Have you ever heard of Novelist? If you haven’t, get ready to learn about one of the best hidden gems your library card can access. Novelist is an amazing database filled with both fiction and nonfiction books and is one of my favorite ways to find book recommendations 24/7.
You have free access to Novelist with your Provo City Library card. To access, go to https://www.provolibrary.com/find-a-book. If you scroll down you will find a link to Novelist Plus and Novelist K-8. Both databases are awesome, but Novelist K-8 is helpful if you’re only looking for children’s and YA books.
Novelist has a lot of content so it can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. One place I like to look is the Recommended Reads Lists on the left side of the page. You’ll find a bunch of different booklists on different topics including my current favorite “Reading During Pandemic.”
Pick your favorite poison, and Novelist will pull up a list of recommended books for you based on the parameters you chose. I decided I wanted a list of “funny and lighthearted” fiction and Novelist provided.
Since I tend to read a lot of lighthearted fiction, I have already read a lot of the books that Novelist recommended to me. Personally, I love when this happens because it makes me feel like Novelist is on the right track. It can also help me find more titles I love. Novelist recommended THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman which I read last year and loved, and I’d really like to read a read-alike. You’ll notice you can also search by author read-alike or series read-alike.
By clicking on “Title Read-alikes” I’ll get a printable list of title-specific recommendations that include a short explanation of why Novelist is recommending the title.
As you’re browsing, you can have Novelist keep track of the titles that catch your eye by clicking the “plus” sign at the top of a title entry.
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Then you can go to your folder to see the complete list of titles you found.
This barely scratches the surface of all you can do with Novelist, but if you are in need of a quick book recommendation try your hand at Novelist to find a new read!