NEW BOOKS! ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ˜

ANDย a reminder about the book review competition for which this months deadline is Tuesday 3rd May. You all have a VERY long weekend to take twenty minutes to write a review of any book. ย Then just email it to librarian@olschool.ie to be in with a chance of winning a โ‚ฌ10 book token!ย ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Back to NEW BOOKS!

We have some feminist non-fiction inย Men Explain Things To Meย by Rebecca Solnit, and Girls Will Be Girlsย by Emer O’ Toole.

The new senior fiction titles areย A Little Lifeย by Hanya Yanigihara, Gileadย  by Marilynne Robinson, andย The Spinning Heartย  by Donal Ryan.

Then new to the Young Adult section we haveย The 5th Waveย  by Rick Yancey,ย Weightlessย  by Sarah Bannan,ย Demon Roadย  by Derek Landy, and a couple of extras from the currently popularย Selection series,ย andย Pretty Little Liars series. ย 

If anyone wants to find out more on any of these titles you can look them up on the school library’s online catalogueย and onย GoodReads.

I hope everyone enjoys their extra long weekend! ๐Ÿ˜ƒย  โœŒ๏ธ

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Hey, pssst! You can now follow the library onย Twitterย @DumblebearSays! Dumblebear made me do itย ๐Ÿป

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The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

We should all be making an effort to read more female authors, so with that in mind here is the nominated longlist, and more recently announced shortlistย for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction! There are some fantastic sounding books on this. I am particularly looking forward to reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (I have a soft spot for science fiction, particularly when gender issues are tackled!), andย The Green Road by Anne Enrightย which has been on my to-read list for a while.

I can highly recommend two which have made the shortlist.ย A Little Lifeย by Hanya Yanagihara is devastating and beautifully written, and it’s a popular one among Our Lady’s staff at the moment! The other isย The Glorious Heresiesย by Lisa McInerney, which is the first novel of this Irish writer, a thrilling read with lots of raw social commentary.

If you have read any on the list or are intrigued by any of the titles let us know in the comments!ย ๐Ÿ˜Šย ๐Ÿ“šย โค๏ธโ€

 

 

 

Our new library catalogue! ๐Ÿ˜บ ๐Ÿ“š

Our newย library catalogueย  powered byย TinyCat ๐Ÿ˜บย  displays most of the books in the school library. It’s constantly a work in progress with new books being added all of the time. ย It has its very own tab just above hereย on the website so it’s very easily accessed.

I think you’ll agree that it’s a lovely clean and easy to use interface and I am delighted that we now haveย an online catalogue thatย students, parents and staff can access and browse anywhere. ย You can enter any search termย into the search box, such as an author’s name, a book title, or a genre such asย fantasy to get recommendations. ย You will be able to see if each book is available in the library or if it is currently checked out by someone else, and in that case, when it is due back. Each book entry also hasย much more information on what each book is about, and gives recommendations for similar books in the library.

In the advanced search area (the arrow button to the right of the search box) you can search by title, author, genre, tags (buzzwords like vampires, boys, friendship, mystery, historical fiction, feminism, comics, whatever you’re into) You can also search by ‘collection’ in the advanced search area which is great for Accelerated Reader students, as the Accelerated Reader books are all tagged as such, and can be searched by reading level as well.
It also allows students to have their own accounts set up where they can check what books they have out, renew their books, and request books. If you would like your student account set up just come to the library andย ask for your library ID number.
In the meantime have a browse through some of the great books that we have in the library on the newย catalogue!ย ๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ’›
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Book Review Competition winner!ย 

Marchโ€™s Book Review Competition winner isโ€ฆย  Ambereen Zafar in B4!
Congratulations Ambereen ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒŸ
Ambereen has won a โ‚ฌ10 book token ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ’ฐHereโ€™s her winning book review:

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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Tenley Lockwood has spent more than a year locked away in Prynne Asylum. The reason she is there is because she refuses to sign her Secondlife to Myriad like her parents want her to. Most of the world sees Firstlife as a trial run. Before Firstdeath you must choose Myriad or Troika. People must sign up to be able to go to Troika or Myriad after they die whereas the Unsigned go to The Land of Many Ends. Troika and Myriad are sworn enemies and both want Ten on their side. However Ten is Unsigned and both realms send a Laborer to convince Ten to choose one of the realms. When she escapes the asylum her life is in danger as someone tries to force her to choose a realm.

Ten is a very strong character. She manages to survive the harshest conditions and still has hope. All the challenges she faces make her stronger and wiser.

I liked the main character and enjoyed a unique read.
I would definitely recommend this book

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5/5 Stars

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Thanks Ambereen, I think this one sounds really interesting!

This is a monthly competition and any student can enter. The next deadline is Tuesday 3rd Mayย so youโ€™ll have plenty of time over the next few weeksย to get writing your book reviews.ย  Email them to librarian@olschool.ie to be in with a chance of winning a โ‚ฌ10 book token ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ˜Š