August Author Talks

City of Parramatta Libraries have once again teamed up with Public Libraries NSW to offer our communities the chance to attend FREE online author talks over the coming months. Each ‘in conversation’ style talk will be with a range of best-selling authors and a librarian from the hosting library.
There are two author talks for the month of August that you can attend from the comfort of home – Kyle Perry and Larissa Behrendt.

Kyle Perry Presents The Deep
Thursday 5 August 6.30pm

Kyle Perry will be in conversation with Catherine du Peloux Menage from Bad Sydney Crime Writers’ Festival speaking about his new book, The Deep.
From the bestselling breakout author of The Bluffs comes a heart-stopping new thriller set on the rugged coast of Tasmania about modern-day pirates, family bonds and betrayals, and the hidden dangers that lurk in the deep…
To register book online – parra.city/perry21

Larissa Behrendt Presents After Story
Thursday 19 August 6.30pm

Larissa Behrendt will be in conversation with Kiesha Mealey-Haroa from City of Parramatta Libraries, discussing her moving new novel, After Story.
When Indigenous lawyer Jasmine decides to take her mother Della on a tour of England’s most revered literary sites, Jasmine hopes it will bring them closer together and help them reconcile the past. Ambitious and engrossing, After Story celebrates the extraordinary power of words and the quiet spaces between.
To register book online – parra.city/behrendt21

All About Books Winter 2021

Welcome to the Winter 2021 edition of All About Books. Once again there is a wonderful range of fiction and non fiction books being published for adults and teens from best selling and debut authors. The always popular Staff Picks make an appearance and news of our upcoming author talks are on page 43. Many of the titles are available as ebooks while those that aren’t can be added to your to be borrowed pile when we re-open. Happy Reading!

Ned Kelly Awards 2021 Shortlist

The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious recognition honouring published crime fiction and true crime writing. The categories are Best Crime Fiction, Best Debut Crime Fiction, Best True Crime and Best International Crime Fiction. The shortlist titles have now been announced with the winners for each category announced in October. Why not see if one of your favourites have been selected or read one now.

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

Jody

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Lockdown Listening!

Prior to lockdown, eAudiobooks were a normal part of my routine. In fact the only way I could cope with the commute to work was by listening to a book.

Working from home hasn’t curbed my enthusiasm for eAudiobooks in the least. I now find myself becoming just a bit obsessed with browsing all the amazing books in our BorrowBox library and I absolutely love the way you can listen to a preview of the title before borrowing.

After all what is more relaxing than someone reading you a story, which is basically what an eAudiobook book is right? eAudiobooks give me the chance to escape and block out all the annoying, stressful things and enjoy a good book when I am unable to actually physically sit down and read one.

So without further ramblings I thought I would share with you some of the great eAudiobooks I have listened to; not only during lockdown but over the last few months and my ‘all time’ favourites.

It is my hope that you will find something amazing to listen to and take your mind off everything going on at the moment.

You can find all my listening favourites in our BorrowBox Library.

Here is hoping you all find the perfect book to listen to, and lose yourself in the amazing world of storytelling that is eAudiobooks.

Happy listening,

Jody

P.S.

I forgot to mention that BorrowBox recently launched their new and improved BorrowBox website and app and I am loving it! The ease of use and the attractive way the books are displayed and how easy it is to navigate around really has had me spend way too much time browsing and reserving.

You can explore BorrowBox for yourself here!

Some of my recent eAudiobooks

Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon

Someone I used to Know by Paige Toon

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Prison healer by Lynette Noni

Wolfe Island by Lucy Trealor

The switch by Beth O’Leary

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Top 9 All Time Favourite eAudiobooks, in no particular order….

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss

A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey

The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville

Black Diamonds by Kim Kelly

Sistersong by Lucy Holland

Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling & read by Stephen Fry

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes