We’d like to recommend to you a number of titles that are available from our digital library to help you get through these days of lockdown. All books have been recommended by members of our library staff and volunteers who are avid readers. They are available as ebooks or eaudio at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/e-books/
Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2019, National Book Award, Books Are My Bag Readers’ Awards and the YA Book Prize.
Evelyn, May and Nell are three older teenagers growing up in the East End of London just before the First World War. Each girl has their own battles they want to win. Evelyn is expected to marry and become a wife but Evelyn dreams of going to university to broaden her knowledge. Nell lives with her family of eight in a small two bedroom flat. May has grown up as a Suffragists with her Mother. All three girls want more for themselves and for women and they are determined to join the movement and get equality for women.
I really enjoyed this book. It was full of facts about the suffragette movement, the First World War and the struggles women, and teenagers went through. I liked that there was a relationship between two of the three main characters. It had very brief elements of a Sarah Waters novel for young adults.
You can find this on RBDigital as both an Ebook and an Eaudiobook
We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This is an excellent introduction to feminism based on a TED talk by the author. The author draws on her own experiences as a woman in Nigeria, which reflects on every woman throughout the world. It is a short, intelligent, to the point and thoughtful essay on feminism.
This is available as an Eaudiobook and is narrated by the author herself.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
This story is about Mikey. Mikey leads an ordinary life, he is just about to graduate and he is working up the courage to ask someone out to the prom. Life is normal, ordinary. However, Mickey lives in a world where there are chosen ones and superheroes, extraordinary people who are out there fighting the good fight and saving the world. But what about the people like Mickey who are just trying to live their lives, despite the zombies, apocalypse and strange blue lights.
I really enjoyed this book, especially the whole idea about it being about the kids who are not super heroes. You always get to hear the story of the superhero and not about the ones who are left facing the aftermath of whatever apocalypse it might be this week. The main characters are all questioning ‘what do they want to do?’ after graduating high school. Themes of OCD, anorexia and homosexuality are explored in this story.
This book is available as an eBook.
The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins (audiobook)
This novel tells the story of Olivia Sweetman, an academic who has worked hard to achieve a life she loves and public recognition for her work. During a visit to a museum she stumbles across a rare exhibit and immediately sees the potential for a ground breaking study. Olivia is fortunate enough to enlist the help of an unofficial research assistant, Vivian, and it seems as though Olivia’s career and reputation will continue to grow.
However, all is not as it seems and both women have secrets that will have a devastating impact on both their lives. This novel is about truth and lies examines in detail the relationship between the two women. It was also interesting to read a thriller set in the world of academia and the associated pressures that this placed on Olivia, in a world where reputation is everything. The two women are deeply flawed and it’s fascinating to watch this play out as the novel progresses.
Those People by Louise Candlish (audiobook)
Lowland Way is a suburban paradise – smart houses, wealthy occupants and like-minded people. The residents of the street feel very lucky indeed. That is until Darren Booth moves in. He love of cars and loud music, plus the building works at all hours, soon means that he is at war with the rest of the street. It doesn’t take long for the cracks in this particular paradise to show and before long there are public rows. Then the unthinkable happens and crime comes to Lowland Way. To the residents it’s obvious that it’s Darren Booth’s fault, but the police do not agree.
This novel is a real page turner and one that it’s hard to put down once you start! The portrayal of Lowland Way and its occupants is all too believable, and the way the author describes their reaction to what they see as an interloper is fascinating. The characters are all strong but interestingly not easy to like. At its heart the novel asks the question…how far would you go to protect your home?
Force of Nature by Jane Harper (audiobook)
A group of colleagues go into a remote area of the Australian bush for an overnight team building exercise…but one of them doesn’t come out. What makes this particularly concerning for Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk is that the Company they work for is at the heart of his latest case…and the missing woman was his whistleblower. As the investigation continues it becomes clear, however, that she wasn’t the only one with secrets to hide.
This novel is a fascinating examination of work colleagues – who are not necessarily friends – and what happens when their corporate world and the niceties of polite society are stripped away. How would any of us react when we’re faced with being alone in the wilderness, with no way to call for help, when we feel threatened?
The Beast of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams (audiobook) Written by a young reviewer
It’s gripping! The book is set in the future when there are no forests and the sun is covered with smoke. Prince Alfred is the person who can save the day by battling the King of the Beasts – the Griffin. He is very courageous! I would recommend this book to other children