November 13, 2018

How to read a book in 5 minutes (AKA how to figure out if this book will appeal to your reader)

The thought of doing readers’ advisory for someone whose reading tastes are very different from yours can be nerve-wracking. You can use NoveList to be confident about the important details of the book by talking about our story elements. With our genre, theme, and appeal terms, you can “read” that book in record time. 

October 31, 2018

LibraryReads and NoveList

LibraryReads compiles a monthly list of the top ten new books librarians are most excited about. At NoveList, we are big fans of LibraryReads and have multiple ways you can help your patrons access these lists of notable titles.

October 26, 2018

Frankenstein Lives!

January 1st marked the 200th publication anniversary of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein. This classic has inspired many retellings and adaptations on page, stage, and screen. While Frankenstein’s influence has remained ever-present over the years, 2018 has seen a flurry of new histories, biographies, and retellings popping up on the literary scene, many of them published to coincide with this milestone anniversary. 

October 25, 2018

Reading advocacy

Imagine if we shifted from thinking about readers' advisory to something more like reading advocacy. What if we started hitting the streets, getting out in the world, and talking to people about reading and how it transforms lives? What if we spent more time advocating for the value of reading? 

October 22, 2018

Introducing Own Voices as an appeal term in NoveList

Big news, folks! Own voices is now a searchable appeal term in NoveList. Own voices would be the perfect complement to our existing diversity appeals that call out books for all ages featuring culturally diverse, LGBTQIA diverse, religiously diverse, or ability diverse characters. By focusing on aspects of the author's identity as well as the identity of their characters, we hope to provide a more precise access point for these kinds of stories.

October 18, 2018

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas’ novel The Hate U Give has been a hit amongst teens and adults alike since its 2017 debut. Thomas has received numerous awards and has been on book clubs lists around the country. The book has now been adapted into a film which will be released in theaters October 19. 

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