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.

The Writing Squad is looking for new members

The Writing Squad is a fabulous organisation that helps young writers in the north of England to develop their talents, and take their first steps as professionals.

They offer young writers the chance to work with each other and with professional tutors for two years, with continued support after that. They are also a sounding board and support network for a growing community of young writers and producers in the north.

The Writing Squad is looking for motivated writers aged 16-21 who live, work or study in the north of England. They are looking for talent, not formal qualifications.

Some existing Squad members talk about their experiences on this video.

Interested? You have until 17th August to apply to join.

It’s good to share

Thanks to everyone who has added their shared reading lists to our library catalogue. They make for interesting reading…

A special mention goes to the brave soul who shared their list “Books I ought to read but probably won’t”. We salute your honesty, and your refusal to be swayed by what everyone else is reading. Although you really should give Behind the Scenes at the Museum a go.

To view shared book lists, go to the catalogue home page, click on ‘My Lists’ (top right of the screen), then choose ‘Everybody’s Lists’.

Or, to save time, click here on our handy link. Be patient, the page can take a while to load.

It’s (fairly) easy to create and share your own lists. It’s best to log into your account before you start. Then find the book you want to add, and click on the ‘save’ button (the one next to the ‘reserve this item’ button). You can either start a new list, or add to one that you have already created.

The default is for lists to be private. To share, you’ll need to click ‘Edit’, then put a tick in the box next to ‘Allow other people to discover this list’. Add some tags to help other people to find your list, click ‘Save details’ and you’re done.

It really is easier to do than to describe, so head over to the online catalogue and give it a try. We’ll be sharing new lists via Twitter over the next few weeks, so this is a golden opportunity to inflict your reading habits on the world at large.

Morley Literature Festival 2012 – programme announced

The Morley Literature Festival returns this Autumn from 6th – 14th October, with a programme packed with talks, music, art and family events from a host of authors, including some well-known names in literature and media.

Highlights include Gavin Esler, Val McDermid, Stuart Maconie, AL Kennedy, Peter Hook, Polly Toynbee, plus many more.

You can browse the full programme and book tickets on the festival website now.

Book review – One Hand Clapping by Anthony Burgess

I read this book quite effortlessly, and I found it amusing at times, and sad at others.

I don’t think I’ve ever read before a book written in this kind of narrative. The wife tells the story to the reader as if you were there with her in the house, which drags you into the story and makes it very easy to read.

The last few chapters are crazy and funny. I’d recommend this book to commuters.

Central Library Readers’ Group member

Reserve a copy of One Hand Clapping online, and collect from your nearest library.