Not a traditional romance – podcast 34

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Lynne, Tanya and Vikki.

Today’s episode is all about Romance and relationships but definitely not in the traditional sense. All the books mentioned can be found at our library catalogue. Our ebooks, eaudiobooks and emagazines can be found online here

What we have been reading and listening to:

Vikki has been reading:

  • Our House, Louise Candlish
  • The Lingering, SJI Holliday
  • Rupture, (Dark Iceland series), Ragnar Jonasson

Tanya has been reading and listening to:

  • Millie’s Fling, Jill Mansell
  • Tez Talks podcast (with comedian Tez Ilyas)

Lynne has been reading:

  • Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
  • Beastie Boys Book, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

Audio Book of the Podcast:

  • Beastie Boys Book

New and forthcoming adult books:

  • Love Without End – the story of Heloise and Abelard, Melvyn Bragg
  • The Wrong Mother, Michel Bussi
  • Three Bullets, Jon Roger Ellroy
  • Swallowtail Summer, Erica James
  • The Lemon Tree Hotel, Rosanna Ley

New and forthcoming children’s titles:

  • The story of Tantrum O’Furrily , Cressida Cowell (0-5)
  • Row, row, row your boat: a lift-the-flap, sing-along book, Richard Merritt (0-5)
  • The Dragonsitter’s party, Josh Lacey,  Illustrator Garry Parsons (7-9)
  • The Tale of Angelino Brown, David Almond, Illustrator Alex T. Smith (9-11)
  • Savage Island, Bryony Pearce (Teen)

DVD recommendations:

  • The Happy Time Murders (15)
  • Hotel Artemis (15)
  • The House with a Clock in Its walls (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘I want to set up a reading group can you help?’

Our suggestions for finding material included

  • Joining Reading Groups for Everyone (via the Reading Agency website)where there are lots of tips and potential freebies to apply for
  • There are lots of authors, book bloggers, book publishers on social media who have lots of book suggestions
  • Podcasts and blogs can be useful (perhaps even this one!)
  • Shadow other reading groups examples include Radio 2 book club, Hurricane book club

Staff quote of the day: I’m chasing my tail this week and it’s not as fun as it looks when the cat does it….’

Our discussion was all about Romance but not as you know it. Our varied suggestions included:

  • Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan
  • Jane Eyre,  Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  • Lost and Found, Oliver Jeffers
  • Comet in Moominland, Tove Jansson
  • High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
  • Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife,  Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Book of Strange New Things, Michel Faber 
  • Strong Poison, Dorothy L Sayers

Did you know?

One of the things libraries have always done is Storytimes. It’s one of our favourite things to do. Every library has a weekly storytime except Slamannan, but the staff at Slamannan are happy to read a wee story if you pop in and they’re not too busy.

Families usually start out at the library with Bookbug song and rhyme sessions and Storytimes are a great way to move on from that to and get ready for school and nursery. It gives even more time over to falling in love with books, encouraging wee ones to listen and improve their focus and lets them hear new words and word sounds. And really what’s nicer than having someone read you a  story – especially when they’re doing the sounds and voices and actions?

Also afterwards there’s time for parents and wee ones to socialise and there’s often fun to be had with colouring and other things. You’ll find details of our storytimes on our website.

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