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QBD Cairns’ Warming Winter Reads


These hot titles, hand selected by QBD Cairns, are perfect to keep you warm on a cold winter's night!


IT by Stephen King:

"Beware Balloons! While your at "IT" run from Clowns, truly if you see one. Run, run away."
This is what I remember from Stephen Kings brilliant horror book IT many years ago.
Now reading IT once more in preparation for the upcoming movie release all the terror and chills have come swarming back.

This is a classic story about the growing pains of a close group of nerdy misfits. So IT should be a very moving tale, full of quirky misadventures etc. But then this is Stephen King's take on life in the small town of Derry. You will never look at clowns and balloons the same way ever, ever again. Read this one late at night with only a candle for light or better yet try reading IT at the Circus.

Clowns how I love them! - Steve

Weber's Barbecue Bible

This book's title totally encapsulates the essence of this cookbook. It truly is biblical in barbecue scope. If there is only 1 book I would recommend for novices or experts alike on the techniques on barbecuing, this would be it. Hands down. Not only does the author cover the expected topics, such as hamburgers, kebabs and the like, he includes more advanced (but very well described with accompanying pictures) meals. This really is a 1 stop shop for all things related to the barbecue from beginner to advanced. My highest recommendation. - Glen

Spice and Wolf Manga Vol.2 by Isuna Hasekura & Keito Koume & Paul Starr & Terri Delgado:

Spice and Wolf's graphic novel is actually the 3rd in a long line of adaptations for Isuna Hasekura's Spice and Wolf novella series. Each adaptation has been transformed on a new medium, from book to animated series to graphic novel. As this is the third time it's been adapted it does feel like elements of the story have been rushed due the fact that it almost recognizes that the audience has most likely seen or read the story and is buying this just for the novelty factor of it being in comic format. However that's not to say that it's not great, it still offers the same amazing story about two travelers delving into the life of a medieval era merchant gambling with economics. The fact that it's in manga format means that the twists of the story pop with a page turn in a way that a book or a TV series can't.

The manga series also has the advantage of being able to spend much more time on it's artwork compared to an animated series due to the fact that animated series have to
simplify the designs in order for it to be drawn efficiently for each frame. Volume Two also feels like it has come into it's own far better than the first and the story is less rushed.
Therefore I award Spice and Wolf Vol. 2 with a score of 3.5 stars. - Lachlan

Taco Loco! by Jonas Cramby:

You had me at Taco. Taco Loco! Is exactly as the title states, a book thats crazy about Taco's and all things Mexican. The vibrant pictures that Jonas Cramby has incorporated makes you feel like you're walking through the streets of Mexico, sampling the delicious food that is on display. Learn how to prepare margaritas, micheladas, churros and salsas... but watch out, they've got bite! - Nadine

Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Woodward:

Deliciously Ella Every Day is an excellent companion to Ella Woodward's first book Deliciously Ella, with more simple and delectable recipes to enjoy. This book is a wonderful resource in the kitchen for all food lovers, but is particularly helpful to those on a gluten-free or plant-based (dairy, egg & meat free) diet. Her recipes are rich and wholesome, and what I particularly enjoy about them is that they are created using simple, everyday ingredients, and are quick to prepare and cook. If you are looking for something healthy, wholesome, and delicious, you can't go past Deliciously Ella Every Day. Bon Appetit! - Kirstie

The Help by Kathryn Stockett:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett focuses on the injustices faced by African American's in the 60's. Set in Mississippi during times of immense change and embedded racial hatred, this novel throws the reader into a different world with first hand accounts of the fear and hate experienced during this time.
The novel follows the journey of an aspiring white woman who wants a career in journalism and two African-American maids who are ready for change! Thus a collaborative project form, and with the assistance of the 'coloured' help, they manage to publish a book that creates upheaval and lights the spark for change.
From the beginning to the end you are intrigued by the characters and their stories. You experience the acceptance and change that occurs as a result of people who stand up for what they believe in. A terrific book that ties in history and a great message- Stand up for what you believe in! - Selena

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins:

Impressive from the very first page, Paula Hawkins knows how to write a good mystery and her second novel Into The Water is nothing short of extraordinary. Mixing modern day drama with historical suspense, follow the residents of Beckford as they try to piece together their shattered community after two deaths in the local "Drowning Pool". While Katie was young and innocent, Nel was mature and provocative. So how did both of these women, with seemingly little in common, lose their lives in the Drowning Pool, and why? Why are their names now added to those of the Beckford Sister's, a name given to all the troublesome women who have met similar ends in this small community? - Erin (Store Manager)

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Darwin’s Hot Reads!


Today our Darwin team pick out some of their favourite reads.

These books are hot, hot, hot!

9780749955229Dark Lover by J.R. Ward:

The first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Dark Lover. Following the characters Wrath and Beth you are taken a journey that starts us off in a world with a new take on vampires and it makes you want to know what will happen to them. After the death of a close friend and trusted warrior , Wrath finds that he must protect the warrior's orphaned daughter. One catch - she has no idea that her father just died or that she is a half-breed of the undead vampire race. How will he protect this woman? How will Beth deal with all this new information that has come her way? For those who love paranormal books and romance, Ward is an author that will captivate you in her dark and compelling world of vampires and the Lessening Society. - Cassie

9781460751312The Fifth Letter
by Nicola Moriarty:

The Fifth Letter has themes of friendship, relationships and family life with twists to keep you entertained. It was an interesting read that sucked you in within the first few chapters. Nicola Moriarty started this story off with Joni in a confession, quite an interesting start that got me to hooked on reading this book. It was an interesting read to see longtime friendship between four women began to slowly unravel piece by piece. I must say that the ending was very different to what I was expecting. The blurb in the back hinted at dark tones though when reading I found that is was also quite light-hearted. - Cassie

9780143004615Jessica by Bryce Courtenay:

This book is set in the time period of World War One, where there is a rivalry between two sisters over the love of a young soldier. Jessica, the main character, is the pride and joy of her father, as she helps the family by working together with him on their struggling family farm. There is a murder within the community and it is up to Jessica to help the convicted killer. Are they innocent or are they guilty? It is definitely a book that leaves you hanging for answers. As you turn page after page, you won't be able to put it down. - Jessica

9780732299750The One Who Got Away
by Caroline Overington:

Loren is the girl who has it all. She married into the town's wealthiest family, landing herself a handsome husband, a magnificent house, fancy cars and two beautiful children. To any outside observer, Loren's life is perfect. That is until a fellow parent at school hands Loren a note that will shake her to the core. The very foundation her life is built on falls apart with the discovery of an underbelly of lies and betrayals. I am a massive fan of pyschological thrillers that keep you enthralled and turning the pages late into the night. Caroline Overington's new novel did not disappoint me. I read it on a long car trip in around four hours and I don't think I looked up once the whole time. If you are looking for your next fix after Gone Girl or Girl On The Train this is it. I wanted to re-read the book to see how I missed the clues to the scandalous ending. - Ellie


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Spotlight on QBD Cairns 2016


Our QBD Spotlight has journeyed all the way up to the tippy top of QLD to visit our Cairns team this week - and they have some tip top reading suggestions for you! (see what we did there?)


9780446574754Mythology by Edith Hamilton:

Mythology by Edith Hamilton gives a great insight into Greek, Roman and Norse mythology with stunning illustrations. This book is the retelling of the timeless stories with more simplicity that both young and old can read easily. With in-depth detail on the myths of Gods and heroes combined, Hamilton describes their stories as if it was told first hand by the poets themselves. This is a great book to pick up and read if you are a fan of the classic myths and wanting to learn more about unknown stories of ancient times. - Hannah

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill:

Heart-Shaped Box is a dark, haunting read that will definitely scare the pants off anyone who dares to read it. The main character is a rock star named Jude, whose secretary finds a ghost for sale online. Jude buys the ghost's suit which of course comes in a heart shaped box.... This spells trouble as he enters a fight for not only his life but all those who dare to help him eliminate this ghost from his life. How do you kill someone who is already dead?
Thriller writing at it's best, Heart Shaped Box will leave you petrified, yet wanting more! - Nadine

9781448165834Night Film by Marisha Pessl:

At heart a mystery thriller, the author has turned the genre on it's head. This book drags you kicking and screaming into the world of investigative journalist Scott McGrath, a man trying to uncover the story behind the suicide of Ashley Cordova, whilst also attempting to redeem his standing after a spectacular fall from grace due to the last time he intruded on the Cordova family mystery.
The story roars along at an unforgiving pace, continually challenging the reader's grasp on what is real and what we imagine. Try as you might, it refuses to let you regain your perceived place in the world, forcing you to question everything that has helped keep you grounded in the mundane of life.
Read it late at night and see where the darkness lives! - Steve

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty:

Caitlin Doughty takes her reader's behind the scenes in her first professional workplace, an American crematorium. Intrigued, I decided to read this biography to see into another facet of life that I'm yet to hear many details of (as you can imagine). Doughty describes death and the cremation/burial details of the individuals she works with which is usually a private matter only embraced by the deceased's family. In the biography, you get taken behind the curtain and given some stark details of how the profession deals with what I would have originally thought of as quite macabre issues both physically, emotionally and mentally, however Doughty brings her own personality and innocent viewpoints into each experience to bring the reader an intimate look at death and the profession that makes a profit from it. Each chapter introduces you to a new deceased member of society and how they passed away, their journey from that moment to the crematorium and what the family decides to do from that point.
My own curiosity got the better of me with this biography, and I was somewhat pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed being taken on the journey with Doughty's bodies and learning a little bit about living along the way... - Erin

9781742456768AWW: Slow Cooker - The Complete Collection by The Australian Women's Weekly:

This is a fantastic cookbook. It contains a wealth of very varied and truly delicious recipes. As is common with AWW cookbooks all recipes are triple tested, ensuring that the picture you see is the meal you make. The ingredients listed are all readily available at most major supermarkets, however this does not forsake the depth of falvours contained within these meals. As an example, peruse page 356's French Onion Lamb Chops, your taste buds will thank you! My highest recommendation for a reference level slow cooker cookbook. - Glen

The Hospital By The River by Catherine Hamlin:

The Hospital By The River delivers the incredible account of gynaecologists Catherine and Reg Hamilton who left their home in Australia for a short term contract in Ethiopia to establish a midwifery school. Overwhelmed by the needs of the women suffering from obstetric fistulas caused by obstructed labor during childbirth, their short contract was extended over a period of 45 years. During this time they performed on more than 20,000 women and established the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, one of the most astonishing medical programs in the modern world. In this awe-inspiring book, Dr Catherine Hamlin tells the enthralling tale of her life and career in Ethiopia and delves deeper into the struggles encountered by those living in extreme poverty. This book is a moving and compelling account of Catherine and Reg, who lived extraordinary lives helping thousands of women in need. - Selena

9781406326499I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson:

I'll Give You The Sun is a compelling coming of age novel about twins, Jude and Noah, as they each tell their side of the story that collides into a tale of love, loss and everything in between. Nelson sculpts a beautiful world of colour and intrigue that is sure to keep you wondering and guessing how this fateful and life changing story ends. This is a novel that is bound to leave an imprint of art and wonder on your mind, and remind or reaffirm the feeling of youthfulness. - Quinlee

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata:

Death note is a smash hit manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata that focuses on anextremely intelligent high school student, named Light Yagami, who is fed up with the state of the world and lives in an apathetic state until a god from the underworld drops a note book to earth that allows you to kill anyone whose name you write down. What ensues is a fast paced cat and mouse situation between Light who seeks to eliminate all the criminals that exist in the world and reign as a god and L, an expert detective.
The series presents itself as a thematic concept piece as to how a solipsistic world view and a form of absolute power is the catalyst for corruption. Death Note's animated series is does credit to it's source material but because it's on a different platform it misses out in what manga has to offer, that being pop out surprises from turning a page and a more immersive experience with character monologues.With Death Note's subtle thematic undertones, excellent characters, extremely impressive art work and unpredictable story it is a perfect gateway manga as well as a treat for veteran readers. - Lachlan

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Spotlight on QBD Cairns

Our team in sunny Cairns have taken over the blog this week!
They have some great suggestions for your summer reading list.
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Wool Trilogy 01: Wool by Hugh Howey:
If you only read one book this year, make it Wool by Hugh Howey!
Wool is set in a dystopian future where a colony of humans live in a well functioning 140 level silo below ground. Howey alludes to a nuclear explosion in the past that has prevented these people from heading up above the soil.
Generations after this colony is created, citizens are beginning to question why they cannot go above ground. Why are they being kept below? What happens to those that do venture out?
Howey magically illustrates the journey undertaken by newly appointed sheriff Juliette, after she decides to head above ground and find out the answers to these questions for herself. What happens next will have you so deeply enthralled in the novel that you will lose track of the rest of your day and be racing to get the sequel to continue the search for answers.... - Erin (Store Manager)

9781594746031Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs:
A black and white photo of a child floating off the ground invokes the strange tone found through out this amazing young adult title.
The first in a new series by Ransom Riggs set in the strange life of sixteen year old Jacob. This story reads like a teen Xfiles, set on a Welsh island.
It follows Jacob's journey into his grandfathers past.
Through the use of bizarre photos and weird encounters Jacob slowly enters the lives of the islands orphanage children. Full of twists and turns this is a novel, suitable for both young and old. It invokes images and feelings of isolation and wonderment.
The book has recently been turned into a film .This is a must read for any one who enjoys strange yet moving tales.
Grab a copy today and be swept away by The Peculiar Children! - Steve (Assistant Store Manager)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas:
Celaena Sardothien was Adarlan's most notorious assassin, until she was betrayed. Young and courageous Celaena is forced into slavery in the salt mines, but after a year she is given a chance to regain her freedom. She must compete in a tournament against some of the most brutal criminals; if she wins she must swear loyalty to the king and become his own personal assassin and losing could only end in death. There are secrets that lurk deep within the castle walls that Celaena must uncover – before it’s too late. Her own dark past haunts her, but for the sake of her life she must keep it hidden. The novel is filled with action, magic and a hint of romance that threatens to melt Celaena’s heart of ice. Sarah J. Mass has built a vivid and enticing world, that holds such a perfect story and ties up with an epic ending that will leave you craving book 2, Crown of Midnight. - Quinlee

9780340822784Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell:
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell sees a journey through time across the lives of six characters, whose lives are all interconnected in a fascinating way to the previous life. Although a little tricky to navigate through the first few chapters and leaves you with more questions then answers, it is a well written masterpiece that will open the readers eyes to the power hungry journey mankind has embarked on since the invention of ink and quill. Its journey through the diverse generations leads to a future beyond our present day, where clones are used as slaves. An enthralling read, it will leave you hungry for more. Its answers aren’t apparent until the climax of the book, which keeps you engrossed and unable to put the book down.
Throughout the journey, Mitchell changes up the style of writing, which excites the reader into learning about a new character and how their life connects to the previous. Its aim is to leave the reader questioning their future and hungry to learn about their past and how the people who we associate with impacts on our future selves. It is a book meant to leave the reader in a state of self-reflection. - Nadine

Maze Runner 03: Death Cure by James Dashner:
The final book in the Maze Runner trilogy held as us all in suspense as Thomas and his friends are nearing the end of their battle against WICKED's control.
From the very first book that left us on the end of our seats the Scorch Trials and the Death Cure have not disappointed since.
This post-apocalyptic thriller that has kept us guessing throughout out the series through it twist and turns to character betrayals and death, this is a must read book for any sci-fi fans before the finale release on the big screen. - Hannah

9780006479888Game of Thrones by George R R Martin:
Game of Thrones is the first edition in a series of books, titled "A Song of Ice and Fire", filled from the first page to the last with expertly written character dynamics.
Filled with controversially gritty and shocking scenes, Game of Thrones is a book that lives up to it's hype and makes the TV series based off of it pale in comparison.
The story reads as if it were made for a TV adaptation by not having a main character and instead deciding to focus on the view points of many engaging characters .
Set in a fantasy, yet eerily realistic world, Game of Thrones tells the story of a political feud between two families that has the capability to shake the foundations
of the world in which it is set, and at the center of it all is Lord Eddard Stark, recently appointed hand of the king.
It has recently been adapted into a TV series in which is currently unfinished, this is an essential book for any historical fantasy fan. - Lachlan

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:
A centrepiece of the classic occult, Frankenstein gloomily explores the perils of when science plays God. Following a sensitive, misunderstood monster as he staggers through the brutal existence forced upon him doesn't make for easy reading, but it's harder still to stop. I feel it's important to point out that film adaptions of this novel are so fully removed from the original story that many readers would find it almost unrecognisable, and rightly so. Mary Shelley's masterpiece is a brooding, bone-gnawing tale well worth getting involved in. - Kirstie

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