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To tie in with this month’s launch of Space Chase, the theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge, we are bringing you some of our favourite books about outer space. See the full list. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and #SpaceChase

Doctor Who: I am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts
Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven, and
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
Rosewater by Tade Thompson
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Sky at Night: Book of the Moon - A Guide to Our Closest Neighbour by Maggie Aderin-Pocock
The Astronaut Selection Test Book: Do You Have What it Takes for Space? by Tim Peake, and The European Space Agency
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

Changemaker Reads

To celebrate National Reading Group Day on 15 June, we asked reading groups which books inspire them to change the world. Tackling themes of identity, discrimination and equality, these are some of the books that make you want to make a difference. See the full list. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and #nationalreadinggroupday

Life And Times Of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Change Is Gonna Come by Various
Your Silence Will Not Protect You: Essays and Poems by Audre Lorde
Speeches of Note by Shaun Usher
Parts per Million by Julia Stoops
Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee
We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Vox by Christina Dalcher
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize has been announced, featuring six books in contention for the prize. Find out more about the shortlist. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram using #AdventureWriting and @readingagency.

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
Firefly: The must-read thriller ripped from today's headlines by Henry Porter, , and
Sleeper: The Red Storm by J. D. Fennell
To The Lions by Holly Watt
Preservation by Jock Serong


If you’re looking to find a fascinating new read and to chat to like-minded people online, then Gransnet’s book club is the place for you. An offshoot of the very brilliant Mumsnet, Gransnet is the busiest social networking site for over 50s – featuring a buzzing forum where users chat about everything from to grandparenting to gardening, relationships to recipes. Here are some of their book recommendations.

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan
Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Anatomy of a Scandal: The Sunday Times bestseller everyone is talking about by Sarah Vaughan
The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson
An Italian Summer by Fanny Blake
The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce
How It Ends: The stunning new novel from Richard & Judy bestselling author of The Twins by Saskia Sarginson
Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton
After the End by Clare Mackintosh
The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger
Bitter by Francesca Jakobi

Themed booklists

We’ve collected together some of our previous booklists on a variety of themes and topics. Take a look to find your next read.

Space Chase
Changemaker Reads
Side-splitting Stories
Dementia friendly booklist from Wendy Mitchell
All The World’s a Stage
International Women’s Day
Lasting Letters
Tall Tales
International Migrants Day
Books of the Year 2018
Inspiration for NaNoWriMo: Debuts of 2018
Non-fiction November
Spooky Reads
Summer 2018
Book to film adaptations
Inspirational Women
Pride 2018
Books of the Year 2017
Debuts of 2017
STEM Non-Fiction
A splash of colour for a grey day
Science fiction from the last twenty years
Women in translation
Hot, hot, hot!
Books to make you laugh and cry
Travel books
Romance reads without the cheese
Marmite reads
Back to school
City vs. Country