Readers Advisory is one of the more fun, but rare services we are called upon to provide but its not always easy. Sometimes you don’t know what you want, I don’t know what you want, or I have never read books on Hungarian basket-weaving so its kinda hard to recommend one.
Other than searching the DCPL catalog by subjects, keywords, or genres, or using Novelist (on Galileo); what else is out there to tempt readers?
Due to snappy looking cover, I start leafing through one of our new reference books: Read on– fantasy fiction : reading lists for every taste by Neil Hollands. With the main headings of Story, Character, Setting, Mood and Language; this book is further broken down into a list of suggestions for almost any kind of fantasy book you can think of listing both old and new books. Cute chapter titles like: “Never mind the acne; I’m here to save the world: coming-of-age stories”, make for a fun read in itself.
BookSpot.com is a great directory of links to award winners, movie adaptations, reviews, and best of lists. Another huge award winners listing can be found on BookWire, with links to plenty of obscure and popular awards.
An interesting site for readers of the classics is the Great Books Lists site which compiles information from various bibliographies citing great works of the Western and Eastern canons. For books of the modern/contemporary canons check out the somewhat controversial Modern Library 100 list.
Hard to please? If you like horror you could head over to the MonsterLibrarian’s Domain. Perhaps some Banned Books will attract a certain crowd? Romance on the menu?- Check out All About Romance or the Romance Reader. For some of the best fantasy and fairy-tale reading lists, check out the Journal of Mythic Arts lists for books for adults, young adults, and non-fiction studies of fantasy and myth.