Novelist: Finding Read-alikes in Reviews


NoveList displays reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and School Library Journals in Series and Title Detail pages when available, and these are great sources of information for those deciding whether to pick a book up. But did you know that you can use the Advanced Search to mine those rich reviews to help you pick your next great read?

For example, you can use reviews to find read-alikes. Let’s say you  loved the Kay Scarpetta mysteries, but you’ve already read the series suggested in the NoveList Also Recommends section of the Series Detail page:

Use the Advanced Search (located under the basic search box at the top of the page) and follow these steps:

  1. Access the Advanced Search page by clicking the Advanced Search link in the Search For… box on the homepage.
  2. In the first field, enter scarpetta, and select RV Review from the adjacent drop-down.
  3. In the next row, select NOT from the Boolean drop-down.
  4. Type cornwell, patricia daniels in the next field, and select AU Author from the adjacent drop-down.

5. Click Search

This will give you a list of titles with reviews that mention the Kay Scarpetta mysteries, excluding those titles written by Patricia Cornwell.

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