Fun fact hidden in this blog post!

Here’s two places you should visit if you need a book recommendation. They’re fun. They’re fast. And they work.

“The odds will be ever in your favor if you use Literature-Map to pick your next book!” says Lisa Sprague, reader extraordinaire and the person who introduced me to this “tourist map of literature.”

Here’s how it works: type in the name of an author who you enjoy and a search will return other authors whose works and/or style are similar. The results come up as a map instead of a boring list. Check out my search of Gillian Flynn (fun fact: the “g” in her first name is pronounced hard as in gill, not Jill), author of Gone Girl:

Sara Lesinski recently invited me to do book talks with her freshman English classes, and I shared this resource with them. They had a hoot watching the names swarm around their screens until the words came to rest around their author of choice: John Green or Rick Yancey or J.K. Rowling.

Where will the map bring you next?

Seriously, that’s the name of the website. And yes, sometimes life can be that easy. Thank you, Ashleigh Malec, for helping to make my life a little easier.

All you do is type in the name of a book or author you enjoy and the search returns a list of recommendations for you. It lists the titles’ themes and provides a link to Amazon, where you can do some more investigation. Here’s my search for John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars:



Love stories? Fate? England? Looks like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith is the next book for me! Oh, and how convenient: It’s also on the Abe list for this year.


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