Friday, May 18, 2012

What to Read Until Your Hold Comes In

If you recently placed a hold on one of the latest bestsellers, chances are you are still eagerly anticipating the email or phone call letting you know that your hold is available for pickup.

So what do you read while you wait?  Check out Novelist Plus to find reads similar to the hottest new books. You can find it under Reference Databases on our website. Here are a few of Novelist's suggested read-alikes for the current Publishers Weekly fiction bestsellers:

Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris -- try River Marked: the latest in the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King -- try The Name of the Wind: book one of the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

Innocent by David Baldacci -- try Rules of Deception by Christopher Reich

Calico Joe by John Grisham -- try The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Witness by Nora Roberts -- try Escape to Love by Alice Wootson

Robert B. Parker's Lullaby by Ace Atkins -- try A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block

Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods -- try Live Wire by Harlan Coben

Guilty Wives by James Patterson & David Ellis -- try Smash Cut by Sandra Brown

The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark -- try Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani -- try Her Father's House by Belva Plain

Here's another thought: all of the authors on this bestsellers list have written many other books. Take another look at their previous titles -- you may find one you missed, or want to revisit.


Claire said...

Thanks for this post! I'm sure I'm going to find it super helpful and informative. : )

Linda K. said...

While I rarely put a "bestseller" on hold if I were waiting to read one, I would generally look for something completely opposite of the upcoming title. (Otherwise I'm likely to negatively compare one to the other) So if I'm waiting for the latest Stephen King, I'll pick up a new cozy mystery. If I'm waiting for the latest M.C. Beaton Hamish Macbeth mystery I might pick up "They Eat Puppies, Don't They?" by Christopher Buckley. (Besides, it's another great year for political satire!)

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