Statement of Purpose
Readalike.org grew out of the SLIS Reading Group, which was, in turn, a response to requests from S524 students for a regular forum in which to hone readers' advisory skills outside of the classroom. The site was created in January of 2005 and serves as a repository for annotated book reviews containing readalike suggestions authored by S524 students and members of the SLIS Reading Group (SRG); the site also includes a page containing links to a plethora of readers' advisory resources including annotated book lists. Each semester students are required to submit at least eight book reviews formatted for the site. In addition, the reading group continues to meet and discuss books published in a variety of genres not only to gain experience in the RA transaction but as a means of expanding individual understanding of genre appeal elements and characteristics. The group is intended to be a relaxing, fun, and social forum for the discussion of all manner of fiction and narrative nonfiction titles.
The SRG meets on the first Saturday of each month from 10:30am to 12:30pm in room 036 in the Wells Library at Indiana University. Participation is limited to 10 current SLIS students. In the event that interest in the group exceeds these limitations, a wait list is moderated by S524 instructor/SRG faculty sponsor, Phil Eskew, an adjunct lecturer at the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). Contact information is available at the bottom of this page. Anyone interested in participating in the SRG or in submitting reviews is encouraged to contact the moderator.
About This Website
Readalike.org's main purpose is to serve as a repository for book reviews and readalike suggestions for hundreds (if not thousands) of titles submitted by SRG members and students in S524: Readers Advisory for Adults. These reviews and resources are located on separate pages within the site relevant to the 13 designated genres. The menu to the left can be used to navigate to reviews and resources relevant to specific genres. The site, as mentioned, also hosts a page containing links to a plethora of readers' advisory resources. If you have a suggested resource that you would like to see added to the site, please contact Phil Eskew at the email address listed below.
To navigate back to the homepage, simply click on the image at the top of each genre homepage. By clicking on the image on specific review pages, you will return to the genre's homepage.