Keep On Reading

(or listening)

Well, 2020 was quite the year wasn’t it! If you are visiting here from the future ask your AI assistant to tell you about the Covid-19 pandemic.

I started 2021 by changing jobs. Well, I should have, but I contracted Covid myself over the school holidays, and couldn’t start my new job until my quarantine ended.

Once I eventually started my new job it felt very strange to be working in a school library where there were no students; so no borrowing, no library lessons, no supporting research, no opportunity to chat about books and reading.

What it did do was give me the opportunity to get to know the wonderful collection curated by my predecessor, learn about the many systems that all libraries and schools use now, and to start making plans for the future.

So with World Book Day on the 4th March, and CILIP Carnegie Shadowing starting soon I need to stop writing and get on with my reading!

I’m really looking forward to meeting you all soon.

Ms Varga, School Librarian

My recent or current reads (or listens – YES audiobooks count!) are:

  • A Kind of Spark – Elle McNicoll
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London – Garth Nix
  • The Stranger Times – C.K. McDonnell
  • Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell
  • The Black Flamingo – Dean Atta
  • The Soup Movement – Ben Davis
  • Butterflies in November – Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Brian FitzGibbon (Tr.)
  • Frankkissstein – Jeanette Winterson
  • The Last Family in England – Matt Haig (audio)
  • Come Again – Robert Webb (audio)
  • The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae – Stephanie Butland (audio)
  • What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty (audio)
  • The Foundling – Stacey Halls (audio

Many titles were borrowed via the Borrowbox App from Warwickshire or Worcestershire Libraries – support your Public Library services they are AMAZING!

I am looking forward to discussing books choices and how sometimes reading outside our comfort zone can be really beneficial to us and often leads us to a genre or author that we now love, but would never normally have read.

“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” Ben Okri, Nigerian Poet and novelist.

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Published by shakespeareslibrarian

A school librarian for nearly 5 years now. I took a meandering path to get here, but every day I discover afresh just how wonderful this job is! Another awesome discovery is the supportive, enthusiastic and kind world of authors, publishers and other librarians online and on social media. "That book was brilliant, do you have another one like it Miss" is my favourite phrase to hear.

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