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Spotlight on QBD Broadmeadows

 

Meet our Broadmeadows team as they go under our QBD Spotlight for the first time!

 

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll:

This story began with a well-to-do, ambitious, self absorbed character that I absolutely could not relate to. I was into the first chapter and almost put the book down... But there was just something intriguing about TiFani FaNelli and I needed to know why was she this way.

As I read further, I found her personality and behaviour in everyday life revolved completely around how others perceived her, she would say something to someone just to illicit a particular reaction, then smile at someone, or be rude to someone, or dress a particular way to get another specific reaction. Ani (as she had re-named herself) was a complete lie, a facade, someone she had invented so no one could she was anything except exactly what she wanted them to. For someone who wants to have complete control of every little facet of her life, she really has lost all sense of self.

How did she become like this?
Why Has she changed her name and made her whole life a performance?
What will happen when the truth comes out?
-Sam-Maree

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig:

“Reasons To Stay Alive” is my favourite book of all time. Matt Haig’s writing style is rare. He has been through the battlefield of mental illness, stigma and criticism. Instead of being a typical Depression selfhelp book, Matt has told his story with a comedic voice to make it relatable. You will be laughing and crying at the truthfulness found in this masterpiece. By the last page you will have an alternative thought process to living well with a mental illness. I cannot recommed it enough for anyone suffering from Chronic Illness, Depression or Anxiety. - Cassandra

Pokemon Deluxe Essential Handbook:

This is a decent starting point for anyone looking to just start getting into Pokémon but it is lacking some details. For each Pokémon up to 6th Generation (out of 7) it has Pokédex entries, their typing, which region they're from, and some moves it can learn but lack Pokédex numbers, stats and abilities of Pokémon, and doesn't explain how the typings interact. It does have the pronunciation of Pokémon's names though which can be a point of conjecture.
All in all, a decent first step but will find lacking at any step afterwards except for pronunciations. - Nathan

Grimm's Complete Fairy Talesby Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm:

These classic fairy tales are short and sweet. The perfect short distraction or before bed read. As the foundation for many of our entertaining stories today, these tales are bound to entertain and creep you out, just a little. A beautiful story, with a life lesson and a touch of evil. Definitely worth a read. - Sam-Maree

Queens Of Geekby Jen Wilde:

I loved Queens of Geek. It’s a fun but emotional read that is for every pop cultural fan. It explores the notion of friendship and relationships. It’s about falling in love and letting yourself love. It’s about stepping out of that bubble and letting yourself be free. With beautiful friendships and romance, this book is one for everyone. - Angelique

The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas:

The Hate U Give is a brilliant and powerful story. It’s heartbreaking, poignant and so so true. It’s a book that everyone should read, and understand. The Hate U Give explores family, friendship and what is right. I wanted to cry, scream and hurt. So I beg you please pick up this book, read it, take it in and understand. - Angelique

Everything, Everythingby Nicola Yoon:

Nicola Yoon takes people on a crazy and emotional rollercoaster with her first novel Everything, Everything. Yoon's novel isn't just your ordinary forbidden love story with the predicable "sick teen" plot. Everything, Everything is a beautiful love story that you will make you unable to put down, and will leave you smiling, chuckling to then crying and massive shock. - Stacey

Wombat Stewby Marcia K Vaughan:

With fun and engaging rhythm, rhyme and repetition, Wombat Stew is an Aussie classic that will have you and your little wombats giggling and singing along as all the clever Aussie animals work together to save the wombat from the cooking pot, and make sure the sly old dingo gets what's coming to him! - Jessica

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Eastlands Top Christmas Gift Ideas!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and our team in Eastlands Tasmania
have picked out their Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas just for you!

Get a load of these great reads!

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett: 
The saga that has enthralled the millions of readers of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End now continues with Ken Follett's magnificent, gripping A Column of Fire.  A sweeping tale of politics, espionage, court intrigue, and a little bit of romance this big hardcover is perfect for Ken Follett lovers, lovers of sagas, historical fiction and magnificent writing.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur:
From Rupi Kaur, the top ten Sunday Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. Illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. It is a celebration of love in all its forms.  Perfect for lovers of poetry, modern literature, deep thinking, and reads that give you #feels.

Please note this title has a content warning and is not suitable for children. 

Artemis by Andy Weir:
From the author of the best seller, The Martian, comes a tale about a wise cracking smuggler on the moon. Perfect for anyone who loves science fiction, fantasy, space or just a plain good read!

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz's problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.

Windfall by Jennifer .E Smith:
Alice doesn't believe in luck, Alice believes in love. Mostly that she's been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for the last three years. When she buys him a lottery ticket for his birthday and he wins 32 million dollars, they are thrown together with the world at their feet. Teddy decides that he will spend his money committing random acts of kindness, and who better to go on that adventure with him than Alice? In the process they get to know themselves and each other better than they ever have before, but money can't buy you love . . .

Saga Land by Richard Fidler & Kari Gislason:
A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland. Perfect for any armchair adventurer!

 

Hurstville’s Hot Reads

Today our Hurstville team give us the low-down on their favourite and latest reads!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli:

If you're after a cute book that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy, then look no further! Simon, a teenage boy, is too afraid to come out to his friends and family, but this doesn't stop him having an anonymous pen pal - and it's someone who goes to his school. This pen pal knows everything about Simon, including, and especially, his sexuality. In an enthralling read, Simon has to deal with how to come out to friends and family, how to deal with his crush on the cute boy in his class, and trying to figure out who his pen pal is. It's adorable and it's just plain fun. With summer and the holidays coming up, it's the perfect book to have with you at the beach or by the pool. -Mersini

Looking for Alaska by John Green:

In honour of John Green’s first novel in 6 years, Turtles All the Way Down, being released today I have decided to review Looking for Alaska which is my all-time favourite book.
Looking for Alaska is about 3 friends whose lives are so transformed by a certain experience that they now only see time as ‘before’ and ‘after’ that event.
Before: Miles “Pudge” Halter is sick of his boring, predictable life so he attends Culver Creek boarding school in Alabama to seek his “Great Perhaps” and get more out of life. There he meets Alaska Young and Chip “The Colonel” Martin. Together they go on a whirlwind of adventures.
After: Nothing is ever the same.

This book is very memorable with a powerful impact. I read it many years ago and I’m still recommending it to a lot people. It’s the first book where the plot twist just completely shocked me. This fantastic coming of age novel that doesn’t have a predictable happily ever after ending is a must read! - Bel

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson:

I’ll Give You The Sun is a captivating story told from the alternating perspectives of twin siblings. This novel follows Noah and Jude as they take us through the tragedies that tore them apart and the complications of family and friendship. Filled with heartbreak, wisdom, and joy, this story is very hard to put down. While the writing style is different to the ‘norm’, I really think that this may be what makes the story so intriguing. Nelson has written an amazing story that is definitely worth a read! - Lara

Force of Nature by Jane Harper:

I thought Jane Harper's debut novel The Dry was fantastic but Force of Nature has definitely topped it!

What has happened to Alice Russell?
Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.
The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case. She knows all the secrets: about the company she works for and the people she works with.

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers run far deeper than anyone knew.

Absolutely mind blowing unput-a-downable mystery thriller from one of our home grown authors,I highly recommend Force of Nature to anyone who listens! - Sal

Spotlight on QBD Doncaster 2017

After a great read? Our Doncaster team have you sorted!

The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond:

A gorgeous novel about love and life; family and tragedy and ultimately finding your place in the world. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell and Giovanna Fletcher. - Emily

The Dry by Jane Harper:

An awesome murder mystery, set in a rural town in Australia. Full of twists and turns and deep dark secrets, this is one book that is impossible to put down. Plus, read it before seeing the movie! - Tia

The Beach by Alex Garland:

The Beach follows Richard, a gap-year student who has embarked on a trip to Vietnam that will change his perception on day to day life. The Beach is a dark but riveting adventure that really gets you thinking about the price of paradise. This was made into a movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio. - Nick

Leading by Alex Ferguson:

A no-nonsense and insightful look into the life of a great sporting leader of our time. This book draws many similarities to how Fergie's leadership principals can be adapted in other businesses and the importance of a strong work ethic. A fantastic read for Manchester United supporters and the neutral fan alike. It's hard to argue with the results Fergie has produced. - Charles

Northern Lights by Nora Roberts:

A romantic mystery that has it all; A dark hero, a tough independent female, breathtaking description of Alaska and a criminal investigation with lots of danger. Put it all together and you have a fast paced intense read which will keep you turning pages to the end. - Gina

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh:

This book gives stark, raw insight into the lives of Scotland's undesirables. An incredible, fast paced read that explores the battle between addiction and the will to live. - Kara

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead:

When I first started reading Vampire Academy, I was worried it would be the typical vampire/werewolf love story but thankfully it wasn't. Compared to other paranormal authors, Richelle Mead doesn't focus on the romance between characters so much that the plot line gets lost in between. The character development is one of the amazing factors of this series along with hilarious scenes. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to get away from focused love triangles without a story. - Cassandra

Cosy up with QBD Carindale’s must-reads!

 

Our Carindale team have put together a great selection of their favourite reads for you to cuddle up with in the air-con this Summer!

 

The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond:

A gorgeous novel about love and life; family and tragedy and ultimately finding your place in the world. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell and Giovanna Fletcher. - Emily (Store Manager)

The Dry by Jane Harper:

An awesome murder mystery, set in a rural town in Australia. Full of twists and turns and deep dark secrets, this is one book that is impossible to put down. Read it before seeing the movie! - Tia

The Beach by Alex Garland:

The Beach follows Richard, a gap-year student who has embarked on a trip to Vietnam that will change his perception on day to day life. The Beach is a dark but riveting adventure that really gets you thinking about the price of paradise. This was made into a movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio. - Nick

Leading by Alex Ferguson:

A no-nonsense and insightful look into the life of a great sporting leader of our time. This book draws many similarities to how Fergie's leadership principals can be adapted in other businesses and the importance of a strong work ethic. A fantastic read for Manchester United supporters and the neutral fan alike. It's hard to argue with the results Fergie has produced. -Charles

Northern Lights by Nora Roberts:

A romantic mystery that has it all; A dark hero, a tough independent female, breathtaking description of Alaska and a criminal investigation with lots of danger. Put it all together and you have a fast paced intense read which will keep you turning pages to the end. - Gina

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh:

This book gives stark, raw insight into the lives of Scotland's undesirables. An incredible, fast paced read that explores the battle between addiction and the will to live. - Kara

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead:

When I first started reading Vampire Academy, I was worried it would be the typical vampire/werewolf love story but thankfully it wasn't. Compared to other paranormal authors, Richelle Mead doesn't focus on the romance between characters so much that the plot line gets lost in between. The character development is one of the amazing factors of this series along with hilarious scenes. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to get away from focused love triangles without a story. - Cassandra