Book Hookup

In honor of #NationalLibraryWeek, I wanted to highlight a service I recently learned about in my library system: The Book Hookup! Book Hookup sends you free, personalized reading recommendations from a REAL LIBRARIAN! Here are some more details about this wonderful service:

Need a good book? We’re glad you asked–suggesting reading recommendations is one of our very favorite things to do! In fact, we consider ourselves experts in the field. Just tell us a little bit about your reading interests and our staff will send you a list of 3 books chosen just for you.

What they ask for when you submit your preferences are things like preferred format, genres, YA and/or Adult books, Fiction/Nonfiction, the last 3 books/authors you’ve enjoyed, and why you enjoyed them. I feel that it was a pretty thorough questionnaire and was not challenging for me to respond. You can submit as often as you like as your preferences, habits, and last 3 books/authors will have changed. For me, I responded with Liane Moriarty, Becky Albertali, Jojo Moyes, and David Arnold for the last authors I’ve enjoyed and those were because they were fast-paced and had relatable characters. Based on my preferences in my submission, this is the response I received the next day:

Hi Courtney,

Thank you for using the Library’s Book Hookup service. For your reading pleasure, I’ve selected the following three titles for you:

Everything leads to you By Nina LaCour: “At age 18, Emi Price is making big strides toward a career in production design, with a rent-free Los Angeles apartment and an enviable and promising internship on a movie set. When Emi and her best friend Charlotte discover a letter written by a recently deceased film icon (think Clint Eastwood), it leads them to his unknown granddaughter, Ava. Emi is smitten, and as her life and career take ever more fortunate turns, her recently broken heart begins to heal with the hope of new love with Ava. LaCour (The Disenchantments) can write her way around a movie set (and L.A., too), and her descriptions of Emi’s work raise Emi’s character to another level and add fascinating depth to this story. Between Ava’s troubled ingénue status, her claim to Hollywood royalty, and the way several characters are both charmed by unexpected fortune and grayed by tragedy, the story can feel like a Hollywood fairy tale. But underneath the privilege surges real pain, longing, and feeling in a way that m

Every last word By Tamara Ireland Stone: “Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off. Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist. Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy

After I do By Taylor Jenkins Reid: “When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes. Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?” -From the publisher

I am eager to dive into these picks and look into the next batch that I will be ‘hooked up’ with 🙂

What awesome (and free!) services does your library provide?

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