In my previous post, I described all my favorite ways to find out what’s popular in teen literature. I misunderstood that we were to choose just one (oops). This is a tall order since I do tend to want to know everything, but I’ve decided on NoveList Plus. I have referred to this site many times since I “discovered” it in early LBSCI classes. Because I consider myself such an avid reader, I am often browsing the possibilities of this resource. So much to read, so little time.
At first glance and covering most of the page is what I am drawn to. And almost center is the sentence “I’m in the mood for books that are…” I love this site for its buzz words, keeps it interesting. Some descriptors for adult are gossipy & witty, heart wrenching, reflective; things like that. Teens uses character driven, amusing, bleak, issue oriented. Two younger categories have their own tag words. There’s something now that I think is new, it’s a clickable link that says “try our appeal mixer”. In here there are three category drop-down boxes that correlate with a second corresponding descriptor. Pretty cool! You must try it. Meanwhile, there are rows of book covers that you can hover over for a quick peak, or, obviously, click on for more details, including reviews and specs. At the bottom of that page, they’ve added a “search for more”, which includes tone, genre, subject, writing, style, location, subject, etc. and based on the boxes the user checks, more suggestions will come back.
The very top of the page has a very standard search bar, offering keyword, title, author, etc. I find this to be the best way to find similar books based on individual taste. For instance, I chose “The Storyteller”. After clicking it open, I narrowed the appeal terms only once, by checking “disturbing” in tone. I should not have been surprised that there were so many titles there that I had already read. It may be the old fashioned way, but it works.
The left side bar is designed first by age group. After you enter “Teens”, there are twenty one options to click. Each one of those gives the user suggestions based on that first choice. Then there are further limitors and the list results are clickable as described above.
The easiest way to search that I found is going down to the bottom of the page. In the “Keeping up” section, you not only get the titles, but they have related articles, booklists, award information, read alikes and more.
This site is easy to maneuver and yet there is a lot of information within.