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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

2titlesI’m sure you’ve heard this before in your library: “I just don’t like reading” to which you might answer: “You just haven’t found the right book.” And off you go, making suggestions based on the likes and dislikes of your reluctant or dissatisfied reader. Sometimes, the stars do align and you find that perfect book suggestion. But, truly, we all know that there is nothing better than owning your choices to make reading fun and exciting again.

I came across a great web-app that does put fun into the equation: it puts choice into the hands of teens. was created by English teacher Stephanie Del Gobbo. It is meant to provide a personalized book search.

The interface is bright, streamlined and appealing. Signing up is a breeze: users click their way through a short, hyper-visual and interactive survey to determine their traits, likes and reading level. Adding suggested titles to a wish-list is only a click away and the list can be shared with friend, teacher or librarian. The book selections cover a wide variety of genres from fiction to non-fiction and the full range in between. You can also create a read-list and refine your search.

The site is brand new. Titles are now mostly linked to the publishers’ information. It will be interesting to see how it develops as there are plans to add reviews by readers.

BTW Stephanie Del Gobbo is Canadian and teaches in Hamilton Ontario. You can follow 2titles on Twitter and on Facebook.

Submitted by S. Nesbitt


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How do you recommend books?

Are you an active participant when recommending books?  I came across a post written by Margaret Dunham about how to recommend books.  All the steps that she listed is something that I do.  The one step that is very important which is not on the list is to read as much as you can in your library and across the different genres.  Of course you can also look at book lists to find titles similar to what your student likes to read.  The final goal is to have your student leave with a book that they are excited to read.

Read the post here:  How to be Awesome at Giving Book Recommendations In Four Simple Steps

Posted by Kathy (Westwood Jr)