How do you choose which book you will read next? Do you depend on recommendations from members of your book club? An interesting author interview that you hear on the radio? The list of bestsellers in your favorite magazine? A quick perusal of Goodreads? All these sources are helpful, but there is one other source that you many find equally helpful and that is NoveList, a database found on your library’s website. Using NoveList and Goodreads together can be especially helpful because Novelist provides professional reviews and Goodreads provides reader comments . Novelist is objective whereas Goodreads is subjective. In combination you can get a balanced idea of whether you would like to read a particular book.
In addition, NoveList uses a set list of standardized genre terms, which are clearly understood and dependable, such as ‘Books to Movies’ or ‘Historical Fiction’ while Goodreads uses reader-created tags which allow for genres that may be more difficult to categorize, such as ‘written-by-women’ or ‘first-reads-giveaway’. Both can be helpful.
Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access NoveList from home and enjoy some wonderful winter reads!