staff picks

If you like it dark...fiction reviews for the brave

book titleIf you like odd, dark fiction – and I mean really dark – here are some titles you may have overlooked. The best horror stories share at least five elements in common: They explore 'malevolent' or 'wicked' characters, deeds or phenomena. They arouse feelings of fear, shock or disgust as well as the sense of the uncanny – things are not what they seem. There is a heightened sense of the unknown and/or mysterious..

Witchy women on BorrowBox

witchLately there have been a number of books with witchy themes. Not so much the pointy hat black cat and broom toting middle aged spinster toiling over a cauldron witch. But women who are different, the outsider who does not conform, the outcast who does not comply, and are therefore a danger. Women perceived to be subversive and confrontational just for showing intellect and independence, for having a connect to nature and old traditions.

Historical Fiction eAudiobooks

globeWhat is the special appeal of historical fiction? I know that for me it offers an extra layer of escapism and storytelling that is one of the reasons I love to read. History already has all the best storylines and drama! I am a recent convert to eAudiobooks – the BorrowBox app is easy to use, all you need to do is log on with your library card and pin, download and listen. I can’t imagine any greater luxury at the moment than to just sit, listen and be entertained.

The Deep South

mapMore great recommendations from our colleague Lara in Phibsboro Library. History defines the Deep South as the original seven states of Confederacy, although the term was first used long after the Civil War ended. Before the war, the region was known as the “Lower South" and included Georgia, Florida, northern Alabama, North Louisiana, East Texas, and Mississippi. The term "Deep South" is defined in a variety of ways: most definitions include the states Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

One step at a time

feetFor most of us, our world has temporarily shrunk to the four walls around us, and the streets and roads of our locality. As someone who loves to walk - on the beach, up a mountain, through the woods – I feel the loss of this freedom. I spoke to a good friend yesterday who lives in a cottage in rural Sligo.  She can no longer visit the sea to swim and has taken to submerging herself in a container of icy water instead. It’s a poor substitute but it’s keeping her sane.

Three Borrowbox Recommendations

book titleThree book recommendations from our colleagues that may whet the appetite in these strange days. Grapple with James Joyce, or dip in and out. I'm doing that! What have you got to lose? A ghost story that is good any time of the year. Sure some of us are having Jaffa Cakes for breakfast. And a novel that teaches us about the importance of human relationships. We all understand that now with social distancing and lockdown. Just some ideas to be getting on with. All you need is your Dublin City Library card and PIN and off you go...

Pick up some Poetry!

crowsBorrowBox has a great range of all kinds of different eBooks and eAudiobooks. Jessica from Cabra library is going to be picking out some poetry for us to listen to. All you need to access BorrowBox is your library card and PIN. There is no better way to experience poetry and the power of language and words than hearing it spoken aloud.

Here are some of her favourite poetry eAudiobooks:

Lost in the stacks online: Short fiction, essays and articles via RB Digital

logoWelcome to the twelfth entry of our blog series 'Lost in the Stacks' - with recommendations by Dublin City Libraries staff. Submitted by Jessica in Cabra Library. An unexpected problem: what to read when reading a whole book suddenly seems too difficult and exhausting to even consider? Books aren’t really happening for me at the moment – a problem of both focus (lack of) and attention span (nonexistent). I find myself endlessly scrolling on my phone, half an eye on the TV. I am mired in ongoing group chats, family chats and the insidious addictive nature of clicking in and out of news websites for constant updates.

Time to unravel - online knitting and crochet resources

knittingTake a moment to have a look at all our great online knitting and crochet resources. Delve in for concise tutorials, how-to guides from experts and designers, and beautiful patterns for clothes, toys and accessories. You’ll find projects suitable for people of all ages and abilities, from knit novices to old hands. Our library e-resources are full of options to get you started, and best of all, they’re free. Submitted by Betty from Cabra Library. Betty has a number of crochet projects on the go, and is currently reading ‘Why Women Read Fiction’ by Helen Taylor.

Mystery reads on BorrowBox

detecti veIf you like a good detective story and are a fan of books like the Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens check these titles out, recommended for you by our colleague Veronica. Detective fiction is a sub-genre of crime and mystery fiction in which an investigator (often a detective), either professional or amateur, investigates a crime, often murder.