Every profession has fun terms that don’t make sense to anyone else unless they are explained. Readalikes is one of those terms for the library profession.

Many patrons come into the library with a question like, “I just read all of Jodi Picoult’s books and I want something similar.  What can you recommend?”  This is what librarians term a Readalike, a book or author that is similar to another book or author.

Don’t get me wrong, most librarians love these questions, so feel free to ask! But if want to try this on your own, this is what you can do.  A quick and easy way is to type the term Readalikes into Google.  This will give you a list of websites that offer readalike suggestions but is very general.  Now try adding an author’s name, such as Jodi Picoult.  Now you are getting specific websites with suggests for books that are similar (in their opinion) to Picoult’s.  Now try it with a book title, like Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.  Well, you get the idea!

Plus, don’t forget that we offer reading suggestions right on our website. Look under Books & More, Parents & Kids, as well as Teens.

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Beth is a Librarian at the Gaines Township branch of KDL. She really loves reading, especially all the wonderful teen books, but also enjoys genealogy and crafts!

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