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Spotlight on QBD Garden City

The team at Garden City have dazzled us with their smiles
and their awesome reviews this week!

unlikely pilgrimageThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce:
If you're looking for a nice read I would recommend 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' by Rachel Joyce. It's about Harold Fry who discovers that his old friend is in hospice and he wants to write a letter to say good bye. Instead of a quick trip down to the post office he decides to set on foot to deliver this letter to his old friend Queenie to save her life. Leaving his wife behind he goes on a journey of self discovery and along the way you meet all the people he met through each town and their story. This book takes you on a emotional roller coaster with laughter, sadness, loneliness and surprises. There are ups and downs, regrettable reflections on life but mainly it's a book about new beginnings and a story you will never forget.
- Chau (Store Manager)

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien:
This is a story about a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. You follow him as he goes on a dangerously crazy adventure with the dwarves. The best fantasy novel I've read in a long time. It has everything a fantasy lover could ever want. dwarves, trolls, hobbits, wizards, elves, giant eagles and of course a dragon. This book can be enjoyed by adults and children. Good on you Tolkien for writing a fantastic book. Love, love, love...
- Michelle (Store 2IC)

9781444766882The 100 by Kass Morgan:
The few lucky survivors of a nuclear war on Earth have been sent into space to rejuvenate but now supplies are running low and it's time to send 100 juvenile offenders down to investigate what Earth has become. Kass Morgan has created characters with depth that readers form strong alliances for or against as she explores the best and the worst humanity has to offer. Will the 100 survive the hazardous wasteland Earth has become? Or will they self destruct as tensions rise and reality fades away?
-Zoe

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith:
Career of Evil is the highly anticipated 3rd novel in the Cormoran Strike detective series written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. Detective Strike’s assistant, Robin Ellacott, receives a woman’s severed leg in the mail which does not completely alarm Strike as there are 4 people from his military past who could be responsible. The police focus their investigations on the wrong man and Strike and Robin are forced to take matters into their own hands to solve the mystery whilst being at a crossroad with their professional and personal lives. Galbraith writes an unpredictable crime mystery that is full of suspense and will keep you guessing until the end. You are transported further into the lives of Strike and Robin in this novel and see how their relationship develops with the growth of their detective agency. This series is one of the best crime fiction series I have read and I strongly recommend it to lovers of crime fiction and mystery.
- Sam

9781447210283Trylle Trilogy 01: Switched by Amanda Hocking:
Amanda Hocking has produced a captivating Young Adult novel, exciting readers with magic, action and a fantasy world. The first installment of the trylle series 'Switched', is a mystical novel, incorporating magic and romance into once ordinary lives. Wendy, a normal 17 year old girl, discovers her life isnt all what it seems when a mysterious boy reveals her true identity and introduces her to an unknown world. Wendy, confused and hesitant, embarks on a journey of self-discovery to find where she really belongs. Switched sets the tone for the rest of the series by captivating audiences right from the beginning.
- Tegan

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher:
The debut novel by Jay Asher, Thirteen reasons why is an insightful read about causes of suicide in modern day teens. The story is based around the main character of the story, Clay Jensen who receives a package containing several cassette tapes which detail why his first crush Hannah Baker committed suicide. By listening to the tapes, Clay is thrown into the secret life of his classmate. Hannah reveals her secrets about love, friendship and death and sends her listeners on a unique adventure that reveals a whole new side of herself. This honest and thought-provoking novel opens the readers mind to a different perspective on suicide than what we would normally perceive. This book is a must read.
- Izzy

9780141364155Girl Online by Zoe Sugg:
Fun, quirky and exciting. Girl Online is the perfect young adult book and has certainly got it all; boys, best friend drama, social media, quirky families and the struggles of high school life. If you’re into these things then this is definitely the book for you!
- Tia

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Spotlight on QBD Garden City

Our team at QBD Garden City are always ready with a book suggestion!
This week they've shared with us what they're currently enjoying
- just in time to add to our Christmas wishlists.

xbig-little-lies.jpg.pagespeed.ic.NG7gPQWCXABig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I am definitely a fan of Liane Moriarty and as soon as I picked up Big little lies and read the first chapter I was hooked from the first word till last! If your after a fantastic read then this is the one! The story is full of mystery and drama, you won't be able to put it down. It has its ups and downs from marriage, friendship, bullying but at some points in the book it has laugh out loud moments. I enjoyed it a lot and was disappointed that it ended and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a light drama suspense. - Chau (Store Manager)

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
This book opened my eyes up to the harsh realities of what life can be in Afghanistan. Khaled Hosseini knows how to tug at your heart strings and make you feel what the characters of the story are feeling. It is compelling and has a powerful grip on your perspective of friendship, hardship and guilt. If you are after a good fiction read, I highly recommend it. - Michelle (Assistant Manager)

what-if-What If by Randall Munroe
'What If” is the perfect mixture of science and satire. It provides answers to ridiculous hypothetical questions that some of us have wondered about our entire lives. “What would happen if absolutely everyone jumped at the same time?” Now I know! This book provides a whole lot of laughs as well as brilliant scientific theories that have me hoping I can find something similar again soon. - Zoe

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a book of pure magic. Part fantasy, part adventure, part eccentric photo collection, this is a story that will enthral and enchant teens and adults. This book is one of the most original and captivating stories I have read in a long time! - Brianna

mao-s-last-dancerMao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
Mao's Last Dancer is based on the inspiring story of Li Cunxin, a Chinese boy who is forced to make life changing decisions. Through his love for dance, Li Finds the strength to overcome his fears as he enters into a new world full of exciting experiences and opportunities. This autobiography, turned into film, has made me reflect on my own life and my choices, and appreciate how privilege I am. - Courtney

Angelfall By Susan Ee
Angelfall follows 17 year old Penrynn, her crazy mother and her wheelchair bound sister, Paige, as they fight to survive in a world set 6 weeks into the angel apocalypse. While moving locations one night, Penrynn's family witness a fight between three angels that ends with Paige being captured and Raffe, an archangel, left behind. Penrynn and new ally Raffe strike a deal: she will help him navigate the streets of San Francisco back to the angel's stronghold, and in return Raffe will help Penrynn find her sister. Angelfall is packed with dark and creepy elements that are offset by witty, sarcastic characters and laugh out loud moments. After finishing her debut novel in one sitting, I am excited to get my hands on anything else Susan Ee writes. - Eilidh

9780340980934Delirium By Lauren Oliver
The novel Delirium by Lauren Oliver is a book for young adults and is romance, utopian and and dystopian fiction. There are three books in the series – delirium being the first. The main plot explores an alternate present day where love or amor deliria nervosa is a disease. Against the wishes of her peers and family, the main character Lena falls in love and will risk everything to follow these mysterious and forbidden feeling inside her. This book is well written and has stimulating and thought- provoking content which made it a fun and invigorating read. Highly recommended.
Izzy

All the Bright Places By Jennifer Niven
From the moment that two teens meet on the ledge of the school bell tower two lives changed. It follows the lives of Theodore Finch, a boy with the love of adventure and a fascination with death and Violet Markey, a girl who cannot wait to escape her home town and who is continuously looking forward to the future. Finch and violet start their unlikely friendship with a school project, set to have the pair exploring natural wonders of their state. Finch makes it his mission to be as adventurous as possible in an attempt to make Violet live the day's she's counting away. With the trip planned out it isn't long before the pair start to get close and discover new and exciting sides to life. All the Bright Places is a bout a “girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die”. From start to finish, you will be on the edge of your seat, waiting to find out what happens next and wondering if today is a good day to die. - Tegan

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