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Have You Read...

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Fill out the form below, and librarians at Houston Public Library will use your answers to create a customized reading list for you. Information will be kept in strict confidence between the patron and Library staff.

 

All fields marked with * are required.
 

Name *
Email Address *
Are you a local resident and/or patron of the Houston Public Library? *  Yes No

 


READING HISTORY


Please list a few of your favorite books and/or authors and what you enjoy about them. *

 

Please list a few books or authors you have read and have not enjoyed, and explain why. *

 


GENRES AND FORMATS


For each of the following, mark the selection that indicates your interests.

 
Genres & Subjects
Action/Adventure
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Biography/Memoir
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Fantasy
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Historical Fiction
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Horror
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Inspirational/Religious
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Literary Fiction
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Mysteries
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Paranormal
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Romance
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Romantic Suspense
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Science Fiction
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Thrillers
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Urban Fiction
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Westerns
High Interest
OK
No Interest
Women's Fiction
High Interest
OK
No Interest
 
Formats & Other Preferences

 


YOUR READING MOOD


If you have a preference regarding the tone, writing style, focus, humor, or length of a book, please indicate it in this section.

 
Tone & Writing Style
Please mark your preference on the following scales, grading from 1 to 7 on each preference. If a scale doesn't matter to you, just leave it blank.
 
  Bare, Plain Language
Lush, Poetic Language  
  Chaste
Steamy  
  Familiar, Typical of Its Type
Unusual  
  Gentle
Edgy  
  Happy, Upbeat
Bleak, Dark  
  Humorous
Serious  
  Old-Fashioned, Traditional
Modern, Contemporary  
  Resolved Ending
Leaves You Thinking  
  Safe, Relaxing
Suspenseful, Tense  
  Sentimental
Realistic  
 
Focus
How do you like the books you read to be focused?
On Characters
High Interest
OK
No Interest
On Action and Events
High Interest
OK
No Interest
On Issues and Ideas
High Interest
OK
No Interest
On Language and Style
High Interest
OK
No Interest
 
Humor
What type(s) of humor do you prefer? Check all that apply.
 
Book Length
Please indicate your preference for book length. Check all that apply.

 


CHARACTER PREFERENCE


Please indicate your preferences for characters in the books you read. If you have no preferences, just leave this blank.

 
Gender
 
Age or Age Range
 
Race or Ethnicity
(e.g., African American, Latino, Native American, European, etc.)
 
Character Relationships
(e.g., single, married, divorced, gay/lesbian, etc.)

 


SETTING


Please check any setting about which you would particularly like to read. Leaving items unchecked does not preclude them, but indicates no preference for or against.

 
 
If you selected "Other" or would like to describe or specify the setting further, please do so here.

 


LIKES AND DISLIKES


For each item that follows, please indicate whether we should avoid or include that element in making suggestions. If you have no preference, just leave this section blank.

 
Addiction
Anti-Religion
Crime Portrayed Sympathetically
Death
Disease
Explicit Sexual Content
Left-Wing Politics
Pro-Religion
Right Wing Politics
Rough or Obscene Language
Sexual Themes
Technology
Violence
War
Other

 


CONTENT


Please indicate your preference(s) for content. Check all that apply.

 
Other

 


ANYTHING ELSE?


Is there anything else we should factor into our suggestions?

 

 

If you have any questions, or want to follow-up with us, please feel free to send us an email at readers.advisory@houstontx.gov.

 

HPL is grateful to the Williamsburg Regional Library for the content of this online form.