Parra Pods – Fiction Reads for Summer

Episode 27 – Fiction Reads For Summer

Join Katherine and Nisa for the second of our ‘Summer’ episodes.

It has been a great year for fiction lovers, but here are a few of the  titles that resonated with Katherine and Nisa.

‘Damascus’ by Christos Tsiolkas an historical novel, but with a take on St Paul of the early Christian Church like no other. Visceral, transformative, brutal & beautiful.

To change the pace totally, we review Sally Rooney’s debut novel,  ‘Conversations with Friends’ and her second novel, and twitter sensation, ‘Normal People’. She brings her signature style, spare prose and insightful psychological acuity to  the exploration of the lives and loves of that  most intriguing of generations, the millennials.

Finally Ian Mc Ewan’s ‘Machines like Me’?, this is speculative fiction of the top order,  its themes range from artificial intelligence, what constitutes consciousness and the formal demands of the haiku poem. Darkly humorous, its most compelling theme is “moral choice”

Fiction titles discussed include:

Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas, Allen & Unwin 2019.

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan, Jonathan Cape/Vintage Publishing 2019.

Normal People by Sally Rooney, Faber and Faber 2018.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, Faber and Faber 2017.

Out of the Box – December

A snapshot of some of the great new items we unpacked in December.

Reserve your favourite now!

FOR CHILDREN

A Girl Called Genghis Khan by Michelle Lord (Picture Book) – RED-L

Hello, New Zealand by Megan McKean (Picture Book) – RED-M

I’m Actually Really Grown-up Now by Maisie Paradise Shearring (Picture Book) – YELLOW-S

Roald Dahl’s Beastly Brutes & Heroic Human Beans

David Bowie by Isabel Sanchez Vegara (Junior Non-Fiction)

All I Want for Christmas (DVD) 

Daisy at the Beach by Anna Holly – EJ DAIS

The Ant and the Grasshopper by Susanna Davidson – EJ USBO

The Immortal Jellyfish by Sang Miao (Picture Book) – RED-M

Just Because by Mac Barnett – (Picture Book) – YELLOW-B

Waiting for Wolf by Sandra Dieckmann (Picture Book – RED-D

Charmed by Jen Calonita – J CALO

Twas the Fart Before Christmas by Adam Wallace (Picture Book) – YELLOW-W

ADULT FICTION

Serpent in the Heather by Kay Kenyon

The Truants by Kate Weinberg

Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

TALKING BOOKS

Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes – CDT HUGH

Christmas in Peppercorn Street by Anna Jacobs – CDT JACO

Blood in Eden by Peter Tremayne – CDT TREM

The Body on the Train by Frances Brody – CDT BROD

MOVIES & TV

Camino Skies 

Christmas Around the Corner

Das Boot – Season 1

Father Brown – Season 7 

Grey’s Anatomy – Season 15

Surviving Christmas

Booksmart

Late Night

Top Loans of 2019

Top Loans of 2019 City of Parramatta Libraries

The top loans of 2019 for the City of Parramatta Libraries are here! The top 10 loans for adult fiction, adult non fiction, young adult, junior fiction, eAudio and eBook are below as easy access quick guides. Spotted a title you missed reading last year then simply one click the cover image to reserve your copy now – Happy Reading/Listening.

Top 10 Adult Fiction Loans 2019

Top 10 Adult Non Fiction Loans 2019

Top 10 Young Adult Loans 2019

Top 10 Junior Fiction Loans 2019

Top 10 eAudio Loans 2019

Top 10 eBook Loans 2019

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Goodreads Choice Awards 2019

The winners of the 11th annual Goodreads Choice Awards for 2019 as decided by avid readers. Congratulations to all the best books of 2019, to reserve your copy now just click on the title(s) below, happy reading.

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood – Best Fiction
The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides – Best Mystery & Thriller
Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid – Best Historical Fiction
The Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo – Best Fantasy
Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston – Best Romance
Recursion – Blake Crouch – Best Science Fiction
The Institute – Stephen King – Best Horror
Dear Girls – Ali Wong – Best Humour
Girl, Stop Apologizing – Rachel Hollis – Best Nonfiction
Over the Top – Jonathan Van Ness – Best Memoir & Autobiography
The Five: the untold story of the women killed by Jack the Ripper – Hallie Rubenfold – Best History & Biography
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? – Caitlin Doughty – Best Science & Technology
Antoni in the Kitchen – Antoni Porowski – Best Food & Cookbook
Pumpkinheads: a graphic novel – Rainbow Rowell – Best Graphic Novel & Comic
Shout – Laurie Halse Anderson – Best Poetry
Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston – Best Debut Novel
Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott – Best Young Adult Fiction
The Wicked King – Holly Black – Best Young Adult Fantasy
The Tyrant’s Tomb – Rick Riordan – Best Children’s
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Fred Rogers – Best Picture Book

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Parra Pods – Movies & Beamafilm

Join Katherine and Nisa for the first of our ‘Summer’ episodes.

In this episode Katherine and Nisa discuss some of the entertaining movies and television series they have been watching or are planning to watch.

With multiple streaming services and digital downloads more ubiquitous than ever, discovering new television series, movies and documentaries has never been easier.

Did you know as a member of City of Parramatta Libraries you can stream 100’s of great movies for free? Well you can! And it couldn’t be easier.

Through Beamafilm, Australiasia’s premiere streaming channel for true stories and independent voices, library members can access hundreds of documentaries & movies for free. Stream and watch – The Australian Dream, Mystify Michael Hutchence, 2040, Nicole Kidman in the BMX Bandits and more Australian classics like – The Shiralee, Playing Beattie Bow & Skippy to name a few.

Access is easy – enter your library card number, create an account and you are ready to go!

DVDs discussed here include:

  • Booksmart – directed by Olivia Wilde [movie]
  • Succession – Created by Jessie Armstrong [TV series]
  • Ophelia – directed by Claire McCarthy [movie]