I have been an Ønskebok reader for one and a half year and I have learned a lot during this period. Ønskebok is a Norwegian internet site for finding books, a good read in a new way. Our tutor is Rachel Van Riel who first made the Whichbook.net the site is for mainly adult books, while Ønskebok has juveniles as their main target group.
What have I learned? To read books I normally would not have chosen, to reflect while reading and not as I usually do read to be entertained. I notice that I am more sensible to the main atmosphere of the book and not that eager to look for the more dramatic parts of the story. I find that this way of reading is quite rewarding and it helps me when people coming to the library asks for help to find a nice book. One day at the library a boy in his teens asked for Dan Brown: The Da Vinci code, I showed him where he could find it but a few minutes later he came and asked for another book more suitable for his age. Later I saw he had used Ønskebok to make his choice! I hope he enjoyed the book as much as the young man sitting in Byparken did.