, Muskogee, OK


March 22, 2014

Library helps you how to find your next book

NoveList is a database that can be used

So, you absolutely love reading Stephen King, but you’ve read everything he wrote twice!

You are hooked on cozy mysteries, but you like some much better than others.

Every day someone comes into the library with this problem.

They’ve “finished” their favorite series, or gone through all the books that their favorite author has written so far and they don’t know where to turn before the next bout of Oklahoma weather.

Some people ask a librarian and we are glad to help. The library has very useful resources on our web page and there are other websites that can help you find read-alikes.

If you can get on a computer at the library or at home, you can likely find your next best read by yourself.

Here are a few tips to help you on your quest.

My first choice to find a patron’s next favorite author or book is NoveList — a database you can get to by going to our website, www. and clicking on the Research tab.

Scroll down to NoveList, put in your library card number, and you will be logged into the Muskogee Public Library’s account for NovelList, ready to search for any fiction book or author.

There are several ways to look for read-alikes and library personnel can help guide you.

I’ll start you off with some help looking for author read-alikes. On the NoveList website, click the “Author” button and do a Basic Search for your favorite author.

Details about your author come up and to the right of that you will see a box that says “Read- alikes from NoveList”.

This will give you up to nine authors that have been recommended as writing in a similar way to your favorite.

Below that box you will see “Search for More” and below that, writing characteristics such as Genre, Storyline, Tone and Subject. These terms are considered to be part of your favorite author’s appeal. You can check off the ones that matter most to you, and leave those you are not looking for unchecked.

More authors will appear in the middle of the page.

You can further limit the results by using the terms on the left of the page under the words “Narrow results by”.

Now you can click on more of your favorite genres, pace, writing style, even location.

Each time you narrow your results, you can click on the recommended authors’ names and find out more about them, including what age group they write for, how popular they are, etc.

There are more ways to find read-alikes and follow your tastes, and more websites to do it on, such as Goodreads and Fantastic Fiction.

Even if you don’t have a computer, your friendly neighborhood librarian will help you explore them.

You just have to ask. In any case, MPL is your go-to source for your next good read; whether you come in person to 801 W. Okmulgee or visit us on the internet at

You might try just wandering up and down the library stacks, looking at titles and reading book flaps to find out what the book is about and you may discover a whole new world.

Janie Teague-Urbach works for the Muskogee Public Library. You can reach her at (918) 682-6657, ext. 248.

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