The Book Club – 5 of the Best 2017

The Book Club, on ABC, have released the top 5 reads of 2017 as voted by their viewers. Why not reserve your copy now and see if you agree.

First, we make the beast beautiful – Sarah Wilson
Working class man
– Jimmy Barnes
Begin, end, begin : a #loveozya anthology – Amie Kaufman
Storyland – Catherine McKinnon
Every lie I’ve ever told – Rosie Waterland

Best books 2017 Reviewed by Australian Media – 2

There are titles by Aussie writers that might not be listed for any literary awards but they’re equally well written. The titles, with their diverse styles and literary fields, reviewed by critics here,  you can add any to this year’s City of Parramatta Library Summer Reading Challenges, because they all fit our reading theme: reading Australia.

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Best books 2017 Reviewed by Australian Media – 1

The following are some titles of 2017 reviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Australian Book Review (magazine). While the year comes to its festive season, we celebrate the diversity of books and reading. We’d like to share all those inspirational literature stories with you in a few separate posts and wish you a safe and lovely festive season. Continue reading

Indie Book Awards 2018 Longlists

This will be the first literary award in 2018, yes, we’re running into 2018!

Leading Edge Books has announced the longlists for the 2018 Indie Book Awards for books published in 2017.

The longlisted titles in each category are:


A Long Way from Home (Peter Carey, Hamish Hamilton)

The Life to Come (Michelle de Kretser, A&U)

First Person (Richard Flanagan, Vintage)

Force of Nature (Jane Harper, Pan)

The Choke (Sofie Laguna, A&U)

The Passage of Love (Alex Miller, A&U)

The Secrets She Keeps (Michael Robotham, Hachette)

Taboo (Kim Scott, Picador)

On the Java Ridge (Jock Serong, Text)

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All Australian Summer Reading Challenge

Welcome to our All Australian Summer Reading Challenge!

This Summer City of Parramatta Library is running an ‘All Australian Summer Reading Challenge’ for readers 18+ years.

The challenge runs from Monday 4 December 2017 to 26 February 2018.

It’s easy to participate, read 10 books written by Australian authors over Summer to enter a draw to win 1 of 3 Australian book packs!

You might be asking yourself why we decided to run an All Australian Summer Reading Challenge? The answer is simple really, City of Parramatta Library staff are huge readers of Australian authors, and we also get lots of enquiries from our readers to recommend Australian authors. Given that we thought it would be a great opportunity to assist our readers in discovering the wonderful world of Australian authors available at the Library!

Don’t forget you can always choose to enjoy an ebook as part of your challenge or even a selection of the great audio and eAudio books we have available. Personally I love listening to audio books, and most of my favourites are written by Australian authors. At the top of my list for audio books would have to be Beauty in Thorns by Kate Forsyth. While I read and loved the book, the audio book added such depth and feeling to the writing. Anyway enough about audio books, I could write another 500 words; instead I will share with you my Top 10 Australian authors, which believe me was really hard to narrow down!

In no particular order:

Kate Forsyth

Caroline Overington

Sara Foster

Inga Simpson

Kylie Kaden

Trudi Canavan

Nicola Moriarty (yes she is related to Liane Moriarty and in my opinion a talented writer)

Jane Harper

Craig Silvey

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To check out a wider list of authors take a look at our Australian Authors Guide and Australian Writers from Diverse Background.

Download an entry form Web – All Australian Summer Reading Challenge Booklet

Good Luck with the challenge everyone, I hope you discover some great new authors to read!

Happy Reading