Book Valet is a free service where our librarians curate you a personalised reading (or watching!) list.
All you need to do is fill in the form below and tell us what you enjoy. If you're requesting recommendations for children and teens let us know in the comments.
You will receive three recommendations based on your survey responses. We will send the recommendations to you within three working days.
You must be a member to access Book Valet - it's easy to join instantly online here!
If you love hearing about books and book recommendations, why not listen to our book recommendation podcast In the Good Books?
Why should you try Book Valet?
Whether you’re in a reading rut, or looking to freshen up your viewing habits, book, film and TV recommendations are a fabulous way to jazz up your life.
Here are three reasons we know that recommendations are just the best.
- The joy of discovery! One of the loveliest things about spending an afternoon at the library is those accidental or unexpected finds. However, we tend to pick up the same things over and over again, because we think we know what we like. We now live in a world of algorithms to recommend things we might like based on what we’ve accessed before - Netflix does it, Spotify does it… Our librarians have been doing it since before it was cool. Whether it comes from a librarian or a friend, a good recommendation can really open up your reading horizons.
- Ask an expert. Librarians undertake loads of training in order to be able to match people with the perfect catalogue item, and a big part of their job is having conversations to recommend and help you find what you need. They’re a resource that’s absolutely free and available to you at your library – so make use of them! They have a great overview of what’s at the library, they know where to find things, and they have a good knowledge of many different genres and topics. Librarians speak to all sorts of people, read and watch more than you can imagine, and have a mental catalogue: old and new, popular and obscure, for any mood or situation.
- Nobody has time for the wrong book. Do the maths: if you live for 82 years (about eight of which you don’t have the privilege of reading for yourself), and if you read a book a month, you’ll read 888 books in your lifetime. Some of those years are already behind you. Add to this the fact that new books are being published every single day, all over the world. Why waste time reading a book you don’t enjoy, when the perfect book for you is just a conversation away?
We look forward to setting you up with your perfect book, film and TV matches to help you get through this crisis!
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