The Nevins Memorial Library is pleased to provide our readers with this service that helps to match readers with books that they may enjoy, based on other books they have read and enjoyed. Please fill in as much of this reader profile as you wish. The more information you provide, the more likely it is that we can suggest titles that you might enjoy. Librarians at the Nevins Memorial Library will use your answers to create a customized reading list for you. We will get back in touch with you within two weeks. Information will be kept in strict confidence between the the library staff and the reader. If you have any questions or would like to follow up with us, please contact us directly at 978-686-4080, extension 12, or email tsaccio@mvlc.org

This form was copied from the Williamsburg Regional Library in Williamsburg, Virgina. We thank the WRL for letting us edit their form for our needs and use it here.

* 1. Please tell us about yourself:

* 2. Date

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* 3. Are you a local resident of Methuen and/or a patron of the Nevins Memorial Library

* 4. Sex:

* 5. Your age:

* 6. Race or Ethnicity:

* 7. Preferred mode of contact:

* 8. Genres and formats. For each of the following, mark the button that best indicates your interest:

  High Interest Some Interest No Interest
Action/Adventure
Biography/Memoir
Books on CD
Chick-Lit
Christian Fiction
Classic Titles
Fantasy
Graphic Novels
Historical Fiction
Horror
Mysteries
Non-fiction
Paranormal
Playaways
Romance
Romantic Suspense
Science Fiction
Series
Short Stories
Suspense
Thrillers
True Crime
Urban Fiction
Westerns
Women's Fiction

* 9. Please list at least 3 of your favorite books and/or authors and what you enjoy about them:

* 10. Please list titles or authors that you have read but not enjoyed and let us know why:

* 11. Tone, Style, Mood and Language. Mark your preference on the following scale. 1 indicates that the choice is extremely important. 5 indicates that the choice is not at all important.

  1 2 3 4 5
Contemporary
Dark
Demanding
Frightening
Gentle
Happy/Uplifting
Humorous
Leaves You Thinking
Lyrical/Poetic Language
One Plot Line
Multiple Plot Lines
Old-Fashioned
Realistic
Relaxing
Sentimental
Serious
Straightforward
Suspenseful/Tense
Unusual

* 12. How important is each of the following factors to you as a reader?

  High Interest Medium Interest Low Interest
Focus on Characters
Focus on Action and Events
Focus on Issues and Ideas
Focus on Language and Style

* 13. What sort of humor do you prefer?

  High Interest Some Interest No Interest
Absurd Humor
Clever Dialogue
Dark Humor
Humorous Situations/Events
Quirky Characters
Slapstick

* 14. Length. For each of the following, please indicate your preference:

  OK No Does Not Matter
Less than 250 pages
250-500 pages
Over 500 pages

* 15. Characters. Please use the following scale to indicate your choices. A choice of 1 indicates most importance. 5 indicates least importance.

  1 2 3 4 5
Just a few characters
Many characters
Characters who are sure of themselves
Characters are conflicted
Male protagonist
Female protagonist

* 16. Character's Age:

* 17. Character's Ethnicity:

* 18. Character's Relationship Status:

* 19. Preferred Settings:

* 20. Please Specify a Historical Era:

* 21. Demographics:

* 22. Pet Peeves and Secret Pleasures. For each element that follows, please indicate whether we should avoid, include, or not consider that element in recommending titles to you.

  Avoid Include Ignore
Addiction
Anti-Religion
Death
Disease
Explicit Sexual Content
Left-Wing Politics
Obscene Language
Pro-Religion
Right-Wing Politics
Sexual Themes
Violence
War

* 23. Subjects. Please indicate which of the following subjects you are interested in or would rather not read about:

  Interested Avoid
Animals
Art
Books Made Into Films
Childhood
Coming-of-Age
Computers
Crime
Disasters
Families
Food
Gardens
History
Holidays
Humor
Journeys/Travel
Medicine and Health
Men's Lives
Military/War
Minority's Lives
Music
Nature
Other Cultures
Politics
Religion
Romantic Relationships
Science & Technology
Senior Lives
Sports
Women's Lives

* 24. Reading Levels of Interest to You:

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