As we get closer to Christmas and the end of another year we thought it would be a great time to share our Best Reads of 2021!
2021 might not have been a good year under normal circumstances but it certainly turned out to be a great year for good books and we love nothing better than sharing our love of great books with everyone.
We have listed some of the best books we read in 2021 in the hopes you might find something enjoyable to read over the Christmas and summer break.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season filled with lots of great reads; which by coincidence can be found at your local City of Parramatta Library!
Some of the great books we read in 2021….
Asking a librarian to limit their favourite book of the year to just one title is impossible! So we have decided to include every title we loved year. Download the complete uncut list now! Jam packed full of our 5/5 picks. Guaranteed to keep you busy way past Christmas and summer.
Hunt takes an irreverently humorous look at the early and tumultuous period of history from before Cook to the end of Macquarie’s ‘reign’.
It is amusing to begin with, but its’ too clever by half style quickly becomes tedious. It contains many footnotes and a large bibliography to underpin its’ historical veracity and may be popular with young high school students as a palatable introduction to Australian history studies.
Normal People is the story of Connell and Marianne who come from completely different backgrounds, but who are drawn to each other through different stages of their lives, starting at high school. Two young kids desperately wanting to be normal.
It is very well written, and it feels a little like a character study. It was a very different book for our group to read and generated a lot of discussion among us. Overall, we liked this book for the issues and questions it raised. From depression and anxiety to socio-economic status and teenage angst.
This novel, although so confronting in many scenes, was to us, essentially a love story. It was full of symbolism and hope, emphasising the importance of community, understanding and empathy. It was a gentle read and although it seemed simple, the topic and characterisations were complex. We felt it reminded us to listen to the stories that people have to tell, to remember happiness and to have hope. Providing contact information to refugee organisations was a practical way to provide help.
Sitting under the umbrella of ‘speculative’ fiction, Fantasy Fiction pulls the reader into a universe made up of complex relationships, of magical beings, of fascinating creatures and of supernatural elements that are often based on or influenced by existing myths and mythology.
Join Nisa and Rachel as they discussed two novels and two novellas in the genre: