History lessons – my topic reads

Have you ever had the feeling that you cannot find any books that you feel like reading anymore? It was because of this very feeling that I started reading in topics/series. This allowed me to concentrate on one topic/series at time but in numerous books, both fiction and non fiction, and read through them carefully. I believe that books connect to one another, just as all human stories are connected.

Recently my focus has been history, and politics. I know it is a big topic, but I selected what I was interested in and started to read.

First, I read a non fiction book, Has the west lost it? By Kishore Mahbubani. The author was an expert on Asia and world affairs and well regarded in Singapore. His book has different views regarding the western culture and its influence to Asia and Africa, the Rest, as author differential it from the West. While he highly commends the West he was also critical about it, because he felt the West was biased in recent decades and the West couldn’t see the changes beyond it. According to the author before 1820, the world largest economies were always those of China and India. Then Europe took over, followed by America. Now after analysing pages of statistics, the author asserted that ‘China and India have regained their natural share as those of America and Europe have begun to shrink.’ Will it? I think any difference of opinions, no matter how uncomfortable, are worth our attention.

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Podcast – Celebrating Women

Parra Pods – Episode 11

Katherine, Nisa & Yi discuss some recent releases all about ‘Celebrating Women’.

We wanted to mark International Women’s Day: More Powerful Together (2019’s motto) in this Podcast by reviewing three women focused titles.

What follows was a robust female focused discussion that sheds light on the current state of women’s lives in the world today and the progress we still need to make to achieve equality.

Some of the books mentioned in this Podcast include:

Germaine: the Life of Germaine Greer by Elizabeth Kleinhenz, 2018

Betraying Big Brother: Feminist Awakening in China by Leta Hong Fincher, 2018

The Women’s Atlas by Joni Seager, 2018


Thanks for listening,

Katherine, Nisa & Yi

New Look – Blog

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the NEW LOOK Parra Reads!!!

We hope you love the fresh look as much as we do. Don’t worry not much has changed we just updated the look and feel for our 60th anniversary to create a more modern clean style.

Happy Reading,

Information Access Team


Book Review The Other Wife by Michael Robotham

The Other Wife 

Michael Robotham

Book Summary

A secret wife. A secret life. A killer who knows. The new bestseller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its shocking climax, by multi-million-copy selling author Michael Robotham.

William and Mary have been married sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both are strong believers in right and wrong.

William and Olivia have been together twenty years. Olivia was once a tennis star, but her career has long since faded.

Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true. But when he is called to his father’s hospital bed after a brutal attack, everything he once knew is turned upside down. Is it possible his father, the upstanding citizen, was leading a double life?

And who is the strange woman crying at William’s bedside, covered in his blood – a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer?

A confronting psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, the bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps.


We enjoyed this book. While this is apparently book no. 9 in this series, it’s the first one we have read and we don’t think you need to have read any of the previous novels.  This can be read as a standalone. We loved the main character, Joe O’Loughlin and the backstory with his girls, Charlie and Emma.  It was a compelling storyline that sparked our interest immediately and short sharp chapters that kept us moving along.  There were lots of twists and turns which kept us guessing to the end.  None of our readers picked ‘whodunit’.  We got a lost a little towards the end with a flurry of turns but overall, we found this a good book that would make a good holiday read.

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Cutcha Club – 7/10