I have a confession. I’m a very bad librarian. I am really bad at Reader Advisory. When a student tells me they don’t know what to read next my mind goes blank. I can’t pull a book out of my hat on the spot any faster than I could write one. Oh, I can fake it…I can go to the stacks and scan until I find one that might fit, or I can ask other students who read a similar genre but that doesn’t always work.
So it always helps to have a variety of options for readalike lists that will hopefully help satisfy the student. Some of these are new to me so I can’t vouch for them all but I’m willing to give them a go.
Library Thing Labs: Author read-alikes I belive these lists are calculated with an algorithm rather than personal opinion.
ATN Reading Lists: Read Alikes “If you liked…” lists by title.
Book Bowse Read-Alikes Searchable and browse-able by author and title
Goodreads Read Alikes Book Lists User-created lists by author, title, subject and genre
Your Next Read Searchable by author, title, genre, etc.
If you know of any others, please include them in the comments so that we can all benefit.
*Thanks to Mark Anderson of Andertoons for his delightful cartoons.