Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Book Matchmakers

What Do I Check Out Next? service icon.Are you looking for a good book, but having trouble meeting just the right one? Do you feel that you’ve been searching the stacks but still not getting the right read?  Maybe you’ve looked at other websites or blogs in the hopes that a new author or title will meet your needs, but sometimes it just isn't happening.

Don’t give up hope. MCPL can help!  We offer a service called What Do I Check Out Next? that will suggest books just for you, based on your answers to a very short questionnaire.  This service has been operating for about a year. So far we've answered more than 350 requests for help finding that perfect book.

Cover image for The beauty queen of Jerusalem / Sarit Yishai-Levi ; translated from the Hebrew by Anthony Berris.I’ve been fortunate to be part of the team of dedicated librarians who serve as your book matchmakers, and it’s one of my favorite jobs at the library.  It’s a terrific opportunity to think about great books that I’ve read and to share them with new people.  Sometimes when I read a request for books, the suggestions just spring to mind immediately, and I can recommend some of my own favorite books and authors, like two terrific new historical fiction books, Shadows Over Paradise by Isabel Wolff and The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi.

No matter what the request, we are determined to find books for everyone. We have lots of ways to track down a great book match for you.  A few weeks ago we had a reader looking for teen horror books.  Though this is not my usual cup of tea, I matched her with Unwind by Neal Shusterman, a story of teens who face a future world where their lives might be "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others. Scary, right??

Cover image for Wife 22 : a novel / Melanie Gideon.Often people have a really detailed idea of what they want to read.  One of our customers said that she wanted to read something that didn't have "too many words."  So I suggested she try Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon, a novel composed of emails, texts and other concise communications.

Another person wanted inspirational audio books and we found the perfect match with Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott.  And there was a recent request for thrillers.  Sounds easy, because there are so many great adventure, mystery and suspense novels.  But when this man listed his favorite authors, it seemed like he'd read almost everything in the genre!  Not to worry, I came up with Michael Robotham, a British author whose psychological thrillers are not that well known, though they deserve to be.

So if you've been searching for some good summer reads, let us help.  If you want mysteries or memoirs, romances or religious, or any other category, there are so many choices for you at MCPL.  Just fill out the What Do I Check Out Next? form and let us match you up with some great new books!

Barbara S.


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