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Weekend Reads

We reached out to our online community and asked what we should start reading this weekend. We had lots of suggestions and have narrowed it down to ten! You can download e-books through apps such as Libby from OverDrive and BorrowBox. There are also various other ways to download e-books through your local library website along with lots of resources and activities. Stay connected and let us know what you think of the books on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and #WeekendReads.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The Emergency Poet: An Anti-Stress Poetry Anthology by Deborah Alma
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Lullaby by Leila Slimani
Sleep by C.L. Taylor
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

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.

Climate Change
Books of the Year
Non-fiction November 2019
NaNoWriMo – Debuts of 2019
Food, Glorious Food
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