My Top Ten: a selection of some great factual titles
As adult non-fiction buyer for Dublin City Libraries, a key part of my role is to comb through the staggering annual publishing output of new adult non-fiction releases, across all the genres, to pluck out the ‘gems’ among them, and ensure they are available for our library patrons.
Travel books that will give you serious wanderlust
Level 3 restrictions might make the world seem smaller but there are plenty of ways to scratch that travel itch without leaving your home. These books set around the world will tide you over until it's finally time to dust off your passport.
Humans have a thing called a learning bias. No matter how wise a saying is, we are much more apt to accept it as true if we trust the source. Not only that, but we're fascinated by ultimate truths that spur us into action.
Sometimes, we need a bit of help when it comes to choosing our next book especially as there's such a great selection of children's titles available these days. So, if you're aged between 11-13 and looking for inspiration, why not let yourself be guided by some of the choices from Ballymun library children's book club?
As the evenings grow dark and wind grows chill, your body may be craving to snuggle down, eat crisps and drink hot chocolate and your reading radar may wish to fall in with your body and crave a comfort read. The Danes have a cultural phenomenon for this reaction to oncoming winter and they call it Hygge, which literally translates as “to give courage, comfort and joy”.
“ Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me”
So begins this dark, suspenseful novel. From the beginning we are drawn through the iron gates of Manderley and down the drive towards this great house. We accompany the young heroine who is never given a name other than the second Mrs De Winter. Through her eyes we see the world of the first Mrs De Winter, the beautiful and accomplished Rebecca.
‘For the sake of your sanity, pray it isn’t true!’ (‘Legend of Hell House’ film poster tagline) Working from home may have its benefits – no commute, ‘walking to work’ in the local park, actual tea and lunch breaks away from the desk, heating and ventilation to order.