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QBD Hornsby’s powerful reads that stay with you…

 

QBD Spotlight: Hornsby, NSW

This week, our Hornsby team have put together a list of powerful and brilliant books that will stay with you well after you turn the last page.

There are some truly great reads in here. Better get your shelves ready!

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King:

Stephen King and his son Owen bring this unique horror story to life in this grim tale of a strange occurrence that spreads throughout the world.
It starts when all the women in the world fall into a deep cocooned sleep. If you try to wake them, they will release a monster inside. This throws the world into chaos. The story centers around a women's correctional facility in West Virginia. As society falls, the prison becomes a place of horror and isolation for the inmates. The remaining prison guards and remaining prisoners start to turn on each other in what becomes a traditional King storyline where the human characters become the real monsters of the story. The women also face the reality of being stuck in a parallel universe where they mysteriously start disappearing and battle their own evil demons.
If you liked The Mist or Doctor Sleep then this book is for you and there are already rumours of this book coming to the small screen. -Chris (Store Manager)

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver:

2 years ago, the fictional Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, was the killer behind a horrific school massacre. Never have I found a work of fiction so thought-provoking, and I've begged my friends and family to read it so that I have more people with whom to discuss the themes within.
The story is told by way of Eva writing letters to her absent husband as she continues to struggle to accept what her son has done. As she writes, she invites us to consider whether we are born a certain way and cannot change, or if we're a product of our environment and upbringing. Is Eva to blame for Kevin's actions? We Need to Talk About Kevin expertly drip-feeds details about the shooting itself and Kevin's childhood, allowing us to decide.
The result is a hard-hitting and unflinching examination of the age old nature vs nurture debate, and you won't be able to look away. -Alex (Relief Manager)

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes:

Flowers for Algernon is brilliantly heartbreaking. The authenticity of the storytelling will draw you in immediately as you experience the journey 32 year old Charlie embarks on, leaving no emotion unfelt. Charlie is developmentally disabled, and undergoes surgery to enhance his mental capabilities. This is the catalyst for Charlie as he learns more and more about the intricacies of the world and of how we communicate with and treat each other.
I thoroughly enjoyed this science fiction book for its exploration of identity, social interactions, devastating realities, and authentic portrayal of the spectrum of mental capacity. Flowers for Algernon offers a new perspective on what we value and will stick with you long after the last page. -Emalee

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz:

In this book within a book, Anthony Horowitz presents Alan Conway, a highly successful, yet unlikeable, author, submitting the last book that he will ever write; Magpie Murders. What follows are subliminal messages, codes to crack, twists at every corner, and secrets hidden behind every closed door.
Horowitz breaks down every barrier between author and reader, sometimes so much so that you’re not quite sure whether what you’re reading is fiction, or a true life recount.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Agatha Christie’s classic ‘whodunnit’ writing style, or to anyone looking for a highly engaging book to read. -Jackie

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh:

For those of you who like a gritty story Trainspotting is the book for you. Prepare to be transported to Leith a town in Scotland in the early 90's. Trainspotting follows the story of four heroin addicted friends. The intelligent but lazy Mark "Rent boy" Renton, The lovable but completely hopeless Spud, The aptly named Sick boy and the utter psychotic Begby. If you like this book there are 3 others in the series - Porno otherwise known as "T2", the prequel Skagboys and the recently released Dead Men's Trousers. This book is not for the faint of heart it is sometimes on the graphic side but it is a book with unique and oddly lovable characters. The characters of this book will stick with you for a long time. - Roslyn

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:

THUG is a phenomenal book that tackles the difficult topic of police brutality in America.
Starr is stuck between two worlds; her private school in the suburbs where she is the only black girl, and her home in the rundown, all-black community which is struggling with the death of Starr's friend who was brutally murdered by police. Heartrendingly honest but hilarious and heartwarming. A MUST READ! - Eleanor

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Hornsby’s Hot Reads

 

Today our Hornsby team showcase their latest reads under our QBD Spotlight!

 

It by Stephen King:

This would have to be one of my favourite Stephen King novels. I read this when I was in early high school growing up in a small town, so it was easy to identify with the characters. The story follows a group of kids known as the Loser's Club. They notice a lot of unusual creepy occurrences involving a demonic clown known as Pennywise. The other problem is that they (and children only) seem to be the only ones who can see Pennywise. As each member of the Loser's Club encounters this evil clown they know they will have to come up with a plan to take down this clown before it's too late. But this is only the beginning as these kid's have to also deal with school bullies, abusive family relationships and a lot of other life hurdles which just seem to keep this Loser's Club closer together. - Chris, Store Manager

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson:

Absolutely fantastic read, and with the new book in the series on its way out soon, it's the perfect time to try the first one!
These captivating and flawed characters are the perfect lens through which to solve an intense murder mystery that has spanned several decades. While early chapters are slower and crammed with details, it all pays off as the plot comes together at a gut wrenching pace.
The book tactfully handles its darker themes and it was very interesting to read about the controversial topics covered through the eyes of two very different protagonists. I've recommended this book to many fans of thrillers and I will continue to do so for a very long time! - Alex, Assistant Manager

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz:

Odd Thomas, a fry cook in Pico Mundo, can see the lingering dead. In love with his girl Stormy Llewellyn, Odd keeps his life simple, as he helps the dead cross over. However when Odd sees Bodachs – hyena-like shades – arrive, following a mysterious new man, there's trouble brewing. Big trouble. In less than 24 hours, catastrophe will occur, unless Odd Thomas can stop it. This is a fantastic read and for anyone looking for something a little different. - Beth

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee:

In a world where your social class (or floor level) is everything, having a girl fall off the roof of the thousand floor building you live in can really damage your reputation. Told from the perspectives of six teenagers as they try to deal with the scandals and secrets of the towers elite. This is my favourite book this year as it is easy to relate to every character and is fantastically written.- Amber

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso:

#GIRLBOSS is Sophia Amoruso's part-autobiography, part-manifesto on how she went from a struggling 20's-something to become the CEO of her own company. The combination of wit and honesty makes this a must read. This book is the kick up the bum every young woman needs in order to reach her full potential! - Eleanor

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern:

The Night Circus is a work of literary genius. It tells the story of two young sorcerers battling against each other in a show of power and creativity. The Arena – a circus that opens at dusk and closes at dawn, with tents and performances so enchanting it's almost like 'magic'. This story will sweep you up into a beautifully written romance, a breathtaking tribute to mystery and love. Reading this book felt like being lulled gently to sleep, and filled me with a strange sense of homesickness when I finished. For anyone with a keen imagination or strong sense of wanderlust (and a sucker for romance), your ticket is waiting. - Jaime

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Spotlight on QBD Hornsby 2016

QBD The Bookshop Hornsby would like to thank their loyal customers for reading and supporting their Book Of The Month recommendations. We truly value your feedback and love seeing you all rush in every month for the next exciting monthly pick. Here are the Hornsby's staff favourites from the last eighteen months:

Gallipoli Street by Mary-Anne O'Connor (local Hornsby author):

9781489206992Gallipoli Street is an epic story of three Australian families whose destinies became entwined by war, tragedy and passion. Inspired by her grandfather’s own story, Mary-Anne brings a fresh perspective to the story of modern Australia. The true horror of war is bought to life in this gripping novel, from the horrors of Gallipoli to the bloody battles of the Somme, a time of desperate love born in desperate times and acts of friendship against impossible odds. I laughed and cried whilst reading this and am so looking forward to Mary-Anne's next book. - Kellie (Store Manager)

The Dry by Jane Harper:

9781743548059The Dry is a gripping crime novel set to become one of the greats! Jane Harper has shown herself as a masterful author with a convincing storyline, believable and developing characters and a hero whom I can't wait to see more of!
Set in Victoria, Aaron Falk goes back to the town of his youth to pay his respects to his dead friend, in what appears to be a murder suicide involving his wife and child. But not all is as it seems. Will the past come back to haunt Falk as he fights to get to the truth?
Definitely a crime book to sink your teeth into! - Hayley (Assistant Manager)

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr:

9780007548699'Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever'
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a stunning blend of history and emotion and arguably one of the best books either of us have ever read. With a cast of beautiful characters, the story follows Marie-Laure, a French girl, blind, but able to see more of the world than most people ever will, and Werner, German, orphaned and intelligent beyond his years. Both swept up in one of history's greatest tragedies; World War 2. Set during the German occupation of France, their paths are destined to cross at the most critical of times. With familial love, home and hope as motifs strung throughout the entire book, All the Light We Cannot See is full of masterful writing paired with an incredible plot, making this a book destined to stay with us for years to come. - Eleanor and Jaime

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes:

9780552160964I Am Pilgrim, Terry Hayes’ debut espionage thriller is a challenger to the likes of John le Carre and Robert Ludlum. Pilgrim, a savant and heavy drug user, is a former CIA officer and has experienced the worst the trade has to offer. After he is called in to assist with a grisly homicide, Pilgrim travels around the world as the case begins to point him towards plans for a devastating terrorist attack.
With Hayes’ pedigree as a screenwriter, I Am Pilgrim offers intense action scenes and is highly enjoyable for the casual reader, yet provides a sweeping moral tale which questions the archetypal ‘Good vs Evil’ usually present in similar books. Both Pilgrim and his nemesis, Saracen, are shown through a complex lens - with neither fully embracing their moral identity.
This is not the only way in which I Am Pilgrim stretches beyond its traditional genre boundaries. Hayes’ writing style is unique. The storyline is nonlinear, and I Am Pilgrim reads almost as if the main character is sitting across from the reader, regaling them of his story over whiskey and a cigar.
I Am Pilgrim has been my favourite book since I read it in 2014 and I often say that to everyone that I recommend it to, that I wish I could read it again for the first time. As QBD The Bookshop's Book of The Month for July 2015 and QBD Hornsby's Book of the Year for 2015, it is the most highly recommended book you can pick up. - Adam

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts:

9781742611075Based on the life of the author, this is an amazing debut set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay - Our narrator, Lin, is an escaped convict fleeing prison in Australia. Lin sets up a medical clinic in the slums of Bombay to help the people there, all of them searching for something they cannot find elsewhere. Written beautifully, with a wonderfully lyrical style, this is a moving book that grips you and holds you tight - The sequel, The Mountain Shadow is available in paperback now and just as wonderful. - Shoshana

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven:

9781743531600Cassie and Ethan are the famous Broadway actors whose past is much more dramatic than the stage.
Destined to be together, Bad Romeo tells the story of how these two young lovers came to be and how a jaded secret tears them apart. Years later when their paths cross again, Cassie is determined to remain professional. But Ethan only has one intention, can he win back the love of his life?
Set in the present with flashes from the past, this steamy novel will have you reading all through the night!
I absoutely loved this book and everything else by Leisa Rayven. Once I'd picked up Bad Romeo I couldn't put it down. 5 stars! - Cheyanne

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer:

9781926428727The Midnight Watch is a book that I just cannot put down. In my opinion it is the perfect blend of history, fiction and character development. If you have ever been fascinated by the story of the Titanic, then this novel is for you. It paints a new perspective on the events of that dark night when the Titanic sunk through the depths of the thick oceans in near frozen water. David Dyer truly has given oxygen to the flame that was and is the Titanic. - Jayden

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Spotlight on QBD Hornsby

"Where our readers meet the writers"

It's all happening at Hornsby QBD! The team have shared what they're reading with us this week- complete with awesome pictures from their recent author visits.

9781743534328The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth: Three generations of women, three very big secrets!A very well written novel that keep you intrigued and guessing till the end. A great insight into the world of midwifery. - Kellie (Store Manager)

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami: This is a beautifully written evocative novel centred around the themes of love, death and coming of age. Murakami does a fantastic job of confronting intense emotions and leaving you astounded. This is one of my favourite books of all time. -Bec

9780552565974Wonder by R.J. Palacio: This is an inspirational and moving novel which deserves to be read by all young readers. It always manages to bring me to tears and has a uniqueness to the story that has given me the opportunity to write an assignment for year 11. -Emily

Noggin by John Corey Whaley: There are a ton of strange concepts floating around the YA world lately, but this one takes the cake! Wittily written, complex believable characters, and multiple focus points all keep you hooked, not to mention the head-transplant love story base. Unique and thought provoking- a must read for fans of Lauren Oliver, David Levithan and John Green. - Shoshanna

beside ourselvesWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler: This is an intriguing and thought-provoking novel about sibling relationships. Fowler has created a surprisingly unique family whose story continues to make you think long after you have finished the book. An excellent read and one of the best books I have read this year. - Mimi

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: An absolute heart pounding read! When you read from Cassie's perspective, it's hard not to believe that aliens have taken over the Earth and the end of the world is upon us. Twists and turns kept me reading all through the night, and even after the last page I was begging Yancey for more. This book will not disappoint anyone who likes a bit of action, love and mystery, just be prepared for a sleepless night! - Chey

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Top L-R: Nicole Alexander, Ricky Ponting, Jacqueline Harvey; Bottom L-R: Dr Karl, Matthew Reilly

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