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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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Now Read This! Books loved by our Erina Team…

Relax with a great book this weekend!

Our Erina Fair team have put together a list of must-read books for every book lover:

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan:

Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him twenty years to forget. The stunning debut novel from your new favourite crime writer.

'The Ruin is a terrific debut and a rare gem: a compelling crime thriller that delivers depth as well as twists, with every page clearly written from the heart' Sara Foster, author of The Hidden Hours.

Responding to a call that took him to a decrepit country house, young Garda Cormac Reilly found two silent, neglected children – 15 year old Maude and 5 year old Jack. Their mother lay dead upstairs. Since then Cormac's had twenty high flying years working as a detective in Dublin, and he's come back to Galway for reasons of his own. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him. What ties a recent suicide to that death from so long ago? And who among his new colleagues can Cormac really trust?  This unsettling crime debut draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can't or won't. If you love Jane Harper or Charlie Donlea you will be a fan of The Ruin. – Amanda

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan:

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is hysterically funny! The outrageously wealthy families come together for a wedding in Singapore and Nicholas invites his girlfriend Rachel to come. Unbeknownst to her he is the heir to his family fortune and Rachel gets the shock of her life. So much for spending a lovely quiet summer enjoying picnics in the countryside! It's more private planes, lavish entertaining and plenty of females staring daggers at her (including Nicholas' mother). This book has been largely undiscovered for 5 years and is now being released as a movie with an all Asian cast. You must read it before you see it. You will love it and it has 2 more books in the series!! - Allison

 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris:

A love story set in the most harrowing circumstances and is based on a true story. Ludwig (Lale) Sokdov, becomes the tattooist of Auschwitz. There he meets the woman who stole his heart. Through love and determination they conquer the adversities they face. A must read for lovers of historical fiction – Shirley

 

 

The Novice by Taran Matharu:

The Novice is the first in a series of great fantastic young adult fantasy novels. Set in a world full of demons, humans, orcs, elves and dwarves there is considerable tension between races. The whole series is full of action, thrill and political commentary. Brilliant matters of race and class are disguised in demonic detail. They make you think deeply about your own world while transporting you to their world and keeping you on the edge of your seat. – Madi

 

Anthologies by R H Sin:

R.H.Sin's anthologies encapsulate love, heart break, grief and empowerment. With simplistic form and raw emotion, he is able to relate to practically everyone. Each of his collections, most notably the Whiskey, Words and a Shovel series and a Beautiful Composition of Broken, provide something new every time you read them. Highly recommended for fans of Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav and Amanda Lovelace. - Caitlin

 

 

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail honeyman:

Eleanor Oliphant is an interesting character that follows her daily routine. She goes to work at the same time, wears the same clothes, and drinks the same drinks. One day her work computer stops working, and when the IT guy becomes her friend, she remembers more about her life than she wants to and refuses to believe it. Will she ever accept what happened? - Erin

 

 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken:

Alexandra Bracken's dystopian trilogy, The Darkest Minds is set in a world where teenagers are dying from a mysterious disease and only the strongest survive, emerging with new found powers. This novel is captivating from the start with twists and turns at every chapter. You explore the power of friendship and the explicit nature of teenagers. If you have loved series such as, Gone by Michael Grant, The Maze Runner by James Dashner or Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo you will fall in love with this – Holly

 

Artemis by Andy Weir:

It's the 2080's, Artemis is the first and only city on the moon – Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Life on the moon is tough and Jazz must do what she can to get ahead. Andy Weir has done an outstanding job creating a realistic environment that doesn't seem very far away from where we are now. A must read for all sci-fi buffs! - Ezra

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QBD Carindale’s Latest Reads

 

Today our Carindale team are in the hot seat, telling us all about what they've been reading.
If you're looking for a great new read, they have you sorted! Check out these fantastic suggestions:

When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi:

Not my typical read but it was unputdownable. Definitely a book everyone should read. It was pretty real and confronting how your life could be so perfect one day and then just comes crashing down the next. You really do feel what Paul Kalanithi is going through. I mean what do you do when your life is catastrophically interrupted ??? - Michelle

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas:

Tower of Dawn was a book I’m sure a lot of people have read and raved about, so now it’s my turn.
I might have taken my time but each page was an adventure and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. This book was so beautiful and filled in so many holes and is just another step closer to the end of the series. By the end of the book, I was not ready to leave the world Sarah J Maas had created and the characters, new and old, she wrote about.
This book just killed me it was so good! I’m dying to read the next one! - Taylah

Unbreakable by Jelena Dokic:

Do not judge another's life until you have walked a mile in their shoes. This to me is the basis of Jelena's story. For Jelena to have survived her father's emotional and violent abuse and to have reached number 4 in the WTA rankings is a testament to her strength of character. This raw and honest account of her life is awe inspiring and uplifting whether one is a tennis aficionado or not. - Gina

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek:

A very insightful book about people behaviour, social mindset and modern company cultures. It ties in nicely concepts of human psychology with the biological mechanisms inside us to give an explanation of human behaviours and how to deal with them. Recommend to everyone working in an organisation today but especially those that lead or aim at leading an organisation some day. -Charles

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The story centres on an annual war game between neighbouring boarding schools. There’s rumours of a mystical tunnel connecting pivotal territory, and the teachers could be linked to crimes of the past. This book is filled with fun and adventure, and is told with Marchetta’s trademark warmth and amazing characterisation. With mysteries of the past to be solved, and a new love story just beginning, you won’t want to stop reading! - Belinda

Woman in the window by A.J. Finn:

It has been described at 'suspenseful thriller' or 'page-turning' and 'twisted' - yes I would use those words to describe this novel, but with less enthusiasm.
It was suspenseful enough that I wanted to know what Anna Fox knew and what lies and truths would come out and how some events would turn out.
At first it's slow and took a while for me to actually get into it and be even a little more excited about the plot.
I would recommend it for anyone wanting a thriller and mystery to keep them going - but it's not something I'd put on top of my 'Must Read' list. - Cassandra

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green:

As a hardcore John Green fan, I bought this book without even reading the blurb – knowing I would love it if his previous novels are anything to go off. This book outdid my expectations and I connected with it more than I thought I could! Don’t get me wrong, it is intense, confronting and taps into some of the less spoken about issues of today’s teens – but Green has written this novel in a way that connects with its readers and doesn’t conceal the truth. Young adults looking for a novel that is raw and real – this ones for you. Tia

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness:

‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness is the first novel in his ‘Chaos Walking’ series. The novel is a pure literary feat and commands attention from the first chapter with perhaps some of the most intriguing first lines I have ever read. In this compelling coming of age tale, Todd Hewitt is born into ‘New World’ , a world where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts and men are simply ‘chaos walking’. However, after an isolated event alters the course of his life, he quickly learns not to believe everything he has been told. The novel can get a little dark in parts but I have never felt for two characters so deeply as I have for Todd and Viola in the Chaos Walking series. I cannot recommend this series enough. - Kara

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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