There are so many, many good books published each year. How do you choose? You could ask friends, read the latest reviews, browse the new books. Or, you could use my favorite database, NoveList Plus, available through the Alameda County Library.
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Lately, I’ve become a fan of historical fiction, where I can immerse myself in past worlds and times. Currently, I’m traveling to ancient Egypt in the 18th dynasty, thanks to NoveList’s recommendation. Nick Drake has written an outstanding trilogy: “Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead;” “Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows;” and finally, “Egypt: The Book of Chaos.” Drake’s writing style is “richly detailed,” something I appreciate. I also like mysteries so I get to meet a new detective from this series, Rai Rahotep, a “Seeker of Mysteries,” who investigates.
NoveList lets you search by genre: you can choose from more than 20 lists of historical fiction ranging from Ancient Worlds to World War II.
Or, you can choose titles from other genres such as mystery, fantasy, horror, science fiction, fantasy. And you’re not limited to fiction; you can explore non-fiction too.
In addition, you can search by type of writing style: “richly detailed,” “compelling,” “engaging,” for example. Other searches include tone and storyline.
When you find a title you might like, you’ll also get a short description – and information about the writing style, tone, pace, and storyline.
If you’re logging on from home, you’ll need to have your library card ready in order to log in. Here’s the navigation: Our library Home page > Research > A – Z Resources > N > NoveList +.
With NoveList, you’ll always have something to read, tailored to your tastes.
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