Second Chance Books

Thank you to everyone who responded and assisted me with putting together a list of books, that at some point in time we, ‘just couldn’t finish’.

There were a few books that more than one person couldn’t finish, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘, ‘The Girl on the Train‘ and ‘Twilight‘.

Click on the link below to check out the full list of titles. You never know you might just find the perfect title to read in June!

Books we just couldn’t finish, Second Chance Books

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Book Club Books Reviews April 2021

Girt by David Hunt

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.


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Normal People by Sally Rooney

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. 


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The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

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.

Read by MJ Readers

Podcast Fantasy Fiction

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:

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart. Orbit, 2020

The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood. Tor, 2020 –

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo. Tor, 2020

Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho. Tor, 2020

Book Club Reviews

Read what our Dundas book clubs thought of their most recent picks!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris


The darkest part of our recent history, this story is the heartrending account of two survivors of Auschwitz. Lale and Gita met during three horrendous years of incarceration and their story is a tribute to their survival against all odds. History made personal in this way leaves a lingering mark on readers. A book well written and researched and well worth reading.

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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

This novel was written with so many layers. It was complex yet at it’s heart, a family story with real, relatable characters.

We found the writing in the beginning chaotic but as the story evolved, it was very reflective of the lives of the characters. The style reminded us of a children’s spirograph with all the interwoven, bouncing lines coming together to form a resolution of reconnection, healing and love.

We so enjoyed the use of metaphors, succinct language and vivid descriptions. They had us laughing and crying. A novel well worth taking the time to read.

Read by the MJ Readers

Book Reviews Harp in the South & The Life to Come & My Family and Other Animals

Our MJ Readers book club recently read, ‘The Harp in the South‘ by Ruth Park & ‘My Family and Other Animals‘ by Gerald Durrell. Another one of our clubs the Dundas Readers read ‘The Life to Come‘ by Michelle de Kretser. One group loved their book while the other one not so much. Read what our groups thought about their books below!

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