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It’s Read a Book Day, so settle down and pick up a book

Read a Book

It’s Read A Book Day, so find a comfy corner and open the pages.

As Awareness Days go, Read a Book Day is a bit hazy.  No one seems to know what it’s origins are.  And whether it’s “official” in any way shape or form, we don’t know.  But when have we needed official to pick up a book?

It’s so easy these days to switch on the telly, or download a film, or watch something on Youtube.  We love all that – even the inane crud – but there’s nothing like a good book.

Books Make You Better

Books switch on the imagination.  You can get lost in them in.  You can be inspired by them.  Learn from them.  Change your perspective on the world.

 “A Book Is Unique. Sure, every person who picks up a copy of the same book is going to read the same plot, but thanks to the powers of our respective imaginations, while I might picture purple trees, you might picture gray. While I might picture Michael Keaton as the leading man, you might picture Gerard Butler. When you read, you engage with your inner life in a way you can’t with television.”  Rebecca Jane Stockes at Barnes and Noble

Books works on your brain in a different way to films or TV dramas.  They develop your imagination.  And also your Theory of Mind.  That’s the ability to attribute mental states, beliefs, emotions, desires, knowledge, to others people.  In films, that’s all done for you.  In books you do that for all the characters.  Books make you a better person.  Can’t say fairer than that.  Read a book today!


Read a Book

Ten Reasons to Turn of the Screen and Read a Book

A day spent reading is never a wasted day

You can get lost in a different world

It will switch on your imagination.

You can learn something new

It’s free (some libraries even have ebooks to download so you don’t even have to leave your sofa!)

All you need is a comfy chair and enough light to see by.

There are thousands and thousands of titles and subjects and stories.

A re-read of a book is a hundred times better than a repeat view of a TV show.

You can do it in bed, on the bus, under a tree, at the kitchen table, on the beach, at your desk, and you can’t say that about everything.








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Books For the Beach: Got Your Holiday Reading Sorted?

Holiday Reading

What’s your holiday reading?  What sort of book do you like for the beach?  Raunchy ? Romantic and escapist? Murder and mystery? Funny? Or something a bit more highbrow and cultured?

We asked around our friends and customers for some recommendations.  They’ve given us romantic family sagas, cyber-sex, scifi-mystery mashup, crime thrillers and easy reads.  Try them and let us know what you think.

The Raunchy

Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1) and Fast Connection (Cyberlove#2) by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Louise says: “First two in a series, they’re pretty good.” 

From the blurb of Fast Connection: “Nicky has just left the military. All eight years in the military had changed Dominic. He is not the same Dominic, now being more mature and responsible. Forced by circumstance he moves in his parents’ basement and works at his father’s bagel shop. He spends his days trying to figure out what to do with his life, what career to pursue next. He also tries to figure out how to deal with his bisexuality.”

The Romantic

The Japanese Lover by Isabelle Allende

Bea says: “I like something not too deathly serious, but with a meat to it.  Would have been perfect for the beach, had I actually been to the beach.”

From the blurb: Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to reconcile her own troubled past, meets the older woman and her grandson, Seth, at Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, and learn about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.

Holiday Reading

The Mystery SiFi Mashup


Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Janet says: “The rivers of London series is funny, a bit dark, and sifi’y”

From the blurb: “My name is Peter Grant…. One night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable…”

The Thriller

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of A Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Cal says: “Lovely easy to read book.  Perfect holiday reading.”

From the blurb: “Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . . Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan’s earlier life is revealed. A life in which – remarkably – he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.”

Holiday Reading


Summer at Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond

Nina says: “If you want something light and funny try Lucy Diamond”

From the blurb: “A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two – who could ask for more? But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband’s recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Then she makes a shocking discovery that turns her world upside down.”

The Detective

The Complaints by Ian Rankin

Barbara says: “I love everything Ian Rankin writes.  This one’s a real page turner.”

From the blurb: “There’s a cop called Jamie Breck, and he’s dirty. Problem is, no one can prove it. But as Fox takes on the job, he learns that there’s more to Breck than anyone thinks. This knowledge will prove dangerous, especially when murder intervenes.”

Holiday Reading


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