To share the joy of reading, some of the Library team have chosen books they’ve enjoyed and would recommend to others. Get in touch and let us know about the books that you would recommend.
Deborah Cairns -Systems Librarian
Stephen King – The Dark Tower series
I know, it’s not A book, it’s seven – but you could argue it’s seven chapters in the same story.I enjoyed reading it so much, that when I finished, I started all over again. (If you read it, you’ll understand why that’s not so daft)
The story has a bit of everything: a quest; romance; love; fighting; betrayal; honour; companionship; good; evil. There are gunslingers; monsters; vampires; wizards; demons; robots; evil trains and billy bumblers – even the author makes an appearance! As with everything Stephen King writes, the story is well written with incredible detail and imagination; the characters are believable both as people and in the way they gel together as a group.
I liked the way all their back stories connected and gave them clues and meaning to the situations they found themselves in.
Having read most of King’s books, I liked the way many of them connected to this one – I found references to IT; The Stand; Desperation; Insomnia; Black House; Salem’s Lot amongst others. I probably didn’t catch them all. But, you don’t have to have read all these others to enjoy this story, it stands very well on its own and gives the reader plenty of food for thought.
Go then, there are worlds other than these…
Madeleine Langham – Learning Resources Assistant
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. The book tells the true story of how in 2007 a stray cat and a homeless man called James befriended one another.
James called the cat Bob, nursed him back to health and Bob in return proved to be a loyal and valuable friend and a constant source of joy. Bob helped James recover from his drug addiction. James and Bob became YouTube sensations when videos of James busking with Bob on the streets of London went viral.
Anyone who has ever been privileged enough to receive unconditional love from a cat knows just how special the bond between human and feline is. Cats are so affectionate and always seem to be able to judge our moods and emotions, unlike a dog you cannot order a cat to stay with you, they choose when to spend time with you and when not to. When they do stay with you it’s much more meaningful because you know that they have chosen to be with you.
This is a beautiful and inspirational book. A must read for cat lovers everywhere and for anyone who may be going through a tough time and is in need of some cheering up.
Zaheda Dadabhai- Learning Resources Assistant
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman.
I really enjoyed all the books by this author and I would definitely recommend this one.
It highlights the way that people react and live because of their colour. How it used to be in schools when black people were not allowed in schools where the people of other races used to attend.
Paul Sawyer – Learning Resources Assistant
Richard Sanders – Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth of British Football
A book primarily for the purist but so highly recommended if you have an interest in not only Football history, but British history in general and specifically the Victorian era.
Richard Sander’s meticulous research illustrates how the traditional, frankly wild and extremely troublesome small town ball games evolved into something much more controlled via its adoption by the upper classes and its public school fraternity. He explains how the working class then ‘stole’ it and adapted it into the hugely successful game we know today. Along the way, we discover the games pioneers, its characters and its milestones.
We find out how the hierarchy of this country perceived it as a means of keeping the working class out of the pubs and ale houses of the day and we also learn how factory workers ‘moonlighted’ as fully paid Footballers during a time of a maximum capped wage. ‘Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth of British Football’ is an acquired taste, but it explains how significant the games impact had on society from all aspects of the social spectrum.
Helen Ambrose – Senior Learning Resources Assistant
My favourite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
I love the way it is really the first book to openly discuss the importance of women’s education, and also that there is discussion of equality (between Jane and Rochester), but also implicitly between men and women in general.The characterization in the book is fantastic. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read one of the best written books in English literature. The main characters of Jane and Rochester have a fantastic spark between them.
Giovanna Goodridge – Learning Resources Assistant
I have recently read “The Devil’s Star” by Jo Nesbo. It is the third book in a trilogy and my only regret is that I should have read the books in the order they were written.
However, I found it well written with a clever plot, gripping, and well structured. The main character of a Scandinavian alcoholic cop chasing after a serial killer makes it an excellent and tense thriller that is hard to put down.
A good read and I look forward to reading the other books written by Jo Nesbo.
I have enjoyed reading the books by Scott Mariani about the former SAS soldier Ben Hope.
The first book is “The Alchemist’s Secret”. Ben accepts a contract to find a manuscript that is believed to contain a formula for the elixir of life. With his accomplice he fights his way across France to the temple of Cathar and the climax of the story.
All the books in this series are exciting and gripping all the way through. They are similar in style to the books by Dan Brown and if you enjoy those you will like Scott Mariani.