Our Canberra team have a slew of recommended reads for you!
If you’re not sure what book to pick up next, just ask and they’ll sort you out!
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas:
The book I’m most excited for this Christmas is definitely Kingdom of Ash. As the final book in the fantastic Throne of Glass series, Sarah J Maas promises to deliver another lethal dose of her trademark powerful women, immersive fantasy and emotional anguish. If you enjoy young adult fantasy and haven’t already read this series then now is the time to start!
Pick up your copy in store from October 23 and let me vent to you about how much I love Dorian. – Charlotte
Pig the Grub by Aaron Blabey:
Pig is shamelessly naughty and back to teach his next lesson about cleanliness. Aaron Blabey’s rhyming and wonderful illustrations make for an engaging read. Pig the Grub is a delightfully simple and fun story, bound to make any child or adult smile no matter how many times it’s read.
No Friend But The Mountains by Omid Tofighian & Behrouz Boochani:
Both an account of the ongoing imprisonment of refugees at Manus island and a literary exploration of life in seemingly perpetual imprisonment, No Friend But The Mountains is a tragic, yet beautifully written book. Translated via texts sent from within the detention centre, I would recommend this book as necessary reading for anyone interested in the situation of refugees coming to Australia. While it makes for difficult and even confronting reading, the experiences and writing of those on Manus remind us that hope and free expression can be found in the darkest of places. – Yann
Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud:
Of all the books in store, the one I recommend most often is Sister’s Entrance, by Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud.
Emi is a UNHR Goodwill Ambassador & winner of the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam. Her poem ‘how to translate a joke’ (featured in Sisters’ Entrance) has over 150k views on Youtube, and speaks with a clarity and eloquence that is as breathtaking as it is educational.
Her poetry is alive and kicking, making Sister’s Entrance perfect for countering any who believe that poetry belongs to aging academics, dead playwrights, and Banjo Paterson. -Jerzy
Skulduggery Pleasant 11: Midnight by Derek Landy:
The latest book in the fabulous series, Midnight is another rollicking read from start to finish. As always the banter and sass between Skulduggery and Valkyrie is the highlight of this amazing writing. A funny, engaging yet dark read that builds on everything the series has given us so far and then goes a little further. Sherlock Homes meets Harry Potter with a dash of Doctor Who. A recipe for great quotes and a team that you’ll wish you were cool enough to be a member of.
A wonderful read for kids aged 9 and up or adults that want an easy read that won’t bore them to tears.
(contains violence and magic/horror themes) -Cai
The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R Tolkien:
Step back into Middle-Earth with The Fall of Gondolin, the swansong of Christopher Tolkien and illustrator Alan Lee. The Fall of Gondolin completes a trio of extended tales alongside The Children of Hurin and Beren and Luthien, and is just as prosaic as one expects Tolkien to be.
The book presents two versions of the tale, one a sweeping poetic epic, the other a more traditional narrative. Accompanying these are Christopher Tolkien’s notes on his father’s work, and Alan Lee’s beautiful illustrations.
If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan like me, don’t miss this one last adventure in Middle-Earth! – Glen
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty:
One of her best releases so far, Nine Perfect Strangers explores the world of health retreats and the lives of the nine people who attend this life changing one. Even with many unexpected twist and turns this is still a light and heart warming title. I read this book in a day, and what a day it was!
Perfect for anyone who love Australian fiction! – Sarah
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith:
After an agonising 3 year wait, Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) is back with the 4th installment of the Cormoran Strike series. After finishing Career of Evil on what can be described as a ‘mic drop’ cliff hanger, leaving us fans screaming what happened next?!
From the first page you are reunited with Robin & Strike where things are a bit tense since the Career of Evil. As they hire their next client, a simple case of blackmail turns into something much larger leaving you guessing until the very last pages.
Lets hope we do not wait another 3 years for the next book, but while you wait I highly suggest you check out the BBC tv series of Strike to ease those cravings. -Courtney