Recommending books

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  • Tools for reader's advisory service, formal or informal

A notebook of annotated bibliographies containting all publishing information, number of pages, genre, a brief quote, synopsis with teaser, and any other pertinent information. These bibliographies can be assembled as you and fellow staff members read good books and take a few minutes to fill out a brief form. Patrons can also be encouraged to complete bibilographies as they read; many "regulars" likely know our collections better than us!

A list of 5 great books from each genre (adopted from Joyce Saricks' Italic textThe Reader's Advisory Guide to Genre FictionItalic text

Several colorful themed bookmarks with title and author of books fitting that theme. These can be displayed according to seasons, current events, new releases, and so on. For example: Fearless, Funny Females; Murderous Mysteries; Hard Boiled Detectives; Comedic Christmas Disasters ect.

Access to online materials such as Novelist, Titlewave, and even

Enthusiasm and a firm belief in the joy of reading, be it paperback romance or Tolstoy. Reader's Advisory is a wonderful opportunity to get to know patrons and educate them on the variety of services librarians can provide. Happy Reading!


  • Three non-fiction Readers' Advisory resources ("Sure bet narrative nonfiction writers", " Narrative nonfiction genre appeal factors" and " Regional Mysteries Bibliography") at the ALA-RUSA Reader's Advisory Committee page.


Young Adult/Teen Booklists

Lists of Books

Recommendations by Nancy Pearl (the queen of readers' advisory):

Books by readers' advisory expert Joyce Saricks:

Guide to Genre Fiction

New just for YA:

Librarians' Personal Lists of Best Books

Overlooked Books that People Might Like

Blogs/Websites to Watch

Specific Blog Posts/Articles to Check Out