Parra Reads, Online Book Club

Online we can all ‘Read Together’.

Joining a book club is a great way to socialise with like-minded people while discovering new authors and books!

But what do you do when an in-person book club doesn’t work? Maybe you have work commitments, or your friends don’t live nearby, or maybe it’s April 2020 and COVID-19 and social distancing has resulted in your monthly book club meetings being ‘put on hold’ until the world rights itself!

Given the current situation and because we have been wanting to do this for a while we thought it would be the perfect time to start up an online book club, and we called it ‘Parra Reads’ of course!

Every month, a book-crazy group of Librarians will select two books they love and share them with readers.

Join in the online discussion on the ‘Parra Reads’ forum page, or share your thoughts via Twitter using #parrareadsbookclub

The books selected will include a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction and include newer and older titles.

The two titles chosen for April are:

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

Published by Pan Macmillan in January 2019.

Someone once told me that you have two families in your life – the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partner, but you don’t choose your mother-in-law. The cackling mercenaries of fate determine it all.

From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, but Lucy knew, even after marrying Oliver, that they’d never have the closeness she’d been hoping for.

But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family. Lucy had wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was ten years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, leaving a suicide note. But the autopsy reveals evidence of suffocation. And everyone in the family is hiding something…

Available to download from BorrowBox as eBook & eAudiobook. You will need to download the BorrowBox app to read and listen; available in the App Store & Google Play. ‘The Mother-In-Law is a special campaign title; which means multiple readers can access the title a once!

Alice to Prague by Tanya Heaslip

Published by Allen & Unwin, May 2019.

What happens when a young independent Northern Territory country girl decides to follow her dreams and go off in search of adventures abroad? An honest, often funny, bittersweet memoir of love, loss and belonging; of the hard-won understanding around where home lies.

In 1994, with a battered copy of Let’s Go Europe stuffed in her backpack, Tanya Heaslip left her safe life as a lawyer in outback Australia and travelled to the post-communist Czech Republic.

Dismissing concerns from family and friends that her safety and career were at risk, she arrived with no teaching experience whatsoever, to work at a high school in a town she’d never heard of, where the winters are frigid and plunge to sub-zero temperatures.

During her childhood on an isolated cattle station in Central Australia, Tanya had always dreamed of adventure and romance in Europe but the Czech Republic was not the stuff of her dreams. On arrival, however, she falls headlong into misadventures that change her life forever.

Available to download as eBook from rbDigital. You will need to download the rbDigital app to read the title; available in the App Store & Google Play. ‘Alice to Prague’ is a special campaign title; which means multiple readers can access the title a once!


We hope you join us in our new online reading adventure.

Happy Reading!

Parra Reads Group      

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