August 28, 2020

#DNF Alternatives

As you might imagine, we spend a fair bit of time here at NoveList HQ chatting among ourselves about books — what we are reading right now, what we’ve loved, who we’d recommend it to, etc. Not too long ago, the conversation turned to what highly acclaimed book had we started but never finished. Since readers’ advisory is near and dear to our hearts, we couldn’t just leave it at that. We asked everyone what they’d suggest someone read instead. The responses were so good, we couldn’t keep them to ourselves.  And, of course, I couldn’t resist adding some further reading suggestions of my own.

June 18, 2020

New theme in NoveList: Unnamed narrator

How do you like your narrator? At NoveList, we have various terms that call out narrative voice.

February 10, 2020

New theme in NoveList: Wartime Crime

The mystery genre is massive. For all that we don’t want crime to affect us personally, it sure is fun to read about! And mystery writers help keep that passion alive in many ways. So how can this vast number of books be navigated? At NoveList, we offer an array of mystery genres – from Cozy mysteries where the crime stays behind closed doors, to Fantasy mysteries that take place in other worlds entirely, to Police procedurals that focus on the minutiae of the investigation. 

December 18, 2019

Geek out with our new NoveList theme: Fandemonium!

Your patrons may love them. Your library may host them. You may even have participated in a few yourself. Fandom conventions and fandom spaces are becoming increasingly popular in the cultural landscape, and fiction centered around them is flourishing!

September 26, 2019

Sharing the Secret Language of Books

Over the years we’ve developed and refined our own language for matching readers with just-right books. These “story elements” cover the many different aspects of a book that catches a reader’s attention. Every year we compile the story elements, which include appeal terms, themes, and genres, into The Secret Language of Books: A Guide to Story Elements

July 9, 2019

Books for mermaids

Disney’s live-action remake of 1989’s The Little Mermaid won’t be ready for quite a while, and that may leave fans feeling adrift in the meanwhile. Try luring them in with sea-sational books for, and about, mermaids! Here are a few of my favorites for adult readers, and the searches I used to find them in NoveList.