Better Reading Top 100 Books 2016

BR-TOP100Better Reading has released the 2016 Top 100 Book as voted by the Australian public – number 1 is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird! Is your favourite in the list?

The Top 50 Kids Books for 2016 list has also been announced – number 1, to no surprise is the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Why not reserve your favourite now via the Library Catalogue?

Book Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Fowler

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Book Summary

Rosemary’s young, just at college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we’re not going to tell you too much either: you’ll have to find out for yourselves what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life.

There’s something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern. So now she’s telling her story; a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.

It’s funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you’re telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern, don’t feel bad. It’s pretty hard to resist.

WARNING COMMENTS CONTAIN SPOILERS

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NEW Good Reading Resource Hub is launched!

Good readingThe Good Reading Magazine has launched a new Resource Hub for book lovers to make reading the ‘Good Reading’ magazine easier and includes exciting interactive features. Access to the new resource is free to Library members, click here to access the Hub. When you click you will be taken to the homepage of the Resource Hub instead of the digital version of the magazine, you then sign up for a free membership with your email and chosen password. Once you sign up you will have access to:

 

 

 

  • Set up your own profile
    • Create a list of books you want to read
    • Create a list of books in your personal library that you’ve read
    • Recommend books to other readers
    • Write your own reviews and share them with other readers
  • Have access to the articles and reviews in all the magazines in a website format.  You will also have access to bonus exclusive interviews and stories just for online subscribers.
  • View the print magazine in a digital format. This is the same format as you have been viewing before.
  • Purchase books. For the convenience of readers they have connected their website with Booktopia, so you can purchase books.

 

Escape Winter Puzzle Wrap Up

blog template graphicCity of Parramatta Library’s Escape Winter Rebus Puzzle Competition has come to an end!

All winter long people had fun guessing the weekly Rebus Puzzles both online and in the Library. Over 330 entries were received.

Three lucky winners, drawn at random received one of three $50 Booktopia gift certificates.

If you had fun guessing the Rebus Puzzles and are eager to know if you guessed right,  have a look at the answers.

Week 1 – Dr No

Week 2 – Castaway

Week 3 – A Town Like Alice

Week 4 – Blue Lagoon

Week 5 – Eat Pray Love

Week 6 – 50 First Dates

Week 7 – Out of Africa

Week 8 – Death in Paradise

Week 9 – The Old Man and the Sea

Week 10 – Miami Vice

Week 11 – Jaws

Week 12 – Lord of the Flies

Week 13 – Pirates of the Caribbean

Week 14 – Treasure Island

All winners have been notifed and have collected their great prizes.

Thank you to every one who entered.

Information Access Team

 

 

 

 

2016 AusRom Today Reader’s Choice Awards now open

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Do you want to help celebrate Australian Romance Fiction? Why not vote now in the 2016 AusRom Today Reader’s Choice Awards – nominations are now open!

To nominate your favourite author and/or book, simply click here and choose the category you’d like to nominate in, one nomination per category per person. Catergories to choose from include: Best New Author, Best Established Author, Author of the Year, Cover of the Year and Book of the Year.

AusRomToday will compile nominated finalists for each award on 30th October 2016.  The ten most nominated nominees in each category will make it through to the public voting round.  These finalists will then be uploaded into voting albums on Facebook and open for public voting from November 1st.