Out of the Box – August 2019

August is officially over and here at the Library we are already looking forward to our next deliveries; it is definitely a case of too many books not enough time for the month of August!

FICTION

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Lies, Lies, Lies by Adele Parks

The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz

For the Killing of Kings by Howard Jones

Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar

Leading Men by Christopher Castellani

A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais

NON-FICTION

Walking Towards Thunder by Peter Fox

The Essential Oils Diet by Eric Zielinski

The Sydney Language by Jakelin Troy

Travel Goals: Inspiring Experiences to Transform Your Life – Lonely Planet

LARGE PRINT & TALKING BOOKS

Sound of Her Voice by Nathan Blackwell

55 by James Delargy

The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

The Last Girls of the Bonegilla by Victoria Purman

Photos of You by Tammy Robinson

The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion

Nicola’s Virtue by AnneMarie Brearkitty

Good Girl Bad Girl by Michael Robotham

The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon

Love Song by Sasha Wasley – Talking Book

The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth – Talking Book

The Love Knot by Elizabeth Chadwick – Talking Book

One Perfect Family by Anna Jacobs – Talking Book

FOR KIDS

House of Fear by James Powell – Graphic Novel

Travel Adventure of PJ Mouse (series) by Gwyneth Jane Page

Emperor of the Universe by David Lubar

Guardians of the Planet: How to be an Eco-Hero by Clive Gifford

Pink is For Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals by Jess Keating

Calling All Witches by Laurie Calkhoven

YOUNG ADULT

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafar

Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Black Wings Beating by Alex London

You Can Change the World: Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere by Margaret Rooke

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Bright Star by Erin Swan

We Are Ghosts by Vicky Skinner

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Woody Creek Series – Joy Dettman

The Woody Creek Series by Joy Dettman

Over the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to escape to the fictional town of Woody Creek, a small timber town set in rural Australia; and what a wonderful time I have had!

Joy Dettman is an Australian author and the very talented writer of the Woody Creek series, which I discovered one day while browsing my local bookstore. Working in a library, I was aware of the books and had wanted to read them for a long time but had never managed to get around to it. On this day, however the bookstore had a display of all the books in the series and they looked so pretty I could not leave them sitting there. I picked up the first two and four weeks later have now finished the whole seven books in the series.

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June Wrap Up: Book Clubs & Reading Groups

City of Parramatta Libraries, Book Clubs and Reading Groups seem to grow each month; in June we welcomed another Book Club into our Club’s.

Before June comes to end I find myself already preparing July’s Book Club and Reading Groups Kits; with twenty seven kits already to for July!

The popular title and author this month was Jane Harper, with two groups reading The Lost Man and other reading Force of Nature. In fact Jane seems to re-appear each month on the list of book club reads. I can understand why too. I loved both The Dry and The Lost Man.

If you are also a Jane Harper fan then you might like to check out her website for more information and updates on the up-coming film version of The Dry; starring the talented Eric Banner as Aaron Falk!

As always you can read our Book Club and Reading Groups reviews on Parra Reads. Just search the Categories Book Club Kits and Book Reviews.

Happy Reading!

Jody

Book Review: Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman

Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman

Following years of unrequited love, an out-of-work school teacher takes matters into his own hands, triggering a chain of events neither he nor his psychiatrist could have anticipated. At once a psychological thriller and a social critique, Seven Types of Ambiguity is a story of obsessive love in an age of obsessive materialism. 

COMMENTS

Beautifully written. The writer has a brilliant turn of phrase. For our little book club though, this book was a struggle.  We found its volume a little overwhelming and struggled to connect with any of the characters.  We liked the premise; we liked the way the story was told from each character’s point of view and how new pieces of the puzzle were revealed with each person as they told their version of the story.  We also found it fascinating that two people could be in the same situation and both see it so very differently.  However, towards the end of the novel, the changing of views, brought with it a lot of repetitiveness and it felt cumbersome. 

Overall, we would recommend this to readers who have time to read and are not reading to a deadline.  As even with an extension, many of our readers still struggled to get this one finished.

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6.5/10 – Cultcha Club Book Club

 

Book Review: The Bush by Don Watson

The Bush by Don Watson

While most of us live in cities clinging to the coastal fringe, our sense of what an Australian is, or should be, is drawn from the vast and varied inland called the bush. But what do we mean by ‘the bush’, and how has it shaped us?

Starting with his forebears’ battle to drive back nature and eke a living from the land, Don Watson explores the bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourselves and the national character, and those we don’t.

A milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history, The Bush takes us on a profoundly revelatory and entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.

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