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How To Find Your Next Great Book

January 30th, 2013 at Wed, 30th, 2013 at 8:00 am by Meredith

Yes, we know, you know how to find things. You’re good at it. When you want to find a book to read, you have many options: quiz friends on Facebook, check out reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, trawl the bestseller lists. And, indeed, you will likely find a book to read. But will it be a book that has been specially selected to jive with your personal reading preferences? Maybe. Maybe not. That’s where librarians come in.

Librarians call it “reader’s advisory”. We’re good at it. It’s our job. Talk to one of us about what you’ve been reading, and we know just the questions to ask to find out what is at the heart of why you liked a book. Then we’ll send you away with personalized suggestions for your next great read. Also? It’s free. You can contact us by phone, email, online chat, text, or in person.

If you’d also like to explore on your own, there are some fun and interesting options available. They aren’t a librarian, but they’re still pretty neat.

Novelist – A database you can access with your KCLS library card. Search for similar books based on in-depth subject headings. Also has great series information and author read-alike articles.

Gnooks – Tell Gnod what you like and receive suggested author read-alikes. Interesting “literature maps” relate authors to one another.

Overbooked – Loads of booklists and other information about fiction and readable non-fiction.

Whichbook - A unique way of browsing books based on your moods and emotions.

Small Demons – Explore the people, places, and things in books and how they relate to one another.

Goodreads – If you aren’t already familiar with this social network of readers, check it out.

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