Category Archives: Virtual Reading Group
December reading suggestion: The Old Ways by Robert MacFarlane

This month we’re going to tackle travel writing – of the sort that’s firmly embedded in the English countryside, and has quite a good local angle too.

November reading suggestion: TS Eliot Prize 2012 shortlist

This month, a year after we first started publishing monthly reading suggestions, we’re branching out into something new – poetry. If you’ve ever fancied expanding the range of what you read, this is the perfect opportunity.

Event report: The first ever We ♥ Libraries social

Earlier this month We ♥ Libraries held its first-ever social event at David’s Bookshop in Letchworth. The idea was for like-minded book-lovers to meet up for tea, cake and recommendations – and an excellent evening was had by all involved.

October reading suggestion: Why be happy when you could be normal by Jeanette Winterson

This is a memoir with a difference – for the simple reason that we’ve already been given a partial insight into its contents in a fictional account from the same author written 30 years previously. How much more there was to tell only becomes clear when you read this volume – which she has referred to as the novel’s “silent twin”.

September reading suggestion: Master and God by Lindsey Davis

Fans of Lindsey Davis, best-known as a writer of hard-boiled detective fiction set in ancient Rome during the rule of the Flavian dynasty, have been in for a traumatic time recently.

August reading suggestion: The Crimson Rooms by Katharine McMahon

It’s August and therefore the perfect time to discover a bit of meaty summer reading. This month we recommend taking a look at The Crimson Rooms, a title by Katharine McMahon, the Hertfordshire-based author who recently gave a talk about her work at Hitchin Library.

July reading suggestion: Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James

Being the modern-day Queen of Crime is a double-edged sword. With a publication history as long and distinguished as that belonging to Baroness James, readers have come to expect certain things. Thoughtful crime novels featuring the poet and detective Adam Dalgliesh, for one.

June reading suggestion: Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Case Histories is that great thing, a genre novel that transcends its genre to produce something complex and challenging but still eminently readable.

May reading suggestion: The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

John Berendt is an author who deals in contradictions. His work is non-fiction but reads as fluidly, and often seems as outrageously fanciful, as any novel. He wrote a bestseller that spent four years on the New York Times list – and then stopped publishing after writing just one more book.

April reading suggestion: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Our April reading suggestion is a first novel that is attracting an awful lot of interest at the moment – the story of a man whose soporific retirement is interrupted by a bombshell of a letter that sends him off on a life-changing journey.