Reading Ideas

September Book Picnic Recommendations

Need some inspiration for the next book to add to your reading list? We’ve got suggestions! On the first Wednesday of every month, GWL team members share what we’ve read recently at our Book Picnic…

Screenshot from GWL Covid-19 Safety Procedures video - our librarian opens a plastic box for a visitor to place a returned book into. They are both wearing facemasks.

Introducing ‘Select and Collect’ book borrowing

We’re delighted to be able to start lending books again, with our new ‘Select and Collect’ service, which you can start using from Wednesday 2nd September.

Book Picnic Recommendations-August 2020

Our monthly Zoom meet ups to discuss what we’ve been reading are one of the ways our team of staff and volunteers have stayed connected through lockdown.  We always enjoy hearing what others recommend and hope you will too!

Green Learning

We’d like to share with you what has been recently been shaping our thinking about climate justice, carbon reduction and our role in caring for our environment.

Three books standing on a shelf with a plant. The books are New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby, which has a black cover with a photo of a black woman looking directly at the reader, her hands clasped behind her head; Where the Wild Ladies Are, by Matsuda Aoko, a yellow cover with a dark abstract shape in the top half, and an illustration of the knees of two women in skirts sitting beside each other; Queenie, by Candace Carty-Williams, a deep pink cover with the head of a black woman in profile, her face not visible, and long braids pulled up into a bun.

Readers of Colour Recommends

Readers of Colour is a thriving community of women and non-binary folks of colour who meet once a month to discuss literature, film, podcasts and more by women and non-binary creatives of colour. In this blog, members of Readers of Colour are sharing books they’ve loved and would recommend. Enjoy!

Our July Book Picnic recommendations

Take a peek below at this month’s recommendations. I hope you find something that sparks your curiosity!

Our team recommends this month…

Check out some recommended reads from our staff and volunteers. Fiction and non fiction; newly published and not so recently published; transporting us to Nigeria, the Hebrides, and Ireland; and exploring all sorts of topics including the environment, slavery, and feminism in the 21st century.

Barrington Stoke Books-Four images showing the covers, spines and clear layout of text inside two books.

Dyslexia-Friendly Books

A women with dyslexia and I would describe myself as a very reluctant reader but an extremely avid audiobook listener. Barrington Stoke books are extremely clearly laid out and clearly written (to allow the story to flow). Very personal commentary, i.e. this is Doreen’s experience of reading and the written word.

May’s Book Picnic Recommendations

On the first Wednesday of every month, GWL team members share what we’ve read recently at our Book Picnic. Like last month, our Book Picnic took place remotely, giving all of us some valuable social interaction and providing us with many, many excellent book suggestions…

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

Red Dust Road saw me through the first few weeks of lockdown…