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Looking for reading inspiration over Christmas? Why not take a look at the best books of 2016 from Dymocks.
The Dry – Jane Harper
Commonwealth – Ann PatchettGoodwood – Holly Throsby
The Toymaker – Liam Pieper
Who’s that girl – Mhairi McFarlane
Talking to my country – Stan Grant
The Fireman – Joe Hill
Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld
The Nest – Cynthia D’Apriz Sweeney
My sister Rosa – Justine Larbalestier
King’s Rising – C.S. Pacat
The girl with the lower back tattoo – Amy Schumer
Before the Fall – Noah Hawley
The Atomic Weight of Love – Elizabeth J. Church
Breathing Under Water – Sophie Hardcastle
The Mothers – Brit Bennett
The Chocolate Tin – Fiona McIntosh
A Kiss from Mr Fiztgerald – Natasha Lester
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman
The Locksmith’s Daughter – Karen Brooks
The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
The Hatching – Ezekiel Boone
The Silence Between Breaths – Cath Staincliffe
Our Chemical Hearts – Krystal Sutherland
Hillbilly Elegy – J.D. Vance
The Things I Didn’t Say – Kylie Fornasier
You Know Me Well – David Levithan
Frankie – Shivaun Plozza
The High Places – Fiona McFarlane
The Summer That Melted Everything – Tiffany McDaniel
The Road to Ruin – Niki Savva
The View from the Cheap Seats – Neil Gaiman
The Hanging Tree – Ben Aaronovitch
Pig the Elf – Aaron Blabey
Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London – Kate Knapp
A Child of Books – Oliver Jeffers
The Tales of Mrs Mancini – Natalie Jane Prior
Oi Dog! Oi Dog! – Kes Gray
Information provided – https://www.dymocks.com.au/books/all/recommend-Best-Books-of-2016#
Thornwood House – Anna Romer
When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War Two medic – Samuel Riordan, the homestead’s former occupant – and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him. But as Audrey digs deeper into Samuel’s story, she discovers he was accused of bashing to death a young woman on his return from the war in 1946.
When she learns about other unexplained deaths in recent years – one of them a young woman with injuries echoing those of the first victim – she begins to suspect that the killer is still very much alive. And now Audrey, thanks to her need to uncover the past, has provided him with good reason to want to kill again.
This was a great book. Beautifully written that generated lots of discussion amongst our group for good reasons this time. On the whole we all enjoyed the book. It drew us in very quickly as it weaved its web of intrigue and deceit. However, during our discussions we found a lot of holes in the storyline. What were the characters motives? Just why was the murderer so obsessed with the mother and daughter?
We also felt the book needed a little editing. There were large sections of the book, lengthy descriptions about weather and plants, and characters that seemed to be introduced unnecessarily, that our readers skimmed over.
Overall, it was a great read that we definitely recommend, scoring a solid 8 from our group. Everyone especially enjoyed the letters between Samuel and Aylish, taking us back to a time before technology and text messaging!
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The winners of the Good Reads Best Books of 2016 have been announced – did your favourite win?
Categories included: Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Horror, Humour, Non Fiction, Memoir & Autobiography, History & Biography, Science & Technology, Food & Cookbooks, Graphic Novels & Comics, Poetry, Debut Goodreads Author, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Middle Grade & Children’s, and Picturebook.
HINT – Click on the category below to see the winner and shortlisted books and click on the title to reserve your copy of the winner now. The Library has all of the winning books and many of the shortlisted ones. Continue reading
Ever wondered what the ABC National Radio presenters love to read? Why not check out their favourite reads of the year.
For the full review of the book from each presenter click here.
Click on the title below to reserve your copy to read over Summer.
- Cassie McCullagh: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
- Richard Fidler: The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
- Scott Stephens: Anger and Forgiveness by Martha Nussbaum
- Paul Barclay: Talking to My Country by Stan Grant
- Natasha Mitchell: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeannette Winterson and My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
- Andrew Ford: Keeping On Keeping On byAlan Bennett
- Sarah Kanowski: Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner
- Annabelle Quince: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Kate Evans: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- Ann Jones: Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
- Amanda Smith: Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
- Michael Cathcart: The Return by Hisham Matar
- Antony Funnell: A World on Fire by Amanda Foreman
- Robyn Williams: The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
- Patricia Karvelas: Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
- Lynne Malcolm: Nutshell by Ian McEwan
- Tom Switzer: The Populist Explosion by John B. Judis