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Staff Picks 2021
Best Books of 2022 as recommended by the staff at Clare Libraries

Download Clare Libraries Book Gifts ideas or pick up a copy in your local branch.

If you are looking for gift ideas for family and friends, or something to read for yourself over the holidays then look no further. The Clare Libraries annual Book Gift Guide is a compilation of books to suit all ages and tastes. Recommended by library staff, these books are our top reads that we think are perfect to curl up with a warm drink on a dark winter evening. There is nothing better than the gift of reading. Treat yourself and the people in your life to a gift that will still be there long after the last caramel toffee has been eaten and the decorations have been put away.

All of these books are available to borrow online via our library catalogue, or as an e-book or e-audiobook via the BorrowBox app. Happy reading!

"The greatest gift is a passion for reading".
Elizabeth Hardwick

Adult Fiction
Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie  The Bullet that Missed by Richard Osman Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris  The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell   The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka      

Adult Non-Fiction
Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami  Faith, Hope and Carnage by Nick Cave & Seán O'Hagan Hot Air by Peter Stott  Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne by Katherine Rundell   Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner      

Adult Irish Fiction
Trespasses by Louise Kennedy   Forever Home by Graham Norton   There's Been a Little Incident by Alice Ryan   The Queen of Dirt Island by Donal Ryan  Again Rachel by Marian Keyes      

Adult Irish Non-Fiction
Listen to the Land Speak by Manchán Magan   Time and Tide by Charlie Bird   Kellie by Kellie Harrington with Roddy Doyle   Age Proof: The New Science of Living a Longer and Healthier Life by Professor Rose Anne Kenny   Daly Dish – Bold Food Made Good by Gina and Karol Daly    

Books About Clare
The Letter Home by Rachael English   The Other Clare Volume 46   Changing of the Guard by Tim Doyle   Man in the Big House by Eddie Lenihan   Light on the Horizon: a community response to relationship abuse    

Books Recommended by Clare Book Clubs
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett   The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré   The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually by Helen Cullen   The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles   The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak    

Baby Teeth by Meg Grehan    Ace of Spades by Faridah by Àbíké-Íyímídé   Let’s Talk: About Relationships, Sex and Intimacy by Richie Sadlier    Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson    Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Milanda Lo     

8+ Years
The Awakening Storm: A Graphic Novel    Pie in the Sky by Remi Lai   Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston   The Ministry of Unladylike Activity by Robin Stevens    The Ministry of Unladylike Activity by Robin Stevens   

Young Readers
Rex, Dinosaur in Disguise by Elys Dolan   The Shop of Impossible Ice Creams by Shane Hegarty   Indigo Wilde and The Creatures At Jelly Bean Crescent by Pippa Curnick   Eoinín, Eonín ag Dul a Chodladh agus Eoinín agus a Chairde le Muireann Ní Chíobháin  Don't! by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick 

Children's Non Fiction
Breaking News: How To Tell What’s Real From What’s Rubbish by Nick Sheridan   David Attenborough (Little People, BIG DREAMS) by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara   A Short, Hopeful Guide to Climate Change by Oisín McGann   Be Inspired! Young Irish People Changing the World by Sarah Webb   Weird but true! 2023: Wild and wacky, record-breaking facts and photos you won’t believe!