My name is Vanessa and I work as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at World of Books Group here in Goring-by-Sea. I love reading and enjoy crime thrillers, romance, and classic novels so I am really lucky to work at World of Books! I like to read a variety of genres otherwise it can get a little boring if you read the same type of books all the time, but my favourites are crime thrillers and whodunnits.
At World of Books, we believe that a good story is the best gift of all. We also know that children are sometimes hard to settle down, especially in the festive season. Whether you have little ones who want their stories read aloud or teens who need personal space to read, a good book works wonders. This year we made a list (and checked it twice) of our top five kids’ Christmas books.
The holiday season is well and truly on its way. Decorations and lights are appearing on every street, Father Christmas is meeting kids in every other shopping centre, and the frenzy of celebration begins. If you’re feeling a little bit Grinchy or see yourself sympathising with the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge, then read on. We will get you in the Christmas spirit with a lesson in how to be more Buddy the Elf.
The rise of true crime as a genre has taken the world by storm. From Netflix true crime series like The Confession Tapes and the upcoming The Confession Killer, and BBC dramas based on historical crime like Peaky Blinders, not to mention the hundreds of different true crime podcasts out there, we must not forget that all good stories are written down first. We’ve selected our top five true crime books. Take the stand and examine our list, then tell us your own verdict.
Trigger Warning: References to severe violence and sexual abuse
As an inquisitive reader, I have a tendency to fixate on certain genres. Often a particular subject or an individual writer, exhaustively reading around it before moving on to something else that has piqued my interest.
The majority of what I read is non-fiction. I find reality a lot more interesting than fiction, being drawn towards subjects of people or culture, particularly ‘subcultures’ and people who sit outside of what is considered ‘normal’. But then I suppose nobody wants to read about the most normal, beigest, or mundane characters, do they?