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Chichester District Libraries Reading Challenge Chichester District Libraries Reading Challenge

Chichester District Libraries Reading Challenge 2022

Join us in making twelve reading resolutions that we hope will inspire you, challenge you and connect you to fellow readers in Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth, Selsey, Southbourne, The Witterings and surrounding areas.

Fully Booked video reviews Fully Booked video reviews

"Fully Booked" is our series of book recommendations from staff in the Library Service. Keep an eye out on Social Media and here for the increasing number of recommendations!


See the complete Fully Booked playlist on YouTube.



PressReader PressReader

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PressReader provides access to over 7000 newspapers and magazines and is available free with your library membership.


PressReader includes these national newspapers:


  • The Guardian
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • Daily Mail
  • Daily Express
  • Independent


For guidance to downloading and using PressReader, see our eNewspapers helpsheet.

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Black Stories Matter booklist Black Stories Matter booklist

We’ve put together a Black Stories Matter booklist of excellent fiction and non-fiction titles that we have in stock or have recently added to our collection. Many of the titles are also available to download via our eLibrary.


If you need help accessing our digital content, our digital support page may help.  If there are any titles that you would like to see recommended or that you think we have missed, please contact us

The Novels That Shaped Our World The Novels That Shaped Our World

As part of the BBC Novels That Shaped Our World campaign, we held events throughout February 2021 with three bestselling authors, to talk to them about the books that have inspired and influenced them and the role that reading has played in their lives.




Elly Griffiths' recommended books.






Isabel Ashdown's recommended books.







Jane Lythell's recommendations.



My Favourite Book - Sussex newspapers My Favourite Book - Sussex newspapers

Missed any of our My Favourite Book articles in your local paper? Read them here:


Rebecca Robertson – And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie

Samantha Kimber - Chocolat / Joanne Harris

Tom Batten - High Fidelity / Nick Hornby

Holly Burrell - The Blind Assassin / Margaret Atwood

Steph Fuller - The Martian / Andy Weir

Kirsty Franks - Perfume / Patrick Süskind

Sarah Brand - Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times / Edited by Neil Astley

Graeme Page - Tess of the d’Urbervilles / Thomas Hardy

Susan Whitington – Atonement/Ian McEwan

Amy Potts Belgarath (and its sequel) Polgara / David and Leigh Eddings

Amanda Martin The Girl with Seven Names / Hyeonseo Lee

Rachel Willmer - Jamaica Inn / Daphne du Maurier

Sam White - Magician / Raymond E. Feist

Kathryn Gallop How Not To Be a Boy / Robert Webb

Hannah RelfeMoonshine / Christina Jones

Jackie MannersCider With Rosie / Laurie Lee

Rose Cable Howl’s Moving Castle / Diana Wynne Jones

Websites for booklovers Websites for booklovers

BBC Culture in Quarantine
The BBC have put together a Culture in Quarantine page with lots of great articles about books and links to book-related TV and radio programmes. There’s even some visual walks through British art.

The Novels That Shaped Our World
The brilliant BBC Novels that Shaped our World pages.

Reading Agency Stay Connected
This is the Reading Agency Website complete with ‘Stay Connected’ resources, such as their Reading Friends Top Tips for living in self isolation.

Goodreads - find and read more books you'll love and keep track of the books you want to read. Be part of the world's largest community of book lovers on GoodReads.

The Guardian
Comprehensive webpages full of interviews with authors, book reviews, booklists etc from The Guardian newspaper.

Lit Hub
The Lit Hub website is a central place for readers, writers, publishers, books, bookstores and librarians to congregate and celebrate books and literary culture.

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Can We Help You Choose? Can We Help You Choose?
Stuck for ideas on what to read next? Our expert staff can help you discover new authors. They can also help you to explore a subject that interests you. Simply complete our Staff Select form and we will do the searching for you.
Essential Delivery Service Essential Delivery Service

If you feel safer staying at home or are unable to get to the library, we can offer an Essential Delivery Service and may be able to deliver items to you. Items can be reserved through our online reservation service or Staff Select Service. Please indicate on the Staff Select form or during the phone call to the library that you would like to arrange a delivery.


For further information about the Essential Delivery Service, please email Jackie Manners

Listen to others talk about reading Listen to others talk about reading

Now might be the time to try the wonderful world of podcasts.


There are lots of great free podcasts available about books and reading. Some of our favourites include:

We love to talk about reading We love to talk about reading

If you don’t already follow us on Social Media, now is certainly the time! We are @WSCCLibraries on Twitter and West Sussex Libraries on Facebook.


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If you want to keep your interaction on Facebook for simply discussing books and reading then you can join our West Sussex Libraries Virtual Reading Group. This is a friendly forum for West Sussex borrowers to connect over the pleasure of reading. Everyone is welcome to join us, you don’t need to be a member of an existing reading group and we’d really love to see you there.   


We asked the group to give us their favourite Fantasy novels and you can have a look here at what they suggested. Fantasy Booklist.

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