Favourite books in 2015

06/05/2015

New books Term 2 2015The library has stocked a large number of new books from award-winning to best-sellers and most popular on Goodreads and LibraryThing and it is a good idea to reserve one of these if you want to read them as they are usually out. Yet the most popular in 2015 are not new.

Top Twenty

  • Paul Jenning‘s “Uncanny” and “Don’t look now” are both in the top 20 as they are great humorous stories.
  • The Last Thirteen series is next. It is a fast-paced thriller with short chapters.
  • Popular as ever Jacqueline Wilson‘s books in particular “Lily alone” and “Queenie”
  • 5 books of the Robert Muchamore Cherub series are in the top twenty. There are 46 books by this author in the library and usually very few on the shelves… Ask the librarian to reserve the book you need.
  • Night Vision is 5th and has a long reserve list.  So if you are having one of the 3 copies, please read it fast and return it promptly!
  • Tom Gates has rocketed up the list, now in 6th Position. It’s funny, it’s easy, go for it!
  • Bear Grylls adventures (with real survival details!) are riding up.
  • Brilliant, the 3rd in Rachel Vail series, great for girls year 9 – 10 as other books by Sarah Dessen, Ann Brashares or Louise Rennison.
  • Where she went, by Gayle Forman is successful in the wake of the film as other books (and films) by John Green (The Fault in our Stars) or Lauren Oliver (Panic).
  • And twentieth on our most popular list this year is War Horse by hugely popular author Michael Morpurgo, one of the many novels about World War One.

 


Celebrate the Cricket world cup and read…

16/02/2015

Cricket displayTo celebrate the Cricket world cup, the library has a new display to encourage reading about sport, or anything else.

Check out the Tournament results and borrow up to 4 books.

The start of the year is a great time to set habits so get the reading bug!


Holiday reading

10/12/2014

Holidays are a great time to read. Time at last! However, all the library books have to be back to the library to be stock taken and are not available over the summer.

Instead, visit the town library and find a book to enjoy from their great collection. And sign up to the Summer reading challenge, from the 19th December. Prizes to win!

Or use our online ebook library. There are now 150 ebooks readable on any device, for all ages and interests, free for our students and staff.

Christchurch City Libraries publishes lists of recommended holiday reading.

Enjoy reading! Enjoy your holidays!


What a term!

25/09/2014

After the Favourite Book Festival running all August, the library is well decorated with colourful garlands and lots of Favourite Books recommendations.

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There was then an Ancient Civilization display and New Revision Guides. The Picture books have been rearranged, the Knowledge area shelves have been extended and re-labelled. And lots of new books have been added to the fiction collection as always.

We often had two classes using the library at the same time which works well as there are three distinct spaces in the library. The Holiday Reading Packs have had an unprecedented success, finishing the term like a rocket!

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Book your Holiday Reading Pack

15/09/2014

Spring_holiday_reading_packWhat do you do during the holidays? Bike – Read – Socialize – Read – Contemplate – Read – Play – Read – Climb – Read…

Get a Holiday Reading Pack containing 10 books specially chosen for you.

Advantages of reading for pleasure:

  • Perfect brain gym
  • Perfect relaxation between stints of revisions and sporting activities
  • Proven improvement of your study skills (see a previous article “Reading is good for you”)
  • You’ll never be bored.

Fill in the form below by Wednesday 24th Sept and the librarian will deliver your Holiday Reading Pack to you in class on the last day of the term.

Too late now ! Sorry.

The offer will be on again before autumn holidays next year…


What to read next?

12/09/2014

So you really like a series or a book? Travel the literature map to find similar authors.

Lit_map

Click here and enter your favourite author’s name…

The results spring like this and you can click on an author to seek further…

GNOD also offers to explore the world of Music, Art and Movies. Gnod is an artificial intelligence self-learning system that will lead you to find things you don’t even know they exist… Great to explore!


Top Tens

09/09/2014

I recently found a good list of Top Ten Books for teens on The Guardian website. Written by famous authors of the genres, they give a good overview. The library has many of the books listed and can get them on demand.

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MACLIC Top Ten in 2014 are:

  • The Recruit by Robert Muchamore,
  • The Hunger games by Suzanne Collins,
  • Geek girl by Holly Smale
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Maximum security by Robert Muchamore,
  • Then by Morris Gleitzman,
  • Lily alone by Jacqueline Wilson,
  • Best friends by Jacqueline Wilson,
  • Catching fire by Suzanne Collins,
  • Running wild by Michael Morpurgo.

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