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NoveList and Novelist K-8 provide a great resource for finding a good book to read. NoveList provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists. For school media specialists and teachers Novelist K-8 covers the same for fiction aimed at Elementary through Junior High readers with Picture Book Extenders and articles on Teaching with Fiction.

To Learn more, simply click on Novelist or Novelist K-8, Login (username and password available at library), and click on "Training and Support" on the left hand of the screen. It has a short 1 minute tutorial on using NoveList to find a good book.


LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth. The suggestions are excellent, and the tagging really helps in finding other great books to read. If you use to find other books to read, then you will love LibraryThing.

A cool update has been done by LibraryThing for libraries (gives us the tags and recommended reads in the catalog). By clicking on a tag (in a full record like the one on the right), you can bring up the tag browser for some interesting searches that do not do well with our current subject headings. Just put in terms separated by commas, and it will do an and search of the different tags (this is called tagmashing). Pass this information on to others if you find it useful.

Check out these examples, and try out others:
  1. cozy, mystery
  2. Christmas, craft
  3. thanksgiving, cooking
  4. fantasy, dragons