Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What Should I Read Next?

books and beach
Have you ever had trouble deciding what you should read next? With so many books out there, it can be hard to narrow down the books that you, or your child, would enjoy reading. They key is finding the right book for you at the moment that you are in the mood to read it. Sometimes, I really want a book that makes me laugh. Other times, I am looking for a book that's so thrilling I have to get through it as fast as possible—because I just have to find out what happens next! And then there are moments that I just want a cozy spot and a good mystery.

So where can you find books that you or your child will love? At MCPL, of course! We have great reading suggestions for all ages.

mother reading to children
It's never too early to start reading to your babies but we also have books for older children who are reading on their own—whether they are comfortable readers or beginners. We have booklists on many favorite genres from Adventure to Trains on our Kids' page as well as booklists by grade. Does your child have a favorite book or author? Try NoveList K-8 Plus for reading suggestions based on books or authors that your child has enjoyed.

book at beach
For teens there are a variety of popular "if you like" and topical booklists, on subjects like dystopian worlds and road trips, on our Teensite. Our librarians who love teen books have also compiled some great books to read this summer and beyond for middle and high school students. Be sure to have a look at our Teen Pinterest board, which includes fun videos of MCPL staff talking up their favorite teen titles!

Kids and teens should also sign up for our exciting new Summer Reading program! Log the books kids and teens read all summer long to win incentives, and receive emails suggesting books based on their interests.  Your reading log and email reading suggestions will continue beyond Summer Reading throughout the year!

people reading on devices - what do i check out next
Let's not forget about the adults! Have a look at our engaging reading suggestions on Readers' Cafe. These include our We Recommend and Librarian's Choice selections. You can also find What We're Reading and Good Books for Book Clubs on our Pinterest boards. Want some personalized book suggestions just for you? Fill out our What Do I Check Out Next? form telling us what you like to read. Our expert librarians will email you a list of three to five books we think you'll love! We also have NoveList Plus for adults with reading suggestions based on books or authors you have enjoyed.

And finding more books to read like your favorite titles just got easier!  Search for any book in our catalog and select the title link to find even more enticing reads that are similar to that book.  This new NoveList Select feature in the catalog allows you to quickly and easily search for available copies and place holds on books and authors similar to your favorites.  If you like the "feel" of the book you can select links for more reading suggestions based on pace, tone, and writing style.

Interested in books in languages other than English? We have many exciting titles in our World Languages Collection in Amharic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

parents reading to child on ipad
Looking for a different reading experience? Don't forget that besides books in print we also offer e-books, e-magazines, and audiobooks!

We love to read, and we love sharing our picks and our passion for reading with you! Our librarians are happy to give suggested book titles for you in person at our branches or online. There's something to read for everyone at MCPL, and we're here to find the right book at the right time for you!


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