This week's reads

Each week we pick top read books from our library collection to recommend to you.

For a list of previous recommended reads search #hivespotlight and #hivewhywelove hashtags.

We couldn't resist an Autumnal book cover display at The Hive. They say never judge a book by its cover, but in this instance we think it's ok, because not only do they look beautiful but the stories are beautiful too.

All of these fantastic books are available from The Hive.

The Long Song by Andrea Levy

Looking back to early 19th century Jamaica, this is a tale of the turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed. This novel, reviewed by 11 readers as a 5 star book, follows the life of July, a slave girl. From July's mama, Kitty, to her own son Thomas; from the people working the plantation land to the woman who owns it; July chronicles what befalls them all, and takes us on a journey through that time in the company of the people who lived it.





The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Deep in the forest of the magical land of Fillory a disturbing secret is discovered, one that could change the course of history and ruin many lives. As acting king, Quentin Coldwater embarks upon an epic mission, visiting the terrifying depths of the underworld, to uncover the key to saving his world. A five star reviewed fantasy novel.




Red River by Lalita

Recalling the experiences of her father's family after the Civil War, Lalita Tademy reveals the true stories of a dramatic and sometimes painful existence.







A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

One Sunday, nine-year-old Jess Hall watches in horror as his autistic brother is smothered during a healing service in the mountains of North Carolina. Wiley Cash uses this haunting image - inspired by a horrific true event - to bring us this story about cruelty and innocence, and the failure of faith and family to protect a child