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Are you ever at a loss for what to read next? The library has a service to help you! Your Next Great Read is an online, form-based readers’ advisory service designed for adult library card holders. What does that mean, exactly? Fill out a survey about your reading interests and preferences, and we will create a personalized reading suggestions guide with authors and titles that you might enjoy. Here’s an example of how it works.
A Tulsa County reader told us that she is looking for books that are realistic, funny, and personal with a happy and uplifting tone. She enjoys reading recent titles, romances, historical fiction, and mysteries and likes her novels long—around 500 pages in length. Recently, she has enjoyed The Help and The Kite Runner. Jodi Picoult and Janet Evanovich are a couple of her favorite authors.
A Readers’ Library staff member suggested several additional authors and titles that this reader might enjoy. The titles included:
The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora's story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James.
Reason for suggestion: Recent title; historical fiction; character-driven; nearly 500 pages.
One Day by David Nicholls
Over twenty years, snapshots of an unlikely relationship are revealed on the same day--July 15th--of each year. Dex Mayhew and Em Morley face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself. Library Journal says: “This tale of youthful dreams coming true and perhaps not being so dreamy is written with great verve and charm… A coming-of-age story for all of us who might still be wondering what we want to be when we grow up.”
Reason for suggestion: With an engaging style and chapters that swap off between two well-drawn characters, this is considered by many readers as one of the most entertaining reads of the last few years. Resolved ending; 437 pages; contemporary setting.
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
Just 15 years separates each generation of Slocumb women: at 45, Ginny has to take care of her headstrong 30-year-old daughter, Liza, a former drug addict who suffered a debilitating stroke, and Liza’s 15-year-old daughter, Mosey, whom Ginny worries will end up pregnant, just as she and Liza did at that age. But Mosey couldn’t be more different from Liza: she is gangly and awkward and terrified of getting pregnant, so much so that she constantly takes pregnancy tests despite the fact that she has never had sex. When Ginny has a local boy cut down Liza’s favorite willow tree in the backyard to put in a pool for Liza’s physical therapy, he discovers a small silver box hidden beneath it. The contents of this box rock the three Slocumb women to the core and threaten to undo the family Ginny has worked so hard to nurture. A lush, rich read with three very different but equally compelling characters at its core (BookList starred review).
Reason for suggestion: A recent title, this novel features an engaging plot and fascinating characters as well as a satisfyingly resolved ending. Witty and cracking with funny dialogue and descriptions.
Curious about what we might suggest for you? Complete the reading interests and preferences survey online, and we will send you a personalized reading suggestions guide in 7 to 10 business days. Who knows--you might even find your reading tastes highlighted (anonymously) on this blog. Happy reading!