Your Next 5 Books

Knowing my love of reading and my desire to acquire additional reading recommendations, my husband sent me this link: Your Next 5 Books, which is sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. It was incredibly intriguing to me, and I didn’t hesitate.

The site asks you the following questions:

  1. Tell our librarians about a few books and/or authors you’ve enjoyed, and what you liked about them. Also feel free to tell us about books you haven’t liked, and why. What are you in the mood to read next?
  2. Are you interested in books for Adults, Teens or Children? List all that apply.
  3. Do you have a preferred format? Book, Book on CD, eBook, eAudio, or Large Print – list all that apply.

I responded with the following:

  1. Here is a list of books I’ve enjoyed: Pride and Prejudice, The Reader, The House of Mirth, And Then There Were None, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Eat Pray Love, Anne of Green Gables, Around the World in 80 Days, and The Help. I am in the mood for either a mystery or a romantic story. Something a bit light-hearted.
  2. Adults
  3. Book and eBook

Once you submit your answers, do NOT expect an immediate 5 book response. This is not a computer generated operation, and I kinda love that about this. Your submission goes to an actual librarian who uses your responses to the questions to come up with 5 books that you may be interested in.  I believe I got my response around a week later. I am okay with this, because it gives me the illusion that the librarian was contemplating my next 5 books for the whole week to come up with just the right list for me. After all, for me, this is serious business.

The response I received was incredibly lengthy and descriptive. Karen, the woman that responded to my submission, went far beyond just listing books. She explained how she came up with her recommendations based on my previous interests, and what I desired to read next. Her recommendations were as follows:

  1. Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer
  2. The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
  3. Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
  4. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  5. City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

All the recommended books were either mysteries or romantic novels around the same lines of what I had requested. All books can be found in the library and on the Amazon Kindle. I am looking forward to getting started. I have already gotten the first book on the Kindle.

I definitely recommend that you try the “Your Next 5 Books” link out and see what you get.

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