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Spotlight on QBD: Kawana, QLD

 

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden:

Following the story of young Chiyo, this books depiction of becoming a geisha was both entertaining and fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed the mixture of fact and fiction that was described through Chiyo's young mind that drew me in and kept me turning pages until the end. Memoirs of a Geisha is definitely an oldie but a goldie, for anyone that would love an insight into the mysterious and controversial culture of the Japanese geisha. - Jenna

Florence Foster Jenkins by Jasper Rees & Nicholas Martin:

There are no other words for this book other than inspirational! Within the first few pages I was drawn in, not only because this book takes you on a roller-coaster of emotion, but because her story is the pure meaning of never giving up and hope never dying. For anyone who loves music, courage and history this book is the one for you. - Louisa

Gallery of the Dead by Chris Carter:

This is the 9th installment of the Robert Hunter series & once again the 9th time I am captivated by Chris Carter's writing. His descriptive & in depth writing leaves you staying up way past your bed time to help solve the murders and catch the killer!
Detective Hunter & Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crime Unit are once again on the trail of a serial killer, but this time teaming up with the FBI as the killer crosses state lines. With no suspects, no link between the victims & the body count starting to pile up it is a race against time to stop this psychopath before his gallery is complete.
A book not for the faint of heart, but definitely for crime lovers! - Abbey

Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle:

Powerful is the word that comes to mind for this novel. Set in a sleepy ocean town, Hardcastle has created a character. who's life is struck with tragedy before it has really even begun. While reading, you are taken on an emotional roller-coaster as Grace, the novels protagonist, deals with grief and regret after a terrible indecent tears her surf-loving family apart. If you love novels by authors such as John Green or Rainbow Rowell, this book is for you. - Aimee

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland:

A beautifully written debut novel, set on an Australian flower farm. At the start of each chapter she has a picture of a beautiful Australian native with a small description of the plant. The story of Alice Hart will tear at your heart strings, as she uses the language of flowers to communicate the things she finds so hard to say. After suffering a terrible abusive childhood Alice finds refuge at her Grandmothers flower farm and finds the beauty of the flowers transport her to another realm. This enchanting novel is hard to put down as Alice transforms her life one tragedy after another. A must read for fans of beautifully written Australian drama. - Colette

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver:

Everybody who has ever been a parent has at one time or another reflected on their choices be they good or bad. This novel is a narrative of flashbacks told by Eva, the mother of Kevin who murdered seven students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher at his high school. It is purely and simply superbly written! A perfect read for book club's as I'm sure it will be the pre-cursor for many interesting discussions. - Yvonne

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton:

Kate Morton never disappoints! Windswept whispers of a little girl lost swirl around this cliff top garden as the present is linked to the past by a century old mystery. An unexpected inheritance finally leads to the truth being revealed. - Jan

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Team Kawana’s cart-worthy reads!

 

Our Kawana team have some great reads all picked out for you!
All we can say is "add to cart!"

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern:

This book wasn't like anything I can recall reading recently. Told from multiple POV's I was almost thoroughly confused until the near end when suddenly all the seemingly unimportant story lines come together to form a spectacular plot that has been lying in wait all along. The Night Circus is well written and forms a mesmerising world in which the circus appears and disappears around the world without notice and surprisingly, is also the heart of a long battle between two apprentice magicians on which the story builds from. - Jenna

The Help by Kathryn Stockett:

"Enter a vanished world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal silver..."

In 2009, Kathryn Stockett released The Help; a fantastic novel that incorporates the dark and segregated past of the African American people. The Help follows the stories of three women: 22 year old Skeeter a university graduate of Caucasian descent, Aibileen an African American maid and Minny, her best friend who is also a maid. Even-though these women may seem worlds apart they take the first step on a dangerous project that crosses the untold society norms of their town and time. Kathryn Stockett, through the voice of these three women change the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. This novel is filled with tragedy, humor, and hope which creates an amazing universal story about what society sees a 'normal' even if it is not right. - Louisa

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins:

"You don't know her but she knows you..."

A thoroughly enjoyable psychological suspense novel, with many twists and turns.
It follows the lives of three women whose lives are intertwined. The main character Rachel catches the train every day and watches the with much interest the day to day lives of people from her train window and so the story unfolds. This novel is a real page turner and kept my interest right until the end. - Collette

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell:

Eleanor And Park is the perfect novel for young adults looking to stray away from mainstream teenage love stories. In this book, Rainbow Rowell portrays a raw version of abusive home life, identity issues, and awkward first love, which she shows perfectly through her unique, beautiful writing. The insightful storyline is compelling from the first page to the last. I’m absolutely in love with this book and the author and couldn’t put it down! - Anna

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George:

Monsieur Perdu sells (prescribes) novels to heal the heart and soul from his floating bookstore on the Seine. This is a beautiful novel filled with emotion and wonderful characters. I was left wanting more and hopefully there will be a sequel and a movie!!
Nina George's latest novel, The Little Breton Bistro, although not a sequel, does not disappoint. This story's colourful characters tug at the heartstrings. Filled with love and loss, again set in France, I love her work! - Jan

The Painted Man by Peter V Brett:

This book has been recommended to me by multiple customers over the last coupls of years and eventually I gave it a try. Those customers were onto a good thing because I loved this fantasy series , it is one of my favourites. Traditional fantasy done extremely well with unique elements, it's full of action and takes you to a world of demons, heroes, danger and the hope of all humanity. - Yvonne

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo:

Ironically, I had to buy this book and ADD to my book clutter to perfect the art of de-cluttering!

I've really enjoyed the challenge of de-cluttering and organising! I feel so free and less anxious and my home is so much more relaxing to be in, I spend MUCH less time tidying and cleaning up thanks to the KonMarie method! This book is a really interesting read and has honestly changed the way I think about my home and my life – Less is MORE! - Crystal

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Spotlight on QBD Kawana 2016

Want something funny? Full of feels? Something for the kids?
Our team at Kawana have you covered!

The Universe In Your Hand by Cristophe Galfard:

A little bit of *light* reading! Have you ever wondered about quantum physics? Do you ever think about how hot the sun is? How fast the speed of light is? The rate at which the universe is expanding? Where the universe ends? String theory? This book is a seriously deep and interesting read, while still being fun and a little whimsical. I *promise* you'll be sucked in (kind of like a black hole) right from the start! Honest! - Crystal

9781409152125Landline by Rainbow Rowell:

On the verge of creating her dream TV series Georgie, says goodbye to her husband and two girls as they make their way to Omaha for Christmas. Sensing the growing disappointment her husband, Neil, has towards her long hours Georgie resolves to call Neil once she arrives at her mother's from her old childhood vintage rotary phone. The phone connects her with 22 year old Neil during their first big fight. In this heartfelt and emotional book Georgie reaches out to her past and asks what if as she questions her relationship. Will she change their future?
This book was both humorous and quirky and left me wanting more. It is an interesting balance between contemporary and science fiction for young adults - Jenna

Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich:

These books are hands down the most hilarious books I have every read! Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter with no skills but a hell of a lot of luck and attitude. This series is a perfect combination of crime, comedy and romance. Ideal if you are looking for a light-hearted read - Teila

9781406350487More Than This by Patrick Ness:

It’s hard to describe exactly what this book is about without spoiling it, but I read it in a single day and it moved me to tears. Despite being a young adult novel, I would recommend absolutely everyone to read it, adults too. The book follows a boy named Seth, who wakes up in an abandoned suburb that he believes could be hell, after drowning in the ocean. As the story unravels and you find out exactly who he is and why he’s there, be prepared for some mind bending twists and turns and philosophical questions. These things stayed with me long after I finished the last page. The author, Patrick Ness is currently writing the Doctor Who spinoff "Class", so if you want to check out some of his books then I highly recommend this incredible story. - Abbey

Life of Pi by Yann Martel:

This book should be an essential in everybody’s personal library! The plot follows a young shipwrecked boy named Pi as he journeys across the ocean in a lifeboat alongside a Zebra, Hyena, Orangutan and Bengal Tiger. A deeply moving and philosophical tale, this novel explores the importance of peace, family and belief systems; all the while providing readers with an entertaining and extremely clever allegory of animalism and humanity. Can Pi survive his ordeal at sea? Read and find out! - Jordan *****

9780751547832Bossypants by Tina Fey:

Profoundly insightful and hysterically funny in equal measure, Tina Fey’s Bossypants is the engrossing account of a woman who has conquered her awkward teen years in the company of the utterly fabulous, an illustrious career in comedy, the undeniable trials of motherhood and come out – mostly – unscathed. Arguably the work of the funniest comedian of modern America, each chapter of this memoir is a delight that never ceases to entertain and inspire – regardless the amount of times you reread it. – Josh

DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK! by Andy Lee:

Obviously I opened the book!! It dared me and I just had to. Usually I am quite law abiding but I just had to keep turning the pages. The text is clever and the illustrations are a perfect match. Have you guessed yet? I love this book it is so funny and should be on everyone's Christmas list (especially for 4+) - Jan
P.S. my other current favourite book is THE VERY CRANKY BEAR Five in the Bed hand puppet book with the cutest hand puppets. All the characters come alive in this perfect gift for babies and toddlers. - Jan

 

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Spotlight on QBD Kawana

We have some serious readers at Kawana QBD! The team have shared what they are reading with us this week- including some awesome pictures from their recent book extravaganza.

9781743317211Leaving time by Jodi Picoult: Jodi Picoult is back!  Leaving Time touches the heart, mind and soul.  As soon as I finished it I had to read it again.  I was blown away by the mega twist - how did I miss all the signs? One of her best- Jan (Store Manager)

 The Dark Tower series by Stephen King: Written in true Stephen King style:  dark, fragmented and creepy.  This is a refreshing take on fantasy and I loved the entire series.  Each book just gets better! - Teila

9780330508537The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams: It's an ordinary Thursday until Arthur's house is demolished, followed shortly by the entire Earth!   This book is absolutely brilliant.  It's hilarious, imaginative and like nothing you've ever read before.  One of my favourites books ever - Abbey

The Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines: This series is seriously sexy and lots of fun!   A great weekend or holiday read.  I fell in love with the characters and loved all their dramas and romantic entanglements - Crystal

 zoellaGirl Online by Zoe Sugg (aka blogger Zoella): Penny is a clutzy accident prone teenager who feels she can only truly be herself in her online blog.   When she meets the gorgeous Noah her world unravels. Girl online is a fun, feel-good read that had me laughing and left me smiling - Hannah

Lion of Macedon by David Gemmell: A thrilling and addictive read.  It takes a fictional twist on Parmenion, one of the most distinguished generals of Alexander the Great.  Filled with action, romance, adventure, Spartans and Greek Mythology, this book is a journey into mystical realms and leaves you wanting more - Morgan

9781407130224Northern Lights (#1 in the His Dark Materials series) by Philip Pullman: Adapted into the the film The Golden Compass, this book had me hooked from the start.  Superbly written with great characters and set in an alternative universe.  This book is a fantastic read for any young adult or adult reader looking for something action packed and meaningful. - Jordan

The Left Hand of God series by Paul Hoffman: The sanctuary of the redeemers is no sanctuary and no redemption is to be found there.  Boys from far and wide are stolen and brought to this dark school to be trained as assassins, if they survive.   A wickedly exciting must read series for any fantasy addict.  Maddie

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Reviewsday: The Best of Me

best of meOne of my favourite Nicholas Sparks books, this one had an ending I didn't see coming. I'm a sucker for a good love story and Nicholas Sparks is the master. This book didn't disappoint!

This is the story of high school sweethearts Amanda Collier "the girl next door" and Dawson Cole "the boy from the wrong side of the tracks". 25 years later, life has taken them down very different and seperate roads. They meet again after the death of a dear friend and it is very clear that the spark is still there. Like The Notebook, this is a story about love that endures and breaks boundaries. True to Sparks' form, The Best of Me will keep you turning pages well past bed time and stun you with an ending you REALLY didn't see coming.

-Crystal at Kawana QBD

The Best of Me is in cinemas now! Check out the trailer below.