Readalikes by Mood — February 26, 2020

Book Covers of Evvie Drake Starts Over and A Man Called Ove
This year, the Southeastern Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) genre study group is tackling the topic of readalikes – learning about best practices for developing lists of readalikes and creating readalike lists for group members to use in their own libraries. We are using NoveList as a reader’s advisory tool, along with supplemental readings from other reader’s advisory specialists.

The next meeting of the 2019-20 Southeastern Mass. Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) will be held  on Wednesday, February 26, 10am– 12pm, in the OCLN Conference Room, 220 Forbes Road, in Braintree. Please register on the MLS Affiliate Meeting Calendar as early as possible, in order to receive the supplemental reading in advance.

Readalikes by Mood
Benchmark Title: Either Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes OR A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

At our upcoming meeting, we will discuss developing readalike lists by mood, using either of the feel-good benchmark titles as a starting point (e.g. “If You’re in the Mood for a Feel-Good Book). We will also talk about:

  • using NoveList appeal factors to find readalikes by mood;
  • pros and cons of creating lists of readalikes by mood;
  • best practices for book lists in general; and
  • reader’s advisory tips and tricks.

Instead of reading the benchmark title AND a second title, please read as much of the benchmark title as you can, and bring along one or two possible readalike titles, along with a brief annotation or quote from a journal or magazine review that gives an idea of why each would be a feel-good mood readalike.

You may want to choose your readalikes from NoveList’s “Appeal Mixer” which suggests the following titles, among others, using these appeals — Characters=Quirky; Tone=Heartwarming; Writing Style=Engaging

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katrina Bivald
The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade by Virginia Smith
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather S. Webber
The Granny by Brendon O’Carroll
Postcards from Cedar Key by Terri Dulong
The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson
The Alphabet Sisters by Monica McInerney
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan


SE-RART 2019-20 Meeting Schedule

Everyone Likes Readalikes

Wed., December 4, 2019, 10-12 / no snow date
Study Topic: Selecting Readalikes by Title
Benchmark Title: The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Location: SAILS, 10 Riverside Drive, Suite 102, Lakeville

Wed., Feb. 26, 2020, 10am-12pm (no snow date)
Readalikes by Mood (e.g. Feel-Good)
Benchmark: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
OR A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Location: OCLN Central Site, 220 Forbes Road, Braintree

Wed., Apr. 29, 2020, 10am-12pm
Readalikes by Author (e.g. Elin Hilderbrand)
Benchmark: Any book by Elin Hilderbrand
Location: TBD

No June meeting

The SE-RART genre study group is open to anyone in the Southeastern Massachusetts library community (retirees, welcome!) and is co-facilitated again this year by Laurie Cavanaugh (Thayer Public Library, Braintree) and Maggie Holmes (Richards Memorial Library, North Attleborough).

The SE-RART genre study group is always open to new members. Register for one meeting or for all of them!

YEAR 6: SE-RART 2019-2020 Everyone Likes Readalikes

cover image of Readers Advisory Guide to Genre FictionThis year, the Southeastern Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) genre study group is tackling the topic of readalikes – learning about best practices for developing lists of readalikes and creating readalike lists for group members to use in their own libraries.

Our goal is to improve our reader’s advisory skills in general, while reading and developing readalike lists for popular authors, titles, and genre based on appeal factors as laid out by reader’s advisory guru Joyce Saricks in the 3rd edition of her book The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction (ALA Editions 2019) and other reader’s advisory experts and in NoveList.

The first meeting of 2019-20 will be held at SAILS Library Network, 10 Riverside Drive, Suite 102, Lakeville on Wednesday, December 4, 10am – 12pm. Please register on the MLS Affiliate Meeting Calendar as early as possible, in order to receive the readings in advance.

For our first meeting, we are going to talk about best practices for developing readalike lists by title, using the benchmark title as a starting point (i.e. “If You Liked The Mother-in-Law“). We will also talk about:

  • using NoveList to find readalikes;
  • pros and cons of creating lists of readalikes by title;
  • best practices for book lists in general; and
  • reader’s advisory tips and tricks.

Benchmark Title: The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Instead of reading the benchmark title AND a second title, please read as much of the benchmark title as you can and bring along one or two possible readalike titles, along with a brief annotation or quote from a journal or magazine review that gives an idea of why each would be a good readalike for the benchmark title.

Since we’ll be talking about NoveList, you may want to choose your readalikes from the “Similiar Titles” suggested by NoveList in the catalog:

Let Me Lie by Clare Macintosh
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar
The Lake House by Kate Morton
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
The Widow by Fiona Barton
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen


SE-RART 2019-20 Meeting Schedule

Everyone Likes Readalikes

Wed., December 4, 2019, 10-12 / no snow date
Study Topic: Selecting Readalikes by Title
Benchmark Title: The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Location: SAILS, 10 Riverside Drive, Suite 102, Lakeville

Wed., Feb. 26, 2020, 10am-12pm
Readalikes by Mood (e.g. Feel-Good)
Benchmark: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
OR A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Location: OCLN Central Site, 220 Forbes Road, Braintree

Wed., Apr. 29, 2020, 10am-12pm
Readalikes by Author (e.g. Elin Hilderbrand)
Benchmark: Any book by Elin Hilderbrand
Location: TBD

No June meeting

We are in need of a host location for the April 2020 meeting.

The SE-RART genre study group is open to anyone in the Southeastern Massachusetts library community (retirees, welcome!) and will be co-facilitated again this year by Laurie Cavanaugh (Thayer Public Library, Braintree) and Maggie Holmes (Richards Memorial Library, North Attleborough).

The SE-RART genre study group is always open to new members. Register for one meeting or for all of them!