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Pacific Fair’s Heart Warmers

Our Pacific Fair team have picked out a few heart-warming reads for you to snuggle up with!

Including one for your furry best friend!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows:

This is a warm, funny, tender and thoroughly entertaining story, that actually has you experiencing every emotion. It affirms that the power of books do indeed nourish our minds and proves that reading brings people together. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it. 5 stars. - Jo

Heart Thoughts: A Treasury of Inner Wisdom by Louise L Hay:

This uplifting book "heart thoughts" by Louise L Hay, is such an inspiring beauitful medicine with little quotes and messages."Make this your new motto: I go for the joy! Life is here for me to enjoy today!". When the storms roll into our lives we need some sunshine. This book definitely can relate to us all and open our hearts to small things we forget in this everyday life. 5 stars.- Ane

What Dogs Want by Arden Moore:

What Dogs Want by Arden Moore
An interesting and sometimes funny look into your fur babies mind, along with some great photos it also has information from vets who give you some insight into what is going on in there heads and bodies. The section on how to respond is great and easy to follow, if only children came with the same information book. 4.5 stars - Karen

Lang Leav's Poetry:

Lang Leav writes poetry that will stay with you forever. She mixes in beautiful language with unique illustrations to create a masterpiece. About love, life and everything in the universe, there's bound to be a Lang Leav poem for everyone. All of her poetry collections offer something different so you'll never get bored. Highly recommended for fans of Insta-poets like Rupi Kaur and Beau Taplin. 4.5 stars - Annie

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Check Out Charlestown’s Latest Reads!

Check out all the great books our Charlestown team have been reading!

A Dogs Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron:

This book is about 'mans best friend' but with a is told entirely through the dogs eyes.
The best part though is the fact that throughout the book the dog gets reincarnated a few times and as the reader you get to experience what life is like for a dog in a number of circumstances and how these may play a part in the dogs experiences in life. I will admit...I did cry (a couple of times.)
Your heart strings will be pulled (tugged hard in some places.) We’ve all had a best friend who identified in the canine or feline persuasion so we can all relate to what the book is trying to say, whilst giving us a new angle of the story to consider. A fascinating read for all animal lovers and an ode to the most humble, reliable and dedicated member of our families. -Belinda

The Hotel on Place Vendôme by Tilar J. Mazzeo:

Mazzeo’s unique mixture of gossipy non-fiction with historical research is more for the historically interested than the historian. Painting a picture of intrigue and scandal surrounding the guests and patrons of the Hotel Ritz in Paris during the era of Nazi occupied France, The Hotel on Place Vendôme reads more like a soap opera than a history book. From Coco Chanel’s jewel encrusted gas mask being carried by her servants on a satin cushion, to the assassination of Hitler being planned across the bar, images of espionage and opulence drive the rich and captivating story of The Hotel on Place Vendôme. -Jack

The Road by Cormac McCarthy:

The intense apocalyptic story line combined with McCarthy unique writing style creates the most unpredictable and well written novels I’ve ever read. It’s quite a sophisticated text about a father and son taking on a troubled new world, together. This text is 5 star quality with lots of hidden meaning, I would highly recommend to mature readers! -Carter

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas:

The deadly Celaena Sardothien is offered a chance to win back her freedom on one condition: she must compete to become the King's champion.
But what other evil does she stumble across in the King's castle? Get lost in a world of fantasy extravaganza full of love, action and betrayal. - Alyssa

The Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn:

The tale of a son left orphaned, with a murderous uncle intent on taking the family land. Boy turned warrior, turned sorcerer, Shikanoko grows through his own skills and societal traditions to become one of the most powerful men in the nation. In a search for the missing child emperor, Shikanoko becomes the centre piece to a host of people lives and they will all meet their end unless Shikanoko can find the emperor and return him to the Lotus Throne.
Prequel to the Tales of the Otari series, the Tales of Shikanoko is a twisting novel that portrays the folklore of Feudal Japan, as well as a compelling narrative that will have you on the edge of your seat. -Daniel

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis:

This extremely honest memoir is an essential read for Red Hot Chili Peppers fans. Kiedis explores his failures and successes in this no holds barred retelling of his life. Kiedis has had an adventurous life, from overdosing on heroin to meeting the Dalai Lama. -Remy

Noose by Xavier Duff:

A very interesting read on a part of Australia’s history that is not often talked about. Featuring about a dozen different stories of those who were sentenced to the gallows and how they got there, the author also challenges whether all of these people were actually guilty of their crimes and did they actually deserve to hang? Ranging from the first man hanged in 1788 to the last in 1967 this book gives a great overview of capital punishment and how it largely controversial yet had not power in deterring those from committing their crimes. - Amorette

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Happy Birthday QBD Geelong!

Time flies by so fast while you're having all this bookish fun! 

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To celebrate the team have let us know all about some of the books they have enjoyed over the past year...

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah:

Set amongst the backdrop of World War 2 we follow two sisters as they navigate love,  hatred,  bravery and strength throughout times of extreme hardship.
When the Nazi's invade France Vianne is forced to open her home to the enemy, her every move is watched and her family's safety is at risk.

Isabelle is a rebellious teen searching for meaning in a war-torn time. As she jumps head first into the resistance she is determined to prove herself amongst the other men and women risking their lives to save others.

A truly beautiful read that will stay with you long after the book has been placed on the shelf.
If you love historical fiction similar to 'The Book Thief' or 'The Bronze Horseman' you must read this book! - Caitlyn

American Gods by Neil Gaiman:

Shadow has just gotten out of jail early, his wife has died, unknowingly this is the first of many strange, twisted and surprising occurrences that will befall Shadow. Both he and the reader are in for one hell of a journey.

Neil Gaiman's imagination has created a complicated, detailed plot that is crammed with magic and marvel. A journey that goes on tangent after tangent, has many detailed flashbacks and segues a plenty. This character focused story has more than its fair share of detours.

It is a book about the gods of myth and legend, they may be threadbare and degenerate these days but still gods, still capable of inspiring terror and unquestioned allegiance. It is also about the “new” gods, gods of media and money, and while they are not my gods it sets the stage for all out war.

As the winner of the Bram Stoker, Hugo, Nebula, SFX and Locus awards in both horror and science fiction this book is hard to categorise, but here in Geelong it is nestled in with the other Sci fi/ fantasy greats like Jim Butcher, Raymond E. Feist, James S. A. Corey and my all time favourite Douglas Adams.

The devil is in the detail when it comes to “American Gods”; as a reader there is much more to find beneath the surface, you must find the magic for yourself, I know I did. - Kim

Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav:

After a short swim in the realm of fiction, Lang Leav is back with her 5th poetry collection and it's one of her best. Mixing poetry and prose like an early Oscar Wilde collection, 'Sea of Strangers' explores love, loss and identity with grace and soul. As her career has gone on Leav has only gotten stronger, with her unique, loosely structured style lending itself perfectly as the framework for a beautiful melancholy, unique to the modern day. Best paired with a hot bath and a glass of wine, this collection is one that you'll lose yourself in, time and time again. - Sam

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend:

Whenever things went wrong, it was Morrigan Crow they blamed. A tree knocked down in a storm? That would be Morrigan's fault. Burnt your toast? That would be Morrigan! Toe infection? You guessed it, it was that Morrigan girl! However when a strange man saves her from an untimely demise, Morrigan is brought into a Wundrous land known as Nevermoor where there are gigantic cats that not only talk but are housekeepers and bedrooms that form themselves to what they believe you'd like.

Upon reading it I honestly could not believe that this is Jessica Townsend's debut novel. The magical world she has created had me whisked off into a land of pure wonder.

With a Whovian meets Hogwartian meets Wonderland vibe, I greatly enjoyed taking that leap to “Step Boldly” into this magical tale and it truly had me laughing out loud in public areas. - Grace

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur:

Thought provoking and deeply mesmerising, Rupi Kaur's 'Milk & Honey' engages a wide array of tough-to-tackle topics, journeying the experience of trauma and the long road into recovery. There were times when I found some sections to be quite confronting and had to set it aside for a moment, but Kaur's poems have never failed to leave their mark and keep me coming back for more. Chronicling tales of love and hurt, abuse and empowerment - it is no surprise that this collection is just flying off the shelves. - Emily

How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie:

How To Win Friends And Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. Published in 1948, Carnegie's work explores the daily interactions between people. Using his real life situations Carnegie demonstrates simple methods, which can help you resolve any social interaction – from daily dilemmas, to intense sales meetings. Carnegie book is the only book you will ever need. - Adrian


Make sure you pop by this weekend and wish the team Happy Birthday!


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Woodgrove’s Wonderful Reads


Check out the books our Woodgrove team have reading!

Full of thrills, spills and #feels, these books will have you hooked until the last page.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris:

In one of the darkest parts of world history comes the touching love story of Lale and Gita, two Slovakian Jews, who fall in love in the most unlikely place, Auschwitz. He was the tattooist who used his position to help others and gave hope to so many when their was none. She was his love, his reason to survive through the most horrible times. This incredible story, left untold for so many years, is unbelievably touching and sad. I couldn't put it down. - Julie

I am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells:

“You are evil, said myself. You are Mr. Monster. You are nothing. You are me."
John Wayne Clever isn't your typical 16 year old. Besides working with his mum at a mortuary, he is obsessed with serial killers.. and is trying not to become one. In order to survive high school, John gives himself a strict set of rules to follow: don't hurt animals, always compliment instead of insult, see a therapist.. don't kill anyone. Most of his urges can be curbed with his work in the mortuary and his love for exploring dead bodies, but when a series of murders occur that are anything but ordinary, John must unleash his Sociopath tendencies.. and let Mr. Monster roam free. A great novel for lovers of the Dexter books/tv show and creepy, paranormal YA fiction. - Emily

Origin by Dan Brown:

This is another epic tale from Dan Brown. Robert Langdon, Harvard University professor, receives an invitation from his friend and former student Edward Kirsch, a brilliant scientist and inventor. He claims he will reveal an astonishing breakthrough that will challenge what we all believe about human existence. Just before making his announcement, he is killed. Thus begins a quest by Robert to find his killer and to discover the cryptic password that will reveal Kirsch's secret. - Sue

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera:

A heart- warming, tear-jerking book all rolled in to one. Adam Silvera's title may have you thinking that this book is about death, but it is actually all about life. Chance and circumstance bring two people together in a story that will leave you with 'all the feels'. It has now become one of my all time favourites and I will automatically read every Adam Silvera book. - Kylie

The Fourth Monkey by JD Barker:

For fans of Silence of the Lambs and Se7en, comes this twisted and gruesome novel by JD Barker. Detective Sam Porter has been hunting the 4th Monkey Killer or 4MK for years and the serial killer has just turned up dead, but on the killer's body is a clue that there is one last victim so the Detectives must race against the clock to find the victim before its too late. If you love a great psychological thriller with some horror thrown in, give this a go. - Belinda

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini:

This is a story of two women, Mariam and Laila. These women live in Afghanistan with the same man. A man they were forced into marriage with at a young age. This is a story of the struggles and hardships they face at the hands of Rasheed, not only through physical but also emotional abuse. This book is a fictional story about fictional women based on the real struggles women in the Middle East face every day. A must read. - Evelyn

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Garden City’s adventure packed reads!

Would you like to be whizzing along an open road, sneaking up on your enemies, running for your life?

Our Garden City team have put together a list of reads that will take you on your next great armchair adventure!

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness:

A well written, fast paced novel of the highest standard which hints at the quality of the rest of the series. In unusual Prentisstown all the residents can hear each others thoughts, resulting in a never ending stream of noise and an extremely open lifestyle; whether you like it or not. One month before he becomes a man, boy Todd and his loyal dog Manchee, when going through the woods, discover a patch of complete and utter silence. In the silence they discover an awful secret that Prentisstown has kept hidden for so long, shattering the only life that Todd has ever known. The Knife of Never Letting Go is packed with adventure, challenge and is guaranteed to not be able to be put down. - Tegan

The Rest of Just Live Here by Patrick Ness:

If you’re anything like me, when reading a fantasy YA you can’t help wondering “but what is everyone else doing right now?” while the protagonists face the end of the world or something like that. The Rest of Us Just Live Here addresses this, focusing on the lives of four normal, average teenagers, navigating their final year of high school, prom and graduation - unaware of the sideline occurrence of an immortal invasion. This novel is so different from anything else out there, but I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down. - Charlotte

Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss:

Rothfuss’ Name of the Wind explores the life story of the world’s most infamous magician Kvothe. Written in the first person narrative of Kvothe’s own biographical perspective, Rothfuss has crafted a world unlike anyone has ever seen. A story of courage, young love, betrayal, friendship and struggle. Name of the Wind shows that even the most powerful and notorious magician is more human than one might expect. Action-packed and full of secrets, Name of the Wind will leave you on the edge of your seat clawing at your book for more. - Alex

Nomad by James Swallow:

If MacGyver and James Bond had a baby you would be left with Marc Dane in Nomad. Right from the very start Nomad rips into gear; page after page of explosiveness and nail biting chapters. As soon as you reach about page 5 you realise that Nomad has got its claws into you. Follow Marc Dane through this ridiculously awesome espionage thriller and immerse yourself in pure adrenaline and excitement. - Nick (Store Manager)

Hell's Angels by Hunter S Thompson:

Hunter S Thompson is known to most as the man behind Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. But before that, he wrote Hell's Angels.
It is a raw and unembellished reveal into the lifestyle of the notorious biker gang.
For a year, Thompson was accepted into their fold and embraced as a brother, allowed to research and write about them, an honour bestowed upon few. What emerged from this thrilling and often dangerous arrangement is a one of a kind book, written by a one of a kind man. - Jo ( Assistant Manager )

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