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
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!