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QBD Hornsby’s powerful reads that stay with you…

 

QBD Spotlight: Hornsby, NSW

This week, our Hornsby team have put together a list of powerful and brilliant books that will stay with you well after you turn the last page.

There are some truly great reads in here. Better get your shelves ready!

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King:

Stephen King and his son Owen bring this unique horror story to life in this grim tale of a strange occurrence that spreads throughout the world.
It starts when all the women in the world fall into a deep cocooned sleep. If you try to wake them, they will release a monster inside. This throws the world into chaos. The story centers around a women's correctional facility in West Virginia. As society falls, the prison becomes a place of horror and isolation for the inmates. The remaining prison guards and remaining prisoners start to turn on each other in what becomes a traditional King storyline where the human characters become the real monsters of the story. The women also face the reality of being stuck in a parallel universe where they mysteriously start disappearing and battle their own evil demons.
If you liked The Mist or Doctor Sleep then this book is for you and there are already rumours of this book coming to the small screen. -Chris (Store Manager)

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver:

2 years ago, the fictional Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, was the killer behind a horrific school massacre. Never have I found a work of fiction so thought-provoking, and I've begged my friends and family to read it so that I have more people with whom to discuss the themes within.
The story is told by way of Eva writing letters to her absent husband as she continues to struggle to accept what her son has done. As she writes, she invites us to consider whether we are born a certain way and cannot change, or if we're a product of our environment and upbringing. Is Eva to blame for Kevin's actions? We Need to Talk About Kevin expertly drip-feeds details about the shooting itself and Kevin's childhood, allowing us to decide.
The result is a hard-hitting and unflinching examination of the age old nature vs nurture debate, and you won't be able to look away. -Alex (Relief Manager)

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes:

Flowers for Algernon is brilliantly heartbreaking. The authenticity of the storytelling will draw you in immediately as you experience the journey 32 year old Charlie embarks on, leaving no emotion unfelt. Charlie is developmentally disabled, and undergoes surgery to enhance his mental capabilities. This is the catalyst for Charlie as he learns more and more about the intricacies of the world and of how we communicate with and treat each other.
I thoroughly enjoyed this science fiction book for its exploration of identity, social interactions, devastating realities, and authentic portrayal of the spectrum of mental capacity. Flowers for Algernon offers a new perspective on what we value and will stick with you long after the last page. -Emalee

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz:

In this book within a book, Anthony Horowitz presents Alan Conway, a highly successful, yet unlikeable, author, submitting the last book that he will ever write; Magpie Murders. What follows are subliminal messages, codes to crack, twists at every corner, and secrets hidden behind every closed door.
Horowitz breaks down every barrier between author and reader, sometimes so much so that you’re not quite sure whether what you’re reading is fiction, or a true life recount.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Agatha Christie’s classic ‘whodunnit’ writing style, or to anyone looking for a highly engaging book to read. -Jackie

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh:

For those of you who like a gritty story Trainspotting is the book for you. Prepare to be transported to Leith a town in Scotland in the early 90's. Trainspotting follows the story of four heroin addicted friends. The intelligent but lazy Mark "Rent boy" Renton, The lovable but completely hopeless Spud, The aptly named Sick boy and the utter psychotic Begby. If you like this book there are 3 others in the series - Porno otherwise known as "T2", the prequel Skagboys and the recently released Dead Men's Trousers. This book is not for the faint of heart it is sometimes on the graphic side but it is a book with unique and oddly lovable characters. The characters of this book will stick with you for a long time. - Roslyn

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:

THUG is a phenomenal book that tackles the difficult topic of police brutality in America.
Starr is stuck between two worlds; her private school in the suburbs where she is the only black girl, and her home in the rundown, all-black community which is struggling with the death of Starr's friend who was brutally murdered by police. Heartrendingly honest but hilarious and heartwarming. A MUST READ! - Eleanor

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Meet Our July Book of the Month: The Nowhere Child by Christian White

 

'Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.'

On a break between teaching photography classes, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl.

At first she brushes it off, but when Kim scratches the surface of her family background in Australia, questions arise that aren't easily answered. To find the truth, she must travel to Sammy's home of Manson, Kentucky, and into a dark past. As the mystery unravels and the town's secrets are revealed, this superb novel builds towards a tense, terrifying and entirely unexpected climax.

The Nowhere Child is QBD Books' July Book of the Month! Pick up your copy in store or online today. 

What our QBD readers are saying:

"I have never experienced a book quite like the Nowhere Child. The characters practically leap off the page with their vivid natures and stark personalities. The alternating chapters unmask the truth behind Sammy Went's future and Kimberley's past, each segment leaving you begging for more. Christian White has stepped up to the mantle for this phenomenal debut, and is a name to watch in future." - Paige, Penrith QBD

"Fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins will devour this debut novel set in both the past and the present. Sammy Went was taken from her Kentucky home when she was two. Is it possible that twenty eight years later, Stu has finally found his missing sister? Action-packed and dripping in mystery til the last. As the secrets, both past and present, unravel, you will be left questioning who to trust."- Rosie, Carousel QBD

"It's always a breath of fresh air to have an Australian author debut into any genre, but crime is still waiting for its Aussie star. Christian White is that star. With world-building and suspense rivalling Stephen King and characters that could out-charm a Jane Harper hero, 'The Nowhere Child' will have you hanging on until the turn of the final page. This is one novel you can't afford to miss. "- Samuel, Geelong QBD

"I loved this: a slow-burn mystery in which no-one is who they seem. Kim's sense of self disintegrates when a stranger tells her that she was abducted as a child. Determined to uncover the truth, she follows the trail from Australia to small town America. There are some great Stephen King-ish touches and an elegant ending twist. I don't consider myself a crime reader, but I enjoyed this so much!" - Amy, Strathpine QBD

 

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Book To Movie: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas' smash hit novel, The Hate U Give, is about to become a movie!

Starring Amandla Stenberg, the movie follows the story of Starr Carter, a sixteen-year-old who lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community.

It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give is a powerful and gripping drama about one girl's struggle for justice.

 

What our QBD readers are saying: 

THUG is a phenomenal book that tackles the difficult topic of police brutality in America. Starr is stuck between two worlds; her private school in the suburbs where she is the only black girl, and her home in the rundown, all-black community which is stuggling with the death of Starr's friend who was brutally murdered by police. Heartbreakingly honest but hilarious and heartwarming. A MUST READ! - Eleanor, QBD Hornsby

Angie Thomas hits an absolute winner in her first piece of YA fiction. Our young narrator/protagonist, Starr, is an inquisitive, thoughtful black girl. Her life is in dichotomy, half spent in Garden Heights, home to crack dealers, drive by shootings and unfortunately, Starr. The other half is spent at Starr's swanky private school on the other side of town. At home she has to pretend to be 'more black' than she feels, and at school, much less. Starr manages to establish some form of equilibrium she is content with, until it happens. Thomas' characters are wonderfully complex, and meticulously crafted; every point is purposeful, every scene pivotal. This brand new author has produced something important and special, I have no reservations in recommending The Hate U Give. This book will teach you real meaning, as first shared by Tupac, of living a THUG LIFE. I wait in bated breath to read Thomas again in the very near future. - Joshua, QBD Eastland

This remarkable debut novel from Angie Thomas tackles the symbolic Black Lives Matter movement in all of its power and flurry. I read this book in one day – it's an absolute page-turner that will leave you with questions and answers you didn't have prior to reading it. If there's one book you choose to read right now, choose this one. - Holly, QBD Miranda

Sneak a peak at what our Hurstville team have been reading!

 

Love a good book? So do our team at Hurstville.
Check out what they've been reading...

 

Worlds of You by Beau Taplin:

Worlds of You by Beau Taplin is an inspiring and empowering poetry book separated into two parts: Love and Spirit both offering insight and comfort.
Beau Taplin was previously a songwriter and I feel that definitely gives him an edge that other poets just don't have. Every poem and prose has an easy, lyrical flow and as you read each one you can really feel the emotion from the author.
This book is just absolutely beautiful. The cover art, the feel of the cover, the simplicity and of course Beau's unique way of words are all stunning. I finished reading this book over a month ago but I'm not ready to put it on my shelf just yet. I still have it sitting on my bedside table so I can easily pick it up and flick through it often!- Bel

Ah Well, Nobody's Perfect by Molly Meldrum:

There once was a boy from Quambatook called Ian Meldrum, who moved to the city, got a job in a bank, and then became Molly, a music legend, writing for Go-Set, producing 'The Real Thing' & providing the soundtrack to our lives on Countdown & Hey,Hey It's Saturday.
Ian "Molly" Meldrum is an absolute legend! I laughed my head off with the funny & outrageosly silly antics Molly has put himself,family & friends through.
A must read for any music tragic like myself who remembers the good 'ol days of Countdown & Hey,Hey!!- Sal

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:

Inspired by the Black Matter movement,this is a powerful & gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. This book is a fantastic read that has a relevant message for our time. -Lara

 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes:

A beautifully, heart-warming, gut-wrenching story of adventure, love and determination. When colourful, bright, ordinary Louisa Clark meets stubborn, moody, wheelchair-bound Will Traynor, neither are prepared for the way their lives would change -Katie

 

The Dry by Jane Harper:

Australian crime fiction alw1ys has a unique feel to it, from the familiar characters to the slang. The setting too, like many Scandinavian crime novels, is incredibly unique – the vast expanses of the Outback are often as much a character as the detective or the suspects. With her debut novel, Jane Harper uses this with aplomb. Despite the land being so open and free, the heat of a drought and judging eyes of a small town give the writing a sense of intense claustrophobia. The Dry is home to many crime fiction tropes – the lone wolf detective, the small town with big secrets, a parallel mystery stemming from the protagonists childhood – but Harper makes them feel unique with the distinct Australian tinge. There are plot points that could occur no where other than the Australian outback, and the main character of Aaron Falk is gruff, hardworking and honest – decidedly Aussie values. The clever buildup of the investigation will keep you turning the pages, and the writing knows exactly when to speed up and slow down. There’s a reason The Dry has won so many awards – don’t miss it! - Jamie

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Check out what our Browns Plains team have been reading….

 

Today our Browns Plains team let us know all about what they've been reading!

From the creepy to the heartfelt, there is a read in here for everyone!

This House of Grief by Helen Garner:

This House of Grief is the first true crime novel that I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Garner's writing is sophisticated, the description vivid and contextually appropriate, and the story is—while awful in content—amazing. I did find that the novel started to lose momentum about half way (after the conclusion of the first trial) but I think it was inevitable, as the whole ordeal was rather arduous and repetitive. Garner did an excellent job getting us through the tiresome parts of the trial and managed to keep me engaged enough to finish the book, even knowing the outcome. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to read more of Garner's work soon. 4 out of 5 stars. - Tamara

Descendants 01: Isle Of The Lost by Melissa De La Cruz:

Some people say I'm too old for Disney... I don't believe this will ever be true.
For fans of the Disney Descendants movies, this trilogy is a must! In Isle of the Lost, the first in the series, you are introduced to an array of characters who are the children of our treasured Disney villains, princes and princesses. This new generation find themselves literally split into good vs evil as the villain parents had been banished from the Kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost; with a force field in place to keep them isolated and prevent them from using magic. This book is set prior to the first movie however Melissa does a genuinely wonderful job keeping true to the characters in the movies which makes for a seamless transition between them - a welcome change. 3 out of 5 stars.

P.S. I hear she is working on a fourth book as the third movie is currently in production! - Taegen (Relief Manager)

Slade House by David Mitchell:

Beautifully written, David Mitchell manages to create a story where you never really know where you are or where you are going but none of that matters when you are back in the world of The Bone Clocks. With a Stephen King-like feel you're guaranteed to be awake at night wondering if you're the (un)lucky one chosen by The Slade House. 4 out of 5 stars.- Josh

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead:

I adored Bloodlines. Sydney, a strong female lead who uses her academic and intellectual abilities to save the day, and Adrian, full of quick wit and sarcastic comments, both quickly stole my heart. Mead's writing quickly pulled me in: the mystery of the tattoos was intriguing, and the underlying tension of the vampire world riveting. I quickly devoured this book and the rest of the (completed!) series. I highly recommend! 5 out of 5 stars- Abigail

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline:

I picked up this book after watching the movie and, wow, I was surprised. It was completely different and yet, still completely amazing. The retro themes, the adventure, the action, the riddles, the cute love story between A and P – it had it all. I could not put this book down as I travelled through the OASIS with Parzival, experiencing the virtual reality as though I was right there with him. This is a must read for everyone! 4.5 out of 5 stars– Steph

Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks:

A man with no prior muscial talent is struck by lightning and finds he can suddenly fluently play classical piano. Another man's memory only spans 7 seconds, for everything but music. In this original and intriguing book, Oliver Sacks tells us about the power of music and the amazing effect it can have on the human brain. Not just a doctor, or a neurologist, but a true humanist, Sacks brings warmth and life to these patient's stories in a strangely beautiful way. – Jo (Manager)

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