What We're Reading
What have you read lately?
Here at the library we love to explore the sights and sounds of the literature landscape as much as you do. Whether we're traveling to new horizons with a latest release or rediscovering an old favourite, we thought we'd share what we've been enjoying lately. Perhaps we'll inspire you to make a few new discoveries as well.
Top of our lists in June are The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, The Traitor's Girl by Christine Wells, Head Case By Ross Armstrong and A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee.
The Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountain: A Journey Across Arunachal Pradesh - India's Forgotten Frontier by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, Holistic Aromatherapy by Marc J. Cain, and Miles Franklin, Feminist, Activist, Literary Legend: A Short Biography by Jill Roe have been very interesting. For some travel inspiration, we're reading Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton.
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This month we're reading The Choice by Edith Eger (available through BorrowBox), The Australian Women's Weekly Real Sweet: The A-Z of delicious cakes made with real ingredients, Bridge Burning and Other Habits by Kitty Flanagan, and Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler.
We're also reading A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix, If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch, If Wishes Were Horses by Karly Lane and Every Note Played by Lisa Genova.
February seems to be the month of biographies... We're really enjoying How to Dress a Dummy by Cassie Lane, Molly's Game by Molly Bloom and Reveal by Robbie Williams.
Our forays into fiction for February include Eureka by Anthony Quinn, After I've Gone by Linda Green, It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover, Still Me by Jojo Moyes, The Undertaking by Audrey Magee, and Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer. The Mothers by Brit Bennett and Origin by Dan Brown are also proving interesting...
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Welcome back readers! We're off to a great start with this year's reading. Travelling home from the library with us are Heat and Light by Ellen van Neervan, What She Left by Rosie Fiore, The Stolen Marriage by Dianne Chamberlain, Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand and Seeing Red by Sandra Brown. We've also begun the long and winding journey that is Terry Pratchett's Discworld Series.
For our edification we're reading The Handmade Apothecary by Vicky Chown and Kim Walker, The Attachement: Letters from an Unlikely Friendship by Ailsa Piper and Tony Doherty, Plant Society by Jason Chongue and the very highly recommended Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Hariri.
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Must Reads 2018
Here at the library we've compiled a list of the books we simply have to read in 2018:
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley
The Choke by Sophie Laguna
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Song for a Butterfly by Margaret Kaine
Then She was Gone by Lisa Jewell
A Spot of Folly by Ruth Rendell
The Inaugural Meeting of The Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green
The Invisible Crowd by Ellen Wiles
The Secret of Vesalius by Jodi Longbeat
You Don't Know Me by Brooke Magnanti
Someone I Wanted to Be by Aurelia Wills
Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevigne
The Amateurs: Follow Me by Sara Shepherd
The Treatment by C. L. Taylor
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favili
Lara: The Untold Love Story that Inspired Doctor Zhivago by Anna Pasternak
The Chaser Annual 2017
We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Polska: The New Polish Cooking by Zuka Zak
K Food: Korean Home Cooking and Street Food by Da-Hae West
Sagaland by Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason
Secret Language of Dogs by Victoria Stilwell
The Shattered Lens by Jonathan Alpeyrie
Secret Marvels of the World by Lonely Planet
No Going Back by Lisa Kennedy
No Front Line by Chris Masters
Wounds by Fergal Keane
Memoirs by Mike Willesee
As the year draws to a close we're finishing up Year One by Nore Roberts, The American Girl by Rachael English, The Treatment by C. L. Taylor and Then She was Gone by Lisa Jewell.
We're also reading Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance, and to get into the spirit of things, Craft Beer for the People by Richard Taylor with James Watt and Martin Dicki.
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As summer starts to heat up we're enjoying a few things hot off the press... The Choke by Sophie Laguna and Force of Nature by Jane Harper are top of the list. We're also reading The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz and Follow Me by Sara Shepherd.
In non-fiction we're reading Irena's Children by Tilar Mazzeo, Lara: the untold love story that inspired Doctore Zhivago by Anna Pasternak and the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101: Equality, Accentance and the Safe Schools Scandal by Benjamnin Law.
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This month we read Deception Island by Brynn Kelly and Taboo by Kim Scott.
Biographies were popular this month. The New Girl by Rhyannon Styles, In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri and Loves, Kerbsides and Goodbyes: A Backpacker's road by David McNamara kept us turning pages. Everday Ethics: The Daily Decisions You Make and How They Shape the World by Simon Longstaff and Native: Art + Design with Australian Plants by Kate Herd and Jela Ivankovich-Waters gave us food for thought.
Spring has sprung and we're turning over a new page. We're reading The 7:2:1 Plan by Tim Robards and The Vertue Method by Shona Vertue to tone up and trim down. Paul Bangay's Country Gardens is providing us with lots of inspiration for creating beautiul spaces, and We're never meeting in real life: Essays by Samantha Irby has been cracking us up.
We're also digging into Her by Garry Disher, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman, as well as Jarulan on the River by Lily Woodhouse and Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shavis.
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So far in August we've been reading In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, Run for Your Life: the Complete Guide for Every Female Runner by Sam Murphy and Tiny Prisoners by Maggie Hartley.
Our fiction selection includes The Accusation by Bandi, Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner, Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods, Wimmera by Mark Brandi, and Diamond Sky by Annie Seaton.
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This month we're reading Hunger by Roxane Gay, Adult Fantasy by Briohny Doyle, Those Wild Rabbits : how they shaped Australia by Bruce Mundy and A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen.
We're also dipping into American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley, Along Country Roads by Mandy Magro and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.
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As winter rolls in we're madly turning pages to keep warm. We're currently powering through Turmeric for Health: 100 amazing and unexpected uses for Turmeric by Britt Brandon, Work Strife Balance by Mia Freedman and Lamingtons and Lemon Tart: Best Ever Cakes, Desserts and Treats from a Modern Sweets Maestro by Darren Purchese.
Following hot on the heels of our non-fiction reads are A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Lake Hill by Margareta Osborne, Come Sundown by Nora Roberts and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
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We're exploring lots of fiction written by women this month. We're enjoying A Hundred Small Lessons by Ashley Hay, The Woolgrowers Companion by Joy Rhoades, The Amateurs by Sarah Shephard and The Book of American Martryrs by Joyce Carol Oates.
We're also reading The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Keneally, a non-fiction title that might appeal to those interested in family history, anthropology, and DNA and genetic testing.
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April seems to be flying by. Woolloomooloo by Louis Nowra, Mindfulness for Mums and Dads by Dr Diana Korevaar and Flourish, a guide to creating beautiful and unique floral arrangements written by Willow Crossley, have kept us going this month.
This month we're exploring the great content on Overdrive, one of our eBook platforms. We're reading In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks (a YA novel) and Deep Dark by Laura Griffin. We're also listening to Val McDermid's Splinter the Silence, one of the many audiobook titles available online and in-library. Head to our eResources page to find our eBook, eAudio and eMagazine collections.
Biota by James Viles, Great Walks of the World by Barry Stone and The River at Night by Erica Ferencik round out our reading for March.
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This month we're delving into The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape for some financial sustenance and Dinner Ladies by Sophie Gilliatt and Katharine Westwood for gastronomic inspiration.
Elegy by Jane Abbott, Cousins by Sally Vickers and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain have also piqued our interest.
And, because it's February, the month the world celebrates love, romance and heartache, we've rediscovered some old favourites and are reading Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx and The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller.
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We're back into the swing of things and we're kicking off 2017 with The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver, Wish Lanterns by Alec Ash and The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine.
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Christmas and New Year 2016/2017
A good book is always an essential ingredient for rest and relaxation. Over the Christmas and New Year break we enjoyed Goodwood by Holly Throsby and treated ourselves to the Belltree trilogy by Barry Maitland which includes Crucifiction Creek, Ash Island and Slaughter Park.
Those of use who love non-fiction read The Last Woman Hanged by Caroline Overington and Leftover Women by Leta Hong Fincher. We also flipped through several of the Lonely Planet travel guides for travel inspiration.
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November is shaping up to be a busy month. Gracing our bookshelves and bedside tables this month are The Dry by Jane Harper, Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer (of course!), and A Quiet Place by Seicho Matsumoto. Blind by Cathy Weeks and Our Souls at Night by Haruf Kent have left us in tears, while Would I Lie to You by Ben Caudell and David Mitchell has us in stitches.
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Finally things are starting to warm up! This month we've read Out of the Ice by Ann Turner, a mystery set on a remote Antarctic island, and Here's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand, a story full of romantic rivals, secrets and drama. Mount by Jilly Cooper also proved a welcome escape, and Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford gave us food for thought.
We've also been busy in the garden. Gardening on a Shoestring: 100 Ways to Create a Garden on a Budget has been very useful!
September has been an eclectic reading month for us here at the library. We're enjoying The Courage Tree by Diane Chamberlain and The Girls by Emma Cline.
For those interested in non-fiction, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan is a great read. So too is A View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Non-fiction by Neil Gaiman, a popular and prolific science fiction writer who believes whole-heartedly in the power of storytelling.
We've also watched Me, Natalie, a reissue of the classic film featuring Patty Duke. Interestingly, the film was also Al Pacino's debut.
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Yum, yum, yum. There's always a great recipe to tempt us at the library. This month we're loving the warming flavours of
Spinach bread from page 180 of Ready Steady Glow by Madeleine Shaw. It's especially good with avocado and warm roasted Roma tomatoes.
Lemon and saffron pot roast chicken with steamed beans in tomato and mustard dressing from pages 102 and 74 of Indian Made Easy by Amandip Uppal.
Tangello tart with candied cumquats and orange blossom baked ricotta with roasted cherries on pages 89 and 127 of the Australian Women's Weekly Love to Bake cook book.
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We're in the middle of Liane Moriarty fever this month. We've just finished The Husband's Secret and are looking forward to reading Truly, madly, guilty.
Fiction The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty
Fiction Truly, Madly, Guilty- Liane Moriarty
Fiction Once a Rancher - Linda Lael Miller
Non-fiction Walking Towards Ourselves - edited by Catriona Mitchell
Young Adult Splintered - A.G. Howard, Book 1 "Splintered" series
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