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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 spin...it 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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Spotlight on QBD Charlestown

Our team at QBD Charlestown are always ready with a book suggestion!
This week they've shared with us what they're currently enjoying,
perfect to add to your New Year's reading list!

9781849833271Bridge of Spies by Giles Whittell:
This is a true story of 3 extraordinary men involved in the most legendary prisoner exchange in history. The thing I like about this book is that although it’s a true story of the Cold War … it reads like a novel. You really get the feel and taste of the heightened political tensions that brought the United States and Russia so very close to the brink of nuclear war in the 1960’s. An amazing story of a piece of history I knew nothing about. - Steve (Store Manager)

The Revenant by Michael Punke: 
The Revenant is based on the true story of the trapper Hugh Glass when he is attacked by a grizzly bear. His companions abandon him, taking all of his equipment, not to mention his favourite rifle.
A fantastic story of determination, survival and a man bent on revenge. I thought it was a fantastic book, and I cannot wait to see the movie. - Daniel

9780732292676Timekeeper 01: Dreaming of Zhou Gong by Traci Harding:
Dreaming of Zhou Gong is a fantasy novel set in ancient China during a time where common folk are suffering under the rule of the bloodthirsty Shang empire. The Ji brothers set out with noble intentions to overthrow the emperor and his enchantress and bring peace for the land and it's people, uniting with the Wu, a mysterious community hidden away on the sacred mountain of Li Shan, rumoured to be gifted with the magical blessings of Heaven. This, however, is only the very basics of Dreaming of Zhou Gong, a book layered with twists and turns. It has magic, action, romance, mystery; a little bit of everything you could need in a great story but the real highlight for me was the vast and interesting cast of characters and their dynamic that made for an enjoyable and amusing read. - Megan

Michael Jordan- The Life by Roland Lazenby:
This a book I'm very passionate about. Not only does Ronald Lazenby bring you into the life of Michael but also his history, where he comes from and the people around that shaped and guided him. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves basketball or sports. It's inspiring to me and educational towards learning effort and commitment to be the best at what you do. - Carter

9780143004615Jessica by Bryce Courtnenay:
Grab a box of tissues because this is Courtenay at his best. This book is about everything we, as human beings hold dear....love, family, pride, friendship and the basic need of survival.
An Australian classic set in the New South Wales outback, spanning from the outbreak of World War One through to the Depression, this book will evoke emotions you didn’t think you had.
It follows the life of Jessica, a young girl in the bush who must keep her head held high and fight for truth, justice and the true meaning of love.
Uplifting and heart breaking all mixed into one must read novel. - Belinda

The New 52- Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello: 
The New 52 is a delightful re-imagining of the DC Comics universe, bringing life back to some of the oldest and most famous comic characters. The New Wonder Woman puts us in a god and gore-filled world of mystic powers, other realms and most importantly, Super Heroes! This graphic novel series is excellent, whether you've been reading DC Comics for years or if you are just catching the Super Hero Fever after watching the movies. - Mitchell

9780992334468The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham:
Tilly Dunnage returns to the town in which she grew up to look after her mad old mother. Tilly tries to be accepted by the townspeople who drove her away, but they are relentless in their dislike. However the women commission her to make them couture dresses. Tilly slowly plans her revenge on these unforgiving locals. Ultimately her revenge comes to fruition and she boards the next train out of town.
This book is filled with many fascinating characters whose lives intertwine. The descriptive writing style makes it hard to put the book down. The unexpected plot keeps the readers guessing and hanging on for the ending. Ham's first novel is a great read. - Remy

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas:
A book series in four parts, throne of glass introduces us to Celaena Sardothien, the world's youngest and most notorious assassin. At a tender age of eighteen Celaena is whisked away to fight for the king, a cruel tyrant determined to dominate all of the kingdom. This first novel combines magic and mythology, intertwined with traditional medieval castles and knights, and at its centre a very powerful female lead. Throne of glass is a fantastic novel that draws readers in from the first page. - Amorette

9781401248192Watchmen by Alan Moore: 
Described as the “comic book that changed all comic books”, Watchmen is a groundbreaking graphic novel written by acclaimed author Alan Moore. Starting out as a murder mystery, Watchmen progresses into a story about retired heroes as they unravel a dark conspiracy that could or could not alter the fate of the world.
Watchmen was one of the first graphic novels I ever read and I believe it was an excellent introduction into the medium. Watchmen takes a new approach to the super hero genre and explores a world in which the presence of costumed heroes has altered American history.
Watchmen is excellently written, containing complex characters as well as a sophisticated plot. I enjoyed Alan Moore’s exploration of morality and the human condition. What distinguishes Watchmen from most other comic book superheroes is Moore’s choice to explore the weaknesses of his characters, because at the end of the day his characters were just ordinary people who made an extraordinary decision to put on a costume and fight crime. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Comics and Graphic Novels. - Camille

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller:
Set 10 years after The Batman was last seen, crime and violence has driven Gotham City to the brink of self destruction. An ageing Bruce Wayne decides that it's time to rid the City of it's disease. And with the return of The Batman, Villians like Harvey Dent and The Joker come back to battle with the Bat one last time. Also, witness one of the best battles in Comic Book History between The Batman and Superman. It's awesome!
Frank Miller's take on The Dark Knight breathed fresh air into Batman in an era of the Campy Adam West Batman TV Show. Dark, gritty and violent, The Dark Knight Returns set the standard for Batman, as well as Graphic Novels, and was a major inspiration for the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy. Definitely essential reading for any Comic Book fan. 10 out of 10 Batarangs to the face.- Jason

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Spotlight on QBD Charlestown

The team at Charlestown QBD have exploded into the spotlight with their fabulous reading recommendations this week. 

9780099466734To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: With the upcoming release of Harper Lee's new novel, what better excuse to re-read my favourite novel - “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Set in America's deep south against a background of racial prejudice that is almost unthinkable today, this book is full of morality, rights and wrongs, dreamers, battlers, heroes, and role models. Written in 1960, and set in the 1930's this book is still relevant in 2015 and I get something new out of it every time I read it. -Steve (Store Manager)

Civil War by Mark Millar: One of Marvel's biggest comic book events of the decade, Civil War pits the heroes we all love against each other. After the government implements the Super Hero Registration Act, the Marvel Super Heroes stand divided. One of my favourite collection of comics, Civil War is worth the read for any superhero fan. This is my go-to recommendation for anyone who knows a little bit of each hero's back story, and wants to get into graphic novels. Spoiler Alert... It's AWESOME!! - Jason (2IC)

9780099590378Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami: Tazaki his haunted by the friendship of his high school days. Each of his friend's names contained a colour, while, fittingly, his did not. He always considered himself the boring friend, the 5th wheel so to speak, but it didn't make it any easier for him when he was spontaneously kicked from the group with no warning and no explanation. Years later, his new girlfriend convinces him to go back and find out what happened so he can finally move on.
Murakami has a talent for weaving fantastical aspects into the mundane and everyday scenarios he writes about. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is a little tamer than Murakami's other works, which makes it a perfect pick for anyone who hasn't read one before.- Megan

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: This is the story of a young Demigod, the Son of Poseidon, who is accused of stealing Zeus' bolt of Lightning. He must find and return the bolt, and to do this must not only find real thief, but also get the bolt from them. This book is an excellent read for any teen interested in Mythology, as it brings all those old myths and legends into a modern setting.
- Mitch

9780099590750A Time to Kill by John Grisham: This is the first John Grisham book I read as a young teenager and have recently re-read it before starting on the sequel.
Set in the deep south of Mississippi, racial tensions explode when a crime is committed against a young African American girl by two drunken Caucasian men. This legal/crime drama thriller is very reminiscent of 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' and will capture your attention from the very first paragraph.
I found this novel from John Grisham to be thought provoking, emotionally driven and an overall good read for anyone that likes a good crime thriller. One of my faves! - Belinda

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: The story of a man living with immense guilt over the unspeakable act of cruelty on his best friend he witnessed when they were children. All Amir ever wanted was to win the kite running competition and win his fathers pride. But what happened the day of the competition will haunt him forever. Amir makes his way back to Afghanistan under Taliban rule in the hopes of finding redemption.
The Kite Runner is a devastatingly honest story that will have you hooked from the beginning. Hosseini perfectly captures this moving story. It is a powerful book that will keep you thinking after you read it.- Remy

9781444720723The Shining by Stephen King: This was the first Stephen King novel I ever read and I do plan on reading more, but I was disappointed with The Shining. I tried really hard to like this book, however it seemed to take forever for anything interesting to happen and in my opinion it failed as a horror story. The horror elements, which included a possessed hose and hedge animals which came to life, failed to frighten me and were more giggle-worthy than scary. I think that the book included too much back story about the hotel and the Torrances, which made it slow to read and took away from the main story. Overall, I did somewhat enjoy the novel, mostly for the last 100 pages or so which almost redeemed the rest of the story. I'd rate it 2.5 out of 5. - Georgia

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