Staff Picks What We Read in May

Wow! May certainly was a great month for reading.

In fact, our lunch room has been abuzz with all the book talk. Each one of us eager to share with the other what amazing book we have been reading. The upside of all our book discussions is we then get to share with you our fellow readers just what books have caught our attention this month.

It is our hopes you will then share with your book buddies, enabling every one of your book loving friends to have an endless supply of good books to get lost in over the coming colder months.

So, what have we been reading over the last month? We have listed them below for you to browse and find your next great read!

Recommended Reading

Sistersong by Lucy Holland (Fiction) – I absolutely adored this book! The perfect mix of British folklore and fantasy. Beautifully written, and at times heartbreaking, Lucy Holland manages to weave a brilliant story web that keeps you ensnared until the very last word has been read! (Jody)

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni (Book 1) – Young adult fantasy at its best! (Jody)

Life’s Too Short (Friend Zone, 3) by Abby Jimenez – Amazing! Definitely my favourite book in the series. (Kate)

The Disappearance of Stephanie Mailer by Joel Dicker

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Solstice Countdown by Lisa Shearin – The 7th book in the urban fantasy SPI Files series featuring seer Makenna Fraser and her goblin dark mage partner Rake Danescu protecting the world from evil – great continuation of the series.

Heartsick, three stories about love and loss, and what happens in between by Jessie Stephens

The Fix, how to overcome the invisible barriers that are holding women back at work by Michelle P. King

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

All About Books Autumn 2021

Welcome to the somewhat belated Autumn edition of our reading suggestions guide. Just like our previous editions this one is packed full of an amazing array of titles being published for adults and teens this Season. There is sure to be something for everyone regardless of their reading tastes with fiction, non fiction, young adult, debut authors and our ever popular staff picks to choose from.

Printed copies will soon be at your local branch of the City of Parramatta Libraries or for those who can’t wait simply download your copy now and reserve titles that grab your attention by clicking on the book cover. Don’t forget to check out the news of our upcoming online author talks including a very special 1960s inspired ‘watch at the library’ event.
As always Happy Reading!

Australia & the First World War in Books

Through books and stories, we remember.

The heroic tales, the unsung men, women and animals who served and fought for our Country at war and those left behind at home.

These stories of comradery, friendship and heartbreak are how we can remember and acknowledge the sacrifice and loss of a time past.

Explore some of these amazing stories and remember.

Lest We Forget

Radicals: Remembering the Sixties

Are you tired of watching online author talks by yourself? Want to meet with other book lovers and reminisce about the 1960’s?  We invite you to either watch at home or get your ‘groove on’ at our watch at the library event on Thursday 13 May at 1pm.

Join us at Parramatta Library at our Sixties gathering to watch the talk on our big screen. Enjoy our 60s themed décor and free light lunch inspired by the period. Did you know that the 1960’s saw the invention of Splice (1962), Tim Tams (1964) and the release of the first Margaret Fullton Cookbook (1968)?

Meredith Burgmann and Nadia Wheatley will be in conversation via Zoom with Melinda McNaughton from Wollondilly Library Service discussing Radicals: Remembering the Sixties with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association.

Register to attend our 60s themed ‘watch at the library’ event by calling Parramatta Library on 9806 5159 during opening hours. Each attendee for the on-site event will go into the draw for a chance to win a copy of the book in our lucky door prize. Get an extra entry into the draw by dressing up in Sixties themed clothing or accessories. Social distancing and covid19-safe restrictions will apply.

Unable to get to Parramatta Library but want to watch the talk?
To attend the event online via Zoom as an audience member – book here

The Sixties – an era of protest, free love, civil disobedience, duffel coats, flower power, giant afros and desert boots, all recorded on grainy black and white film footage – marked a turning point for change. Radicals found their voices and used them.  While the initial trigger for protest was opposition to the Vietnam War, this anger quickly escalated to include Aboriginal Land Rights, Women’s Liberation, Gay Liberation, Apartheid, Student Power and ‘workers’ control’. 

In Radicals some of the people doing the changing – including David Marr, Margret Road Knight, Gary Foley, Jozefa Sobski and Geoffrey Robertson – reflect on how the decade changed them and Australian society forever.

Our Most Borrowed Books January to March 2021

Ready, Set, Read!

2021 is certainly gearing up to be a great year for books, with so many great new titles hitting the shelves in the first three months.

Here, at City of Parramatta Libraries, we like nothing better than helping you; our readers, discover your great read. Whether that be a new author or revisiting an old favourite, we are here to help.

Below you will find a list of our, ‘Top Six’ most borrowed fiction, young adult, junior & picture book titles for January to March.

Have fun exploring! Remember placing a hold is free and you can pick it up from any one of our Libraries.

I have also snuck in my personal, ‘Top Six’ picks for books I have read over the past three months. Just to tempt you even more.

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Happy Reading,

Jody