Big Bang Books!

Titles that have been hugely popular in the last ten to twenty years.

As August fast approaches, I have to admit to being completely behind in my blog posts. Will you accept that the current COVID situation has thrown things in the library world into chaos?

City of Parramatta Libraries is temporary closed and my colleagues and I are busy coming up with ideas to keep you all engaged online; all from the comfort or maybe chaos of our own homes.

As always I am finding it hard to concentrate on one book long enough to finish it and have almost given up hope that I will actually read a title related to our monthly reading themes. I am blaming the fact that I spend way too much time researching great titles to recommend that I overload on them and can’t even think about possibly reading one.

My colleague Michelle and I both failed in our attempts to actually finish ‘Wolf Hall’ by Hilary Mantel for the umpteen time, and lets not even mention July’s ‘memorable memoirs’. I am hoping to have better luck with August’s theme of ‘big bang’ books.

In saying all of that, we have managed to put our heads together and come up with our picks for books that have made a big splash over the last ten years.

Happy reading



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The help by Kathryn Stockett – ePlatorm

Room by Emma Donoghue – ePlatform

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr – ePlatform, BorrowBox

My brilliant friend by Elena FerranteePlatform

Becoming by Michelle Obama – ePlatform, BorrowBox

A little life by Hanya Yanagihara – ePlatform

The Dry by Jane Harper – ePlatform, BorrowBox

Normal People by Sally Rooney – ePlatform, BorrowBox

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, BorrowBox

The natural way of things by Charlotte Wood – BorrowBox

The underground railroad by Colson Whitehead

Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton – ePlatform, BorrowBox

Wolf hall by Hilary Mantel – ePlatform, BorrowBox

The luminaries – Eleanor Catton – ePlatform

Go set a watchman – Harper Lee

The testaments by Margaret Atwood – BorrowBox

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – ePlatform, BorrowBox

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo – ePlatform, BorrowBox

Gone girl – Gillian Flynn

The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson – ePlatform, BorrowBox

The life-changing magic of tidying by Marie Kondo – ePlatform, BorrowBox

Eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert – ePlatform, BorrowBox

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman – BorrowBox

The goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng

The tiger’s wife by Tea Obreht

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – BorrowBox

Where the crawdads sing by Delia Owens – BorrowBox

This is going to hurt by Adam Kay – ePlatform, BorrowBox

The Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – BorrowBox

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – ePlatform, BorrowBox