Turned off books aged only 8? How you can help

Turned off books aged only 8?  Our Reading Agony from podcast 1 has certainly struck a chord with some listeners, so here it is by itself.

As an addition to this mini podcast,  I’ve popped together a few specific authors and books that I think a child, around this age, turned off reading might like to have read to them, or might want to try reading themselves (go gently and don’t force it, folks).  All these books have been read and loved at Library Love HQ:

Books to read to them / audiobooks:

Comics / Graphic Novels:

Stealth books:


Chick Lit Strikes Back – podcast 2

Hello pod people, we had lots of chat today on the second Library Love podcast, with loads of great reading suggestions. Tanya, Margo and I (Vikki) shared what we had recently been reading and listening to:
Tanya read The Habit of Murder by Susannah Gregory
and has been listening to The Guilty Feminist podcast (sweary warning)
Vikki read Follow the Dead by Lin Anderson
Margo read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Bernard Cornwall – Fools and Mortals
• Joanne Harris – A Pocketful of Crows
• John Grisham – Rooster Bar
• Karen Rose – Edge of Darkness (Cincinnati Series book 4)
• Diane Chamberlain – Stolen Marriage

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Hack and Whack by Francesca Simon
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Jingle Bells by Tracey Corderoy
The Girl who saved Christmas by Matt Haig
Matt Millz by Harry Hill
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman

DVD recommendations:
Their Finest (based on book Their Finest Hour and a half by Lissa Evans) (12)
Hidden Figures (PG)
T2 Trainspotting (18)

Our Reading Agony this week “I’ve finished all the Danielle Steel novels and I don’t know who else to read” – we recommend some other authors who write a bit like the hugely popular Steel.

We discuss Chick Lit , why does it have such an offensive title and what types of books does this genre encompass? Some of the titles and authors mentioned:
Missing Wife by Sheila O’Flanaghan
• Marian Keyes – Rachel’s Holiday and Mystery of Mercy Close
• Jojo Moyes – Me Before You
Hester Brown
Jane Austen
Katie Fforde
Cathy Kelly
• Patricia Scanlan – Orange Blossom Days
Contact us with your favourite chick lit book and why we should read it!

Staff quote “No Smiling” (obviously we are having far too much fun planning these podcasts)

Did you know? On these podcasts we are discussing and recommending lots of books and DVDs so we thought it might be useful to remind everyone how to request an item from Falkirk libraries.

Thanks very much for listening and don’t forget to subscribe to Library Love on itunes or your favourite podcast app.

Psychological thrillers and more – podcast 1

Hello lovely people, we had a great chat today on the first Library Love podcast, with loads of excellent reading suggestions (with links here so you can request them with a Falkirk Library card). Vikki, Kevin and I (Tanya) shared what we had recently been reading and listening to:
• Tanya read The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
• Tanya has been listening to No Such Thing as a Fish podcast (sweary warning)
• Vikki read Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan and Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
• Kevin read Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

New and forthcoming adult books:
Munich by Robert Harris
The Seagull by Anne Cleeves
The Break by Marian Keyes
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
The Growing Season by Helen Sedgewick
Moonshine vol.1  by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

New and forthcoming children’s books:
The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson and Illustrator Axel Scheffler (picture book)
Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo and Illustrator Emma Chichester Clark (picture book)
Birthday Boy by David Baddiel (for roughly 8 – 12 year olds)
No Shame by Anne Cassidy (for teenagers)

DVD recommendations:
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (12)
Alien Covenant (18)
Beauty and the Beast – Live action (PG)
Smurfs – The Lost Village (U)

Our Reading Agony this week is to help a mum whose 8 year old son is having trouble reading and who is becoming really turned off books. We suggest some excellent tactics to help this boy learn to love books again.

We discuss Psychological Thrillers today and Vikki and Kevin try and persuade me to give them a go. Psychological thrillers recommended :
I Let You Go by Claire Macintosh
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewel
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant
Girl On a Train by Paula Hawkins

Staff quote of the day is from Vikki “I want a dragon for my birthday”

Did you know?  Kevin tells us all about the fantastic emagazines that are available for free on your mobile device with a Falkirk library card.

Thanks very much for listening and don’t forget to get in touch with us