Australia & The World Wars

City of Parramatta Council commemorates VP Day https://www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/vp

Victory in the Pacific Day (VP Day) is commemorated each year on 15 August. This year will mark 75 years since the conclusion of World War II.

To commemorate this important anniversary, the City of Parramatta Libraries have provided a range of informative resources for you to explore.

If you haven’t already explored some of the many informative resources we have available here at City of Parramatta Libraries, you should.

Have fun exploring!

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Podcast Episode 34 Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction as a genre is fascinating for the window it provides to the past, to characters and events both real and imagined, to lives in a time so different to our own.

Historical Fiction is one of my favourite genres that I have been reading for so long. This is purely because I love escaping my reality for a while and getting sucked into the past. While it may not always be pleasant, I find it fascinating.

Because I have been reading Historical Fiction for a long time there are literally hundreds of titles that I could add to the books Nisa and Antonia discussed in the podcast. However, I think my ‘Top Six’ might have to do for this post; after all I am supposed to be promoting our latest episode of Parra Pods!

Needless to say the podcast as always was interesting to listen to and when I say listen, I mean it! When you edit a podcast you have to listen through at least three times or at least I normally do.

Anyway enjoy our ‘Historical Fiction’ podcast. And if you are looking for some more recommendations checkout the recommendations below.

Happy Reading & Listening!

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Jody’s Favourites

Diem

 

One of the best questions a Librarian can be asked is ‘Can you please recommend a book for me to read’. I must admit I am always over eager to share my favourite books.

Below is a selection of titles I have really enjoyed over the last couple of months.

With any luck one of them will catch your attention.

 

The Constant Queen by Joanna Courtney (book 2 Queen’s of Conquest)

‘You need not take England without me, Hari, because I will be your constant queen – there with you; there for you. ‘ Elizaveta is princess of Kiev, but that doesn’t stop her chasing adventure. Defying conventions, she rides the rapids of the Dneiper alongside her royal brothers and longs to rule in her own right as a Queen. Elizaveta meets her match when the fearsome Viking warrior Harald Hardrada arrives at her father’s court seeking fame and fortune. He entrusts Elizaveta to be his treasure keeper, holding the keys to his ever-growing wealth – and eventually to his heart. Theirs is a fierce romance and the strength of their love binds them together as they travel across the vast seas to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. In 1066, their ambition carries them to the Orkneys as they plan to invade England and claim the crown . . .

I loved the first book The Chosen Queen and couldn’t wait the read this one and it didn’t disappoint. Both these books are great historical fiction books. I will be reading any book Joanna Courtney writes in the future.

 

The Trap by Melanie Raabe

I know who killed my sister. I wrote this book for him. Twelve years ago, Linda’s sister Anna was murdered. Her killer was never caught, but Linda saw him. Now, all these years later, she’s just seen him again on the TV. He’s become a well-known journalist, and Linda – a famous novelist and infamous recluse – knows no one will believe her if she accuses him. She does the only think she can think of – she sets a trap, writing a thriller called Blood Sisters about the unsolved murder of a young woman. When Blood Sisters is published, Linda agrees to give just one media interview. At home. To the one person who knows more about the case than she does.

This book was really out side the normal scope of my reading, but I totally enjoyed it. I have since gone on the read a few suspense/thrillers. It is always good to find a new genre to explore.

 

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Kingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage.

Kingdoms would rise and fall for her …if she is ever found In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations. Stuck in the middle is Cat – circus performer and soothsayer – safely hidden behind heavy make-up, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she’s more than she seems …Captured by the Southern warlord Griffin, Cat’s careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can – or should – she conceal the true extent of her power? Faced with dragons, homicidal mages, rival Gods and the traitorous longings of her own heart, she must decide: is it time to claim her destiny and fight?

I will be honest and say I picked up this book purely because of the beautiful cover. What I got was a book I found very hard to put down! There is a great mix of fantasy and romance,  although maybe the romance got a little too much for me towards the end; but in saying that I eagerly await the second book Breath of Fire due out in 21017.  So to are my colleagues Kate and Suzanne who both enjoyed the book.

 

Hope you enjoy reading about some of my favourite reads over the last couple of months and can find one to enjoy yourself.

Happy Reading!

Jody

Book Review – Act of Faith

 

aaaAct of Faith by Kelly Gardiner

Young Adult Fiction

 

 

BOOK SUMMARY

England, 1640. Sixteen-year-old Isabella is forced to flee her home when her father’s radical ideas lead him into a suicidal stand against Oliver Cromwell’s army. Taking refuge in Amsterdam and desperate to find a means to survive, Isabella finds work with an elderly printer, Master de Aquila, and his enigmatic young assistant, Willem. When Master de Aquila travels to Venice to find a publisher brave enough to print his daring new book, Isabella accompanies him and discovers a world of possibility – where women work alongside men as equal partners, and where books and beliefs are treasured. But in a continent torn apart by religious intolerance, constant danger lurks for those who don’t watch their words. And when the agents of the Spanish Inquisition kidnap de Aquila to stop him printing his book, Isabella and Willem become reluctant allies in a daring chase across Europe to rescue him from certain death.

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