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Shellharbour’s unforgettable reads…

Today our Shellharbour team highlights great books you can spend time getting lost in! 

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Sleeping with the lights on...

Growing up I was a huge Stephen King fan. But back in the stone age that was all we had, that and Dean Koontz!
I have since discovered some brilliant authors who give these two kings of scream a run for their money.

Want to be scared? Try these three books.. If you daaarrreeee

1. CJ Tudor - The Chalk Man

You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

2. Sarah Sparrow - A Guide For Murdered Children

We all say there is no justice in this world. But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to return briefly to this world, inhabit adult bodies and wreak ultimate revenge on the monsters who had killed them, stolen their lives?

Such is the unfathomable mystery confronting ex-NYPD detective Willow Wylde, fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case squad in suburban Detroit. When the two rookie cops assigned to him take an obsessive interest in a decades old disappearance of a brother and sister, Willow begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is afoot. And when he uncovers a series of church basement AA-type meetings made up of the slain innocents, a new way of looking at life, death, murder and missed opportunities is revealed to him.

Mystical, harrowing and ultimately tremendously moving, A Guide for Murdered Children is a genre-busting, mind-bending twist on the fine line between the ordinary and the extraordinary

3. Sarah Pinborough - Behind Her Eyes

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

- Joanne

The more the merrier!

I love reading series, and getting immersed with the characters. I am currently reading the fantasy series Throne of Glass, by Sarah J Maas.
My all time favourite series is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Outlander is a historical fiction, adventure, time travel and a love story all rolled into one. There are currently eight books in the series, and everyone is waiting on book nine coming out, Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone. Claire and Jamie are the lead characters. I think Claire is so easily relatable because she is a modern woman from the 20th Century, thrown back through the standing stones back to 1743. The series has gained a new audience, with the books being made into a TV series. This has been being in the customers wanting to know what happens next with Jamie and Claire.
Diana Gabaldon also writes novellas and side stories to the Outlander series. Her most recent was Seven Stones to Stand Or Fall. With these stories, she expands on characters or storylines that don't quite fit in the with novel but still add to the series. These books keep us going while we wait for book nine! - Ann

 
For the thrill of it...

As a huge fan of the crime/thriller genre I have only recently discovered Chris Carter. I'm absolutely loving his stories. A good amount of gore, but they keep you guessing right up till the end. I have also recently read Karin Slaughters Pieces of Her and LOVED it; it's not a quick and easy read, but it keeps you wanting to turn the pages trying to figure out how it all comes together.

My all time favourite book is Marching Powder by Rusty Young. It's all about his experience of living in a Bolivian jail while he is travelling. He went to visit it one day and discovered that there was an amazing story to be told, so he decided to pay to live there while he wrote the story. There are some very graphic parts, but it gives you an almost unbelievable insight into how corrupt and crazy their jail systems are. We had Colombiano, Rusty's second book, as our August Book of the Month last year. This was also a great read. Although it was fiction based on true events that he has been told about first hand by child soldiers that he is now helping to rehabilitate. - Kellie

 

 

Keeping it real!

Jordan Peterson's Twelve Rules For Life is an interesting and motivating deconstruction of what it is that makes us human. Jordan, being a massive influence to a now rising political issue, never falters to be an entertaining, educated and just lovable conversationalist. The book, in which he tackles difficult sociopolitical issues head on, as well as his educated history in the field of clinical psychology is just a portion of what makes this read so enjoyable.

With his head first style towards deconstruction of belief, faith, morality and the condition of temporary human suffrage as a necessity, Twelve Rules For Life is one of my all time favorite titles and only indulges my love for Jordan Peterson and his wacky, crazy cowboy personality. This is a must read, for those who love to delve into the human condition, or just seek a little reassurance within. Jordan Peterson won't disappoint! - Ethan

West Lakes Winter Must Reads!

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Action Comics #1000 80 Years of Superman by Cristophe Galfard:

I am a massive comic collector, so when Action comics #1000 came out I had to have it. I also had to have this HC 80 years of Superman. It is a fantastic read, with classic Superman issues plus a story that was not published in the 1940s. The classic stories give us a great snapshot of the times and events going on in that era and how the comic book art changed with every year and with every new artist joining the DC team.
I enjoyed every moment of this fantastic collection of stories spanning across the 80 years of Action comics. Unfortunately issue #1000 is not actually in the book, as it was released a week later than the hard cover. After reading the Superman classics you should definitely read Action comics #1000 to see what's coming up for the next big story event.
A great read for comic fans young and old. - Sam


Top 5 books that Auntie Jess doesn't get sick of reading to her nieces:

1. Room on the Broom
2. The Very Cranky Bear
3. Where the Wild things Are
4. The Wonky Donkey
5. Feathers for Phoebe

 

 

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus:

Into detention one afternoon walks an athlete, a brain, a criminal, an outsider, and a princess.

Only four walk out.

When outsider, Simon, mysteriously dies in detention, his four classmates immediately become prime suspects in his murder. Considering he was only hours away from publishing their deepest, darkest secrets to his gossip blog, they all have motive to kill. Follow Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, and Addy as they try to navigate the horrible world of being a teenager, while trying to prove to each other and the police that they did not murder Simon.

One Of Us Is Lying is honestly one of the greatest, most perfect books that I have ever read. It is an absolute cannot-put-down read that will leave you hooked on the most amazing characters, beautiful friendships, hilarious teenage drama, and of course a gripping murder-mystery that will leave you guessing until the very end. If you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars, The Breakfast Club, or really any YA fiction, this is most definitely the book for you! - Bec

The Outsider by Stephen King:

How can one person be in two different spots, coach Terry Maitland is arrested for the disturbing murder of a young boy, even though he is seen at a book signing at the same time the murder took place, with his blood and DNA also found at the murders scene, has Detective Ralph Anderson arrested the wrong man, or are there strange things happening in the small town. There is also a cross over with Holly who helps out, from his Bill Hodges trilogy.
A fantastic supernatural read.

If you haven’t read the Bill Hodges trilogy, it starts with Mr Mercedes, followed by Finders Keepers and End of Watch. My other favourites are by Daniel Cole- Ragdoll and The Hangman. - Bill


The Top 3 books Chantelle is (trying desperately to be patiently) waiting for...

 

1. Throne of Glass 7: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
Release date: October 2018

"I can't even with this, I'm so scared of what Sarah J Maas is going to do to my babies and OTP Rowaelin in this final instalment but so eager to see how it all turns out and yet don't want it to be over! ARGH!"

2. Dark Artifices 3: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Release date: December 2018

Webster should list the definition of the word "Torture" as

Tor-ture /ˈtôrCHər/
The act of waiting 2 years for this book after that major cliffhanger in Lord of Shadows!

"It has been such a long wait for this one and still 6 months to go but I'm sure it will be worth it. This one is also the final novel in the series, why is everything ending this year!? I was pleasantly surprised by the first two books and can't wait to see how she ends this trilogy and find out what on earth she has planned next for the world of the Shadowhunters."

3. Strange the Dreamer 2: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Release date: October 2018

"EEEEK!!! that title is everything! And I'm pretty sure this is also the last book of this series :(
I'm still excited to return to this world of mystery, magic and blue skinned Gods!
Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to Strange the Dreamer."

It by Stephen King:

IT's storyline is one that is far from being lost to the depths of time; the homicidal clown seen only by a select group of children in the town of Derry, has found itself residing within the nightmares of many. However, the widespread knowledge of IT only accentuates the near impeccable quality of the story. Being made and remade into blockbuster films, causing countless so called 'strong-willed' people to scream in panic, IT is a classic that should be experienced by all. With prosperous creativity found within the ideals of children attempting to defeat an unimaginable evil, hints of romance, and an everlasting presence of the paranormal tied with pure, undiluted terror comes IT; the phenomenon with elements for everyone; to be missed by no one... - Saxon

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Team Eastland’s Latest Reads

Our Eastland team tell us all about some of their latest reads in this week's Spotlight on QBD!
There's romance, thrills, horror... and Harry Potter!

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a thriller unlike any other. The Swedish novel is full of unexpected twists and turns which are only magnified by the beautiful complexity of its main characters; the charming truth crusader, Mikael Blomkvist, and the mysterious, stoic Lisbeth Salander.
Through this unlikely pair’s investigation, Stieg Larsson’s spellbinding text sheds a powerful light on the so often diminished sexual crimes against women in Sweden, and society’s attempt to sweep it under the rug.
Whether you are a lover of crime fiction or just looking for something different, this book is a must read. - Katrina

 

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus(Trans. Justin O'Brien):

When you see that someone has the last line of a book tattooed on his forearm, you can be reasonably assured he has some investment in it... Having read it three times, and having vowed to read it next in its original language, I can honestly say The Myth of Sisyphus has made a profound difference in my life; it has contributed considerably to the human being I am today. It has made me more myself. Through a form that can only be described as lyrical-prose, Camus considers the question: in the face of the absurd condition we find in living, why live? Why not die? The condition of the Absurd is fundamental to this question, as is how we respond to it. For Camus, the Absurd can be summed up as our compulsion to demand meaning from a universe that lacks the capacity to adequately provide this kind of meaning. Our only option is to live in the tension between these opposing conditions of our existence. He explores this Absurd Heroism in a number of ways, but finishes on the book's eponymous Sisyphus, an ancient Greek king who was punished by the gods for his arrogance by being compelled to push a boulder up a mountain for all eternity, only to have it roll back down every time he reaches the top. The last line: 'It is necessary to imagine Sisyphus happy' places the dynamic of this tension in our imaginations, not so much in our sense of reason specifically. And while this is a book of ideas, it is also beautiful to the point of poetry. - Jeremy

The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns:

Harper thinks her life is where she wants it to be. Great job, great marriage, great friends! She believes that her husband Samuel and her, are happy with their decision to not have children, but an interview on her popular radio program, about infertility struggles, sets her on an altruistic path to help Claire & Jasper become parents.

Claire & Jasper are a young married couple, running a successful Hot Air Ballooning company with family. The one thing missing in their otherwise perfect life is a child. Can Harper, unknown to them prior to her interviewing them, be the answer to their dreams?
An emotional roller-coaster ensues for all parties involved, as well thought out life plans change and relationships are tested and re-established.

The Greatest Gift is a contemporary tale of modern baby-making, full of joy and heartache. Johns' move from writing rural romance to modern women's fiction has been successful. As much as I still enjoy all her “chook lit”, I eagerly await her next foray in the pool of contemporary modern women's fiction. Well worth a read, but have the tissue box handy! - Susan

Pet Sematary by Stephen King:

What would you do if you lost everything that was dear to you? How far would you go to get it back?

These are the questions that King's horror classic Pet Sematary tries to answer. When Louis Creed and his young family move from the windy city of Chicago to small town Maine, they weren't expecting the series of unfortunate events that would unfold. From the moment a dying man stumbles into Louis' clinic, his life begins to spiral. Nightmares, ancient Native American burial grounds, and every parent's worst fear all send Louis down a path he can never hope to recover from.

While certainly not King's scariest novel (that award goes to Salem's Lot or The Shining), Pet Sematary adds an element of reality that cranks the creep factor up to 11. Brilliantly written in King's classic style, the story of Louis, Gage, and Church the cat is one to remember. I definitely recommend that you check it out, but maybe read it with the lights on. – Sean

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp:

Follow the lives of four students as each one struggles with survival and loss, stemming from the terrors that strike Opportunity High. While reading this novel I was overcome with the need to know what happened next- I couldn't put it down! I was drawn into the chaos, as I hoped for each character to find safety and escape the situation that is an unfortunate reality for many students in America. Marieke Nijkamp's writing was triggered by true events, that see shootings becoming a recurrence in the lives of many teens. Leading to a well thought-out plot, rendering the reader heartbroken by just how urgent the situation is, allowing us to become invested in the characters' survival. - Ruby

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (illustrated edition) by J.K. Rowling:

We all know Harry Potter. We went to school with him and learned magic with him, but now we get to see him in a new light. The illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a beautiful take on JK Rowling’s wizarding world. Jim Kay has managed to capture true magic in his pictures, truly bringing us to Hogwarts to experience magical creatures and ghosts alike. - Ella

 

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Now Read This! Books loved by our Erina Team…

Relax with a great book this weekend!

Our Erina Fair team have put together a list of must-read books for every book lover:

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan:

Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him twenty years to forget. The stunning debut novel from your new favourite crime writer.

'The Ruin is a terrific debut and a rare gem: a compelling crime thriller that delivers depth as well as twists, with every page clearly written from the heart' Sara Foster, author of The Hidden Hours.

Responding to a call that took him to a decrepit country house, young Garda Cormac Reilly found two silent, neglected children – 15 year old Maude and 5 year old Jack. Their mother lay dead upstairs. Since then Cormac's had twenty high flying years working as a detective in Dublin, and he's come back to Galway for reasons of his own. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him. What ties a recent suicide to that death from so long ago? And who among his new colleagues can Cormac really trust?  This unsettling crime debut draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can't or won't. If you love Jane Harper or Charlie Donlea you will be a fan of The Ruin. – Amanda

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan:

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is hysterically funny! The outrageously wealthy families come together for a wedding in Singapore and Nicholas invites his girlfriend Rachel to come. Unbeknownst to her he is the heir to his family fortune and Rachel gets the shock of her life. So much for spending a lovely quiet summer enjoying picnics in the countryside! It's more private planes, lavish entertaining and plenty of females staring daggers at her (including Nicholas' mother). This book has been largely undiscovered for 5 years and is now being released as a movie with an all Asian cast. You must read it before you see it. You will love it and it has 2 more books in the series!! - Allison

 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris:

A love story set in the most harrowing circumstances and is based on a true story. Ludwig (Lale) Sokdov, becomes the tattooist of Auschwitz. There he meets the woman who stole his heart. Through love and determination they conquer the adversities they face. A must read for lovers of historical fiction – Shirley

 

 

The Novice by Taran Matharu:

The Novice is the first in a series of great fantastic young adult fantasy novels. Set in a world full of demons, humans, orcs, elves and dwarves there is considerable tension between races. The whole series is full of action, thrill and political commentary. Brilliant matters of race and class are disguised in demonic detail. They make you think deeply about your own world while transporting you to their world and keeping you on the edge of your seat. – Madi

 

Anthologies by R H Sin:

R.H.Sin's anthologies encapsulate love, heart break, grief and empowerment. With simplistic form and raw emotion, he is able to relate to practically everyone. Each of his collections, most notably the Whiskey, Words and a Shovel series and a Beautiful Composition of Broken, provide something new every time you read them. Highly recommended for fans of Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav and Amanda Lovelace. - Caitlin

 

 

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail honeyman:

Eleanor Oliphant is an interesting character that follows her daily routine. She goes to work at the same time, wears the same clothes, and drinks the same drinks. One day her work computer stops working, and when the IT guy becomes her friend, she remembers more about her life than she wants to and refuses to believe it. Will she ever accept what happened? - Erin

 

 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken:

Alexandra Bracken's dystopian trilogy, The Darkest Minds is set in a world where teenagers are dying from a mysterious disease and only the strongest survive, emerging with new found powers. This novel is captivating from the start with twists and turns at every chapter. You explore the power of friendship and the explicit nature of teenagers. If you have loved series such as, Gone by Michael Grant, The Maze Runner by James Dashner or Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo you will fall in love with this – Holly

 

Artemis by Andy Weir:

It's the 2080's, Artemis is the first and only city on the moon – Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Life on the moon is tough and Jazz must do what she can to get ahead. Andy Weir has done an outstanding job creating a realistic environment that doesn't seem very far away from where we are now. A must read for all sci-fi buffs! - Ezra

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Check Out QBD Campbelltown’s Reading Recommendations!

 

Our Campbelltown team have leaped into the Spotlight this week with their fabulous reading recommendations! There's a book for everyone in this great list:

Mirror Sydney by Vanessa Berry:

The idea of an alternate city is an alluring one, explored by writers like China Mieville and Neil Gaiman in fiction, and you can step through the looking-glass for real in Sydney too, if you just look closely enough.

'Mirror Sydney' takes us on a journey through a city of oddities and follies; ghost signs, murals, abandoned shops, subterranean spaces,derelict amusement parks, memories and lost places. It is another world of wonder and ordinary strangeness, in plain sight to thousands of people every day but barely noticed on our busy way to our destinations. Vanessa's dedication to urban exploration is astonishing, and her keen eye and curiosity lead her to discover and share stories that not many of us know, which not only makes this a fascinating read but also an important document of small histories left behind in a rapidly changing city.

This is one of the best books I've read about Sydney, an alternative guidebook to the city and suburbs that shows a refreshingly different and infinitely more interesting place than that portrayed in glossy travel magazines. I love that it is written in a way that makes me feel as if I am right there exploring the city with the author, and the zine-style hand-drawn illustrations peppered throughout the book just add to the charm of it all. If you love people-watching and notice little quirky things and wonder why they are they way they are, then you will also love 'Mirror Sydney'.

QBD Bookalike: Delia Falconer's 'Sydney' is a memoir/history of the Emerald City in a similar vein, a bittersweet love-letter filled with nostalgia and exploration of Sydney's darkness as well as its bright sheen. - Marica

Bloodline by Claudia Gray:

I'm a sucker for Star Wars so I had to get my hands on this book. Claudia Gray's Bloodline tells the story of Princess Leia and her struggle to come to terms with the fact that she is Darth Vader's daughter while juggling her marriage to the infamous Han Solo and her demanding position as senator in the galactic senate. I was always curious about how Leia must have felt having Darth Vader as her father and this book saved me the trouble. There are awesome new characters as well as our old favourites. New worlds are explored and many new dangers present themselves. Princess Leia is brave, independent and wiser than ever before and is pushed to the very limit - will she overcome? May the Force be with us because this book is out of this world - literally! A must read for any Star Wars fan. - Jade

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins:

Stephanie Perkins definitely succeeded with writing a thrilling and gory novel inspired by 90s slasher teen movies. There's Someone Inside Your House is filled with a cute romance that will make you have butterflies in your stomach whilst also making you want to vomit out those butterflies from the graphic depictions of mutilated and dismembered bodies as a result of murder. Overall, this novel will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as you fangirl over the main couple and use your detective skills to uncover who the murderer is and when they will next strike. - Beth

Love Simon by Becky Albertalli:

'Love Simon', originally known as 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda', by Becky Albertalli, is a hilariously fun and infinitely adorable book that will make you laugh, cry and feel all tingly inside just because of how cute this book truly is. It's a classic Young Adult high school love story but with a LGBTQIA+ spin to it, which is what makes this book so incredibly special and one of the first of its kind. Not only that, but it's also the base material of the amazing new movie 'Love Simon', which has already made a huge impact worldwide for being one of the first 'mainstream' LGBTQIA+ movies.

'Love Simon' tells the story of 16-year-old Simon who is gay, but hasn't told anyone yet. He secretly emails with another guy whose pen name is Blue and they discuss everything from their feelings and thoughts about being gay to which flavour Oreo is the best. But when one of these emails is discovered by someone, Simon is blackmailed into doing something he doesn't particularly want to do, otherwise his sexual identity will become known by anyone. This spurs a series of events that will keep you entertained from start to finish with relatable characters, awkward moments, and just a whole bunch of cute and fluffy feelings all rolled into one extraordinary book. - 5 Stars - Ella

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi:

For a debut novel, Tomi Adeyemi has done amazingly. There was so much hype surrounding this book and it lived up to all of it. A beautiful, vibrant and magical book about people rebelling against their oppressors. There are so many parts of the book that I love but the characters are my absolute favourite. They're so well written with great back stories and even better character development. I could not recommend this book more than I already do. 5 Stars!! - Maria

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski:

Sapkowski's writing is a marvel to behold, his style is as unique as his characters. I found this book gripping in a way few other books have been for me and would recommend it to those getting into reading again or who are already established fans of fiction or fantasy. - Lachlan

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