Parra Pods – Episode 30 – What is a Romance Novel?

Episode 30 – What is a Romance Novel?

Stories of love – romantic love – have been entertaining people for thousands of years. Shared through the written medium, stories within the romance genre have been one of the biggest publishing phenomena of the last century.

Join Katherine and Nisa as they discuss this vast and unwieldy category of books, home to a variety of sub-genres ranging from paranormal romance, fantasy romance and historical romance to contemporary romance,  (possibly) chick lit, erotic romance and religious/Christian romance novels. 

Books discussed include:

Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen. T. Egerton, 1813

Love in the time of cholera / Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Alfred A Knopf, 1988 [originally publisher in Spanish in 1985]

Pride, prejudice and other flavours / Sonali Dev. Harper Collins, May 2019

Outlander / Diana Gabaldon. Delacorte Books, 1991.

Parra Pods HSC Hacks

Episode 20 of Parra Pods HSC Hacks.

HSC is coming up fast!

Students and parents check out these tips and tricks to not just survive, but actually flourish during the HSC season.

All this delivered by the ultimate HSC guru Mohan Dhall, Text book author, CEO of Tutoring Australia and Leader of Potentia Tutoring.

To check out some of the amazing resources City of Parramatta Libraries has for HSC Students, click HERE.

We also have some helpful programs planned in October to support our hardworking students PROGRAMS.

HAPPY LISTENING!

Katherine & Nisa

Good Reading Online

Want to keep up with the news from the literary world but your dog chewed up your brand new issue of Good Reading magazine? Parramatta library is here to help! Not only can you reserve the latest copy and pick it up at any of our branches, but you can even read it online through our GR online database! Here is how to access it:

  • Open Parramatta library online catalogue
  • Choose e-resources from the menu on the left side of the screen
  • Choose ‘For Readers’ icon
  • Scroll down to find #4 Good Reading Online
  • Click on the Electronic Access link
  • Choose Browse Good Reading Mag here icon
  • Read the current issue online or browse through past issues

Or just click the image below for a shortcut!

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing this online resource, please let us know in the comments.

 

Book Review: The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

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The Dressmaker is a modern Australian classic, much loved for its bittersweet humour. Set in the 1950s, its subjects include haute couture, love and hate, and a cast of engagingly eccentric characters. It is now a major motion picture, starring Kate Winslet and fine Australian actors including Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Liam Hemsworth and extras from the author’s hometown of Jerilderie.

Comments

What a great read!  We thought this book was going to be a story of true love and redemption. Instead it was a pleasant surprise to find it was more about revenge with a little dark humour.  A very enjoyable read that was extremely well written.  Linguistically the book was beautiful. Allowing us to feel like the characters were real people and that the town of Dungatar was a real place.

While some of us found the start was a little slow and complicated with lots of characters to keep track off, the book soon found an easy rhythm.    We all loved the book’s heroine and the cleverness with which she sort revenge her fellow townsfolk.

Rating 9/10

Read by – Cultcha Club Book Club

 

 

 

 

Escape Winter Puzzle Wrap Up

blog template graphicCity of Parramatta Library’s Escape Winter Rebus Puzzle Competition has come to an end!

All winter long people had fun guessing the weekly Rebus Puzzles both online and in the Library. Over 330 entries were received.

Three lucky winners, drawn at random received one of three $50 Booktopia gift certificates.

If you had fun guessing the Rebus Puzzles and are eager to know if you guessed right,  have a look at the answers.

Week 1 – Dr No

Week 2 – Castaway

Week 3 – A Town Like Alice

Week 4 – Blue Lagoon

Week 5 – Eat Pray Love

Week 6 – 50 First Dates

Week 7 – Out of Africa

Week 8 – Death in Paradise

Week 9 – The Old Man and the Sea

Week 10 – Miami Vice

Week 11 – Jaws

Week 12 – Lord of the Flies

Week 13 – Pirates of the Caribbean

Week 14 – Treasure Island

All winners have been notifed and have collected their great prizes.

Thank you to every one who entered.

Information Access Team