Spotlight on QBD Chatswood 2016

Our Chatswood team have been charmed by these great reads!

9780575130746The Fireman
by Joe Hill:

If you're ready to take your love of teen dystopian fiction into adulthood then this is the book for you. Don't be fooled by the bleak storyline of people trying to survive a wildfire of the spontaneous combustion plague engulfing the world. This book delivers plenty of familiar pop culture references with likeable "glowing" characters. If this book ever becomes a movie it would be one the first apocalyptic movies to have a sing along including references from Mary Poppins to Taylor Swift.
The story had me hooked from the start to finish, reminiscent of other books like The Firestarter and The Stand by Stephen King and also Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This book portrays a similar storyline of how the true horror of what is going on is created by humans and not the monsters portrayed in the story. - Chris (Store Manager)

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin:

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin is the first of what looks to be one of the most incredible fantasy series I've ever read. Set in a world wracked frequently by near-extinction level cataclysms, the people of the Stillness live in a permanent state of readiness for the next time the sky turns dark with ash - or worse. Yet none could ever have been prepared for the cataclysm which splits the world right at the start of the book.
Jemisin tell her story from three different points of view, all three of them orogenes: people who can control the earth, deciding whether to stop the quakes or cause them. These intertwining narratives will have you on the edge of your seat, desperate to find out what will happen next, and how anyone could possibly save the world from the cataclysm which has befallen it.
I cannot recommend this highly enough to fantasy readers. Jemisin's cast is diverse, each of them with their own motivations and desires, and the world she has built - and destroyed - is incredible in its dark viciousness. - Eleanor (Assistant Manager)

9780571191475Lord of the Flies by William Golding:

Lord of the Flies by William Golding is set on a deserted island where a plane has just crashed leaving only school boys alive and stranded. Forced to fend for themselves, the boys’ lives turn into a spiral of insanity. It’s a story of survival and chaos.
Although the book is about young boys, don’t be fooled into thinking that this book is for children. Full of gore and violence, this is no book for the weak-hearted. Fitting into the adventure genre with obvious elements of horror, this book is suited to teenagers and adults because they can relate to the youthful qualities and characters of the book but also they would enjoy the brutality of it. Its dark and gruesome story confronts the audience with the savagery that, according to Golding, dwells in all human kind. - Tara

Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples:

I first read this when I was in the dreaded post-Star Wars VII slump, and it absolutely delivered all the 'galactic space opera' that I needed. In simple terms it's about a pair of soldiers, on opposite sides of a galactic war, falling in love and attempting to raise a family in the midst of chaos. In actuality it's a wild, funny, and subversive drama about complex and bizarre people (read: people with TV heads, talking polar bears, spider bounty hunters...) just trying to survive. The art is excellent, the dialogue is sharp and witty, and the plot is amazing. A warning, however, it's not a read for the faint-hearted and definitely not for children. - Jamaica

9780141037691The Secret History by Donna Tartt:

A group of elite Classics students at an exclusive Vermont College are forced to explore their own morality following the murder of a classmate. Described as 'a murder mystery in reverse,' this brooding and atmospheric novel begins with the narrator revealing that a murder will take place and goes on to explore how the characters' consciences are transformed. Donna Tartt combines complex characters, plot-twists and a love for literature in a well-spaced, compelling novel in which you will feel like a part of the secret history of its central characters. - Sacha

Only Time will Tell by Jeffrey Archer:

Bought as a whim during one of my many bookshop wanderings, I’m so happy this book found its way into my hands because Jeffrey Archer doesn’t disappoint with this first instalment of the Clifton Chronicles. Delivered with his brilliant story telling and riveting style of writing, you will be sucked into the story of a young Harry Clifton, walking alongside him as he tackles the ups and downs of a scholarship at an elite British public school with a few Archer twists chucked in just for fun.
Only Time Will Tell follows Harry through his first 18 years; from the rumours surrounding the circumstances of his father’s death and a slight confusion over who his father may actually be to the start of the Second World War and Harry wanting, like so many others, to serve both Queen and country.
Archer will have your hands glued to this page turner and your heart will tremble for this poor young man thrust into situations he can’t control, leaving you wishing that everything was as easily fascinating as Archer's writing.
With the last in the chronicle set to be published in November, you have just enough time to read through the ones that come before it (if you put your life on hold), and you’ll want to once you start reading the first chapter! - Chantelle

9780732283742Ancient Future Trilogy 01: The Dark Age by Traci Harding:

Set in in England during the Dark Ages, this is the first book of a magical series written by local author Traci Harding. The story follows the heroine, Tory Alexander, as she explores a world filled with magic and Celtic myth. It is a must -read for any sci-fi fan, as it - and the entire series - beautifully blends the modern world with the medieval. - Bianca

The Beast's Garden by Kate Forsyth:

A haunting retelling of Beauty and the Beast, set in Nazi Germany. I loved the characters, and the story had me hooked from the start. - Jackie

9780356506647Chasing Embers by James Bennett:

An exciting new urban fantasy: Ben Garston is trying to live a normal life, but this is not always easy when you are a dragon. So far he seems to have been coping but, in a desert in Africa, an ancient power is awakening: one which will cause the mythical and modern worlds, which run alongside one another, to collide. Ben is drawn into the battle to preserve his way of life. This is a great read, the plot is good and the characters are varied and well portrayed. Looking forward to the next episode. - Tina

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New books for little Whovians!

Children will get to embrace the wonder and joy of Dr Who in a magical new series of  Mr Men picture books!

Publishing in 2017, the new series will comprise 12 titles, one for each doctor, and will be written and illustrated by Adam Hargeaves, son of the late Mr Men creator Roger Hargreaves. The first four books, will be based on Doctors played by William Hartnell, Tom Baker, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi AND the cover art has already been released! (How cute is that little fez?)

Jan Paterson, head of book and audio publishing at BBC Worldwide, said: “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Sanrio on this fantastic project and think that fans will love these creative incarnations of the Doctor reimagined in the ‘Hargreaves’ style. We’re always looking for innovative ways to engage our fans so this is the perfect partnership for us.”

We can hardly wait!

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Bye Jimmy- We’ll Miss You!


Today QBD the Bookshop Robina hosted the last of our Jimmy Barnes Working Class Boy book signings. We would love to thank each and every one of Jimmy's super fans who came out to all 4 book signings, patiently waited in line and got their book signed. We hope you had a marvellous time!

There are many photos over on our Facebook page. Check them out and tag yourself if you were there! (or add your own to our post, we don't mind)

Celebrate girl power!

Today is International Day of the Girl Child!

Girls all around the world are "brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. On International Day of the Girl Child, we stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls." (UN Women)

We have put together a short list of books that feature strong girls. Girls who stand up for what they believe in. Girls who are brave. Girls who dream. Girls who inspire.

Get your hands on these and embrace girl power!

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Spotlight on QBD Knox City 2016

Our team at Knox City has been reading up a storm! 

Check out their latest reads:

Jack West Junior 01: Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly:

With the new book in the Jack West series 'The Four Legendary Kingdoms' coming out in October, I decided to revisit where it all began. Seven Ancient Wonders is still one of my favourite books of all time and an exciting start to an action-packed series that does not disappoint. Reilly blends history and religion in a story that unfolds at a breakneck pace which will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The locations Jack West and his quirky crew travel to are spectacular, and the little hand drawn maps and diagrams and the start of each chapter really make you feel like you are there with them. Every colourful character in this book is unique, and with the endearing nicknames assigned to them by Jack's 10 year old adopted daughter, you will be biting your nails hoping that they survive. This series is definitely a must if you are a fan of authors like Clive Cussler or Andy McDermott, or really any action adventure novels. - Mitch (Store Manager)

9780733609558Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom:

Although the book has been given somewhat mixed reviews over the years, I'm of the opinion that it's fabulous.
We read about Morrie (College Professor) a man slowly dying from Lou Gehrigs Disease, who is being interviewed (on Tuesdays) by his former college student Mitch Albom.
Morrie gives Mitch insight & advice about how we need to take a good look at ourselves & the world around us by being grateful for the things we already have in our lives. He explains how daily woes (family, financial, career, health etc.) can often get us down and he tries to remind us not to let the days just slip by, by being jealous or bitter towards others in our life and to focus more on appreciating the things/people we do have & to make each day count.
Although this is ultimately a sad & at times tearful memoir, I loved Morrie's wisdom and simple attitude, reminding us that it's not about “keeping up with the Jones's” and just how easy it can be to be “happy” in life. - Tracey (Store 2IC)

The Awakening by Kate Chopin:

Kate Chopin's The Awakening follows Edna Pontellier through a journey of self-discovery which was often prohibited to women by society in the late 19th Century, wherein the novel is set. Chopin explores the everyday realities of women's oppression in America as it dictates not only a women's autonomy, but her freedom to her own mind and creativity-- should it disrupt the status quo. Edna Pontellier, in demanding her own autonomy over body and mind begins a disastrous journey to discover what it is to be an artist and a woman. The novel also allows for the voices of numerous women to heard as artistry, beauty and autonomy are extensively discussed. Chopin's The Awakening is an excellent classic novel for those interested in gaining a perspective of women's lives in the 19th Century as well as those looking to begin reading classics as the novel's short length and modern english makes it easy to lose yourself in. - Rebecca

9780143567028Bloodlines by Richelle Mead:

I tackled this series with some hesitation, unsure if it could successfully follow one of my favourite series by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy. However, the action packed plot coupled with the developing romances and witty characters had me unable to put it down. Sydney is an alchemist who's sole purpose is to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires with the aid of magic, whilst keeping her alliance to humans unwavering. But one night, her life is turned upside down when she is forced to protect Jill Dragomir, the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir in order to prevent the looming war. This involves going into hiding at a boarding school, posing as Jill's room-mate, when the last thing Sydney wants to do is be seen affiliating with vampires, and now she has to live with one.
Along the way, Sydney encounters a forbidden romance, develops friendships she never knew were possible, and discovers things about herself that changes her life forever. I highly recommend this book for any fan of paranormal romance, Richelle Mead, or Vampire Academy. - Cassie

Mortal Instruments 01: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare:

This series is one of my favourites! I was hooked after only reading the first book. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next, It will keep you up till five in the morning. The characters in her books are funny, sassy and witty. The story itself follows Clary Fray and her journey of at first seeing strange things then to find out she is part of this whole other world of shadow hunters, werewolves, and warlocks in underground New York Brooklyn. This book would be good for anyone who likes action and a thrill but with the little tie in of twisted romance. After reading it I went out to get the next five. - Amber

9781509803156Room by Emma Donoghue:

I had a friend recommend Room to me a few weeks ago and I'm so glad I picked this one up.
It follows Jack and his Ma as they go about their daily lives in Room; the only place Jack has ever known. Outside is a foreign place to him, only accessible through the television and Old Nick when he brings the Sunday Treat.
The unique choice of a five-year-old narrator works really well in this novel, despite Jack himself not quite understanding what's happening, Donoghue really manages to convey the trauma and emotions of those he interacts with. Throughout the novel is an undercurrent of mystery: Who is Old Nick? How did Ma and Jack end up in Room? And what would happen if Old Nick stopped coming back?
Room is an amazing read and will leave its mark on you for a long time to come. I'm still reeling from the emotional roller-coaster ride. I can't wait to check out the film adaptation and Donoghue's other works. - Lana


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