Online Readers Advisory Sites
Article in Websites category.
Starred sites for adult fiction readers' advisory
- Inclues pictures of covers, series lists, and pre-pub/forthcoming information as well.
- Brought to you by Bowker and bundled with Books in Print -- available only inside the library. Locate books by author, title, or attributes in six different areas for fiction: genre, setting, location, character, timeframe, and topic. Choose the "similar titles" button and then narrow down by attribute.
- "The Reader’s Advisor Online is based on Libraries Unlimited’s print series, Genreflecting." Limited in number of indexed titles, allowing for more focused searching than Fiction Connection. Browse or search and drill down through menus of genre, and subgenre, time periods and locations, characters, topics or themes, and interest groups. Read-alike lists.
- Lexile Searches
- Lexile.com - Search for a book by Lexile score/range and subject matter.
- Library of Virginia Notable Books - The Notable Books list annotated with Lexile scores, sortable by all fields.
- Click on "Find a Book" in the middle of the front page. Run by the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Public Library; annotated by librarians.
- Especially of note: the Juvenile Series and Sequels database
- Run by Sylvan Learning Center, has limited listings and is grade-level dependent, but might jog your mind for some suggestions based on reading level and subject matter.
General Fiction Sites
- search the archives for good reading lists
- limited results without a subscription, but come here for pseudonym lists, basic searches in
- readalikes under Reader’s Choice > If You Like
- reviews by romance category
- has a nice list of other genre resources ( www.henricolibrary.org/onlinesrvcs/genre.html)
- Click on their "Readers Advisory" tab for links galore. Also: book lists, new notable fiction, lists of starred reviews.
General Readers' Advisory Sites
- What Do I Read Next? -- Gale database accessible through finditvirginia.org or jmrl.org's database page
- adult and youth series
- British, more fun than useful!
- This blog/website's co-founder and editor is Nora Rawlinson, a heavyweight in the arena as editor of 'Library Journal' and editor-in-chief of 'Publisher's Weekly' for 12 years, and the head of materials selection at Baltimore Public Library before that. A great blog to scan every day. Nancy Pearl's podcasts are also here.
Libraries/Librarians Doing Neat Things with RA
- booklists from our neighbors to the North focusing on Young Adult and Children's reading suggestions
- personalized RA services ( www.wrl.org/bookweb/RA/index.html)
- Seattle PL:David Wright(readersadvisory.org)
- Nancy Pearl and the ShelfTalk blog (shelftalk.spl.org)
- Neal Wyatt -- Chesterfield Ct PL, Library Journal column/articles
- Reading Room search (readingroom.rrpl.org)
- JMRL.org's Readers' Corner page jmrl.org/pr-readers.htm)
- very strong suggestion database
- NoveList: an EBSCO database available through participating libraries
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