Introducing Click & Read

City of Parramatta Libraries are proud to introduce a new series of promotional material to help our community connect with books 24/7, especially while we are closed. We have been very busy behind the scenes producing online content and purchasing additional Online Library items. Our ever popular eBooks, eAudio & eMagazines have been getting a real workout.

‘Click & Read’ postcards are an alternative to our in-library bookmarks and are designed to make it a little easier to find authors in your favourite genre. Each postcard lists a number of great authors who write eBooks/eAudio in popular genres or subjects. Simply click on the author name to display a listing of available titles via our library catalogue, choose a title you wish to read and borrow it via our Wheelers ePlatform or Bolinda BorrowBox apps.
Why not download the first set of ‘Click & Read’ postcards by clicking on a genre now?

All About Books Autumn 2020

The new All About Books for Autumn 2020 can be downloaded above. 

The new reading suggestions guide has been revamped after survey results from readers in our last Summer edition, there is more short descriptions of books, more young adult and more pages. There are so many amazing books coming out this March, April and May for adults and young adults in a diverse range of genres and subjects – there is sure to be something for everyone.

There are two books in particular that I want to mention as they were left out of the guide when our author talk program was suspended recently.

The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham (March 3) is a moving debut by a talented new storyteller.

Growing up can feel like a death sentence.
Life in a troubled neighbourhood demands too much too young. But Sonny wouldn’t really know.
Watching the world from her bedroom window, she exists only in second-hand romance novels and falls for any fast-food employee who happens to spare her a glance.
Everything changes with the return of Vince, a boy who became a legend after he was hauled away in handcuffs at fourteen.
Sonny and Vince used to be childhood friends. But with all that happened in-between, childhood seems so long ago. It will take two years of juvie, an inebriated grandmother and a porn stash for them to meet again.

Gathering Dark by Candice Fox (March 31) is her new thriller, set in Los Angeles, introducing a new – and decidedly unconventional – team of ‘detectives’.

A convicted killer. A gifted thief. A vicious crime boss. A disillusioned cop.
Together they’re a missing girl’s only hope.
Blair Harbour, once a wealthy, respected surgeon in Los Angeles, is now an ex-con down on her luck. She’s determined to keep her nose clean to win back custody of her son. But when her former cellmate begs for help to find her missing daughter, Blair is compelled to put her new-found freedom on the line.
Joined by LA’s most feared underworld figure, the crew of criminals bring outlaw tactics to the search. Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a difficult relationship with the LAPD. 
It’s been ten years since Jessica arrested Blair for the cold-blooded murder of her neighbour. So when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor and her friends early one morning she expects abuse, maybe even violence.
What comes instead is a plea for help.

Parra Pods – Episode 30 – What is a Romance Novel?

Episode 30 – What is a Romance Novel?

Stories of love – romantic love – have been entertaining people for thousands of years. Shared through the written medium, stories within the romance genre have been one of the biggest publishing phenomena of the last century.

Join Katherine and Nisa as they discuss this vast and unwieldy category of books, home to a variety of sub-genres ranging from paranormal romance, fantasy romance and historical romance to contemporary romance,  (possibly) chick lit, erotic romance and religious/Christian romance novels. 

Books discussed include:

Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen. T. Egerton, 1813

Love in the time of cholera / Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Alfred A Knopf, 1988 [originally publisher in Spanish in 1985]

Pride, prejudice and other flavours / Sonali Dev. Harper Collins, May 2019

Outlander / Diana Gabaldon. Delacorte Books, 1991.

All About Books – Summer 2020

The latest edition of our reading suggestions guide for adults and teens is now out for Summer 2020. It has an amazing array of books that are being published over the next 3 months in a variety of genres and subjects – there is sure to be something for everyone. Pick up your FREE copy at any of our Library branches or click the cover to download. Each book cover in the guide contains a one-click link to our Library Catalogue for easy reservations. Why not quick link your copy even before it is published!

We are also asking for feedback about the format and contents of All About Books via a short survey in order to help us make the booklet even better. You have until Sunday 15 March 2020 to complete the survey and you can go into the draw for a chance to win a $30 book pack prize – just for having your say. The survey can be completed here or ask Library Staff for a paper copy.

Don’t forget that the All About Books – Kids edition for 0-5 year olds is also out and available at any of our Libraries. It has a range of suggested books to read as well as many fun puzzles.

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