After the success of 2015’s Reading Resolutions, we’re doing something slightly different this year. Instead of challenging ourselves and our users to read more books, use libraries more or clear out old and unwanted books (though those are still great things to do!) we are going to try and read more widely.
We asked people what one area of reading they’d really like to get round to this year, one they felt they hadn’t explored or pushed them outside their comfort zone.
This year, Information Store staff have said they want to read…
A book that has been adapted into a film or TV show – this is a really great way to get more out of a film you love, and you can join in the conversation when someone talks about the adaptation.
We recommend: Call the Midwife by Jenny Worth (BOOK ZONE 618.2)
A classic we’ve always meant to read – the idea of something being a ‘classic’ usually makes it seem scary, but classics often became popular because they were good reads to start with. Don’t be intimidated by their reputation!
We recommend: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (BOOK ZONE 823.91)
A book that has been banned in the past – banned books are often seen as threats to the status quo, and sometimes their banned status makes them infamous classics. When governments try to silence authors, sometimes that’s the best time to make sure their voices are heard.
We recommend: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (BOOK ZONE 823.91)
A book from another country – if you need inspiration for this one, try this blog, in which a reader challenged herself to read her way around the world, or this website designed to inspire international reading.
We recommend: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (BOOK ZONE 823.91)
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure – it’s easy to feel ashamed of our reading choices, but there’s no reason to. Choose something fun to read without guilt or pressure!
We recommend: anything from our ‘Readcation’ reading list, handpicked for a fun reading time
A book published in the last year – there are more books being published than ever, but they’re quite often relevant to current trends and have more diverse representations. Picking up something published more recently can also mean you can form your own opinion of it, because you haven’t read dozens of other people’s opinions.
We recommend: All That Glitters by Holly Smale, the latest in her Geek Girl series (QUICK READS 823.91)
A book that was originally published in another language – books in translation are becoming more and more common, as the English markets discover genres and trends in the fiction of other countries that appeal (like the Swedish Detective genre). And this can also give you a different perspective!
We recommend: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (BOOK ZONE 823.91)
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture – a lot of indigenous cultures haven’t had their voices recognised or widely publicised over the last century, but every year that changes a bit, and the more we make efforts to seek out literature or poetry by people from oppressed cultures, the quicker it happens. Leave your preconceptions at the door!
We recommend: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (QUICK READS 823.91)
A non-fiction book about science – loads of science writers have engaging styles that make hard subjects fun, and this can really expand your mind.
We recommend: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (BOOK ZONE 529)
The first book in a series by a person of colour – challenge the traditional bias in publishing and seek out books by writers of colour. Things might have improved over the last ten to twenty years, but we’ve still got a long way to go on representation.
We recommend: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (BOOK ZONE 823.91)
A book about religion – religion is a loaded subject right now, but learning more about a subject can help us empathise with people who have different views and beliefs from us. It’s worth making sure the author knows what they’re talking about, though!
We recommend: The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by James George Frazier (NORFOLK HOUSE 291)
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