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5 Things You can Borrow from Libraries


This week in the UK is Libraries Week, the first one ever! If you think of libraries, you might think it’s just a place where you can borrow the latest fiction. But libraries are so much more. Here are five things that you can borrow from libraries:


Let’s face it, cookbooks are expensive and sometimes you want it only to see a couple of recipes. That’s where libraries can help. Most libraries services will stock a large array of cookbooks, from baking to pub grub to seasonal food. So if you’re looking for a bit of culinary inspiration, get to your local library!

Comics/Graphic Novels:

Like cookbooks, comics and graphic novels can be an expensive affair, especially if you’re into Marvel or DC. It’s lucky that many libraries now stock them, but you won’t just find your traditional superhero comics there. Libraries also stock a wide range of genres and stories. Whatever you interests, you can guarantee there’s a graphic novel out there to suit your needs.

Health Resources:

Finding out that you or a loved one has a life-altering health condition can be hard. Libraries are dedicated to supplying much needed help during difficult times. They stock a wealth of information about different health conditions that can make things feel less overwhelming. Also, libraries stock books about mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, and general wellbeing through Books on Perscription .

TV boxsets and films:

Is that TV series you want to watch not on Netflix? Don’t want to buy the whole boxset only to watch it once? Then maybe head over to your local library. Libraries will rent out popular TV series for a reasonable price (usually no more than 3 pounds). The same goes for those pesky films that never appear on streaming channels. If it’s popular, make sure to get in there quickly. When I worked in a public library, I remember seeing over 50 reservations on the most recent series of Game of Thrones!

eBook and eAudiobooks:

Libraries don’t just let you borrow physical books, they let you borrow electronic ones too. Most libraries will provide a platform for you to be able to listen or read books on your phone, tablet or computer. That can come in handy if you’re going on holiday and don’t want to take several books in your luggage.

Libraries are great places where you can borrow a diverse range of resources. So this Libraries Week, get down to your local library and see what you can find!


Book reviews

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

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Borrow from: UK Libraries

Summary: Severin Unck’s father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father’s films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe.

But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony’s last survivor, Severin will never return (taken from Goodreads.)

Note: The summary above is a little misleading as most of the book centers around the early/mid-20th century.

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Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

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Borrow from: UK Libraries

Summary: Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat. . . .

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart. . . .

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure (taken from Goodreads).

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Five things: Stories I would like to see adapted, but will probably never happen…

I recently found out that one of my favourite books as a child, Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve, was being adapted for the screen. Mortal Engines is the first book in a quartet. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where cities are moving and chase each other, trying to capture the other for their resources. I knew the rights had been sold several years ago, but nothing ever happened. Then, recently, I heard about casting news and that filming was scheduled for March 2017. Que me jumping for joy.

This made me think, what other great stories would I like to see adapted for screen or TV: Continue reading “Five things: Stories I would like to see adapted, but will probably never happen…”

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Un Lun Dun by China Miéville

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Borrow: UK Libraries

Summary: Stumbling through a secret entrance, Zanna and Deeba enter the strange wonderful wonderland of UnLondon. Here all the lost and broken things of London end up, and some of its people too – including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas, and Hemi the half-ghost boy.

But the girls have arrived at a dangerous time. UnLondon is a place where the words are alive, where the jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, where carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets…and a sinister cloud called Smog is bent on destruction. It’s a frightened city in need of a hero… Continue reading “Un Lun Dun by China Miéville”