Read them or weep in 2018 – podcast 10

Hello, fantastic pod folk, we (Vikki and Tanya) enjoyed ourselves today talking about all the books and DVDs we fancy reading and watching during 2018.   As always we started with a look back at what we read over the festive period.
• Tanya read the first 4 Harry Potters , plus she’d been watching the dvds
• Tanya also really enjoying Witch Please!, a podcast series about Harry Potter by 2 female Canadian academics
• Vikki had read Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet as well as Shakespeare’s Landlord & Shakespeare’s Champion (Lily Bard series) by Charlaine Harris

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Mackintosh Clare, Let me Lie
• MacManus James, Ike and Kay
• Sidebottom Harry, The Last Hour
• Tony Parsons, Girl on Fire
• Arnaldur Indridason, The Shadow Killer
• Keane Jessie, Fearless

New and forthcoming children’s books:

• (picture book) 15 Things Not To Do With A Puppy by Margaret McAllister, illustrated by Holly Sterling
• (5 – 7 years) Mummy Fairy and Me by Sophie Kinsella
• (7 – 9 years) Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes by Greg James and Chris Smith
• (9 – 11 years) Women in Sport: Fifty Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky
• (9 – 11 years) Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks
• (Teen) The Fandom by Anna Day

DVD recommendations:

Dunkirk 12A
Baby Driver (15)
It  (15)
The Highway Rat (U)
Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I got a book token for Xmas – any recommendations for a good book you’ve read that I should buy?’ (this is from a woman in Falkirk who has liked Charlaine Harris, Girl on a Train and Gone Girl) Suggestions included:
Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis
Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre
I Let you Go & I See You Clare Mackintosh

Staff quote of the day ‘I have dragons in the house and we put them along the staircase when my nieces and nephews come’

Our Discussion was all about Books and DVDs we are looking forward to in 2018.  Our eclectic wish list included:

Blade Runner 2049, DVD out in February
Teen Titans go to the movies , UK cinemas August, no date for dvd yet
Paper Girls Volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan, published April
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris, published October
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Paperback out March, hardback already out
A Country Escape by Katie Fforde, published February
Pandora’s Boy (Flavia Albia 6 ,Falco: The New Generation) by
Lindsey Davis, published April
Scourged (final in the Druid Chronicles series) by Kevin Hearne published April
Competence (The Custard Protocol 3) by Gail Carriger published July

Did you know? All about our e audiobook service (picture above is of Tanya knitting and listening to an e audiobook in her shed)

Coming Soon: Harry Potter Night Thursday 1st February and
The Hurricane Book Thursday February 22nd 6pm Falkirk Library. For information see our website

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A resolution we can all keep, read more books – podcast 9

Hello, we had a great chat today on the ninth Library Love Podcast, with loads of excellent reading suggestions. Gavin and Naomi shared what we had recently been reading:
• Gavin read Monstress Volume Two – The Blood by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
• Naomi read Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent and Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

New and forthcoming adult books:
Anne Boleyn by Amy Licence
Last Will by William McIntyre
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
American Assassin by Vince Flynn
Beyond the Empire by K. B. Wagers

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Supertato Evil Pea Rules by Sue Hendra (0-5)
Zombies and Meatballs by Blake Hoena Moran (5-7)
Guiness World Record’s Amazing Animals (7-9)
Matt Millz by Harry Hill (9-11)
Sweetfreak by Sophie McKenzie (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
Sing (U)
Trolls (U)
Hitman’s Bodyguard (15)
Ghost in the Shell (12A)

Books enjoyed by Falkirk Libraries Book Groups
We discussed a range of books that have been enjoyed by our reading groups across the Falkirk area. These titles were:
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
The Returned by Seth Patrick
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Black Eyed Susans by Julia Hearberlin
The first fifteen lives of Harry August by Claire North
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry

Our reading groups meet on the following days/times:

Bo’ness – first Wednesday of the month at 14:00
Bonnybridge – last Monday of every month at 14:00
Falkirk – first Monday of every month at 18:30
Grangemouth – last Thursday of every month at 18:30
Larbert – third Monday of every month at 18:30
Meadowbank – first Tuesday at of the month at 14:00
Meadowbank – first Thursday of the month at 18:30
Slamannan – last Friday of every month at 14:00
Hurricane (online reading group): first meeting is February 22nd at 18:00
Audio book group (based at Forth Valley’s Sensory Centre, all welcome) – the third Tuesday of each month, 10:00-11:00

Did You Know? We have a Home Library Service that visits customers in their homes if they are unable to get to the library? For more information contact 01324 506800