Our Spotlight is shining on the QBD Knox team this week
and all their wonderful reading suggestions!
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss:
Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind is a MUST read for any fantasy fan. A magnificent start to one of the best fantasy series I have ever read! It tells the story of Kvothe, a man from humble beginnings who has become a legend in his own lifetime. From travelling with a troupe of musical performers to surviving as an orphan in a crime-riddled city to entering an esteemed school of magic, the story of Kvothe’s adventures are filled with mystery, action, tragedy and romance. The story is presented in first person perspective as Kvothe, now living in hiding as ‘Kote’ who is retelling his life story to a travelling scribe. This gives you glimpses into the state of the world in the present which is intermingled with Kvothe’s past , presenting an intricately layered story that keeps an air of mystery surrounding the overall plot. Quite a long read at over 700 pages, but this one had me getting to the end too quickly and wanting more! The second book The Wise Man’s Fear is just as good and has me biting my fingernails while I wait for the final book in the trilogy to be released. Perfect for any fans of Robert Jordan or Brandon Sanderson! – Mitch
How To Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman:
This book answers the true question in life- “Is my cat plotting to kill me?”.
How To Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You perfectly captures the cynical and evil nature of cats and teaches us that your cat isn’t just a fluffy hot water bottle you keep on your lap.
Matt Inman’s humorous comics perfectly capture cats plans to obtain world domination.
Whilst they look cute, Inman artfully suggest that your favourite feline friend bringing home a dead animal isn’t for trophy purposes, but as a warning of what’s to come.
Similarly, getting litter all over the floor isn’t just your cat being messy, but instead is a sign your cat is practicing to bury you.
These vibrant cartoons will make you question your cats every move and are very reminiscent of Garfield comics.
This book is a must read for all cat lovers, cat haters and cat enthusiasts at large. I would also highly suggest you buy a copy for your dog so he can learn how to combat the family cat.
A Rose For The Anzac Boys by Jackie French:
A Rose for the ANZAC Boys has made it’s way into my Top 10!! Another thoroughly researched book from the amazing storyteller Jackie French.
Set in WW1 this story is about 3 siblings, desperate to sign up to see the world & dreaming of adventure. Little did they know of the dreadful outcome that their naive decisions would hold for them.
You are taken to the deep muddy trenches of France and Gallipoli and experience all the plights of what war really entailed through letters from Midge, Ethel, Anne and the ANZACS.
Great for Young Adults (& Old Adults) who would like an insight into what the men & woman had to cope with when their dreams of excitement turned out to be horrific nightmares.- Tracey
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld:
Uglies is a young adult book by one of my favourite authors. It’s set in a world where beauty standards have become so warped that each person undergoes extensive plastic surgery at the age of sixteen, transitioning them from ‘uglies’ to ‘pretties’. But there’s something sinister behind all that beauty; those who undergo the transition seem to become different people altogether. When her strange friend runs away, Tally’s world is turned upside down as she’s sent to retrieve the girl if she ever wants to be ‘pretty’.
Scott Westerfeld has created an amazing dystopian world which makes the reader question their own ideals of beauty and of the current world at large. Just how much people are willing to sacrifice to be pretty – and is it all really worth it?
I felt like the book had a great body positivity vibe and really enjoyed exploring the world further in its sequels. – Lana
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas:
The Throne of glass series written by Sarah J Maas has quickly become one of my favorite series that I have read to date. It is packed full of twists and turns, each chapter leaving you not wanting…but needing more.
It is a young adult, fantasy read that follows the journey of Celaena Sardothien, a teenage assassin stuck in a corrupted kingdom. As her journey unfolds, we are introduduced to various characters, kingdoms, and supernatural worlds that all slowly begin to collide and pave the way for Celaena Sardothien to eventually embrace her fate.
Sarah J Maas is constantly leaving me in awe of her ability to write such a thrilling and engaging story, with the characters progessively developing; along with their relationships with one another. She is always planting little seeds that, at the time, seem irrelevant, but as the story continues and bombshell after bombshell is dropped, you find every little detail is crucial.
I highly recommend this series for readers who have as much spare time as possible, because you will need it. You cant put these books down. – Cassie