What the librarians are reading: Books we recommend! Part 2
Stumped for your next read? Curious what the book professionals are reading? Look no further! Here’s a peek into what the staff here at Edinburgh Napier University Library (ENULibrary) have been reading over the last year.
Check out recommended books from all genres and Interests (we are a diverse lot!) Some are available right here at the Library. For the books we don’t have, why not try your local library? Edinburgh City Libraries have a huge selection of books and we love supporting them.
The Book Reviews
“A tale for the time being” by Ruth Ozeki
“Intricately interwoven plots, fascinating settings in British Columbia and Japan, full of ideas, touching and thought-provoking, shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. ”
“Extremely loud & incredibly close” by Jonathan Safran Foer
“This deals with difficult themes but is full of humour and zaniness, and very well-written. ”
“The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman
“A quick entertaining read certainly. “
“Vicious ” by V.E. Schwab
“If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? Invisibility? Immortality? You might want to reconsider your options after reading Vicious, a smart, witty take on the superpower/superhero genre. This is a grown-up page-turner with plot twists and snappy dialogue throughout, and it’s all shot through with deliciously macabre humour. V.E. Schwab is an American author who lives in Edinburgh. We’re lucky to have her.
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“The Fair Botanists” By Sara Sheridan
“Set in 1822 Enlightenment Edinburgh at the time of the impending visit by King George 1V to the city and the move of the Botanical Garden from Leith Walk to where it is now at Inverleith. Sir Walter Scott who was responsible for organising the King’s visit features as does the rare flowering of the Agave Americana in one of the Botanics glasshouses. The story follows the twists and turns of the lives of the 2 main female characters Elizabeth Rocheid who arrived in the city after the death of her husband and the enigmatic Belle Brodie. I enjoyed this book as it was based in Edinburgh and I recognised all the places it mentioned, the historical and botanical references were also really interesting .”
“On Starlit Seas” By Sara Sheridan
Historical novel set in Georgian times, based around the true character, recently widowed author Maria Graham. She’s been used to travelling around South America with her husband but now she must make to the journey back to England to visit her publisher. She books a place on a ship bound for Bristol captained by Captain James Henderson a roguish smuggler. For those who love chocolate, the story is woven around the consumption of chocolate and the Fry family of Bristol are characters in the novel!
Why not check out our previous installment of “What the Librarians are reading books we recommend”.