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Recommended Reads

Stuck for something new to read?  Have a look at these ideas and themed book lists, created by our staff.

Novels for LGBT History Month

Valentines Day Choices for LGBT History Month

For our Valentines Day selection, we've chosen three historical novels based during and after World War I.
Books about the Holocaust

Keeping the Memory Alive - Books for Holocaust Memorial Day

A selection of books which tell the true stories of people who experienced the Holocaust.
Books about bullying

Stop Bullying! A Booklist for Children and Young People

Bullying can happen to anyone, at any age. Reading about how other children and young people deal with bullies can help you to cope.
Books about the First World War

The Great War in Fiction

A booklist to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
Owl books

Our Favourite Owl Books

In celebration of our new special visitor to the Library of Birmingham, we decided to share our favourite books about owls.
Book covers of titles about music in the 'sixties

The Psychedelic Sixties

We celebrated the premiere of the groovy musical 3 Summers with a selection of books featuring music of the 60s.
Samantha Hayes

Before You Die by Samantha Hayes

The gripping new psychological suspense novel from the author of Until You’re Mine. 
World Book Night books 2014

World Book Night 2014

Find out about four of the featured books for World Book Night 2014.
Book Covers

Chilling Reads for Winter

Winter is traditionally a time for ghost stories round a roaring fire while the snow covers the world outside. Here is a selection of books set i
A Trip to the Moon

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The inspiration for the Oscar-winning movie about a poor orphan boy who befriends enigmatic filmmaker Georges Melies
Book Covers - Faceless Killers, Under the Eagle, Solar

Staff picks

Looking for something new to read? Try these books, reviewed by Library of Birmingham staff.
Book Covers - books that are now films

The Book of the Film

Have you seen the film?  Have you read the book?
Book Covers - Censored Booklist


The books they didn't want us to read!
Book Covers - Shadow of the Wind, Two Caravans, Even the Dogs

Staff picks 2

Looking for something new to read? Try these books, reviewed by Library of Birmingham staff.
Book Covers - Proud to Read Booklist

Proud to Read

Gay and lesbian writing in Birmingham Libraries
Book covers

Tartan Tales

A selection of books with a Scottish Flavour.