Long weekends are a time to relax, preferably with a cuppa and a good book!
Our team at Penrith QBD have put together some great reading suggestions to inspire you.
There's something for everyone!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern:
The Night Circus is set in the late 1800's and follows Celia and Marco, two young magicians who have been training for this purpose since childhood, to compete and be the last one standing.
Le Cirque des Reves is not your typical circus with it's Black and White striped tents and only opened at night. You will soon realise that nothing about this book is black and white.
Erin writes with such detail that every scene comes alive. The Night Circus will always be one of my favourite books and is a must read for everyone. - Dimiti (Store Manager)
A Quiet End by Nelson Demille:
An action thriller by a bestselling author about John Corey, an ex NYPD detective who now works in the quieter field of surveillance. When a group of possible Russian terrorists who are part of the UN arrive in New York City, it becomes Corey's duty to keep an eye on them. As an average day of observing takes an interesting turn, Corey will have to figure out who he can trust and possibly work with people from his past.
I didn't know what to expect going into this novel as I have not read any of the previous books in the series but I was pleasantly surprised. It felt like reading the first book in a series as all the background of the characters is explained throughout the novel. An interesting take on an action thriller as the book slowly builds up to the action but still keeps you wanting more after every chapter. -Louise
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy:
I absolutely loved this book on so many levels. The main character Stephanie may be twelve years old, but she’s intelligent, mature, and brave beyond her years. This young heroine isn’t content with being saved, she wants to learn how to do the saving. Skulduggery Pleasant, a detective who happens to be a ‘living’ skeleton, introduces Stephanie to a world of magic she never knew existed. Together, with the help of a few friends and allies, they try to stop a villainous plot that could destroy the world. With enough simplicity and action to keep younger readers hooked; and full of unique, refreshing characters and crackling, witty dialogue, this book is a winner for older children, teens, and adults alike. This book is dark, but oh so good. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series. - Lucy
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir:
A good book is one that provokes strong emotions from its reader. This debut novel by Sabaa Tahir did just that! I love this book! Full of despair and heartbreak under the reign of the Martial Empire, the protagonists are victims living two very different lives, a soldier and a slave. Both are fighting for their freedom in a world that brings only suffering. I highly recommend this book to everyone!!- Kate
The Guitar & Amp Sourcebook by Mike Abbott:
This is both an informative and interesting book that provides an extensive history of guitars and amps which is explained in a simple but engaging manner. It is great for anyone who is interested in music as it is coupled with insight into famous musicians and a few of their techniques and instruments that have helped to shape human history. From the ancient beginnings of what formed guitars to contemporary ones, this book has everything you need to know! - Kat
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson:
Joel lives in a world where chalklings are either a threat or a weapon, yet he does not have the Rithmatist power to control them. After some of his classmates go missing, Joel's obsessive knowledge of Rithmatist strategy may be the only thing that can finally save the day. Chalk drawings seem like a harmless enough thing, but after reading this book you'll be double checking every movement you see from the corner of your eye. - Renee
Saved by Cake by Marian Keyes:
Marion Keyes has branched out of fiction into this loveable and delectable cookbook. Written after finding that baking soothed her depression, Keyes is both supporting and comforting as you face off with the kitchen. - Karrie
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Within the tumultuous backdrop of France and Germany during WWII come the tales of Marie-Laure -the blind, brave and beloved daughter of The Museum of Natural History’s Master Locksmith, and Werner—an orphan with a prodigious talent for maths and mechanics.
The novel is told in short pointed chapters, flipping from time periods and between the perspectives of its two protagonists. As a result, it’s difficult to engage with the narrative and its characters at first. But once you begin to find the rhythm of the book and when the two stories finally converge the tale becomes completely captivating. Through the meticulous descriptions and vibrant imagery, the story Doerr weaves is very much multi-sensory; the sights and sounds of wartime Europe are deftly realised. It’s ironic (probably intentionally) that we see this world with such vivid detail through the eyes, metaphorically speaking, of a blind girl. Props to Doerr for his wonderful narrative and his skilful storytelling (though winning the Pulitzer might be praise enough…). - Bec