January 17, 2017

Wish I’d known… Library helper genres

You’re probably already familiar with many of the genre headings NoveList uses, like Romances, Science fiction, and Historical fiction. But we also have genre headings that gesture toward a given book's form, point of view, or distinguishing characteristics. We call these our “Library helper” genres. These headings provide specific and unique access points across the traditional genres. Let’s take a look!

Media tie-ins

It’s no secret that pop culture generates enthusiasm in library users. These headings can help you find books that tap into stories that cross and transcend format, from blockbuster juggernauts like Star Wars and Game of Thrones to literary classics adapted for the screen.

  • Books to movies
  • Books to TV
  • Franchise books
  • Movie tie-ins
  • TV tie-ins

Encouraging readers

Everyone reads at their own pace and there’s a book for every reader. These headings gather books for new readers at every stage of life.

  • Adult books for young adults
  • Bilingual materials
  • Books for adult new readers
  • High interest-low vocabulary books

Form and perspective

These headings point toward a novel’s narrative voice. Who’s speaking, and to whom?

  • Diary novels
  • Epistolary novels
  • First person narratives
  • Multiple perspectives
  • Parallel narratives

Author characteristics

In addition to searching National and Cultural characteristics on our advanced search page, you can also find some author information in our genre field:

  • African American fiction
  • Australian fiction
  • Canadian fiction
  • New Zealand fiction

You can learn more about our Library helper genres in our new Guide to Genres and Book Discovery -- it's free to download! Don’t see what you’re looking for? Let us know!


Christine Wells is a Metadata Librarian at NoveList.





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