The latest All About Books, our reading suggestions guide to some amazing titles for adults and teens being published this season is now here…better late then never! Another issue jam packed with a wide range of upcoming titles on so many different subjects and in a variety of genres – there is sure to be something for any reader. The always popular Staff Picks is back with reviews of books our staff have been reading lately to inspire you. We are also very pleased to announce the resumption of our author talks via an online platform – now you can listen to wonderful authors from the comfort of home and send in your questions. Pick up your free copy of our guide at any branch of the City of Parramatta Libraries or download now. Don’t forget you can click on any of the covers inside to reserve it before it arrives in the Library.
The new All About Books for Autumn 2020 can be downloaded above.
The new reading suggestions guide has been revamped after survey results from readers in our last Summer edition, there is more short descriptions of books, more young adult and more pages. There are so many amazing books coming out this March, April and May for adults and young adults in a diverse range of genres and subjects – there is sure to be something for everyone.
There are two books in particular that I want to mention as they were left out of the guide when our author talk program was suspended recently.
The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham (March 3) is a moving debut by a talented new storyteller.
Growing up can feel like a death sentence.
Life in a troubled neighbourhood demands too much too young. But Sonny wouldn’t really know.
Watching the world from her bedroom window, she exists only in second-hand romance novels and falls for any fast-food employee who happens to spare her a glance.
Everything changes with the return of Vince, a boy who became a legend after he was hauled away in handcuffs at fourteen.
Sonny and Vince used to be childhood friends. But with all that happened in-between, childhood seems so long ago. It will take two years of juvie, an inebriated grandmother and a porn stash for them to meet again.
Gathering Dark by Candice Fox (March 31) is her new thriller, set in Los Angeles, introducing a new – and decidedly unconventional – team of ‘detectives’.
A convicted killer. A gifted thief. A vicious crime boss. A disillusioned cop.
Together they’re a missing girl’s only hope.
Blair Harbour, once a wealthy, respected surgeon in Los Angeles, is now an ex-con down on her luck. She’s determined to keep her nose clean to win back custody of her son. But when her former cellmate begs for help to find her missing daughter, Blair is compelled to put her new-found freedom on the line.
Joined by LA’s most feared underworld figure, the crew of criminals bring outlaw tactics to the search. Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a difficult relationship with the LAPD.
It’s been ten years since Jessica arrested Blair for the cold-blooded murder of her neighbour. So when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor and her friends early one morning she expects abuse, maybe even violence.
What comes instead is a plea for help.
A snapshot of some of the great new items we unpacked in December.
Reserve your favourite now!
A Girl Called Genghis Khan by Michelle Lord (Picture Book) – RED-L
Hello, New Zealand by Megan McKean (Picture Book) – RED-M
I’m Actually Really Grown-up Now by Maisie Paradise Shearring (Picture Book) – YELLOW-S
David Bowie by Isabel Sanchez Vegara (Junior Non-Fiction)
All I Want for Christmas (DVD)
Daisy at the Beach by Anna Holly – EJ DAIS
The Ant and the Grasshopper by Susanna Davidson – EJ USBO
The Immortal Jellyfish by Sang Miao (Picture Book) – RED-M
Just Because by Mac Barnett – (Picture Book) – YELLOW-B
Waiting for Wolf by Sandra Dieckmann (Picture Book – RED-D
Charmed by Jen Calonita – J CALO
Twas the Fart Before Christmas by Adam Wallace (Picture Book) – YELLOW-W
Serpent in the Heather by Kay Kenyon
The Truants by Kate Weinberg
Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes – CDT HUGH
Christmas in Peppercorn Street by Anna Jacobs – CDT JACO
Blood in Eden by Peter Tremayne – CDT TREM
The Body on the Train by Frances Brody – CDT BROD
MOVIES & TV
The latest edition of our reading suggestions guide for adults and teens is now out for Summer 2020. It has an amazing array of books that are being published over the next 3 months in a variety of genres and subjects – there is sure to be something for everyone. Pick up your FREE copy at any of our Library branches or click the cover to download. Each book cover in the guide contains a one-click link to our Library Catalogue for easy reservations. Why not quick link your copy even before it is published!
We are also asking for feedback about the format and contents of All About Books via a short survey in order to help us make the booklet even better. You have until Sunday 15 March 2020 to complete the survey and you can go into the draw for a chance to win a $30 book pack prize – just for having your say. The survey can be completed here or ask Library Staff for a paper copy.
Don’t forget that the All About Books – Kids edition for 0-5 year olds is also out and available at any of our Libraries. It has a range of suggested books to read as well as many fun puzzles.
We are now officially half way through the year, hard to believe isn’t it? And the Library has already added thousands of new items to its collection.
Are you aware that if the library doesn’t have a book you want to read, there are two ways for you to request it –
For new material, (items published within the last 2 years) fill out the Suggestions for Purchase Form, or ask Library staff for help. If the book is available and fits in with our collection guidelines we will purchase a copy and place hold on it for you.
For material older than 2 years, City of Parramatta Libraries offers an Inter Library Loan Service. Where for a small non-refundable fee, (each item) we will search and see if we can locate the item and borrow it from another library service. for full guidelines and to fill in the online form click HERE.
Below is a small snapshot of what arrived on the Library’s shelves in July!
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion
Trails in the Trails in the Dust by Joy Dettman. We also purchased the, ebook, eAudio and hard copies. Book 7 in the Woody Creek series; which fans of Australian fiction will find hard to put down in any format. The Audio versions are particularly enjoyable!
A Bond Undone by Jin Yong
Breathless by Helen Hardt
Devi’s Lair by Sarah Barrie
The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall
Fabulous Lives by Bindy Pritchard
Losing the Plot by Elizabeth Coleman
Paranoid by Lisa Jackson
Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern
The Ruthless by Peter Newman
The Roadhouse by Kerry McGinnis
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
Trails in the Dust by Joy Dettman
The Yield by Tara June Winch
Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans
The Deceiver’s Heart by Jennifer Nielsen
No Place Like Here by Christina June
The Gifted, the Talented and Me by William Sutcliffe
Out of my Mind by Sharon M Draper
Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst
Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra
Teen Titans Raven by Kami Garcia (Graphic Novel)
The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair
The Virtue of Sin by Shannon Schuren
The Courage to be Happy: true contentment is within your power by Ichiro Kishimi
Everyday Resilience by Michelle Mitchell
See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill
Mandatory Murder by Steven Schubert
The Last Unknowns by John Brockman
Before I Forget by Geoffrey Blainey
Blue Sky Mind by Ian Gawler
Jumping off the Hamster Wheel by Jamie Cunningham
The Fast 800 Recipe Book by Claire Bailey
Wabi Sabi Home by Mark Bailey
Lunch Box Express by George Georgievski
Grandma Dangerous and the Toe of Treachery by Kita Mitchell (Junior Fiction)
You Won’t Believe This by Adam Baron (Junior Fiction)
Help! I Smell a Monster by Justin Davies (Junior Fiction)
Life Cycles. Egg to Butterfly by Rachel Tonkin (Non Fiction)
Investigating Magnets by Jacqui Bailey (Non Fiction)
The World’s Worst Teachers by David Walliams ( Junior Fiction)
Kids Can Code! Fun Ways to Learn Computer Programming by Ian Garland