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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Help with What to Read Next

Have you seen the librarian action figure?  She has a real action move "push to shussh" where she raises her finger to her lips to shussh!  The figure is modeled after Nancy Pearl, a librarian who retired from the Seattle Public Library, who is well known for her reader's guides, book reviews and creating the first "One City One Book" reading program.  Her reader's advisory guides are worth consulting to find out how to determine what you enjoy reading and how to find more books that meet your specific reading preferences.

So far, she has published seven of these useful guides:

Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction 1978–1998, Libraries Unlimited, 1999, ISBN 1-56308-659-X

Now Read This II: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1990–2001, Libraries Unlimited, 2002, ISBN 1-56308-867-3

Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason, Sasquatch Books, Seattle, 2003, ISBN 1-57061-381-8

More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason, Sasquatch Books, Seattle, 2005, ISBN 1-57061-435-0

Book Crush: For Kids and Teens : Recommended Reading For Every Mood, Moment, and Interest, Sasquatch Books, Seattle, 2007, ISBN 978-1570615009

And her most recent books:

Now Read This III: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction,  2002-2009, Libraries Unlimited, 2010, ISBN 978-1591585701

Book Lust To Go, Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers, Sasquatch Books, Seattle, 2010, ISBN 978-1570616501

If you want to use these books and books like these to help you expand (or pinpoint) your reading selections, ask at the Information Desk; many are kept at the desk in the Ready Reference collection.  Others can also be found on the shelves at 011.73.  You can also use these kind of guides to read books set in specific locations, fiction that includes historic characters, and fiction about specific eras or points in history.  There is even a reader's guide to the Best Thin Books for Teens.


Anonymous said...

How do I get one of those action figures?!

South Brunswick Public Library Blog said...

They are available on several websites (Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and others). You can access these sites online by entering "Library Action Figure" in Google. Enjoy!