Take a look at our shared book lists

We’re developing an interesting and varied collection of shared booklists on our library catalogue, so if you’re looking for an Autumn read now the nights are drawing in, take a look at what other readers are recommending.

Fiction suggestions include the Scottish Crime Book of the Year, Books I Ought to Read, But Probably Won’t, and the Fiction Uncovered Best of British 2012.

If you haven’t quite recovered from the excitement of Wiggo at the Tour de France and Olympics, give Cycling Mania a go. And if you’re glued to the Great British Bake Off, and are troubled by soggy bottoms, we have just the list for you.

There’s just time to complete the Summer Reading Challenge, and have a go at some Fun Science experiments at home, before the schools go back next week.

Don’t forget that it’s easy to create and share your own lists.


Book Review – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This was really not my sort of book. I read it because I had seen a good review about another one of Moyes’ books. That being said, it was well written with some nice characterisations. There were many touches of humour, but I failed to be sufficiently moved by the plight of the central character, Will Traynor.

Will is a quadriplegic following an accident. He is understandably angry and bitter at the circumstances in which he finds himself, and hates his total dependency on other people. Lou Clark is employed to be his very unlikely PA. Inevitably a close relationship develops between Lou and Will. I won’t give too much of the plot away, suffice to say that Lou is shocked at the course of action Will has decided upon and tries to change his mind.

I am sure parts of this book would reduce many readers to tears, but perhaps I am made of sterner stuff because it did not have that effect on me.

Reserve a copy of Me Before You online, and collect from your nearest library.

Scottish Crime Book of the Year

The Scottish Crime Book of the Year award has been created by Bloody Scotland, the first international crime writing festival from north of the border.

The festival has attracted some big names, including Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre and Anne Perry. Full details of events are on the festival website, together with ticket information.

The Award seeks to recognise and reward excellence in Scottish crime writing. Books must be by writers born in Scotland, by writers living in Scotland, or set in Scotland to be eligible for the £3,000 prize.

The winner will be announced at the festival, which runs from September 14th – 16th in Stirling.

The shortlist in full:
A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming
Redemption by Will Jordan
The Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr
The Lewis Man by Peter May
Gods and Beasts by Denise Mina
Dead Men and Broken Hearts by Craig Russell

Reserve online, and collect from your nearest library.