Online Readers Advisory Sites

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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 -- 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 "find similar" button and then narrow down by attribute.
Note: OCLC has a prototype of a very similar database at -- it is limited and less user-friendly at this point, but keep an eye on it, since it’s still in the making.

Other sites

Children’s Sites

  • Lexile Searches - 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 essay service, 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

Genre-specific sites

readalikes under Reader’s Choice > If You Like
reviews by romance category
has a nice list of other genre resources (
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 or'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 reading suggestions (
personalized RA services (
  • Neal Wyatt -- Chesterfield Ct PL, Library Journal column/articles
Reading Room search (
very strong suggestion database
  • NoveList: an EBSCO database available through participating libraries

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