The best feel good books to curl up with

The best feel good books to curl up with

Now more than ever we can all do with a bit of a pick-me-up. To help bring you all some reading joy this September, we put our heads together and came up with our favourite collection of feel-good fiction titles, guaranteed to make you feel all fuzzy inside.

If you are looking for loveable characters, uplifting storylines and an overall cozy vibe then explore away!

All of our picks are available to read or listen to in our online Library.

Happy reading & listening,

Jody

Are you in the mood for more feel-good vibes? Why not check out Up-Lit podcast on Parra Pods for even more feel-good recommendations.

September Author Talks

City of Parramatta Libraries have once again teamed up with Public Libraries NSW to offer our communities the chance to attend FREE online author talks over the coming months. 
There are two author talks for the month of September that you can attend from the comfort of home – Tom Keneally and Matt Murphy.

Tom Keneally Presents ‘Corporal Hitler’s Pistol’
Thursday 9 September, 12.30pm

Tom Keneally will be in conversation with Christine Dearness from Willoughby City Libraries discussing his compelling new story set in early twentieth-century Australia.
How did Corporal Hitler’s Luger from the First World War end up being the weapon that killed an IRA turncoat in Kempsey, New South Wales, in 1933?
Corporal Hitler’s Pistol speaks to the never-ending war that began with ‘the war to end all wars’. Rural communities have always been a melting pot and many are happy to accept a diverse bunch … as long as they don’t overstep.
To register book online – parra.city/keneally21

Matt Murphy Presents ‘Rum: a distilled history of Colonial Australia’
Wednesday 15 September, 6.30pm

Matt Murphy will be in conversation with Eric Dodson from Lane Cove Library taking us through his account of the formation of Australia through the distorted view of a rum bottle.
He will cover questions like Would the Eureka Stockade have been different if the rebels weren’t pissed? And how were prisoners able to get drunk if Macquarie closed the only pub in the goal?..
To register book online – parra.city/murphy21

Spring into Healthy Reading

Spring into Health events and resources

Did you know September is Library Health Month? Why not check out our amazing range of events and resources to help you Spring into Health! To get you started we have compiled a list of eBook and eAudio titles to inspire a Healthy Mind, Body, Spirit, Home & Garden by improving your lifestyle and welbeing. Happy Reading!

Healthy Mind ebook list
Healthy Body ebook list
Healthy Spirit ebook list
Healthy Home and Garden ebook list
Lifestyle and Wellbeing ebook and eaudio list

August Reading Wrap-up

Welcome to our monthly reading wrap-up fellow readers!

Books, books & more books.

Finding ourselves still in lockdown here in Sydney being able to enjoy the odd book or two is one thing we look forward to in our downtime. Enjoying every opportunity to share what we are reading our City of Parramatta reading community is one of our highlights.

With our reading theme for August being, ‘Big, Bang Books’, I decided to re-read ‘And the mountains echoed’ by Khaled Hosseini. While ‘And the mountains echoed’ isn’t my favourite Khaled Hosseini book, it was still a beautiful, emotional read that stayed with me for days after I finished the book. The next time I’m looking to have my heart squeezed, I think I might re-read, ‘The kite runner’ & ‘A thousand splendid suns’.

‘Banned Books’ is our reading theme for September and one that offers up a great chance to pick up one of those classics you have been considering for years. We have highlighted some titles you might like to explore for your reading or listening pleasure.

For those of you who are more interested in exploring what we have been reading, you will find a list below.

Whatever book you choose to read over the next month or so, we hope you enjoy it.

Happy reading,

Jody

Some of the fabulous books we’ve been reading

The distant hours by Kate Morton – eBook, eAudiobook

The Henna artist by Alka Joshi – eBook, eAudiobook

Still life by Sarah Winman – eBook

The truth about her by Jacqueline Maley – eBook, eAudiobook

Leave me alone: A memoir of me, myself and Trish by Christian Hall – eBook

The truth & Addy Loest by Kim Kelly – eAudiobook

Olive, again by Elizabeth Strout – eBook, eAudiobook

One hundred days by Alice Pung – eBook

Your second life begins when you realize you only have one by Raphaelle Giordano

The electric hotel by Dominic Smith – eBook, eAudiobook

So much life left over by Louis de Berniere – eAudiobook

The bluffs by Kyle Perry – eBook, eAudiobook

Thorn by Intisar Khanani – eBook, eAudiobook

And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini – eBook, eAudiobook

Hamilton and Peggy! A revolutionary friendship by L.M. Elliott – eAudiobook A doctor in Africa by Dr Andew Browning – eBook, eAudiobook

Banned books

All the titles listed were at some point banned in Countries around the world or people were asking for them to be banned. How many have your read?

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Celebrating Science 2021

Link to Science related ebooks to borrow

Did you know that this is National Science Week (14-22 August)? There are many events across Australia to help celebrate the wonder of Science and the accomplishments of scientists. Why not become a citizen scientist and help advance the understanding of our world and help our scientists? Visit National Science Week for more information.

If you want to know what is going on more locally then visit Discover Parramatta for Parramatta centric events. Although the libraries are closed that doesn’t stop you from reading one of the many science related eBooks we have available for both kids and adults from science facts to science fiction. For an easy to browse selection of titles simply click on the picture above to start borrowing one now.

Happy National Science Week!