2022 reading – your recommendations

By Dawn Robinson-Walsh:

As anyone who knows me is aware, I’m an avid reader, and I have nothing but praise for Bude Library, which kept (and still keeps) me furnished with books during the pandemic. One thing I love about the library is accessing new, hardback fiction, something I don’t usually buy. What a treat! Also, in some cases, such as the recent ‘Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym’ by Paula Byrne, non-fiction.

My way of deciding what to read is to read about book recommendations/reviews, then order from the library online (unless it is one I might want to keep, such as classics or most works of non-fiction) and collect them from the foyer when ready. It is all so simple.

Now, while people are encouraged to return books on time, you can extend your lending online or via an app, and even if you are a bit late, there are no fines. I end up with several books in my possession at a time because the library is a drive away. I prioritise my reading based on whether someone else has reserved a title and then on date of return order. It seems to work.

I’m well aware that books I like might not be everyone’s choice, so I asked for recommendations on the Bude & Beyond Facebook page. All came from women. According to Prof Helen Taylor, 80% of fiction is bought by women, and more women than men are members of libraries and book clubs/groups.

So, the list predominantly may appeal to female readers but any men are more than welcome to add their suggestions.

Here are your recommendations (just in the order I read them on the FB post):

  • I Do Not Sleep – Judy Finnigan, based in Cornwall. – from Suzanne Richards
  • Any of Kate Morton’s books – from Jade Weston
  • Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell – from Caroline Chappell (I’ve read this one and agree it is worth reading)
  • The Midnight Library – Matt Haig – from Maria Sturt (also read this and enjoyed it)
  • Lady of Hay – Barbara Erskine – from Tracy Sankey
  • A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman – from Kymble Eldridge, librarian (also read this one and found it worthwhile)
  • Simon Serrailer Series – Susan Hill – from Lorraine Sarah
  • A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness – from Emms Lowe
  • Any of the Phil Rickman books. Beautifully written and fascinating subjects – from Dee Davenport
  • Eve of Man and The Eve Illusion – Tom and Giovanna Fletcher – Sophie Dart
  • The Outrun – Amy Liptrot – Gloria Bardell
  • Birdsong is a very moving and beautifully written book – Sebastian Faulks – Tracey Robinson (agree, one of my favourites)
  • Any book by Dorothy Whipple – Eve O’Mahony
  • The Saltpath – Raynor Winn – Laura Mason
  • Lucinda Riley spins a great story – Carol Miesner

What are you waiting for?


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