One of my favorite ways to discover new books is NoveList, a database we subscribe to here at DPL! NoveList is great for when you really like a certain author or book and you’d like to read more books that are similar. It’s super easy to use, here’s a quick tutorial!
From the homepage of our website, hover over Research Tools and click Online Resources from the drop-down menu. On the second page of options, you’ll find NoveList! Make sure you have your library card nearby because you’ll be asked for that barcode number.
Once you’ve made it to NoveList’s homepage, you’re ready to start searching. Let’s say you’ve read all of John Green’s books and LOVED them all, and now you want to find something similar that you’ll enjoy just as much. In that search bar at the top, just type in “John Green” and click Author, and hit search.
As you can see from the screenshot above, John Green is right at the top of the list. You can click his name for more info about him and his books, or you can scroll down a few lines and click on Author Read-alikes to find a list of authors and reasons why you might like their books if you like John Green.
Let’s say The Fault in Your Stars is you absolute favorite John Green book, and you want to find another book that is like it. Instead of searching for John Green read-alikes, you can find read-alikes specifially for TFiOS! From the NoveList homepage, type “The Fault in Our Stars” in the search bar, click on Title, and hit the search button. Now you should be seeing an info page all about TFiOS, and on the right side you’ll see a list of books that you might also enjoy.
And there you have it, your next favorite book discovered! You can do this with just about any author or book. Visit NoveList from our homepage today and give it a try!