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Spotlight on QBD: Knox City, VIC

Need a new read? Our team at Knox City have you covered!
They're always ready with a handy suggestion.
Check out their latest reads:

My Brief History by Stephen Hawking:

“My Brief History” by Stephen Hawking is a humbling, ‘brief’ and eye opening account of the universally renowned physicist and cosmologist's life.
I came into this not knowing a dime of Hawking’s personal life and was thoroughly enthralled. This short and at times humorous account of Hawking's life can be knocked out in under an hour and gives us a keyhole sized glance into arguably one of the most curious intellectuals of our time. Hearing of his small beginnings from a financially constrained family just shows there was nothing stopping him from achieving greatness. - Maddie

The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak:

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one after seeing the film on opening day! A new art book is released with each film release and The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is by far my favourite.
This stunning art book details the effort it took to recreate an iconic Star Wars character. Explore how a younger Han Solo was re-imagined and put centre stage. Reflect upon the various accounts of  what “could have been” in this beautiful concept art compendium. - Maddie

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is my all-time favourite fantasy book. Kicking off the Kingkiller Chronicles Trilogy, it follows the magically gifted Kvothe, a young boy who grows to be the most notorious wizard in the world. Action, adventure, tragedy and a smidgen of romance combine to create a truly unputdownable story. - Mitch

Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon:

Cross Stitch is the first book of the ever expanding Outlander series. On her second honeymoon in 1945 to the beautiful highlands of Scotland, Claire innocently walks through a stone circle and ends up in the year 1743. Amidst a backdrop of war and clan feuds, she meets Jamie Fraser, and so begins a tale of romance that spans centuries. - Mitch

Dark Heavens Series by Kylie Chan:

Set in modern day Hong Kong, young Australian English teacher Emma Donahoe never expected to be dragged into a world of martial arts, magic and extreme danger where both gods and demons can exist in the mortal world. Emma gradually realises that John Chen is no ordinary businessman and that nearly all the demons in hell would like to see him dead. - Henry

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak:

During the Second World War, on the outskirts of Munich, a little girl stands in the snow holding a small leather bound book. Looking at the book, the letters make no sense to the young girl. Tears frozen on her face as she stares at her younger brother's freshly dug grave. But as she stands there crying alone somebody watches curiously from afar. Death. - Henry

The Love That I Have by James Moloney:

For fans of The Book Thief, a powerful and heartbreaking story set during WW2 that stays with you long after the final page is read. Margot Baumann has left school to take up her sister’s job in the mailroom of a large prison. But this is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin. This is how Margot comes to know Dieter Kleinschmidt – through the beauty and the passion of his letters to his girlfriend. - Louise

The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer:

One day, Alex and Conner fall into a scene in the book and find themselves in the land of fairy tales. The landscape is strangely familiar from their father's stories, but they must deal with a giant frog, trolls, and wolves, as well as many princes, princesses, heroes, and villains, in their quest to get home again. A great series for ages 10+ - Louise

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell:

Eleanor and Park is about the budding relationship between two high school nerds as they bond over comic books and music. Rainbow Rowell has created two beautifully dynamic charcters and explores darker themes beyond just the romance between them. - Lana

Spotlight on QBD Knox

Our Spotlight is shining on the QBD Knox team this week
and all their wonderful reading suggestions!

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss:

Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind is a MUST read for any fantasy fan. A magnificent start to one of the best fantasy series I have ever read! It tells the story of Kvothe, a man from humble beginnings who has become a legend in his own lifetime. From travelling with a troupe of musical performers to surviving as an orphan in a crime-riddled city to entering an esteemed school of magic, the story of Kvothe's adventures are filled with mystery, action, tragedy and romance. The story is presented in first person perspective as Kvothe, now living in hiding as 'Kote' who is retelling his life story to a travelling scribe. This gives you glimpses into the state of the world in the present which is intermingled with Kvothe's past , presenting an intricately layered story that keeps an air of mystery surrounding the overall plot. Quite a long read at over 700 pages, but this one had me getting to the end too quickly and wanting more! The second book The Wise Man's Fear is just as good and has me biting my fingernails while I wait for the final book in the trilogy to be released. Perfect for any fans of Robert Jordan or Brandon Sanderson! - Mitch

How To Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman:

This book answers the true question in life- “Is my cat plotting to kill me?”.
How To Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You perfectly captures the cynical and evil nature of cats and teaches us that your cat isn't just a fluffy hot water bottle you keep on your lap.
Matt Inman's humorous comics perfectly capture cats plans to obtain world domination.
Whilst they look cute, Inman artfully suggest that your favourite feline friend bringing home a dead animal isn't for trophy purposes, but as a warning of what's to come.
Similarly, getting litter all over the floor isn't just your cat being messy, but instead is a sign your cat is practicing to bury you.
These vibrant cartoons will make you question your cats every move and are very reminiscent of Garfield comics.
This book is a must read for all cat lovers, cat haters and cat enthusiasts at large. I would also highly suggest you buy a copy for your dog so he can learn how to combat the family cat.
- Maddie

A Rose For The Anzac Boys by Jackie French:

A Rose for the ANZAC Boys has made it's way into my Top 10!! Another thoroughly researched book from the amazing storyteller Jackie French.
Set in WW1 this story is about 3 siblings, desperate to sign up to see the world & dreaming of adventure. Little did they know of the dreadful outcome that their naive decisions would hold for them.
You are taken to the deep muddy trenches of France and Gallipoli and experience all the plights of what war really entailed through letters from Midge, Ethel, Anne and the ANZACS.
Great for Young Adults (& Old Adults) who would like an insight into what the men & woman had to cope with when their dreams of excitement turned out to be horrific nightmares.- Tracey

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld:

Uglies is a young adult book by one of my favourite authors. It's set in a world where beauty standards have become so warped that each person undergoes extensive plastic surgery at the age of sixteen, transitioning them from 'uglies' to 'pretties'. But there's something sinister behind all that beauty; those who undergo the transition seem to become different people altogether. When her strange friend runs away, Tally's world is turned upside down as she's sent to retrieve the girl if she ever wants to be 'pretty'.
Scott Westerfeld has created an amazing dystopian world which makes the reader question their own ideals of beauty and of the current world at large. Just how much people are willing to sacrifice to be pretty – and is it all really worth it?
I felt like the book had a great body positivity vibe and really enjoyed exploring the world further in its sequels. - Lana

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas:

The Throne of glass series written by Sarah J Maas has quickly become one of my favorite series that I have read to date. It is packed full of twists and turns, each chapter leaving you not wanting...but needing more.
It is a young adult, fantasy read that follows the journey of Celaena Sardothien, a teenage assassin stuck in a corrupted kingdom. As her journey unfolds, we are introduduced to various characters, kingdoms, and supernatural worlds that all slowly begin to collide and pave the way for Celaena Sardothien to eventually embrace her fate.
Sarah J Maas is constantly leaving me in awe of her ability to write such a thrilling and engaging story, with the characters progessively developing; along with their relationships with one another. She is always planting little seeds that, at the time, seem irrelevant, but as the story continues and bombshell after bombshell is dropped, you find every little detail is crucial.
I highly recommend this series for readers who have as much spare time as possible, because you will need it. You cant put these books down. - Cassie

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Spotlight on QBD Knox City 2016

Our team at Knox City has been reading up a storm! 

Check out their latest reads:

Jack West Junior 01: Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly:

With the new book in the Jack West series 'The Four Legendary Kingdoms' coming out in October, I decided to revisit where it all began. Seven Ancient Wonders is still one of my favourite books of all time and an exciting start to an action-packed series that does not disappoint. Reilly blends history and religion in a story that unfolds at a breakneck pace which will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The locations Jack West and his quirky crew travel to are spectacular, and the little hand drawn maps and diagrams and the start of each chapter really make you feel like you are there with them. Every colourful character in this book is unique, and with the endearing nicknames assigned to them by Jack's 10 year old adopted daughter, you will be biting your nails hoping that they survive. This series is definitely a must if you are a fan of authors like Clive Cussler or Andy McDermott, or really any action adventure novels. - Mitch (Store Manager)

9780733609558Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom:

Although the book has been given somewhat mixed reviews over the years, I'm of the opinion that it's fabulous.
We read about Morrie (College Professor) a man slowly dying from Lou Gehrigs Disease, who is being interviewed (on Tuesdays) by his former college student Mitch Albom.
Morrie gives Mitch insight & advice about how we need to take a good look at ourselves & the world around us by being grateful for the things we already have in our lives. He explains how daily woes (family, financial, career, health etc.) can often get us down and he tries to remind us not to let the days just slip by, by being jealous or bitter towards others in our life and to focus more on appreciating the things/people we do have & to make each day count.
Although this is ultimately a sad & at times tearful memoir, I loved Morrie's wisdom and simple attitude, reminding us that it's not about “keeping up with the Jones's” and just how easy it can be to be “happy” in life. - Tracey (Store 2IC)

The Awakening by Kate Chopin:

Kate Chopin's The Awakening follows Edna Pontellier through a journey of self-discovery which was often prohibited to women by society in the late 19th Century, wherein the novel is set. Chopin explores the everyday realities of women's oppression in America as it dictates not only a women's autonomy, but her freedom to her own mind and creativity-- should it disrupt the status quo. Edna Pontellier, in demanding her own autonomy over body and mind begins a disastrous journey to discover what it is to be an artist and a woman. The novel also allows for the voices of numerous women to heard as artistry, beauty and autonomy are extensively discussed. Chopin's The Awakening is an excellent classic novel for those interested in gaining a perspective of women's lives in the 19th Century as well as those looking to begin reading classics as the novel's short length and modern english makes it easy to lose yourself in. - Rebecca

9780143567028Bloodlines by Richelle Mead:

I tackled this series with some hesitation, unsure if it could successfully follow one of my favourite series by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy. However, the action packed plot coupled with the developing romances and witty characters had me unable to put it down. Sydney is an alchemist who's sole purpose is to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires with the aid of magic, whilst keeping her alliance to humans unwavering. But one night, her life is turned upside down when she is forced to protect Jill Dragomir, the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir in order to prevent the looming war. This involves going into hiding at a boarding school, posing as Jill's room-mate, when the last thing Sydney wants to do is be seen affiliating with vampires, and now she has to live with one.
Along the way, Sydney encounters a forbidden romance, develops friendships she never knew were possible, and discovers things about herself that changes her life forever. I highly recommend this book for any fan of paranormal romance, Richelle Mead, or Vampire Academy. - Cassie

Mortal Instruments 01: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare:

This series is one of my favourites! I was hooked after only reading the first book. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next, It will keep you up till five in the morning. The characters in her books are funny, sassy and witty. The story itself follows Clary Fray and her journey of at first seeing strange things then to find out she is part of this whole other world of shadow hunters, werewolves, and warlocks in underground New York Brooklyn. This book would be good for anyone who likes action and a thrill but with the little tie in of twisted romance. After reading it I went out to get the next five. - Amber

9781509803156Room by Emma Donoghue:

I had a friend recommend Room to me a few weeks ago and I'm so glad I picked this one up.
It follows Jack and his Ma as they go about their daily lives in Room; the only place Jack has ever known. Outside is a foreign place to him, only accessible through the television and Old Nick when he brings the Sunday Treat.
The unique choice of a five-year-old narrator works really well in this novel, despite Jack himself not quite understanding what's happening, Donoghue really manages to convey the trauma and emotions of those he interacts with. Throughout the novel is an undercurrent of mystery: Who is Old Nick? How did Ma and Jack end up in Room? And what would happen if Old Nick stopped coming back?
Room is an amazing read and will leave its mark on you for a long time to come. I'm still reeling from the emotional roller-coaster ride. I can't wait to check out the film adaptation and Donoghue's other works. - Lana


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