2015 Summer Bookmarks are here!

Looking for some reading inspiration for Summer? Why not check out one of our latest bookmarks here or pick one up at any Parramatta Library Branch. What’s your favourite? Crime/Thriller; Australian Authors; Steampunk; Horror; Historical fiction; Scandinavian Crime; Books to Screen; Fantasy; Science Fiction; or Romance.

2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Award Winners

The Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, and the Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield have announced the winners of the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on Monday 14 December. winners 2015Fiction
The golden age – Joan London

Poems 1957-2013 – Geoffrey Lehmann

Prize for Australian History – Joint Winners
Charles Bean – Ross Coulthart
The spy catchers. Volume 1 : the official history of ASIO, 1949-1963 – David Horner

Non Fiction – Joint Winners
John Olsen: An Artist’s Life – Darleen Bungey
Wild Bleak Bohemia: Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Henry Kendall – a documentary
– Michael Wilding

Young Adult Fiction
The protected – Claire Zorn

Children’s Fiction
One minute’s silence – David Metzenthen

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Thuong’s Picks



The Magic by Rhonda Byrne

This is Rhonda’s third book in The Secret’s series.  If you have read the previous two books in the the series and liked them, then you will like this book.

For twenty eight days, you follow and add one rule on one small chapter, that will change some of your daily habits to become more grateful and happier. This book is more inter-active rather than just reading. You will need to ask for a twenty eight day loan period from the library.



Easy Facebook by Michael Miller
If you are like me, someone who has heard about facebook, hops onto a computer, types in ‘facebook’ on google, and voila! I sign myself in with Facebook and the rest seems self-explanatory, or is it?

If you are a beginner or just want to learn the ‘tips’ using facebook and you are a visual learner, love SIMPLE step-by-step instructions with big fonts and pictures,  lots of tips on what-to-do or what-not-to-do on the topics of your concern; this is the book for you.

Note: some of the features in the book is no longer being supported by facebook as it’s 2013 edition.

Android Phones for Dummies by Dan Gookin

I have owned a few android phones, to be honest, I don’t like them. I learned to live with them…. then I found this book! Unlike other “…For Dummies” book, this book is in FULL COLOUR! has got lots of tips, well organised into chapters. I like my android a bit better now.

Miracles happen : the transformational healing power of past life memories by Brian L. Weiss, Amy E. Weiss

In his first book “many lives, many masters”, Dr Weiss wrote about during the first hypnosis session given to his patient “kathleen”, she ‘accidentally’ entered into one of her past lives, and cured some of her current life ‘problems’. and many “lives” sessions later. Kathleen’s cured! As a Jewish and scientist, reincarnation was just not in Dr Weiss’ world!

This book is a collection of recounts of some of his patients’ experiences of their past lives! fascinating stories! a must read for soul-searchers!


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What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knewwhat-maisie-knew-and-the-pupil by Henry James

Caught in the crossfire of her parents’ acrimonious divorce, witness to their battles, intrigues and affairs, neglected and exploited, Maisie is a child who knows too much about the world of adults. James’s portrait of a little girl who maintains her goodness and dignity in the face of the bitterness and profligacy of her warring parents is inspiring.

Group Comments

Most didn’t get past the preface. Those who did found lack of plot and character development. Characters were all horrible. Modern storyline, but still not liked. Sentences were long convoluted and hard to follow. The one person who did finish the book just wanted to know how it ended.

Read by The Second Tuesday Book Group