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Resources for Readers: Readers' Advisory - General

A guide to online and print resources available to help steer readers toward books they may find of interest and aids for developing reading plans.

Reader's Advisory Online Resources - NoveList Plus

Whether you are looking for more books like your favorites, looking for a new author or if you simply want to recall all the titles in a series, NoveList Plus has your answer. This great database contains fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages from youngest readers to adults.  Find reading recommendations and read-alikes connected to every single title, author, and series record.
NoveList Plus is available in our library branches without a library card at To access this database outside library locations, click the "My Digital Library" link in the upper left corner of the main page. Log in with your library card number and PIN under "My Account". Then click on the "NoveList" icon.

The special features of NoveList Plus include:

Author Read-alikes - you can search by author, title or series. You can also narrow your search by genre and subject.

Book Discussion Guides - NoveList Plus includes many detailed discussion guides on a wide variety of titles written by qualified scholars--useful for academic study or general interest.

NoveList Feature Articles - many insightful articles on literary genres and topics that provide readers' advisory and cite read-alikes.

Plus Award Winners, a Readers' Advisory Toolbox, teaching aids and much more.



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Newsletters focus on specific genres, books for children and young adults, fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, news of library events and notification of upcoming selections for library-hosted book clubs.

Reader's Advisory





Readers' advisory is a service performed by most public libraries. It is usually rooted in a non-judgmental assessment of the personal preferences of the reader through a series of questions. The assessment focuses on reader likes and dislikes with regard to a number of factors, including subject, reading level, genre, writing style, the level of characterization, plot elements, storyline, pace, tone, frame, and setting.

 From Wikipedia; accessed February 15, 2012.


Video Tutorial - Finding Books in a Series using NoveList Plus

This video tutorial walks the user through the steps of finding books in a series using NoveList Plus.


The following volumes, available in the Huntsville-Madison Co. Public Library catalog, provide suggestions for the right book for any occasion.

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