Books we loved as teens – podcast 12

Hello and welcome wonderful people. So lovely to see you on a sunny day in Falkirk. Vikki, Lynne and I (Tanya) focused on teen books today, for the Year of Young People, but there’s loads here for everyone and if you’re of a similar age to us, you might get some nostalgia feels during our main discussion today when we talked about the books we read as teenagers – see if you can guess our ages from our book choices.  We’d like to thank the lovely folks at Falkirk Explored for the wonderful photo of a snowy Falkirk.

What we have been reading and listening to:
Lynne has been reading the Scottish Teenage Book Prize shortlist:
Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith
The Haunting of Jessop Rise by Danny Weston
• Elizabeth Laird’s Welcome to Nowhere
Vikki has been reading:
The Rain- Soaked Bride by Guy Adams
The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick
Tanya has been reading:
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
And listening to:
The Infinite Monkey Cage by Dr Brian Cox and Robin Ince

New and forthcoming adult books:
The Gathering Dark by James Oswald
An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope
Nucleus by Rory Clements
The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
The Reading Cure: how books restored my appetite by Laura Freeman

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Look out, it’s a dragon! by Johnny Lambert (0-5 years)
Horrid Henry’s School Fair by Francesca Simon (5-7 years)
Uncle Shawn and Bill and the almost entirely unplanned adventure by A.L. Kennedy (7-9 years)
• Reissue of James Dashner’s 13th Reality Series (9-11 years)
• Rock War book 4 Crash Landing by Robert Muchamore (teen)

DVD recommendations:
American Made (15)
Fear the Walking Dead (15)

Our Reading Agony this week:  My child has exams this year – how can I help them?
Past papers from the library
• De stress – exercise, even a walk counts, and there are lots of books on destressing
• Healthy food and a good breakfast on exam days!
• Fiction for pleasure, comics are good for a short burst
• Borrow a family DVD and watch together
• ‘How to study’ books
• Studying in the library (neutral place without distractions)
• Good planning

Both staff quotes of the day are from Lynne this podcast: “You’re destroying the look of my podium” and “I’m just fodder for you two to poke fun at!” – Vikki and I are chastised and chastened and other words beginning with ‘ch’ … cheeky, perhaps.

Our Discussion was looking at those books that we read when we were transitioning from reading kids’ books to adult books. There were some mixed feelings about some of the books, especially about Vikki’s descent into Victorian misery, but we had fun discussing our choices. I haven’t caught all of the books or authors mentioned as we got a bit excited, but here are most of them:
Jane Austen
D H Lawrence
Thomas Hardy
Ruth Rendell
PD James
Agatha Christie
• Science fiction (anything and everything in Campbeltown Library)
• Douglas Adams
James Herriot
Poldark novels by Winston Graham
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Stephen King
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
• Jean M Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear – warning – adult content, not recommended for your young teens

Did you know?  All libraries have books on both physical and mental health issues. Books on mental health (e.g. depression or anxiety) or neurological difference (e.g. austism or dyslexia) can be really useful in helping us to understand our own or others’ experiences and in suggesting ways in which changes can be made to improve those experiences – whether that’s using CBT for anxiety or teachers gaining a better understanding of neurological difference to support all their pupils –  and we have quite a few.   If one library doesn’t have, then we’ll either get it from another library or try and buy them in, for example if your doctor or someone from Camhs (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) has a suggestion. We have lots on depression, dealing with anxiety, understanding Autism, etc. We would also suggest:
• The Reading Agency has a list of Mood Boosting Books recommended by kids and Mood Boosting Books for adults (many suitable for teens) and the Scottish Book Trust also has some great suggested book lists for teens.
Young Scot always has some good advice as does the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority).
Reach.Scot – the whole point of their website is supporting young people at school and helping them to get the right support

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The Unscientifically Chosen Awards – podcast 11

Hello, and welcome to Library Love podcast 11.  Today, Vikki and I (Tanya) discussed our award worthy items of 2017.  We were very unscientific, so don’t do any statistical analysis on our choices, but once again we’ve got some interesting suggestions for you to try .

Vikki was reading  Snowblind by Ragnor Jonasson (first book in the Dark Iceland Series) and Find her by Lisa Gardner

Tanya was re-reading the 1st three books in Jim Butcher’s Dresden series  and listening to  Welcome to Nightvale as a podcast.

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Britton Fern, Coming Home
• Kelly Cathy, The year that changed everything
• Lackberg Camilla, The girl in the woods
• Kellerman Jonathan, Night moves (Alex Delaware series, Book 33)
• Magnusson Sally, The sealwoman’s gift

New and forthcoming children’s books:
The Giggly Guide of How to Behave (Mind Your Manners series) by  Philippe Jalbert (0 – 5 years)
Safari Pug (The Adventures of Pug series) by Laura James (5 – 7 years)
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (9 – 11 years)
Fighting Fantasy: The Gates of Death by Charlie Higson (10 – Teen)
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) by Holly Black (Teen)

DVD recommendations
Thor Ragnarok (12)
Geostorm (12)
My Little Pony (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week:  ‘My house is looking such a mess, I’d love some help in tidying, organising and cleaning it…’ Well, we can’t come round to yours to help you, but here are some books that might inspire you:
• Marie Kondo – Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying
• Nagisa Tatsumi – The art of discarding how to get rid of things and find joy
• Dana White – How to Manage your Home without Losing your mind
• Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie – The Cleaning Bible
• Francine Jay  – The Joy of Less

Staff quote of the day ‘Easter events in libraries are already organised we are looking at summer 2018 now!’

Our Discussion was a Library Love version of awards seasons where we talked about our favourite books and DVDs of 2017. Below are the highlights from Vikki and Tanya. Not to mention a few suggestions from other Falkirk Library staff. This list will be available as a book river on our catalogue
with several more additions to the list no doubt. (link to the library catalogue)
The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson Ellis
The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman
The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Wonder Woman (DVD)
Outlander (DVD box set)
The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, book 1) by Philip Pullman
Park Life : The memoirs of a Royal Parks Gamekeeper by John Bartram
Killers of The Flower Moon : an American crime and the birth of the FBI  by David Grann
Saga Vol 7 by Brain K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Thrill Power Overload: Forty years of 2000AD by  David Bishop
The cursed earth uncensored (Judge Dredd) by John Wagner
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Glass Houses by Louise Penny

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