The Baileys Women’s Prize longlist! ✌👭📖❤🤓

Without fail every year at least one new favourite book of mine comes from reading books from the longlist of the Women’s Prize for fiction.

This year’s longlist is looking just as promising, you can see the whole list here: 

Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2018

The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

So far I have only read one on the list, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and  I would highly recommend it to seniors! Two more sound particularly interesting to me, The Idiot by Elif Batuman, and H(a)ppy  by Nicola Barker (this one because it sounds dystopian and I have a soft spot for dystopian fiction!)

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

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 Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely anything is better than…fine?

THE IDIOT

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Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, teaches ESL and spends a lot of time thinking about what language – and languages – can do.

Along the way, she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary. The two conduct a hilarious relationship that culminates with Selin spending the summer teaching English in a Hungarian village and enduring a series of surprising excursions. Throughout her journeys, Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a writer, and how baffling love is.

H(A)PPY

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Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear.

 

 

 

 

Last year there was Hagseed by Margaret Atwood and The Power by Naomi Alderman which went on to win it!

 

In 2016 we The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara, and The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerny which was the winner that year.

 

And in 2015 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and The Bees by Laline Paull.

 

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CBI Book of the Year Awards 2018 Shortlist 📚📚📚

The Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Shortlist was announced last week, and our Book Club members will be joining in on their Shadowing Scheme again this year! 🤗 (some members pictured)

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The shortlist was compiled by a group of judges, two of whom were Marie Bishop B5 as the young judge, and Ms. Lundon the librarian. The shortlist represents the best in Irish Children’s Literature each year. All titles can be seen on the poster below and are available for loan.

The Shadowing Scheme allows reading groups all over Ireland to read and vote on their favourite titles. The winner of this receives the coveted Children’s Choice Award. Last year’s winner was our favourite The Call by Peadar O’Guilin! We can’t wait to see what the reader favourite will be this year! The award ceremony will be held in May so all will be revealed then. 🤔📚❤

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Shortlisted Titles:

A Dangerous Crossing by Jane Mitchell

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea written by Sarah Webb and illustrated by Steve McCarthy

Chocolate Cake written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kevin Waldron

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Illegal written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest written by Julian Gough and illustrated by Jim Field

Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson

Tangleweed and Brine written by Deirdre Sullivan and illustrated by Karen Vaughan

The Space Between by Meg Grehan

Senior Book Club March Edition

Our Senior Book Club met last week to discuss their January read which was Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall.

This month the title they have chosen is

THE AWARD WINNING, INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

THE CHOICE BY EDITH EDGER

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‘The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed’ DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith’s bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.

In The Choice, Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since. Today, she is an internationally acclaimed psychologist whose patients include survivors of abuse and soldiers suffering from PTSD. She explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison, and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering.

Like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, but exceptional in its own right, The Choice is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.

 

 

 

Previous Book Club picks:

Senior Book Club January Edition📚📚📚

Senior Book Club December Edition 🎄❄☃📚

November Book Club Sarah Crossan Special!

October Senior Book Club

September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

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Wellbeing Week & Make your own origami bookworm! 🤓📖🐛

We unfortunately missed World Book Day 2018 due to Snowmageddon, but everyday is World Book Day here in Our Lady’s Library!!

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It’s now Wellbeing Week here in the school. You can see the full schedule just below as well as an info document explaining what it’s all about. At break and lunchtime each day this week there is mindfulness colouring happening so come in and get colourful! We also have a Wellbeing week display with books and magazines with information relating to all aspects of wellbeing, such as managing stress, mental health, sexuality, diet, fitness etc.

Wellbeing Week 2018 Schedule
Wellbeing Week 2018

This is a repost from last year but the Origami Bookworm is timeless 🙂

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Take a break from study and relieve some stress by making your own origami bookworm! She’s a super cute little bookmark 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛 and it’s also a great idea to get us ready for World Book Day next month! 📖📚✨🎉

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SO cute. 😍

You can collect the template from the library any lunchtime, or print your own at home from the link here bookworm-template-a4

Once you have your template follow the instructions below and also watch the instructional video here

I tried to make one without the template… DO NOT make the same mistake that I did! Here’s my poor little mutant 😂😂😂

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Good luck! (Don’t forget the templates are in the library!) 😊❤📖🤓

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