Our Penrith team have been reading up a storm!
From YA to biographies they have a recommendation for any taste.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver broke my heart into a million pieces while simultaneously forcing me to realise that every day is special. Through the story of Sam, a teenage girl, reliving her last day over and over, you begin to realise the importance of family, self, and being kind towards other people, because you never know what they’re experiencing. I have read this book over and over, and it always leaves me with a myriad of emotions and a renewed need to live life to the fullest. – Jacqui
Renaissance by Oliver Bowden:
I was genuinely surprised by how much I loved this book. I decided to read it because I am completely obsessed with the games and wanted more of Ezio. I expected it to be a basic novelisation of the games but it turned out to be much more than that. It gave us an insight into a lot of information that was never eluded too in the games and on top of that I have to commend the author for his grace in writing the many climbing and fighting scenes throughout the book. Overall I have to say that this was a solid novelisation and definitely worth the read! – Kate
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo:
The Ice Court is the most impenetrable military fortress that the world has ever seen. At its heart is held a secret that could spell doom for the Grisha – people whose supernatural powers make them an asset and a target alike. Kaz Brekker is just the thief for the job of breaking in and stealing the secret, and he’ll do it for the substantial reward money. He can’t do it alone, however, and while the team he assembles might have the criminal prowess to succeed, the grudges they hold are quite likely to kill each other before they even get there.
While this book is set in the same world as Bardugo’s other series, the Grisha Trilogy, there is no need to read that first. The world and its inhabitants are shown and developed in exquisite depth and detail. Each character is incredibly unique and each one is incredibly easy to love. This book is a real page turner with adventure and intrigue to keep you on the edge of your seat and a heist that leaves you with your heart in your throat. It leapt into my top ten of favourite books from the very first chapter and I cannot see it being easily bumped down.- Georgia
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick:
Scrappy Little Nobody is a tell all book about Anna Kendrick’s life. Whilst reading her book I found myself able to connect with her on so many levels. Not only does she constantly down-grade herself about her choices in life, she also shows us that the Hollywood lifestyle is harder to live in than we think – even she is still trying to figure that out. Throughout her book I couldn`t stop laughing as her comedic sense of humour was clearly shown in every page. It is one of those books that you can`t stop reading.- Abby
Working Stiff by Judy Melinek:
The world of forensic pathology is not all in appears to be on TV. Judy Melinek recounts her time working as a medical examiner in New York City and tells stories of death, disaster and dealing with grieving families. While the topic is a morbid one, this book is full of humour and humanity. Melinek is an honest writer and her experiences will really open your eyes up to the hidden world of post-mortem investigation. – Renee
The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly:
The Fifth Greatest Warrior returns in true Jack West Jr style! Years have passed, young Lily now a lady and Jack’s in trouble again, snatched by a secret society to take part in a world saving quest, though this time he’s a pawn in someone else’s challenge. In true Matthew Reilly style, there’s fights, history mysteries and a fast enough pace that all of a sudden it’s 2am and you’re empty because it’s over. While not Jack’s finest outing, still a ripper of a ride. – Karrie
Spark by Rachael Craw:
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, okay words. This concept is awesome; a super soldier program split it’s participants into two; Shields, who protect and Strikers, who attack. But when the Strikers go rogue and become Strays, it’s a battle to the death for the life of the Spark. Enter a Shield who has no idea what’s going on, her aunt that’s been hiding this life from her and a cute boy who’s sister is the spark and you have a wild ride. This fresh concept is just what the young adult genre needs. I read this one in a day and bought the second book the day after. Read it. Seriously. Just read it. – Kenzie