Reading Ideas

Swansong by Kerry Andrew

Oh how the holidays come and go- I spent my time on the sofa getting through Swansong by author Kerry Andrew; her first novel, an adaption of a Scottish ballad. I won’t spoil any twists or turns so don’t be frightened! Enclosed are simply my thoughts on the book.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Here are my thoughts on The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. It’s the perfect world to jump in to if you’re craving to be somewhere other than here and somewhere a bit more exciting.

Our volunteers and staff recommend… Book Picnic of the month

Christmas is so close now, and we are sure that, just like us, you might be struggling with Christmas presents ideas. So why not get some inspiration through our new recommendations for the book picnic of this month?

It’s A (New) Kinda Magic (Book Review)

“Children Of Blood And Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi (Paperback Macmillan 2018) YA FICTION  reviewed by Jay Andrew, Front of House volunteer A sister and a brother. A brother and a sister. A whole lot of magic. World building at its best – it effortlessly blends Nigerian and African culture and mythology/ religion into a whole […]

He Mele A Hilo: A Hilo Song By Ryka Aoki

I have come to you in this dreary winter month to offer you a promise of sun and wonder as I take a few minutes to review the novel He Mele A Hilo, a sweet read sitting on the shelves of GWL, waiting for someone else to pick it up and share its warmth.

Our volunteers and staff recommend… Book Picnic of the month

The seasons go by, Christmas is coming, but our book picnic group remains. We are coming back to you now with wonderful book recommendations to help you deal with the cold that is settling! Classics, thrillers, magical and healing readings, as always, no recommendation is the same…

November’s Digital Book Group Read: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Here is our new book of the month for our digital book group!

Inspirational Herstories

We have a wide selection of books about the suffrage movement. This blog is about 3 of them, and they are:-
* “From Liberal to Labour With Women’s Suffrage: The Story of Catherine Marshall” – which is a good read but a wee bit academic.
* “The Right To Vote An’ A’ That: a hundred years of Scottish Women Singing” – which is a little lyric book which singers could take out and about with them.
* “Caroline Phillips: Aberdeen Suffragette and Journalist” – which is a champion to Aberdeen Art Gallery’s unique correspondence collection.
All of them illustrate the important contribution women have made to history.

Book Review: ‘Island Wife : living on the edge of the wild’ by Judy Fairbairns

Laura, who is doing a placement with us until December, reviews one of the books recently donated by the publisher Two Roads.

Our volunteers and staff recommend… Book Picnic of the month

What a great way to welcome autumn and October with our monthly Book Picnic. Here are the books recommended on Wednesday 3rd October. It was funny to notice that most of the covers of the books brought were related to birds and feathers.   Pauline recommends: Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather by Tessa Boase A fascinating and […]