus. NoveList allows you to search for books based on your reading interests. You can search by genre, setting, characters, themes, moods, you name it! NoveList will also provide you with “read-alikes” that suggest similar titles to ones you may have enjoyed in the past. It’s pretty much the ultimate reader resource. You can access it from our website under our “Find It! -> Online Resources” page and log in using your library card number!

Where to find NoveList on Fountaindale.org
Click on “NoveList Plus”
NoveList home page
NoveList home page

 

2. NextReads Newsletter

Fountaindale has a newsletter service that anyone can sign up for called NextReads! If you want recommendations delivered to your email, sign up either on the Fountaindale home page, or through our online catalog! You can choose from a number of different genres, and NextReads will send you lists of books that might just include your new favorite!

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On the home page
NextReads in the catalog
In the catalog
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NextReads genres

 

3. What Should I Read Next?

Yes, there is literally a website called WhatshouldIreadnext.com! All you have to do is type in an author or book you enjoyed, and the site will generate a list of recommendations! How cool is that??

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WhatShouldIReadNext home page

 

4. Genrify Genre Blender

The genre blender on Genrify is a really neat tool that allows you to blend up 3 different genres to show you books that fit that description. Looking for a fantasy-romance? How about a historical-science-fiction-mystery? This will find it!

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Genre Blender home page

 

5. Social media

Check out my post about social media sites for readers! Goodreads, Litsty, and LibraryThing are just some of the cool sites to connect with other readers and get great recommendations! (Yes, this is also a shameless plug for my other posts.)

 

6. Ask a librarian!

I know this might come as a shock, but the internet might not always be able to find you what you want. Sometimes a human touch is needed to get just the right personal recommendation. After all, each reader is different, and talking it out with a librarian is often the best way to find just the right book! Stop by the 3rd floor reference desk sometime to talk books – we kinda like them.

-ES

50 Book Challenge 2017

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Happy 2017! Is one of your resolutions this year to read more books? If so, I encourage you to join the 50 book challenge!

The 50 book challenge is just as it sounds – to read 50 books in one year. The most popular way to participate in this challenge is through Goodreads.com. Goodreads is a great tool for keeping track of what you read on a yearly, or even daily, basis. It allows you to build bookshelves of books you plan to read, books you have read, books you’re currently reading, books about dogs, books you loved as a kid – literally anything! And it has a built-in reading challenge that tracks how many books you read each year.

Does 50 sound like too much for you? No worries! You can adjust your challenge to however many books you want – 10, 20, 42, 142, you name it. Goodreads will tell you how far along you are, if you are on schedule, ahead of schedule, or behind, and the exact number of books you are ahead or behind. It’s the perfect way to keep track of your reading.

We are already 9 days in to 2016, so you might have to pick up some shorter books to get an early boost! Here are some titles I recommend to get you started on the 2017 50 book challenge:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – this is an award-winning young adult book that is well-suited for older ages, too. The movie recently came out in theaters, so if you want to read it before you see it, this is a good choice for your first 2017 book!

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A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – this 13-book series will be a huge boost to your book count. A series for younger readers, it will make you laugh out loud, whatever your age. Then once you finish (it won’t take you long), you can check out the new Netflix series based on the books!

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – if you’re resolved to read more classics this year (maybe books you feel bad you haven’t read yet!), this is a great choice because it is less than 200 pages long!

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Slade House by David Mitchell – if you like horror, this is a good, short read for the start of 2017. It’s a group of inter-connected short stories that make a unique page-turner, both scary and entertaining!

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March series by John Lewis – this is a series of 3 graphic novels written by congressman John Lewis about his experience during the Civil Rights movement. They are quick reads, but thought-provoking and historical, once again proving that graphic novels are not just comic books!

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Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord – I’m noticing a more serious and/or dark pattern to this reading list, so I’ll throw in a happier one! This short novel follows Hector as he journeys around the world learning about what makes different people happy.

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – this one is a longer read than the others, but I wanted to include it because it is a great read for anyone wanting to step-up their creativity in the new year and find some inspiration to get going!

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Good luck! May your 2017 be filled with books!

-Emily