Librarians Choice – October 2018

It’s that time of the month – the top 10 reads of upcoming books as chosen by Library Staff around Australia. Why not reserve a copy now?

Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak
Librarians’ Choice Favourite

The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.

The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?

Any Ordinary Day – Leigh Sales
Shell – Kristina Olsson
The Arsonist – Chloe Hooper
Lost without you – Rachael Johns
Cedar Valley – Holly Throsby
Boys will be boys – Clementine Ford
Lenny’s book of everything – Karen Foxlee
You daughters of freedom – Claire Wright
The valley – Steve Hawke

All About Books – Spring 2018

Welcome to the latest edition, Spring 2018, of our reading suggestions guide – All About Books. It is full of reading ideas for all ages with a selection of the most interesting and exciting reads to be published over the next 3 months. Pick up your FREE copy in one of our City of Parramatta Libraries or click on the cover to download now. We hope you enjoy our selections and happy reading!

Top 10 Librarians Choice – July 2018

The Top 10 Reads for July 2018 as voted for by Library staff around Australia. Reserve a copy now to find a new top read.

A Month of Sundays – Liz Byrski
(Librarians’ Choice Favourite)

For over ten years, Ros, Adele, Judy and Simone have been in an online book club, but they have never met face to face. Until now…
Determined to enjoy her imminent retirement, Adele invites her fellow bibliophiles to help her house-sit in the Blue Mountains. It’s a tantalising opportunity to spend a month walking in the fresh air, napping by the fire and, of course, reading and talking about books.  Liz Byrski has written a beautiful novel about the joy and comfort reading a good book can bring to us all.

Clock Dance – Anne Tyler
The Other Wife – Michael Robotham
Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik
Desert Nurse – Pamela Hart
The Death of Mrs Westaway – Ruth Ware
The Peacock Summer – Hannah Richell
Return to Roseglen – Helene Young
Pretend I’m Dead – Jen Beagin
Second Sight – Aoife Clifford

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THE BOOK NINJA by ALI BERG & MICHELLE KALUS

Frankie Rose is desperate for love. Or a relationship. Or just a date with a semi-normal person will do. It’s not that she hasn’t tried. She’s the queen of online dating. But enough is enough. Inspired by her job at The Little Brunswick Street Bookshop, Frankie decides to take fate into her own hands and embarks on the ultimate love experiment.Her plan? Plant her favourite books on trains inscribed with her contact details in a bid to lure the sophisticated, charming and well-read man of her dreams.

Enter Sunny, and one spontaneous kiss later, Frankie begins to fall for him. But there’s just one problem – Frankie is strictly a classics kind of gal, and Sunny is really into Young Adult. Like really.A clever, funny and wryly observed story about books and discovering who you really are.

THE HIGH TIDE CLUB by MARY KAY ANDREWS

When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.
Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club – so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades – Millie, Ruth and Varina.
Even at the end of her life, Josephine seems unwilling or unable to face her past, deliberately evading Brooke’s questions. When Josephine dies with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met. What follows is a tale of a romance thwarted, friendships renewed, justice delivered and true love found. It’s Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best.’

THOSE OTHER WOMEN by  NICOLA MORIARTY

Poppy and Annalise are driven mad by mums enjoying special privileges at work while they pick up the slack. Setting up a Facebook group to vent about smug mummies is just a healthy outlet – right? But as their new group’s membership soars, the frustrated women start confronting mums in the real world. Cafes become battlegrounds, playgrounds become warzones and offices have never been more divided. A rivalry that was once harmless fun is about to spiral out of Poppy and Annalise’s control. Because one of their members is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And she has an agenda of her own…

HOW TO WALK AWAY  by  KATHERINE CENTER

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiance she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiance, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there’s Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won’t let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.

STELLA AND MARGIE  by  GLENNA THOMSON

A beautiful novel about two women – a generation apart – thrown together by circumstance, who slowly come to love and understand one another.
Stella and her mother-in-law Margie are two very different women.
Stella is kind, compassionate and just a little chaotic. Margie is prickly, demanding and a stickler for convention. Stella has exciting dreams for the future. Margie has only bitter memories of the past.
When Margie needs help recovering from a major operation, Stella offers her a place to stay. With no other options, Margie returns to the family farm where for decades, until Stella’s arrival, she was the one in charge. Margie has never made life easy for her daughter-in-law, and that’s not going to change now she’s been made a guest in her former home. But as the dry summer turns to a beautiful autumn, the two women gradually form an unlikely bond, as the ambitions, secrets, and tragedies that have shaped their lives are slowly uncovered…

THE WHOLE BRIGHT YEAR  by  DEBRA OSWALD

In the summer of 1976 it’s picking season on an Australian stone-fruit orchard run by Celia, a hard-working woman in her early forties. Years ago, when her husband was killed as a bystander in an armed robbery, Celia left the city and brought her newborn daughter Zoe to this farm for a secure life. Now sixteen, Zoe is a passionate, intelligent girl, chafing against her mother’s protectiveness, yearning to find intensity and a bit of danger.

Barging into this world as itinerant fruit-pickers come a desperate brother and sister from Sydney. The hard-bitten Sheena has kidnapped her wild, ebullient eighteen-year-old brother Kieran and dragged him out west, away from trouble in the city. Kieran and Zoe are drawn to each other the instant they meet, sparking excitement, worry, lust, trouble . . .

STILL ME by  JOJO MOYES

Lou Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is hurled into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past.

In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets – not all her own – that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

SURPRISE ME  by  SOPHIE KINSELLA

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor reveals they could live another 68 years together… and panic sets in. They never expected ‘until death do us part’ to mean seven decades.
In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring.
But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakeable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that questions some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all…

 

 

 

 

 

Librarians Choice – June 2018

There is a great mix of new fiction and non fiction in this months top 10 reads for June. Click any title below to reserve your book now, as chosen by public library staff around Australia.

The nowhere child – Christian White (Librarians’ Choice Favourite)
Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl.
As the mystery of Sammy’s disappearance unravels and the town’s secrets are revealed, this superb novel builds towards a tense, terrifying, and entirely unexpected climax.

Waiting for Elijah – Kate Wild
The love that I have – James Moloney
Less – Andrew Sean Greer
Eggshell skull – Bri Lee
Burning Fields – Alli Sinclair
The kiss quotient – Helen Hoang
The book ninja – Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus
April in Paris, 1921 – Tessa Lunney
Boy swallows universe – Trent Dalton