Brisbane City’s Current Reads

Today our Brisbane City team share with us what they are currently reading!

9780593074794My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella:

Although I just started this book, I’m absolutely loving it! It’s the first Sophie Kinsella book I’ve read, and it definitely won’t be the last. It’s the laugh-a-minute story of Katie Brenner, an ex farm girl turned city dweller with big dreams for an Instagram-worthy life. When it all comes crashing down around her though, Katie realises that sometimes a seemingly picture-perfect life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a cute, funny summer read! – Emily

Silent Scream by Lynda La Plante:

I have been reading Lynda La Plante’s book series on DI Anna Travis, so far I am up to number 5 in this series and I’m giving it two thumbs up! I would highly recommend for anyone who loves a well written crime thriller. – Yvonne

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas:

After receiving this book for Christmas I couldn’t wait to start reading it and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The story follows Calaena Sardothien, a young, beautiful and deadly assassin held prisoner in the salt mines of Endovier. When an opportunity arises to win her freedom in a competition against other assassins, thieves and criminals alike, she has no choice but to take it. But Calaena soon discovers that evil and danger lurk behind every corner. Who is killing all the other competitors and what are the strange wyrd symbols that keep appearing under her bed? Filled with mystery, humour, magic and romance, fans of YA fantasy will love this. – Bec

9780141037479My Family and Other Animals
by Gerald Durrell:

A delightful, comical account of the Durrell family’s five year long sojourn on Corfu after escaping the dreary and overbearing English climate in 1935. In later life Gerald Durrell was a celebrated conservationist, zookeeper and naturalist but it was his time in Corfu as a young boy which delighted and inspired his love of nature and wild life. Intended as a light-hearted recounting of the flora and fauna of Corfu during his time there in the late 30’s this book soon became a loving and hilarious portrait of his family. There is much to enjoy and relate too in this fantastic book whether its the struggles of his mother to maintain a sense of order in their disordered lives, the pain of first love for his sister Margo, the competitiveness between his exceptionally different brothers, or just the awe and wonder with which young Gerald embraces the world around him. This is a great book for people who love David Attenborough or just a light, funny read! – Bronte

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick:

If you’re down for a laugh-out-loud read by one of Hollywood’s most hilarious underdogs, then look no further. Anna Kendrick presents to you, Scrappy Little Nobody. Undoubtedly, one of the funniest books I have read in the last year, this book presents a refreshing look at what it’s like to grow up a little different, and to learn to enjoy your own oddities. A collection of humorous autobiographical essays that will keep you laughing, guessing, and cheering for this wonderful Scrappy Little Nobody. – Georgia

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler:

A fun combination of magic and muskets in the first book in the series from the fantasy author with the best name in the business. Think Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series meets Robin Hobb’s Rain wild series! A new commanding officer for the Vordani Old Colonials takes over after a disastrous retreat. The new colonel has no intention of retreating back home and takes the fight to all and sundry. Magic, strange creatures and body parts go flying as the Colonials, in a very unhappy fashion, have to actually fight someone before they can get home. Secrets lie thicker than desert sands and somewhere behind it all is the answer to the question, “What is the Thousand Names?” – Geoff

9780857503572Black Holes: The BBC Reith Lectures by Stephen Hawking:

Stephen Hawking’s Black Holes is an intriguing look into the ever expanding field of space sciences. It follows on from Hawking’s talks during the BBC Reith Lectures in which the world renowned scientist was able to put in short his lifetime of work and knowledge of one of the most fascinating aspects of the universe that exists even if we cannot see it; Black Holes. This book captures even those with little knowledge on the subject and included is an introduction and helpful notes on the topics that are covered.
On the first page it reads, “It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of Black Holes. Black Holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers but they are firmly matters of science fact”. It is for this reason this book is something great to recommend, for what is better than an gripping story than one that turns out to be true? – Rae

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