Looking for something to read that’s a little bit different? Overwhelmed by rows of books and don’t know where to start? Then look no further – we’ve hand-picked books old and new to inspire, suprise and challenge you. You can check out our latest recommended reads and reviews below (or browse through them all here).
Whether you’re a book lover or just starting out on your reading journey, our weekly Story Cafe is a great source of new ideas – we try different writers and styles every week.
Take a look at our Reading for Wellbeing recommendations for books that other women have found inspiring, nourishing, uplifting or even just downright funny.
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You can see all the books that have been added to our catalogue over the last few months here. Come along to the library and borrow them!
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Recent Reading Ideas Posts:
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr, who witnesses her innocent best friend Khalil being shot wrongfully by police in her home of the “ghetto” of Garden Heights, and how she struggles to find her identity between her home and the suburban high school she attends. It describes how she handles her grief and how she deals with the legal enquiry to his death as the only witness to the incident.
Alison Bechdel’s second memoir, Are You My Mother?, explores her relationship with her mother and her quest for her to understand their relationship. It discusses her experiences of therapy in her attempts both to understand herself from a psychoanalytical perspective and the way she and her mother interact with each other. It also covers her parents’ relationship, and her mother’s marriage to a closeted gay man as detailed in her first memoir, Fun Home.
Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl tells the story of Cath and Wren, identical twin sisters who, until college, have shared everything together. Wren chooses the stereotypical college experience – parties, boys, and dancing – whereas Cath sees herself more as “the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight”.