Library Book Quiz No 7

It’s the weekend…so it must also be time for a new Wokingham Borough Libraries quiz! Love 1It’s all about love this week, and we’re celebrating some of the greatest fictional romances. Can you name these couples from their initials and the title of the book where we first meet them?

Don’t forget you can access our online catalogue for ebooks, audiobooks and comics at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/. If you’re looking for some inspiration for a new recipe, hobby or just the day’s news you can find magazine and newspaper titles free of charge through PressReader, at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/. If you’re not a member at the moment don’t worry, you can sign up through the Spydus website.

On to the quiz…

  1. SO and RB – Gone With the Wind
  2. EB and FD – Pride and Prejudice
  3. HG and RW – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  4. KE and PM – The Hunger Games
  5. LC and WT – Me Before You
  6. JG and DB – The Great Gatsby
  7. BJ and MD – Bridget Jones’s Diary
  8. CA and HD – The Time Traveler’s Wife
  9. CE and H – Wuthering Heights
  10. HL and AW – The Fault in Our Stars

The answers will be published on Monday July 6

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Library Book Quiz No 6

Welcome back to the Wokingham Borough Libraries weekly quiz. This week we’re bunniesshining the spotlight on our feathered and furred friends and looking at birds and animals that feature in novels. How many titles can you identify from the list of characters? There are characters from both adults’ and children’s literature.

Don’t forget you can access our online catalogue for ebooks, audiobooks and comics at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/. If you’re looking for some inspiration for a new recipe, hobby or just the day’s news you can find magazine and newspaper titles free of charge through PressReader, at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/. If you’re not a member at the moment don’t worry, you can sign up through the Spydus website.

Time to dig out those binoculars and spot the novels or series of novels that these creatures appear in:

  1. Crookshanks (cat)
  2. Bull’s-Eye (dog)
  3. Aslan (lion)
  4. Cujo (dog)
  5. Pilgrim (horse)
  6. Snowball (pig)
  7. Pongo and Perdita (dogs)
  8. Fiver and Hazel (rabbits)
  9. Wilbur (pig)
  10. Shadowfax (horse)

The answers will appear on our blog on Monday June 29

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Book Chat- June 24

Members of library staff and volunteers who are avid readers have put together these book recommendations. Where indicated the books are available in our digital library at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/

Wonder by R.J. Palaciowonder 1

“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

Get ready to love Auggie. He is an ordinary boy inside. He plays on his Xbox, he eats, he laughs but he also makes children in the playground run away screaming. Auggie was born with a terrible face abnormality. He has been home-schooled for most of his life but now he is getting ready to attend a mainstream school.

This book is an incredible book. It is very relatable story and one which is useful for both adults and children to read for empathy. You don’t just experience Auggie’s point of view but also the view of his family and classmates. His story inspires compassion and wonder 2kindness as you grow with the character throughout his first year of school.

Wonder is available as an eBook and eAudioBook. The follow up picture book, We’re All Wonders, is available an an eAudiobook.

 

An American Marriage by Tayari Jonesan american marriage

Roy and Celeste are a newly-wed, black couple who are visiting Roy’s family. They are staying in a motel and end up having a little argument. Roy leaves the room for air and to get some ice, on his way he meets a white woman who needs some help in her room. He helps her, gets the ice and returns to Celeste, they then reconcile and fall asleep. In the morning police storm into their motel room and arrest Roy for raping the woman he helped, a crime both Celeste and Roy knew Roy could not have committed. Roy is sentenced and imprisoned.

This is their story of what happens next, of how Roy copes with being wrongly accused and the impact this has on his family, his marriage and friends. Celeste is on the outside, she has always been independent and on the cusp of becoming a successful artist. Now Roy is out of the picture, his best friend, Andre, who has always loved Celeste, is supporting her.

This book is very emotional and portrays how lives are ruined and the unfairness of wrongful justice. Definitely worth the read.

Available as an eAudiobook.

Toffee by Sarah CrossanToffee

Allison has run away from home escaping an abusive father and ends up in a seaside town on the north coast of Devon. She hiding out in an empty shed of an abandoned house. Except the house is not abandoned, it is the home of Marla who is an elderly woman with dementia. Marla is confused and neglected, her son does not know how to speak to her and her carer who is supposed to call in every day misses days.

When Marla and Allison meet, Marla believes Allison is her old friend Toffee, so Allison becomes Toffee. The two strike up an unlikely friendship, Toffee gains a place to eat and sleep and has someone looking out for her and Marla gains a champion and someone to care for her.

This is a wonderful, character-driven story told in verse and it will really pull your heart strings.

Toffee is available as an eBook.

The Foundling by Stacey Hallsthe foundling

 It’s 1754, and Bess Bright has returned to London’s Foundling Hospital to claim the daughter she was forced to leave six years ago.  The last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter was claimed almost immediately – by her.  Bess is determined to find her daughter, and her search brings her into contact with a reclusive widow who has only left the house to attend church for the last decade.  Their worlds will collide in a way that will change them forever.

 This is a novel that’s rich in historical detail, from the poverty that Bess and her family live in as they struggle to survive to the decadent world of the upper classes.  The two women at the heart of the novel are very different but it’s possible to feel sympathy towards them both.  This is a very interesting read.

The Noise of Time by Julian BarnesThe noise of time

 Dmitri Shostakovich, just thirty years old, reckons with the first of three conversations with power that will  shape his life. Stalin has suddenly denounced the young composer’s latest opera. Certain he will be exiled to Siberia (or, more likely, shot dead on the spot), Shostakovich reflects on his predicament, his personal history, his parents, his daughter—all of those hanging in the balance of his fate. And though a stroke of luck prevents him from becoming yet another casualty of the Great Terror, he will twice more be swept up by the forces of the Communist state: coerced into praising the Soviet state at a cultural conference in New York in 1948, and finally bullied into joining the Party in 1960.
The novel examines the impossible dilemma of the artist trying to work under a totalitarian regime. It is a highly interesting if demanding read on an important area of history.

This book is availabe as an eaudio book

 

 

 

 

Library Book Quiz Number 5-The Answers

How did you get on with with matching the book characters to the famous novels they feature in?

Here are the original questions and the answers below:quiz1

  1. Katniss Everdeen and President Snow
  2. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist
  3. Ralph, Jack and Piggy
  4. Jack Reacher
  5. Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler
  6. Atticus and Scout Finch
  7. Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak
  8. Khalil and Starr
  9. Sephy and Callum
  10. Marianne and Connell

 

Answers

  1. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
  3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  4. Jack Reacher series by Lee Child
  5. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  9. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  10. Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Library Book Quiz Week 5- take the challenge!

It’s time for another Wokingham Borough Libraries Quiz. This week we’ve given you some famous characters – but can you name the novels where you’ll find them? For an quiz1extra challenge can you name the authors?

Don’t forget you can access our online catalogue for ebooks, audiobooks and comics at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/. If you’re looking for some inspiration for a new recipe, hobby or just the day’s news you can find magazine and newspaper titles free of charge through PressReader, at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/. If you’re not a member at the moment don’t worry, you can sign up through the Spydus website.

On with the quiz…

  1. Katniss Everdeen and President Snow
  2. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist
  3. Ralph, Jack and Piggy
  4. Jack Reacher
  5. Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler
  6. Atticus and Scout Finch
  7. Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak
  8. Khalil and Starr
  9. Sephy and Callum
  10. Marianne and Connell

Answers will be published on Monday June 22

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Book Chat June 17

Members of library staff and volunteers who are avid readers have put together these book recommendations. Where indicated the books are available in our digital library at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/

The Woman Who Went To Bed For a Year by Sue Townsendthe woman who went to bed

Eva is fed up. She has looked after her family, her husband and twins – now grown up, for years and she has finally had enough of their carelessness and ungratefulness. One day she gets back into bed and vows not to leave. Her husband is upset, who is going to give him his dinner and clean the house?

As her stay in bed continues word starts to get around and soon Eva is famous. She is received in different ways, some believe she is protesting and soon she has a following. Others start to take a more religious view of her and seek out images of her in food.

Eva did not mean for this to happen, she just wanted to make a point and not attract all the fuss. As she continues to stay in bed the family dynamic changes, they all begin to reconsider who and what has been taken for granted, new friends emerge and secrets are revealed.

If you are looking for an easy read that will make you laugh then this is the book for you. The eAudiobook is narrated by Caroline Quentin and she narrates it brilliantly.

Asking For It by Louise O’Neillasking for it

This is a tough book to read and deals with the topic of rape.

Emma O’Donovan is eighteen, she is a normal, happy teenager. It is the start of summer and she is going to a party. The next thing she knows she wakes up on the front porch of her house with little to no memory of the night before and she is in pain. She will soon know what happened that night, not from remembering, but from the explicit photos that show, in detail what Emma was doing.

This is a hard-hitting, difficult book to read and it is incredibly well written. Louise O’Neill is not afraid to write the painful topics. The reader is taken right into Emma’s headspace with her thoughts and confusion. She uses repetitive sentences to show how horrible the situation is and how Emma is dealing and coping with what happened to her.

This book left me emotional. It was a horrible, heart-breaking, painful, despairing and depressing read. But it was such an important and powerful book that is still needed today.

Available as an eAudiobook.

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnettthe versions of us

This book is about Eva and Jim. It begins in 1958 where they have a chance encounter, Jim is walking down a country lane and Eva is cycling towards him and swerves to avoid a dog. Three different possible paths branch out from this chance encounter and you explore them throughout the book.

The book centres on these two characters and meanders through their lives, their families, through love and loss and wraps up with a satisfying ending.

The story really makes you wonder about all the thousands of choices we make in a day and what a difference just one day could make. The plots are complex and require some concentration to follow but once you get into the flow of the narrative it makes an easy to read. The author does manage to differentiate between the different versions by using different names for the children etc. but this is definitely a book to devour in as fewer sittings as possible so your memory is fresh of who is who.

Available as an eAudiobook.

Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall grace after henry

 Grace sees Henry everywhere she goes – in the supermarket, on every street and even in the cemetery.  Except it’s impossible.  Henry was killed in a cycling accident just as he and Grace were on the verge of buying a house and starting their lives together.  Grace is struggling to come to terms with losing the love of her life.  Then she opens her front door one day to find a man who bears a haunting resemblance to Henry, who has some extraordinary revelations.

 This is a beautiful tale of loss and grief, with some very interesting themes around missed opportunities, identity and how our upbringing can influence who we become.  Grace is a very likeable character and it’s impossible not to get caught up in her story.

Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannahhaven't they grown

 Beth can’t resist when the opportunity to drive past her former best friend’s house presents itself.  Her timing is good, and she sees Flora and her children, Thomas and Emily, for the first time in 12 years – except something is very, very wrong.  Thomas and Emily should be 12 years older than the last time Beth saw them, but the children getting out of the car are exactly the same age and haven’t aged at all.  Beth decides to find out more, but soon finds herself involved in a deep and complex set of circumstances

 This is a very interesting and unusual plot that will keep you guessing all the way to the end.  It has a wide-ranging and interesting cast of characters, and Beth’s feisty teenage daughter is particularly memorable!

Half a World Away by Mike Gaylehalf a world away

 Kerry and Noah live in the same city but inhabit very different worlds.  Kerry is a single mum, a cleaner and the world’s biggest Mariah Carey fan.  Noah is a barrister, living in exclusive Primrose Hill with his wife and daughter.  On the surface they have nothing in common – but appearances can be deceptive and their worlds are about to change forever.

 This novel is told from both Kerry and Noah’s viewpoints, which means as a reader we can follow the highs and lows of their emotions as they discover just how much they have in common.  The characters are realistic, warm and likeable and you will be drawn deep into their emotionally-charged story.

 

 

 

 

Library Quiz Number 4-take the challenge!

Welcome back to the Wokingham Borough Libraries Weekly Quiz. It’s a slightly different format this week – we’ve given you some well-known titles but not the full name of the quiz1author. Can you fill in the blanks?

In case this ignites your thirst for a book, perhaps the one you always meant to read but haven’t had time, don’t forget you can access our online catalogue for ebooks, audiobooks and comics at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/. If you’re looking for some inspiration for a new recipe, hobby or just the day’s news you can find magazine and newspaper titles free of charge through PressReader, at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/. If you’re not a member at the moment don’t worry, you can sign up through the Spydus website.

On with the quiz. Can you fill in the blanks to reveal the famous authors of these well-known titles?

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by H_r_e_ L_e
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by M_r_a_e_ A_w_o_
  3. The Grapes of Wrath by J_h_ S_e_n_e_k
  4. The Lord of the Rings J. _. T_l_e_n
  5. The War of the Worlds by H. _. W_l_s
  6. Lord of the Flies by W_l_i_m G_l_i_g
  7. 1984 by G_o_g_ O_w_l_
  8. The Great Gatsby by F. S_o_t F_t_g_e_a_d
  9. Don Quixote by M_g_e_ d_ C_r_a_t_s
  10. Catch-22 by J_s_p_ H_l_e_

 

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Library Quiz No 3-take the challenge!

Welcome back to the Wokingham Borough Libraries Weekly Quiz. This time we’re sherlocktesting your knowledge of all things criminal, so time to brush off your magnifying glass and deerstalker and turn detective.

Don’t forget, even though we’re closed at the moment you can still access our online catalogue for ebooks, audiobooks and comics at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/

Why not have a look at PressReader too? There are thousands of magazines available for free with your library membership, and you can log in here https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-magazines/

If you’re not a member at the moment don’t worry, you can sign up at  Spydus website  – for online memberships

 

Let’s get cracking on solving these…

 

  1. What is the name of the quadriplegic detective created by Jeffrey Deaver?
  2. Which famous author writes crime novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith?
  3. How many detective novels did Agatha Christie publish in her lifetime?
  4. Who continued writing the Millennium series of books, featuring Lisbet Salander, after Stieg Larsson’s untimely death?
  5. Which one word features in each of Peter May’s novels featuring Brighton-based detective Roy Grace?
  6. Which author’s books feature Agatha Raisin?
  7. In which novel do we first meet Bob Skinner, created by Quintin Jardine?
  8. Which two Tana French novels were recently televised under the title Dublin Murders?
  9. Who writes about the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency?
  10. In which year did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle publish his first story featuring Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet?

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