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Vote for books new booksReading for study and development is probably taking over most of our time in and outside of college. Yet we wanted to let you know about the new books available that might not directly go into essays, lessons or CVs but help in other ways by taking our mind of things and being inspiring.

At the beginning of the year we had a vote on the VLE about which of the best books of 2014 to order in for our library. So your voices have been heard and here is a selection of the new offerings in biography/fiction:

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald.

Penelope Fitzgerald: a life by Hermione Lee.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

Next we are looking at mind-boosting books. Which you would like to see in the LRC?

This year the books on the list were chosen by people who are affected by cancer who found them good reads in difficult times.

I have picked up The Humans, which I find is a humorous addition to my train journeys. You can suggest your own mind-boosting books on social media by adding the #moodboosting to the public status update or tweet. For example, I found the memoir Love with a Chance of Drowning when it was first published after reading Torre de Roche’s blog. She really is an inspiring and down-to-earth woman whose adventures at sea took me out of everyday life and gave me back my propensity to dream.

There is also other books shortlisted for awards that would be great for the LRC. There’s the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction for instance. Let us know what you think of any of these possible books to buy by commenting, email, on Twitter or Facebook or in person.

Have a good bank holiday weekend!

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A 'stair' of booksThe Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction organisers ran a poll from May 2014 to find out which novel written by a woman had had the greatest influence on women readers. The readers who were surveyed were selected as being influential women themselves; ranging from Jennifer Saunders, Sandi Toksvig to Kate Mosse. Discover more about the women selected on the #ThisBook website.

They ran the poll using the hashtag #ThisBook on Twitter. Top of the list was the ever popular Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird and with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood in second place followed by Jane Eyre by Chalotte Bronte.

Find out what else is on the list to start your summer reading on the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction’s #ThisBook Campaign page.

To link up with the top three we have two of these on DVD for loan through our library:

To Kill a Mocking Bird directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck and John Megna

Jane Eyre directed by Susanna White starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens

Our lucky Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Science students are set to read Jane Eyre this coming academic year 2014/15.

Bailey Women's Prize for Fiction booksWe added one more book from the the Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction nominees to our shelves this week:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Take a look at the shortlisted books as a reminder. We’ve already added this one by Jnumpa Lahiri to our collection from the shortlist:

The Lowland by Jnumpa Lahiri

and from the longlist:

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto

We also submitted some of our students for the national prize draw for completing the 2014 Six Book Challenge. Our students could win a free weekend trip to London with a friend or Kobo ereaders. Visit the Reading Agency’s About the Six Book Challenge to discover what it entails.

If you’re like our students and just getting back into reading the Reading Agency’s Find a Read page is handy for choosing books that interest you to suit your reading level.

Voting form for World Book NightAt our World Book Night event on 23 April we got our students voting for some the latest pieces of fiction by women writers. The list included:

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto

The Hen who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason

Love, Nina: Dispatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe

We’re adding these to our fiction collection over the summer. We’ll be also looking at ordering from the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist:

Americanah by Chimamanda  Ngozi Adiche

The Lowland by Jnumpa Lahiri

Burial Rights by Hannah Kent.

 


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