What to Do When All Your Books Are On Hold

If you’re like most library users, you have a number of items on hold. And, if you’re like some of our library users, you have the same title on hold across many different formats, waiting to see which one will become available first.

While we can’t move you to the top of the holds list, we do have a way to make that wait a bit more pleasant. Did you know that while you wait you could be enjoying another book or author or series inspired by your hold?

The redesigned NoveList service will have you discovering read-alikes that will make that wait go by in a blink of an eye.

When you’re in the catalog and have chosen a title, the catalog entry will also offer you additional reading recommendations. Just scroll down toward the bottom of the item entry to find lists of books, authors, and series that you might find appealing.

For instance, right now one of the titles most in-demand by readers is “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. As of July, more than 750 people had the book currently on hold across all available formats: print, audiobook (CD), eBook, and eAudiobook!

However, when you’re in the catalog entry for “Where the Crawdads Sing” and you scroll down, you’ll find a selection of Read-Alikes by title (e.g., “Let’s No One Get Hurt” and “My Absolute Darling”) and author (e.g., Sara Gruen, Anthony Doerr, Elizabeth Kostova, etc.) and series, if relevant.

Many items in the catalog include suggested titles, authors, and series to read.

Scroll a bit further down the entry and you can explore reading suggestions based on “Story Elements” like theme, genre, and appeal. There is also the option to find similar books by reading level – this is particularly useful for children and teen readers.

Find other reading recommendations based on story elements like genre, theme, and reading level.

And of course, you can always talk with library staff to get help with reading suggestions and with using NoveList. If for some reason the Library doesn’t carry the title that you’re interested in, try our Prospector service and access the collections of partner libraries in Colorado and Wyoming.

Now, if you have one or more of the top titles on hold, here are a few NoveList recommendations for other books, authors, or series to read while you wait. Happy reading!


Top Titles on HoldA Read-Alike Suggestion
1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia OwensOffshore” by Penelope Fitzgerald
2. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara WestoverWomen Talking” by Miriam Toews
3. “City of Girls” by Elizabeth GilbertAll the Stars in the Heavens” by Adriana Trigiani
4. “The Silent Patient” by Alex MichaelidesApple Tree Yard” by Louise Doughty
5. “Becoming” by Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama: A Life” by Peter B. Slevin
6. “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer WeinerShanghai Girls: A Novel” by Lisa See
7. “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori GottliebTribe of Mentors” by Timothy Ferriss
8. “Girl, Stop Apologizing” by Rachel HollisBraving the Wilderness” by Brene Brown
9. “Summer of ‘69” by Elin HilderbrandTomorrow’s Bread” by Anna Jean Mayhew
10. “The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers” by David G. McCulloughThe Rush: America’s Fevered Quest for Fortune” by Edward Dolnick