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By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: Red Rock News
Date: August 3, 2012

NoveList Helps You Decide What to Read Next

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on “The Eleventh Hour,” the eleventh book in the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.  I went to the Sedona Library website, where I placed the book on hold.  Then one day I received an email notice that my hold had arrived and was available for pick-up. I started the book as soon as I got home from work and finished it the next day. While I loved the book and couldn’t put it down, imagine my dismay when I finished reading it in two days. I searched the author’s website for information about book twelve in the series.

When I found no mention of a release date for book twelve and or even a title, I decided to search for James Patterson author read-alikes and title read-alikes on a database called NoveList. The NoveList database promises to “deliver outstanding reading recommendations targeted to [your] needs,” and I found it does just that. When I typed in “The Eleventh Hour,” I was pleased to discover nine title read-alikes, nine author read-alikes, and nine series read-alikes. With printed list in hand, I immediately accessed my library account through and placed holds on several titles and new authors. Even though the wait for the unannounced book twelve in the Women’s Murder Club series seems interminable, I have discovered new authors and titles using NoveList. 

Stop by the library to learn more about NoveList and other informative databases on the SPL website. These databases are provided by the Arizona State Library and can be accessed at by using your library card and pin number. If you are not comfortable using a computer, go to the reference desk at Sedona Public Library and request the “Read-a-Likes” bookmarks or ask a librarian for help.

Have you ever felt you just want to have your next book picked for you by someone else? That’s one of the benefits of participating in a community book discussion. If you would like to attend an upcoming book discussion program, mark your calendar for Monday, August 27.  The discussion is sponsored by Sedona Public Library and is free and open to the public.  

The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. Join Elizabeth Cate, a librarian at Sedona Public Library, as she leads the discussion based on the book “Where Angels Fear to Tread,” by E. M. Forster. 
To pique your interest, here is a brief plot summary from the library catalog:

“Where Angels Fear to Tread” tells the story of a prim English family’s encounter with the foreign land of Italy. When attractive, impulsive English widow Lilia marries Gino, a dashing and highly unsuitable Italian twelve years her junior, her snobbish former in-laws make no attempts to hide their disapproval. But their expedition to face the uncouth foreigner takes an unexpected turn when they return to Italy under tragic circumstances intending to rescue Lilia and Gino’s baby.

All Arizona Humanities Council loaner copies of the book have been distributed, but you can download a free electronic copy from Project Gutenberg at   Additionally, there are several print copies available from libraries in Yavapai County, which you can place on hold.

The Sedona Public Library is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, supported by donations and grants.  Your tax deductible donation may be sent to:  Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.

Cheryl Yeatts
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village.