Our Kawana team have some great reads all picked out for you!
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern:
This book wasn’t like anything I can recall reading recently. Told from multiple POV’s I was almost thoroughly confused until the near end when suddenly all the seemingly unimportant story lines come together to form a spectacular plot that has been lying in wait all along. The Night Circus is well written and forms a mesmerising world in which the circus appears and disappears around the world without notice and surprisingly, is also the heart of a long battle between two apprentice magicians on which the story builds from. – Jenna
The Help by Kathryn Stockett:
“Enter a vanished world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal silver…”
In 2009, Kathryn Stockett released The Help; a fantastic novel that incorporates the dark and segregated past of the African American people. The Help follows the stories of three women: 22 year old Skeeter a university graduate of Caucasian descent, Aibileen an African American maid and Minny, her best friend who is also a maid. Even-though these women may seem worlds apart they take the first step on a dangerous project that crosses the untold society norms of their town and time. Kathryn Stockett, through the voice of these three women change the way women – mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends – view one another. This novel is filled with tragedy, humor, and hope which creates an amazing universal story about what society sees a ‘normal’ even if it is not right. – Louisa
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins:
“You don’t know her but she knows you…”
A thoroughly enjoyable psychological suspense novel, with many twists and turns.
It follows the lives of three women whose lives are intertwined. The main character Rachel catches the train every day and watches the with much interest the day to day lives of people from her train window and so the story unfolds. This novel is a real page turner and kept my interest right until the end. – Collette
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell:
Eleanor And Park is the perfect novel for young adults looking to stray away from mainstream teenage love stories. In this book, Rainbow Rowell portrays a raw version of abusive home life, identity issues, and awkward first love, which she shows perfectly through her unique, beautiful writing. The insightful storyline is compelling from the first page to the last. I’m absolutely in love with this book and the author and couldn’t put it down! – Anna
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George:
Monsieur Perdu sells (prescribes) novels to heal the heart and soul from his floating bookstore on the Seine. This is a beautiful novel filled with emotion and wonderful characters. I was left wanting more and hopefully there will be a sequel and a movie!!
Nina George’s latest novel, The Little Breton Bistro, although not a sequel, does not disappoint. This story’s colourful characters tug at the heartstrings. Filled with love and loss, again set in France, I love her work! – Jan
The Painted Man by Peter V Brett:
This book has been recommended to me by multiple customers over the last coupls of years and eventually I gave it a try. Those customers were onto a good thing because I loved this fantasy series , it is one of my favourites. Traditional fantasy done extremely well with unique elements, it’s full of action and takes you to a world of demons, heroes, danger and the hope of all humanity. – Yvonne
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo:
Ironically, I had to buy this book and ADD to my book clutter to perfect the art of de-cluttering!
I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of de-cluttering and organising! I feel so free and less anxious and my home is so much more relaxing to be in, I spend MUCH less time tidying and cleaning up thanks to the KonMarie method! This book is a really interesting read and has honestly changed the way I think about my home and my life – Less is MORE! – Crystal