All About Books – Autumn 2019

Our latest edition of our reading suggestions guide, All About Books is now here! It is full of a selection of some of the best books being published in the next three months.
There is a little something for everyone from adults to teens to children, for those who like their fiction to those that prefer non fiction. Don’t forget to check out our upcoming Author Talk events in April & May.
Pick up your FREE copy at any of the City Of Parramatta Libraries or download it now (just click on the cover).

Paper Chains – Book Review

 

PAPER CHAINS

Nicola Moriarty

About the Book

A heart-warming story of family, friendship and forgiveness – and the crazy twists of fate that shape our lives…

Hannah and India are new best friends. Although true friendship means always telling each other the truth, doesn’t it…?

Hannah, you see, is running from her life back in Sydney. Now in London, she’s trying to put the past behind her, and finding this amazing new friend is a positive step forward. If only she could stop punishing herself for what she did.

India knows Hannah is hiding something big, and she’s determined to figure it out. Fast.

Because India has a secret of her own… One that is currently sealed in a love letter that’s making its journey across Europe in the most unconventional way.

Before it reaches its destination, can India help Hannah learn to forgive herself? And will Hannah wake up and realise that India needs rescuing too …?

https://www.penguin.com.au/books/paper-chains-9781742752624

Comments

As the rating (4/10) indicates, Paper Chains is ok. A vanilla romance about two young Australian women, India and Hannah who meet by chance in London. Both are running away from a traumatic event in their lives which they don’t wish to reveal.

Paper Chains is a competently written, perfectly adequate book. Would prefer a more challenging read for a book club title. Will be interested in reading the comments of other book clubs.

An enjoyable ‘light’ read.

4/10

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Dundas Readers

 

 

Low Tox Life with Alexx Stuart Author Talk

Saturday 23 February 2019 – 2pm – Parramatta Library

Join Alexx Stuart at Parramatta Library in talking about her new book, Low Tox Life. Learn to switch and ditch the nasties in each room of your home, for anyone who wants to make changes for the better, to create a healthier environment for their family and, in doing so, a healthier planet.
Alexx will demonstrate a great coffee body scrub, a natural room spray and a low tox dry shampoo that you can make at home from simple ingredients with samples of the body scrub to take home. Books will be on site for purchase and author signing. Light refreshments provided.
Book Online | $3

Librarians Choice December and January

Welcome to the last Top 10 Librarians’ Choice reads for 2018! There is some great new books being published this month and next – a little something for everyone. Click on a title below to reserve a copy as your next Summer read.

Half Moon Lake by Kirsten Alexander
(Librarians’ Choice Favourite)

An engrossing mystery set in America’s deep south. It’s about a missing boy, and the two very different mothers who claim that he belongs to them. This is a work of fiction, but it was inspired by the true story of a boy named Bobby Dunbar who went to play in the woods with his brothers and never returned.

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence
The Year of the Beast by Steven Carroll
Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare
Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox
The Promised Land by Barry Maitland
The Cottage at Rosella Cove by Sandie Docker
The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers by Kerri Turner
How to be Second Best by Jessica Dettmann
I Can’t Remember the Title But the Cover is Blue by Elias Greig

 

Australian Reading Hour

This Thursday 20 September, 2018 is Australian Reading Hour. We encourage you to take an hour of time out of your busy schedule to open a book and read, grow, escape, learn and relax. Read on your own or with a child, parent, partner or a friend. Rediscover the joys and benefits of reading!

In adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea!

Reading is closely linked to increasing our understanding of our own identities.

In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future.

It was found by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research that reading to children six to seven days a week puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to.

Here are some titles that Parramatta library staff will be reading tomorrow:

Transcription by Kate Atkinson (Jody)

The mystery of three quarters by Sophie Hannah (Yan)

Gardening on a shoestring: 100 ways to create a garden on a budget by Alex Mitchell (Nathan)

The Republic by Plato (Ali)

Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola (Sharni)

All the pretty horses by Cormac McCarthy (Michael)

I hate never by Camilla Isley (Kate)

Educated by Tara Westover (Nisa)

Blind by Cath Weeks (Sarah P.)

Trying. Love, loose pants and the quest for a baby by H. Cossey (Sarah H.)