What are you reading? – A Reader’s Forum

What have you been reading lately? On Thursday 11 October between 10:30 – 11:30am Parramatta City Library held a reading forum. From prize winning Australian novels to historical fictions set during the Great Wars, romances, true crime, biographies and adult non-fiction were shared. In addition, there was an online demonstration on how to discover more reading resources online via the library eresources webpage under the “reading” subject.

 Books mentioned and discussed include:

Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears

Piece of Blue by Kerry McGinnis – an Australian autobiography about drovers

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Task Force ‘J’ by Richard Ansoul

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennett by Colleen McCullough

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Home of the Blizzard by Douglas Mawson

The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman

My Dear I Want To Tell You by Louisa Young

The Room by Emma Donoghue

Stasiland by Anna Funder

All That I Am by Anna Funder

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Summer Lies: Stories by Bernhard Schlink & Carol Janeway

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

The Timekeeper: a novel by Mitch Albom

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruz Zafan

I Curse the Ruler of Time by Per Patterson

How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton

Animals in War by Jilly Cooper

Royal Flying Doctor Service

War Dog


  Highly Recommended Authors:

Pat Barker

Elizabeth Lord

Phillip Adams – Biographies

Patricia Cornwell – Crime fiction

Kelly Armstrong

Janet Chapman

A. B. Patterson

Andy McNab


Not Recommended:

Religion for Atheists: a Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de Botton – “too superficial” and “lacked critic”.