Recommended Reads for January

January's theme is to read a book to make you feel good.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, why not try one of our staff recommended picks?

Many of these titles will also be available via our eLibrary.

Recommended Reads for Adults

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Hardback:Cloud Cuckoo Land:2021 Hardback
Author: Doerr, Anthony
Year: 2021
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: 4th Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Cloud Cuckoo Land' follows three storylines: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city wall during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour and gentle octogenarian Zeno, in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for a distant exoplanet, decades from now.
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Paperback:Let's do it, the authorised biography of Victoria Wood:2021 Paperback
Author: Rees, Jasper
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Trapeze
Resource type: Physical
Note: Victoria Wood was a true pioneer among entertainers, earning her the rightful place as a national treasure time and time again. Wood's career was one of the most illustrious and wide-ranging in British comedy, and one of the greatest sadnesses following her death in 2016 was that she left the world without leaving her own full account of her life.
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Paperback:Anxious people:2021 Paperback
Author: Backman, Fredrik
Author: Smith, Neil
Year: 2021
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a small town in Sweden, it appears to be an ordinary day. But look more closely, and you'll see a mysterious masked figure approaching a bank. Two hours later, chaos has descended. A bungled attempted robbery has developed into a hostage situation - and the offender is refusing to communicate their demands to the police.
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Paperback:Saving Missy:2020 Paperback
Author: Morrey, Beth
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Missy Carmichael's life has become small. Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, she's haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock. Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that her loneliness is all her own fault. She deserves no more than this; not
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Paperback:The bookshop on the corner:2021 Paperback
Author: Colgan, Jenny
Year: 2021
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Nina is a bookworm who dreams of running her own little bookshop. But real life is a bit trickier than the stories Nina loves, as she discovers when she moves to the beautiful wild Highlands of Scotland to turn her dreams into reality. Originally published: as The little shop of happy ever after. 2016
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Paperback:The house in the Cerulean Sea:2021 Paperback
Author: Klune, Tj
Year: 2021
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Tor Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they're likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren't the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn. An enchanting story, mas
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Hardback:Still life:2021 Hardback
Author: Winman, Sarah
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: 4th Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Still Life' is a beautiful, big-hearted, richly tapestried story of people brought together by love, war, art, flood - and the ghost of E.M. Forster. We just need to know what the heart's capable of, Evelyn. And do you know what it's capable of? I do. Grace and fury.
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Paperback:All the lonely people:2021 Paperback
Author: Gayle, Mike
Year: 2021
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: In weekly phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Bird paints a picture of the perfect retirement, packed with fun, friendship and fulfilment. But Hubert Bird is lying. The truth is day after day drags by without him seeing a single soul.
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Hardback:Great circle:2021 Hardback
Author: Shipstead, Maggie
Year: 2021
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Booker Prize 2021 Longlist Booker Prize 2021 Shortlist Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 Longlist From the night she is rescued as a baby out of the flames of a sinking ship; to the day she joins a pair of daredevil pilots looping and diving over the rugged forests of her childhood, to the thrill of flying Spitfires during the war, the life of Marian Graves has always been marked by a lust for freedom and danger.
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Paperback:Becoming:2021 Paperback
Author: Obama, Michelle
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful woman.
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Paperback:All adults here:2020 Paperback
Author: Straub, Emma
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Astrid Strick has always tried to do her best for her three children. Now, they're finally grown up - but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Elliot doesn't have any idea who he really is, or how to communicate with his own sons. Porter is, at last, pregnant - but feels incapable of rising to the challenge.
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Large print:The midnight library:2020 Large print
Author: Haig, Matt
Year: 2020
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently.
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Hardback:The one hundred years of Lenni and Margot:2021 Hardback
Author: Cronin, Marianne
Year: 2021
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Life is short - no one knows that better than seventeen year-old Lenni Petterssen. On the Terminal Ward, the nurses are offering their condolences already, but Lenni still has plenty of living to do. When she meets 83-year-old Margot Macrae, a fellow patient offering new friendship and enviable artistic skills, Lenni's life begins to soar in ways she never imagined
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Large print:The switch:2020 Large print
Author: O'Leary, Beth
Year: 2020
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
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Hardback:The Authenticity Project:2020 Hardback
Author: Pooley, Clare
Year: 2020
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Six strangers with one universal thing in common: their lives aren't always what they make them out to be. But what would happen if they told the truth instead? Desperate to confess the deep loneliness he feels, Julian begins The Authenticity Project.
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Paperback:Beach read:2020 Paperback
Author: Henry, Emily
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she's the lead in a blockbuster movie. Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale. But January and Gus have more in common than you'd think.
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Paperback:Party of two:2020 Paperback
Author: Guillory, Jasmine
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Resource type: Physical
Note: Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe's mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell.
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Large print:The flatshare:2019 Large print
Author: O'Leary, Beth
Year: 2019
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
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Paperback:Five steps to happy:2019 Paperback
Author: Dove, Ella
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Trapeze
Resource type: Physical
Note: When struggling actress Heidi has a life-changing accident aged 32, her world falls apart. Stuck in hospital and unable to walk, her only companion is Maud, the elderly lady in the bed next to hers. Heidi misses her flatmate, her life, her freedom - surely 32 is too young to be an amputee?
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Large print:The Salt Path:2019 Large print
Author: Winn, Raynor
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
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Recommended Non-Fiction Reads

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Large print:Comfort book:2021 Large print
Author: Haig, Matt
Year: 2021
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
Resource type: Physical
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Hardback:Big panda and tiny dragon:2021 Hardback
Author: Norbury, James
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is an illustrated story of two beloved friends as they journey through the seasons of the year together, into the wild, exploring the thoughts and emotions, hardships and happiness that connect us all.
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Hardback:Phosphorescence, on awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark:2021 Hardback
Author: Baird, Julia
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: William Collins
Resource type: Physical
Note: Here is a beautiful, intimate, and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness - the 'light within' that Julia Baird calls 'phosphorescence' - which will sustain us even through the darkest times.
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Paperback:Blue spaces, how & why water can make you feel better:2021 Paperback
Author: Kelly, Catherine
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Welbeck Balance
Resource type: Physical
Note: Dr Catherine Kelly, geographer, wellbeing practitioner and cold-water swimming enthusiast, explores the latest research into the physical, psychological and social factors that connect water and wellbeing and explains why water makes us feel better.
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Hardback:Grounded, how connection with nature can improve our mental and physical wellbeing:2021 Hardback
Author: Allen, Ruth
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Welbeck
Resource type: Physical
Note: Structured around nature's qualites, this book takes a wide-ranging look at what we can learn and how we can all benefit from more time connecting with the natural world.
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Hardback:The Wim Hof method, activate your potential, transcend your limits:2020 Hardback
Author: Hof, Wim
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Rider Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The 'Iceman' Wim Hof shares his remarkable life story and powerful method for supercharging your strength, health, and happiness. Wim Hof has become a modern icon for his astounding achievements, breaking world records withstanding extreme temperatures and running barefoot marathons over deserts and ice fields.
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Paperback:Love, Nina, despatches from family life:2014 Paperback
Author: Stibbe, Nina
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the 1980s Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. There's a cat nobody likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes (Ted for short) and suppertime visits from a local playwright. Not to mention the two boys, their favourite football teams, and rude words, a very broad
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Paperback:Yes man, a book about saying yes:2012 Paperback
Author: Wallace, Danny
Year: 2012
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Ebury
Resource type: Physical
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Paperback:Wintering, the power of rest and retreat in difficult times:2020 Paperback
Author: May, Katherine
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Rider Books
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Hardback:The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse:2019 Hardback
Author: MacKesy, Charlie
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Ebury Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Enter the world of Charlie's four characters and unlikely friends - the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse - discover their touching story, and their most poignant and universal life lessons.
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Audio book:The living mountain: a celebration of the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland:2019 Audio book
Author: Shepherd, Nan
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Canongate audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Robert Macfarlane, Jeanette Winterson, Tilda Swinton. 4 Audio CDs
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Large print:Tuesdays with Morrie, an Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson:2004 Large print
Author: Albom, Mitch
Year: 2004
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Isis
Resource type: Physical
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Hardback:The little book of hygge, the Danish way to live well:2016 Hardback
Author: Wiking, Meik
Year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Penguin Life
Resource type: Physical
Note: Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge. 'Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...' You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.
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