How Do I Find More Genre Authors?

You might have noticed that your favorite genre is missing from our Genre Guides page (yeah, it's pretty heavy on the book & movie genres, and light on the music), or you just might want a more specific list for your favorite subgenre (alternate history sci-fi with a militaristic perspective, please).

Luckily, there are many ways to browse our catalog to find exactly what floats your boat.

Search for Lists and Tags

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From the search bar, or the catalog page, change "by" from "Keyword" to "List" or "Tag" to find more stuff!

If you search in our catalog by "list" or "tag," you can find items grouped together by other library staff and patrons around the world. For example, here I changed "keyword" to "list" and searched for "vampire romance."

Find Similar Books and Authors

When you click on any item in the catalog, you'll find all kinds of information about it. So, if you're looking for more books in a certain genre, just find a book you already like in the catalog!

  • On the left-hand side of the page, you'll see information about availability. Here's where you could place holds, see how many copies are available, and see other formats the library owns. You can ignore that for now -- you're looking for recommendations, not to read the same book again!
  • In the middle of the page, you'll see detailed information about the item itself. Publication date, professional reviews, a place where you can give your opinion, and reviews by other library users. Might be interesting, but still not what you're looking for right now.
  • On the right-hand side of the page, you'll probably see lots of other books that pique your interest.

For example, take a look at this creepy children's favorite, Coraline.

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Look on the right-hand side of most items in our catalog to find related books, chosen by librarians and library patrons alike! 1. "Browse the shelf" to see what's next to it at your local branch! 2. "Subject headings" show books cataloged as being similar. 3. "Recommendations" and more come from Novelist. Keep scrolling down to see lists that include that title, tags, and more similar titles.

Use NoveList

We subscribe to an awesome online resource called NoveList. You can see recommendations and series information from it on the right-hand side of most items in our catalog. You can also find it under Research & Learn in the top menu of any page> Books & Reading. It has genre guides, book reviews, similar title suggestions, even book club and classroom kits. We even have short and sweet online tutorial!

Or... Ask us!

And there's always the good old-fashioned analog method of asking your friendly library staffer at the information desk! We're trained in the fine art of reader's advisory, which is basically how to use library resources and the internet for book recommendations so good you'll think they're sorcery. You can even call or email Ask a Librarian from the comfort of your own home!

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