Happy World Book Day and book lists from your absent Librarian
How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen (non-fiction)Notes: Reading lists of some of the author's favorite books accompany her thoughts on the role of books and reading in her life.
The Paris Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe (Mystery)Notes: Three mysteries in one book following the great detective Auguste Dupin. ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of Marie Rogêt’ and ‘The Purloined Letter’. Wonderful classics, beautifully written and despite these being macabre stories, they are detailed in such a gentle way. If you like the classics, you’ll love this.
Thinking in Numbers by Daniel Tammet (non-fiction)Notes: Thinking in Numbers is unprecedented: a pitch-perfect duet between mathematics and literature. Mathematics, Tammet says, is illimitable. It is a language through which the human imagination expresses itself. Presumably this means mathematics has, or deserves, a greater sense of distinct literature. In Tammet, it already has a laureate.
The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel (Science Fiction)Notes: The bestselling author returns with this tale about the relationship between a New York financier, his waiter lover, a threatening note and a mysterious disappearance.
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson (Historical Biography)Notes: What Larson brilliantly provides are the finer details of the effects on England as he focuses on the family and home of its dynamic, idiosyncratic, and indefatigable leader. Larson’s skill at integrating vast research and talent for capturing compelling human dramas culminate in an inspirational portrait of one of history’s finest, most fearless leaders.
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (Realistic Fiction)Notes: A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women in one Chinese immigrant family.
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson (Thriller)Notes: A wicked thriller that does not disappoint. Another gem that pulls the reader in and never lets go, even as the story comes to a close. This is a book that will keep you up at night and haunt your thoughts. A fun, chilling read.
Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon (Historical Fiction)Notes: Yoon again exemplifies his unparalleled ability to create a quietly spectacular narrative that reveals the unfathomable worst and unwavering best of humanity; the result here provides mesmerising gratification. and finally…
Quarantine by Alison Bashford (non-fiction… or is it??)Notes: An international cast of leading experts examine the enduring historical problems of migration and mobility, segregation, prevention and protection by states with different interests in freedoms, health and commerce.
Reading suggestions for Senior School pupils
Station Eleven by Emily St John MandelNotes: Visually stunning, dreamily atmospheric and impressively gripping. Station Eleven is not so much about apocalypse as about memory and loss, nostalgia and yearning; the effort of art to deepen our fleeting impressions of the world and bolster our solitude.
The Kingdom of Back by Marie LuNotes: A beautifully composed historical fantasy that will enthrall readers, especially those with music in their hearts.
When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacdonaldNotes: A sweet, funny, dark, rollercoaster ride of a book, about two unforgettable siblings trying to help each other grow up. Zelda is an entirely original character, a young woman with a cognitive disability, trying hard to navigate life on her own terms. But it’s her loving thug of a brother, Gert, that stole my heart. A wonderful book that’s less a novel than a movement, proving we can all be heroes of our own stories.
Flyaway by Kathleen JenningsNotes: A fairytale wrapped about in riddles and other thorny bits of enchantments and stories, but none of them quite like any you've heard before. Kathleen Jennings' prose dazzles, and her magic feels real enough that you might even prick your finger on it. More relevant articles : Developing a love of reading | Tips from Wellington bookworms Priceless stories | World Book Day 2019 Marcus Dilly brings World of Wonder back to Wellington We are Wellington | Learning to love and respect books