Recommended reads for adults

Looking for some inspiration? Stuck for something to read?

Then why not have a look at one of our recommended read pages.

Throughout the year, Aberdeen City Libraries staff and readers regularly share their reading recommendations for a number of different events, activities and themes.

So if you want to read more about the First World War or ever wondered how to knit a 'Mr Darcy' figure, why not have a look at some of the suggestions below...

Transgender Stories

To mark Transgender Day of Visibility 31 March, we have launched a brand new ebook Transgender Stories written by members of the Grampian T-Folk group and their friends. The stories were inspired by a creative writing workshop that took place on 3 February 2020 at Aberdeen Central Library with Four Pillars charity, hosted by transplaywright and writer Jo Clifford.

This will also shortly be available as an eBook on our Borrowbox site however in the meantime you can have a quick preview below

Transgender Stories- Preview Ebook

Whether you are looking to build up your reading confidence, or are just looking for a quick read, why not try a book from our Adult Literacy collection?

This collection includes a range of books to suit different reading and literacy levels. Using the document below you can browse these titles by level to find a suitable book to try. 

The Adult Literacy collection also includes a selection of Quick Reads. The Reading Agency works with popular authors to produce this series of short and engaging books, ideal for rediscovering a love of reading. To find these books on the library catalogue, just type “Quick Reads” in the search box and select “Adult Fiction” or “Adult Non Fiction” in the drop down box.  

October Focus on Mental Health 

Aberdeen City Libraries have compiled a selection of reads around themes of mental health and wellbeing and recovery to complement events that took place during October 2019. 

Mental Health Awareness Week 

Aberdeen City Libraries have compiled a list of poems, short stories, articles, novels, biographies and non-fiction/ self help titles on the topic of body image to support Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Human Trafficking

Aberdeen City Libraries have compiled a selection of reads including fiction, non-fiction, articles and websites to explore the multi-faceted and complex issue of Human Trafficking following a recent event with author Peter Ritchie. 


In 2016 the annual national adult reading promotion celebrated the year of Innovation, Architecture and Design with a special 'ReaDiscover' theme, exploring science, architecture and innovation. The list of titles available was as diverse as the theme including time travel, steampunk and space exploration to name but a few.

Read and Remember

Each Spring, Aberdeen City Libraries joins libraries across Scotland to encourage teenagers and adults to get involved in the national reading promotion. In 2015, we encouraged people to remember those involved in World War One by reading books and resources relating to the conflict.

Websites for Recommendations

We have put together a list of  useful websites which will help you find your next favourite read. 

Suggested websites for book recommendations

If we do not have the book you are looking for then why not suggest that the book be bought for stock.

You can do this at the library or you can suggest an item online.

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