Book Reviews

The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi

March has been rainy and rainy with a side of chill and more rain. I beckon you, please, to indulge in prize winning poet Tishani Doshi’s The Pleasure Seekers where things are much warmer.

New books you can borrow this month

We’ve received some great new donations these past few weeks which have now been catalogued by our volunteers and are ready for you to borrow. And if you like what you read why not fill out one of our recommendation cards when you return your book? (ask our friendly front of house team when you visit)

Black Snow Falling by L.J. MacWhirter

Here are my thoughts on Black Snow Falling.

Our volunteers and staff recommend… this month’s Book Picnic

With a varied selection of recommendations, January’s book picnic selection covers everything from non-fiction to children’s literature which means that there is something for everyone. Whilst the weather’s still cold outside, why not make your January a month for reading with these ideas from January’s book picnic?

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…