Special QBD Signing Event

QBD Southland is hosting a signing of the inspiring biography by Lenny Hayes! If you are in the area you should definitely check it out. (Signed copies of books make FABULOUS Christmas gifts!)

Known by footballers and fans alike as the Gentleman of Football, Lenny Hayes' career in AFL has been a rollercoaster of successes and hardships.

Since joining St Kilda as a rookie, he has soldiered through a lengthy knee reconstruction which saw his career be put on hold for a year, only to discover at the end of 2012 that he had a hole in his heart, requiring him to undergo open heart surgery. He returned to the game in 2013. Hayes captained the 2004 St Kilda team and co'captained in 2007; playing alongside the likes of Nick Riewoldt, Robert Harvey, Nick Dal Santo and Aaron Hamill. Lenny has been selected as an All-Australian, has won the Trevor Barker medal (Best and Fairest) three times and the Norm Smith in 2010, in conjunction to being awarded life membership of the AFL.

Lenny takes us behind the scenes and into the locker rooms at St Kilda Football Club, a club that has seen it's fair share of dramas and sensations, and what emerges is a moving story of a truly great professional and his long, outstanding career.


Reviewsday: Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs

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Get ready for a nail-bitingly good thrill ride that will have you white-knuckling the cover of your book from start to finish...

For over a decade Temperance Brennan has been haunted by "the one" who got away. The sadistic murderer of young women. The one who has now come back.

Carrying on from an earlier title in the series, Monday Mourning, Tempe gets drawn once again into a web of evil and misdirection in Bones Never Lie, where only her forensic expertise and personal knowledge of the previous case can find the killer. A killer who has Tempe in their sights.

As always Kathy Reichs has delivered a gripping, twisting, original tale with plenty of action and just a little bit of romance (enter Detective Andrew Ryan).  As always you think you know who did it...but do you? Really?  I am an avid reader of everything Kathy Reichs and this one still had me guessing until the very end!

Feeling Naughty? Read these banned books!

Have you been walking on the wild side?

We bet you have- and you might not have even known it!

In celebration of Banned Books Week, we have compiled a list of titles you have probably heard of, but may not have known they were banned at one time or another. (Check out #3!) We still think they are awesome reads though!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrated in the last week of September every year. It celebrates the freedom to read (which we are all about!). For more info check out their website here.

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1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: Harry, Ron and Hermione have captured hearts all over the world, but  parents and school boards on both sides of the Atlantic have raised issues with the book. They disagree with the  portrayal of death, evil, hatred, and the promotion of the belief in witchcraft.

2. Where's Wally by Martin Handford: Who doesn't want to find Wally? In the USA between 1990 and 2000 first publications of Where's Wally were requested to be banned as one of the scenes contained a group of sunbathers, one of whom appeared to be topless.

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: This saucy romance between a teenager and a vampire also became a series of films. 2013 saw the title make the list as one of the most requested to be banned in USA schools with complaints of 'explicit content' and that it 'contradicted religious beliefs'.

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4. The Witches by Roald Dahl: This title (which most of us here at the QBD Blog read as children) has been frequently challenged in US libraries and schools because of the focus on witchcraft,  the feeling that it devalues the lives of children and - for some feminists- the negative portrayal of women.

5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: Based on the friendship between two boys in Afghanistan this book has been banned on parts of the US for sexual content (it contains a rape scene). The film based on this novel was also banned in Afghanistan as they felt it depicted ethnic groups in a bad light.

6. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: This best-selling book turned film was banned in Lebanon because it contains the insulting suggestion that Christ had a child with Mary Magdalene, contradicting the beliefs of Christianity. It has also been banned as it portrays the Catholic Church as demonising women.

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7. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: Published posthumously this diary of a Jewish teenager who hid from the Nazis with her family in WWII has been banned in some schools in the USA because it is seen to be depressing.

8. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky: This coming-of-age story has been withdrawn from some libraries across the USA. It regularly makes the American Library Association's top 10 most challenged books list for reasons of explicit sexual content, and homosexuality.

So check out a banned book today and make up your own mind! You may be pleasantly surprised...


Reviewsday: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Welcome to our first Reviewsday Tuesday post!

We have scoured all our QBD stores in search of the very best and brightest reviews for you to enjoy- written by the people who know books best- our staff!   Every Tuesday -from now until the end of time (or until Skynet is up and running)- we will be posting a review on some of our best loved or brand new products.

So keep an eye out for the hash tag #Reviewsday, share it with your friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or even better- leave us a comment below letting us know what you would like to see for future Reviewsdays!

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Warm Bodies- Isaac Marion (2010)

Warm bodies has been described as a “zombie romance” and even been compared to the book Twilight in regards to a forbidden love story.
But if you’re not a Twi-fan don’t be discouraged!

'R' is a zombie living in a post-apocalyptic America where the remaining living humans are in hiding and often get attacked by zombies during their numerous hunting rituals. Told from a zombie's perspective, R delivers a world where zombies have no emotion, can't read or write and simply pass the time doing nothing.

That is until R along with some other zombies attack a group of humans. After R kills a young man and begins eating his brain he takes on memories of ‘Perry’ and his girlfriend ‘Julie’. After saving Julie’s life, R is met with new thoughts and attitudes the other zombies do not posses.

I congratulate Isaac Marion, the author of Warm Bodies, on this amazing world and scenario he has brought to life for all of us. I would definitely recommend reading the book before seeing the movie- the books are always better!

-Carla from Epping QBD