Each month, our wonderful “Channel 7 x QBD Book Club” hosts Victoria Carthew and Lee Carseldine discuss great books of all different genres – from enthralling crime fiction to inspiring non-fiction. This month, they reviewed our Fiction Book of the Month “The Heart Is A Star” by Megan Rogers, “Silver In The Bone” by Alexandra Bracken, and MORE! To order our May picks and compare your opinion to theirs, head in-store or to the QBD Books website now.
Here are the fantastic titles we featured this month:
“The Heart is A Star” by Megan Rogers
This story follows Layla Burns – an exhausted woman juggling a demanding job, a disintegrating marriage, her children, a needy lover, and a histrionically unstable mother. However, this year – everything changes. When her mother rings just before Christmas, she doesn’t follow the usual script. Soon, Layla drops everything to rush to her childhood home on the wild west coast of Tasmania. She’s determined to finally confront her mother – find out what really happened to her father – and lay some demons to rest.
“Orphia and Eurydicius” by Elyse John
In this incredible Greek mythology retelling, Orphia dreams of a life beyond warrior crafts and her far-flung island life. Her blood sings with poetry and her words can move flowers to bloom and forests to grow. However, her father Apollo – the sun god – has forbidden her this art. When she meets a shield-maker named Eurydicius in a chance encounter, he gives her the courage to use her voice one last time to defeat the final champion, gain the respect of the powerful Muses, and more… As her bond with the gentle shield-maker grows, she is faced with a darker journey – is the power of voice and poetry mightier than wielding any sword?
“The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece” by Tom Hanks
Inspired by a humble comic book, “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece” follows the creation of a vast, jam-packed, star-studded, multi-million-dollar action film. Spanning 80 years of changing America and culminating in the opening of the film, get ready to meet a colourful cast of characters including a troubled soldier returning from war, a young boy with an artistic gift, an eccentric director, a pompous film star on the rise, a tireless production assistant, and countless film crew members that together create Hollywood magic.
“Silver In The Bone” by Alexandra Bracken
Inspired by Arthurian legend and fuelled by love, revenge, and pure adrenaline, this story follows Tasmin Lark. As a mortal with no magical talent, she didn’t ask to be a Hollower – she was never meant to seek legendary relics from the ancient crypts of dark sorceresses. However, when her thieving foster father disappeared without a trace, it was the only way she could keep her brother and herself alive. Ten years later, rumours are swirling that her guardian vanished with a powerful ring, igniting Tamsin’s hope of freeing her brother from a curse that threatens them both. But they aren’t the only ones who want the ring… As the mystery consumes them, Tamsin begins to fear she won’t just lose her brother – she’ll lose her one chance to uncover the secret of who she truly is.
“Built to Move” by Kelly and Juliet Starrett
After decades spent working with pro-athletes and Olympians, mobility pioneers Kelly and Juliet Starrett began thinking about the physical well-being of the rest of us. What makes a durable human? How do we continue to feel great and function well as we age? The answers lie within ten assessments and ten physical practices that anyone can do.