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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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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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Shellharbour’s unforgettable reads…

Today our Shellharbour team highlights great books you can spend time getting lost in! 

Make sure you check out these great reads in store:

 

Sleeping with the lights on...

Growing up I was a huge Stephen King fan. But back in the stone age that was all we had, that and Dean Koontz!
I have since discovered some brilliant authors who give these two kings of scream a run for their money.

Want to be scared? Try these three books.. If you daaarrreeee

1. CJ Tudor - The Chalk Man

You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

2. Sarah Sparrow - A Guide For Murdered Children

We all say there is no justice in this world. But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to return briefly to this world, inhabit adult bodies and wreak ultimate revenge on the monsters who had killed them, stolen their lives?

Such is the unfathomable mystery confronting ex-NYPD detective Willow Wylde, fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case squad in suburban Detroit. When the two rookie cops assigned to him take an obsessive interest in a decades old disappearance of a brother and sister, Willow begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is afoot. And when he uncovers a series of church basement AA-type meetings made up of the slain innocents, a new way of looking at life, death, murder and missed opportunities is revealed to him.

Mystical, harrowing and ultimately tremendously moving, A Guide for Murdered Children is a genre-busting, mind-bending twist on the fine line between the ordinary and the extraordinary

3. Sarah Pinborough - Behind Her Eyes

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

- Joanne

The more the merrier!

I love reading series, and getting immersed with the characters. I am currently reading the fantasy series Throne of Glass, by Sarah J Maas.
My all time favourite series is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Outlander is a historical fiction, adventure, time travel and a love story all rolled into one. There are currently eight books in the series, and everyone is waiting on book nine coming out, Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone. Claire and Jamie are the lead characters. I think Claire is so easily relatable because she is a modern woman from the 20th Century, thrown back through the standing stones back to 1743. The series has gained a new audience, with the books being made into a TV series. This has been being in the customers wanting to know what happens next with Jamie and Claire.
Diana Gabaldon also writes novellas and side stories to the Outlander series. Her most recent was Seven Stones to Stand Or Fall. With these stories, she expands on characters or storylines that don't quite fit in the with novel but still add to the series. These books keep us going while we wait for book nine! - Ann

 
For the thrill of it...

As a huge fan of the crime/thriller genre I have only recently discovered Chris Carter. I'm absolutely loving his stories. A good amount of gore, but they keep you guessing right up till the end. I have also recently read Karin Slaughters Pieces of Her and LOVED it; it's not a quick and easy read, but it keeps you wanting to turn the pages trying to figure out how it all comes together.

My all time favourite book is Marching Powder by Rusty Young. It's all about his experience of living in a Bolivian jail while he is travelling. He went to visit it one day and discovered that there was an amazing story to be told, so he decided to pay to live there while he wrote the story. There are some very graphic parts, but it gives you an almost unbelievable insight into how corrupt and crazy their jail systems are. We had Colombiano, Rusty's second book, as our August Book of the Month last year. This was also a great read. Although it was fiction based on true events that he has been told about first hand by child soldiers that he is now helping to rehabilitate. - Kellie

 

 

Keeping it real!

Jordan Peterson's Twelve Rules For Life is an interesting and motivating deconstruction of what it is that makes us human. Jordan, being a massive influence to a now rising political issue, never falters to be an entertaining, educated and just lovable conversationalist. The book, in which he tackles difficult sociopolitical issues head on, as well as his educated history in the field of clinical psychology is just a portion of what makes this read so enjoyable.

With his head first style towards deconstruction of belief, faith, morality and the condition of temporary human suffrage as a necessity, Twelve Rules For Life is one of my all time favorite titles and only indulges my love for Jordan Peterson and his wacky, crazy cowboy personality. This is a must read, for those who love to delve into the human condition, or just seek a little reassurance within. Jordan Peterson won't disappoint! - Ethan

West Lakes Winter Must Reads!

Check out all of these great reads!
Our West Lakes team have a wide selection of books for you to add to your shelves.

Action Comics #1000 80 Years of Superman by Cristophe Galfard:

I am a massive comic collector, so when Action comics #1000 came out I had to have it. I also had to have this HC 80 years of Superman. It is a fantastic read, with classic Superman issues plus a story that was not published in the 1940s. The classic stories give us a great snapshot of the times and events going on in that era and how the comic book art changed with every year and with every new artist joining the DC team.
I enjoyed every moment of this fantastic collection of stories spanning across the 80 years of Action comics. Unfortunately issue #1000 is not actually in the book, as it was released a week later than the hard cover. After reading the Superman classics you should definitely read Action comics #1000 to see what's coming up for the next big story event.
A great read for comic fans young and old. - Sam


Top 5 books that Auntie Jess doesn't get sick of reading to her nieces:

1. Room on the Broom
2. The Very Cranky Bear
3. Where the Wild things Are
4. The Wonky Donkey
5. Feathers for Phoebe

 

 

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus:

Into detention one afternoon walks an athlete, a brain, a criminal, an outsider, and a princess.

Only four walk out.

When outsider, Simon, mysteriously dies in detention, his four classmates immediately become prime suspects in his murder. Considering he was only hours away from publishing their deepest, darkest secrets to his gossip blog, they all have motive to kill. Follow Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, and Addy as they try to navigate the horrible world of being a teenager, while trying to prove to each other and the police that they did not murder Simon.

One Of Us Is Lying is honestly one of the greatest, most perfect books that I have ever read. It is an absolute cannot-put-down read that will leave you hooked on the most amazing characters, beautiful friendships, hilarious teenage drama, and of course a gripping murder-mystery that will leave you guessing until the very end. If you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars, The Breakfast Club, or really any YA fiction, this is most definitely the book for you! - Bec

The Outsider by Stephen King:

How can one person be in two different spots, coach Terry Maitland is arrested for the disturbing murder of a young boy, even though he is seen at a book signing at the same time the murder took place, with his blood and DNA also found at the murders scene, has Detective Ralph Anderson arrested the wrong man, or are there strange things happening in the small town. There is also a cross over with Holly who helps out, from his Bill Hodges trilogy.
A fantastic supernatural read.

If you haven’t read the Bill Hodges trilogy, it starts with Mr Mercedes, followed by Finders Keepers and End of Watch. My other favourites are by Daniel Cole- Ragdoll and The Hangman. - Bill


The Top 3 books Chantelle is (trying desperately to be patiently) waiting for...

 

1. Throne of Glass 7: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
Release date: October 2018

"I can't even with this, I'm so scared of what Sarah J Maas is going to do to my babies and OTP Rowaelin in this final instalment but so eager to see how it all turns out and yet don't want it to be over! ARGH!"

2. Dark Artifices 3: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Release date: December 2018

Webster should list the definition of the word "Torture" as

Tor-ture /ˈtôrCHər/
The act of waiting 2 years for this book after that major cliffhanger in Lord of Shadows!

"It has been such a long wait for this one and still 6 months to go but I'm sure it will be worth it. This one is also the final novel in the series, why is everything ending this year!? I was pleasantly surprised by the first two books and can't wait to see how she ends this trilogy and find out what on earth she has planned next for the world of the Shadowhunters."

3. Strange the Dreamer 2: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Release date: October 2018

"EEEEK!!! that title is everything! And I'm pretty sure this is also the last book of this series :(
I'm still excited to return to this world of mystery, magic and blue skinned Gods!
Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to Strange the Dreamer."

It by Stephen King:

IT's storyline is one that is far from being lost to the depths of time; the homicidal clown seen only by a select group of children in the town of Derry, has found itself residing within the nightmares of many. However, the widespread knowledge of IT only accentuates the near impeccable quality of the story. Being made and remade into blockbuster films, causing countless so called 'strong-willed' people to scream in panic, IT is a classic that should be experienced by all. With prosperous creativity found within the ideals of children attempting to defeat an unimaginable evil, hints of romance, and an everlasting presence of the paranormal tied with pure, undiluted terror comes IT; the phenomenon with elements for everyone; to be missed by no one... - Saxon

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