Reading Hour

Thursday, the 19th of September is Reading Hour – a once in a year event when we stop what we’re doing to disappear into the world of books. Library staff are excited to be sharing some of their reads with you. I’ll be reading the new Margaret Atwood book The testaments, Jodi will be listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Katherine will be engrossed in A woman like her: the short life of Qandeel Baloch by Sanam Maher. Check out some recommendations for our junior audience by Antonia and Sandra below:                                                                                              Nisa

Booker Prize shortlist announced!

 After announcing their excellent longlist last month, The Booker Prize Foundation has just released the shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize. We’re very excited to see the list of works that have made the cut, including the latest books by Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood. I wonder who will take out the ultimate title? Stay tuned…           Nisa

Out of the Box – July 2019

We are now officially half way through the year, hard to believe isn’t it? And the Library has already added thousands of new items to its collection.

Are you aware that if the library doesn’t have a book you want to read, there are two ways for you to request it –

For new material, (items published within the last 2 years) fill out the Suggestions for Purchase Form, or ask Library staff for help. If the book is available and fits in with our collection guidelines we will purchase a copy and place hold on it for you.

For material older than 2 years, City of Parramatta Libraries offers an Inter Library Loan Service. Where for a small non-refundable fee, (each item) we will search and see if we can locate the item and borrow it from another library service. for full guidelines and to fill in the online form click HERE.

Below is a small snapshot of what arrived on the Library’s shelves in July!

TALKING BOOKS

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion

Trails in the Trails in the Dust by Joy Dettman. We also purchased the, ebook, eAudio and hard copies. Book 7 in the Woody Creek series; which fans of Australian fiction will find hard to put down in any format. The Audio versions are particularly enjoyable!

FICTION

A Bond Undone by Jin Yong

Breathless by Helen Hardt

Devi’s Lair by Sarah Barrie

The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

Fabulous Lives by Bindy Pritchard

Losing the Plot by Elizabeth Coleman

Paranoid by Lisa Jackson

Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern

The Ruthless by Peter Newman

The Roadhouse by Kerry McGinnis

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Trails in the Dust by Joy Dettman

The Yield by Tara June Winch

YOUNG ADULT

Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans

The Deceiver’s Heart by Jennifer Nielsen

No Place Like Here by Christina June

The Gifted, the Talented and Me by William Sutcliffe

Out of my Mind by Sharon M Draper

Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst

Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra

Teen Titans Raven by Kami Garcia (Graphic Novel)

The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair

The Virtue of Sin by Shannon Schuren

NON FICTION

The Courage to be Happy: true contentment is within your power by Ichiro Kishimi

Everyday Resilience by Michelle Mitchell

See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill

Mandatory Murder by Steven Schubert

The Last Unknowns by John Brockman

Before I Forget by Geoffrey Blainey

Blue Sky Mind by Ian Gawler

Jumping off the Hamster Wheel by Jamie Cunningham

The Fast 800 Recipe Book by Claire Bailey

Wabi Sabi Home by Mark Bailey

Lunch Box Express by George Georgievski

FOR KIDS!

Grandma Dangerous and the Toe of Treachery by Kita Mitchell (Junior Fiction)

You Won’t Believe This by Adam Baron (Junior Fiction)

Help! I Smell a Monster by Justin Davies (Junior Fiction)

Life Cycles. Egg to Butterfly by Rachel Tonkin (Non Fiction)

Investigating Magnets by Jacqui Bailey (Non Fiction)

The World’s Worst Teachers by David Walliams ( Junior Fiction)

Kids Can Code! Fun Ways to Learn Computer Programming by Ian Garland

Podcast – Young Adult Fiction

In Episode 17 of Parra Pods, Katherine & Nisa discuss some of the amazing Young Adult fiction books they have read over the last couple of weeks.

Reading Youth Adult fiction in all its diversity is great way to understand the issues facing the up and coming generation. The books that we review in this episode discuss diverse themes  such as “Black lives matter”, growing up Muslim in Australia, body issues and being young and LGBTQ identified. What these wonderful books have in common is that they are all thought provoking, funny at times, often inspiring and always entertaining. I urge you to grab a YA book now and enjoy!

Some of the books discussed in this podcast include:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, 2017.

How (Not) to Ask a Boy to the Prom by S.J. Goslee, 2019.

You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abel-Magied, 2019

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Podcast Up Lit

Parra Pods – Episode 13 Up Lit in Review

Up Lit – What is it? & why do we love it!

‘Up Lit’ can be described as books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are  uplifting and life-affirming and in our latest episode of Parra Pods Katherine, Nisa & Yi discuss and review four titles in this popular newish genre.

If you are tired of reading grim true crime and Scandi Noir, try some of these titles on for size:

Some of the books discussed in the Podcast include:

Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One – Raphaelle Giordano

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

The Happiness Project Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun – Gretchen Rubin

My Squirrel Days – Ellie Kemper

Why not have a listen now?