The Readers Advisory Conversation

This week's training asks participants to read sample statements from customers about what kind of book they're looking for, determine the appeal factors they are most interested in, and make a book recommendation based on that.

Conversation 1 (link):

- atmospheric
- richly detailed
- strong sense of place
- thoughtful
- heartwarming

Recommendations: Traveling with Pomegranates, Sue Monk Kidd. A Year in the World, Frances Mayes.

Conversation 2 (link):

Immediately, my first thought would be to ask if the customer had read Anne Rice's vampire novels, and get their thoughts on those as well.

- fast-paced
- violent?
- scary
- dramatic

Recommendations: Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova.

Conversation 3 (link):

- fast-paced
- atmospheric
- dramatic
- strong sense of place

Recommendations: The Lost City of Z, David Grann. The Emerald Mile, Kevin Fedarko