Uncategorized, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli Genre: YA Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr Branch: Leixlip Library Sixteen-year-old and not so openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed:… Continue reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda


Summer Stars Party & Prizes

As the Summer draws to a close and everyone is headed back to school, here at Kildare Libraries we wanted to talk to you all about all that Summer reading you did over the last few months. At the start of the Summer many of you will have picked up your Summer Stars Reading card… Continue reading Summer Stars Party & Prizes


Bound Feet and Western Dress

Author: Pang-Mei Natasha Chang Genre: Adult Non-fiction Reviewed by: Elaine, Newbridge Library A captivating memoir of two Chinese women from different generations in the same family. The novel handles their stories in a dual-perspective, coherent narrative that covers the time period from the early 1900s to the late 1900s. The narrative focuses intimately on a… Continue reading Bound Feet and Western Dress

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Uncategorized


Author: Leo Tolstoy Genre: Adult Fiction Reviewed by: Stephen Serving on the jury at a murder trial, Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov is devastated when he sees the prisoner - Katyusha, a young maid he seduced and abandoned years before. As Dmitri faces the consequences of his actions, he decides to give up his life of wealth… Continue reading Resurrection


Kildare The Irish Revolution, 1912-23

Author: Dr Seamus Cullen Review by: Kevin, Local Studies Department- Newbridge For over a decade, Dublin-based publisher Four Courts Press have published the excellent Maynooth Studies in Local History series. With over 150 titles in total, this series has contributed immensely to promoting the study of local history in Ireland. It has also ensured that… Continue reading Kildare The Irish Revolution, 1912-23


They Both Die At The End

Author: Adam Silvera Genre: Young Adult Fiction (16+) Review By: Ciara, Maynooth LibrarySynopsis: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend… Continue reading They Both Die At The End


The Hobbit

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip library A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar. Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling… Continue reading The Hobbit

Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Uncategorized

The Choice

Author: Edith Eger Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Orla Surviving the holocaust has been a blessing as well as a curse for the author. Immediate moments of relief and gratitude of being found don’t last for long. She was discovered withering with books in a forest near a concentration camp.  Survivors guilt and horrendous flashbacks… Continue reading The Choice

Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Uncategorized

When the Hangman came to Galway

Author: Dean Ruxton Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Orla This book starts off praising James Berry, the infamous executioner in the 1880’s. He was earmarked as being outstanding in his field of work. He took his job seriously and was methodical and meticulous in his planning of executions. His grandeur reputation made him well sought… Continue reading When the Hangman came to Galway

Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Uncategorized

Bold, Brilliant and Bad

Author: Marian Broderick Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Orla Irish women are known to be formidable and this book confirms it. This book is a riveting account of women who were brave enough to pave the way for others. The timeline spans from the earliest of records of Irish women to the present day. Often… Continue reading Bold, Brilliant and Bad