Whichbook. How is it that I’ve never seen this before? It’s such a useful way to find books! Sometimes patrons will come in asking for certain types of books rather than a genre or a book that is like something else. They might say, “I want something funny and weird, but with no sex.” Bam! This site lets you tailor your search to that kind of a request.
I love the scroll bars. I tend to think of books in terms of tone and the way they make me feel rather than genre or setting or anything like that. This is really right up my alley and I’m surprised I’d never heard of it before. A couple turns playing with it and it already suggested books that I would be interested in reading. For example, I maxed the slider on funny, disturbing, demanding, and unusual and the results were almost dead on. It had a couple of my favorite books on there, but also quite a few new ones. I’m blown away by this. This link should take you to what I found.
I currently use Novelist more than anything when it comes to doing Reader’s Advisory and that’s mostly with finding similar book titles or authors. Whichbook is in prime position to be a new favorite of mine when I’m on the reference desk.