Librarian Becky Spratford not only writes books, blogs non-stop, and is a reader’s advisor extraordinaire, (and yes, she is a personal friend of ours, but we’d be impressed with her even if she wasn’t!) she also teaches an RA course at Dominican University with Joyce Sariks (a familiar face to Booklist readers!)
One of the assignments is that the students must contribute to the class blog. Students are given free range to read any 5 books that interest them and post reviews on the RA 763 Blog. They must use the language of appeal in their annotations, provide 3 fiction readalikes and 3 nonfiction readalikes with a comment for each as to why the title fits as a similar read, and are encouraged to give at least one “outside the box” suggestion.
The blog has been up for over 3 years now, so there are hundreds of annotations and readalikes. Check it out.