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After a quick read?

There are many reasons why students ask for something quick and easy to read. Maybe they’ve only got time to fit in a short novel around their study committments, maybe they want to relax, or maybe reading a big heavy book just isn’t their thing. 

The latest addition to the St Cath’s Reading Inspiration website is the Quick Reads page.  Here, you’ll find a list of books that are fairly short, and in which the language isn’t too tricky.  They’re perfect for students who find reading a bit of a struggle or students who want something quick to read while they’re on the go.

Try one today!

Happy reading, Ms White 🙂

Holiday Reading

It’s almost holidays! This one’s a three weeker, so don’t forget to come on into the library and pick up a few books to read.  We’ve got heaps of new titles just in, so there’s lots to choose from.  And don’t forget that the library closes at 1 o’clock tomorrow, so there’s not much borrowing time left!

Happy holidays everyone, and happy reading…

Ms White 🙂

Book Week 2011

The theme for Book Week this year is ‘One World, Many Stories’.  I like this theme, as it encourages us to take a look at novels about different people, different cultures and different places.  Book Week is officially happening from 20th – 26th August, and the Nicholas Library will have a variety of activities happening for you to get involved in.

As always, we’ll be displaying the shortlist for the Book of the Year (Older Readers), as well as the ‘Notable’ books.  The ‘Notables’ are the books that didn’t quite make the short list, but are worth commending.  This year, the shortlist consists of the following books:

 

Read any of the shortlisted books? Let us know which one you think will win – post a comment below!

The Reading wiki has become a website!

We’ve always had the St Catherine’s reading wiki to point you in the right direction of what to read next.  Well, that reading wiki has morphed into a proper website!  Now, it’s easier than ever to find a list of books from a genre that interests you – and the best part is that they’ll all be available from the St Cath’s library!  Some of the genres include: Fantasy, Chick Lit, Sad Books, Holocaust Novels, Novels about Survival, and many more!

Click on the picture below to check it out!

The blog has a new look!

You’ll notice that the St Cath’s book blog has a new look! Tell us what you think by voting in the poll below or leave a comment!

Welcome Back!

Welcome to Term Two everyone!

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday – read anything good? I read quite a lot over the hols, mostly because I was laid up with a sore knee and couldn’t go anywhere.  I read a great selection of novels – some old, some new, some exciting and some a little weird.  I’m going to start the term by reviewing a book that’s a little bit kooky, called ‘The Three Loves of Persimmon’ by Cassandra Golds.

Much to her family’s disappointment (they’re vegetable people, and disapprove of her whimsical love of flowers), Persimmon owns and runs a flower shop in a bustling underground train station.  While she is very happy to be running a shop and indulging her love of flowers, Persimmon wishes for a friend.  All she has is Rose, a talking ornamental cabbage, and letters from her dead clairvoyant Great-Aunt, both encouraging (and sometimes discouraging)Persimmon in her journey to find friendship and true love.  Alongside this is the story of Epiphany, a mouse from Platform One who, like Persimmon, has dreams of a better life.

‘The Three Loves of Persimmon’ is quite unique and a little left of centre.  If you’re able to suspend your disbelief and accept that plants can talk, that animals can be your friend, and that true love exists in the strangest of places, you’ll like this story.  Golds gives all her characters a real personality, whether they be a matriarchal mouse in a boudoir, or a cockney fun loving weed that grows through the cracks of the train station wall.

This story won’t be for everyone (some people will find it just a little TOO weird), but I found I really enjoyed its kookiness and the gentleness with which the story is told.  In many ways, it’s a little bit like a fairy tale.  This is a novel that would be enjoyed by an Senior student, but I would particularly recommend it for Year Sevens and Eights.

Don’t forget to return those holiday loans!

Ms White 🙂