New Tools for Fiction Readers at Lane Library

By Stan Olson, Head of Reference Services, Lane Memorial Library, Hampton

One trouble with books, especially good books, is that you finish them. Sometimes you return to the same author or series, but sooner or later you find yourself asking, “What do I read next?”

NoveList, a new online service available at Lane Library, will help answer that question. Just go to the Lane Library website ( ) from any library terminal or from home. Then click “Databases,” then “NoveList.” This database of over 100,000 books is searchable by author, title, series name, or even just words describing the plot.

Say you have just finished a contemporary best-seller like “White Oleander” by Janet Fitch, or an adventure classic like “Patriot Games” by Tom Clancy. “White Oleander” leads to a Study Guide with similar titles like Mona Simpson’s “Anywhere But Here” and Anna Quindlen’s “Black and Blue.” From “Patriot Games,” you can find a list of techno-thrillers, including Larry Bond’s “Red Phoenix” and Robin White’s “The Sword of Orion.”

For new ideas, NoveList gives you the prize-winning novels from each year in many genres. There are also suggestions by experts in special categories like “Teen Fiction Written in the Form of a Diary.” When you’ve exhausted a favorite author, check “Read-alikes” on writers as diverse as Jan Karon, Steven King, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

So when you’re wondering what to read next, come to Lane Memorial Library or our website. We’ll help you find something you like!