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Robina’s Really Rad Reviews!

 

Our Robina team have hand-picked some really rad reads for a great day at the beach! (or relaxing in your pyjamas!)

 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a fantastic book if you want a down-to-earth, no punches pulled approach to leading a good life. Mark Manson has written a hilarious and insightful book into the BS people tell themselves to get by in life and how in our materialistic world we care too much for inconsequential people and things instead of prioritising the things that matter. Manson also writes about how we need to stop deluding ourselves into believing our lives should be happy all day, every day instead of accepting the terrible situations we find ourselves in and taking responsibility for our own choices. This book was a great laugh but also made me realise that I can't stand in front of a mirror and tell myself that I am happy. I have to persevere through the hard times and discover true happiness when those hard times are dealt with instead of ignoring them or blaming others. Read this if you want a great motivational book without all the fluff! - Chelsea

The Book Seat:

I've bought two Book Seats so far as presents. One was for my Dad to use after an abdominal operation made reading uncomfortable. Never thought I'd see a sixty-something man willing to use it, but now he wouldn't read without it! The other was for my teenage daughter who fell in love with the new range of colours we recently received. Finally she could get her own to match her room's decor! And I'm a happy Mum knowing she's using it not only to read her favourite books but also for using with her iPad and tablet. - Angela
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1666- Plague, War and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal:

England would never be the same after the years 1665-66. Terror and fear came to the island; ongoing war with the Dutch, the Black Death (which killed 68,596 in London alone), and the huge conflagration that destroyed much of the medieval city. Superstition, prejudice, fear of foreigners and invasion reigned. An eloquently written account and anyone interested in British history should read this book. I learnt a lot from it and thoroughly enjoyed it. - Maxine

Blood Meridian by Cormack McCarthy:

Cormack McCarthy's Blood Meridian depicts a more real, less romanticised view of the American west in the 1850s. It is a world with no room for heroes; only men and women who do what they have to do to get by in a world so bankrupt of any morality. The plot follows the Glanton Gang who collect scalps from native americans for bounty and sometimes for pleasure. The amount of sheer violence and lechery of the Glanton Gang can sometimes become a bit too morbid but the narration is written so masterfully it creates a compulsion to continue exploring the juxtaposition of heinous imagery never before told with such beautiful prose. This is the perfect book for anybody who is sick and tired of stories with fake cowboy mythology and camp western tropes. - Elliott

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami:

I can never forget this book, and in Murakami style, it leaves you feeling wonderfully eerie long after you have put it down. This story is about Toru, who welcomes you to delve into his embarrassing and honest thoughts, dreams and strange conversation with all the new people he meets. There are also many interesting parallels and paradoxes he finds himself in, in fact, you will find that Toru himself is both a very ordinary and extraordinary man. I hope the pinnacle moments he shares make you feel something--if it may either be the fright of the unknown or the inspiration to do something others may perceive as completely insane. The thing I hope the most, though, is that you find yourself in that insanity, the way Toru has. - Dana

The Messenger by Markus Zusak:

Written in such a compelling and capturing sense, The Messenger by Markus Zusak will leave readers on the edge of their seat as it follows Ed Kennedy, a card-playing, 19 year old under-age cab driver trying to make a living. Might seem pretty ordinary right? Just a teenager trying to survive the big world. After Ed stops a bank heist in which he is a held hostage in, Ed life turns completely upside down. Playing cards are delivered to his house with dangerous yet society aiding tasks in which he must complete. With the help of his friends, Ed plays with the law in order to complete these tasks successfully and without getting caught. Readers will enjoy the fast paced mystery of; Who is creating the tasks?, Why are the tasks being created? And Why is Ed Kennedy the one receiving these tasks?. Zusak his written this novel in such a way that cannot be put down, it leaves readers wanting answers and reason to these questions. Even if you are fanatic fantasy reader or a dedicated biography reader, The Messenger is sure to keep you captivated and reading for hours on end. - Jade

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang:

A novel written about a girl, Liz Emerson, who's life was supposed to be perfect, but of course, was only perfect in everyone else eyes. She was seen as your typical popular high school teen who was 'loved' but at the same time envied by every student. She partied every week, had a boyfriend everyone wanted and was spoiled. Till one day she decided to test the laws of motion she had learnt in physics class by purposefully driving her car off the road, but why would she do it? After all her life was perfect, right? This story delves into how Liz Emerson truly felt about the way her life was and how she wish it were to be. But it doesn't stop there, after her accident a mystery narrator is thrown into the plot as he's someone who was watching from afar and never really talked to Liz, but may have been the only one who really understood her. Throughout the novel you get to understand her friends and family characters and how the accident impacted them as well as flashing back to all the little things that lead Liz to this decision. Amy Zhang has you rethinking all of your life decisions all the while tears and frustration are evident on your face throughout the read. - Kate

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Spotlight on QBD Robina 2016

The team at QBD Robina are sharing their love of great books (and their smiles) with us this week as they burst into the QBD Spotlight!

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:

9780062315007This is a must read for absolutely everyone! It is one of those books that touches your soul and stays with you long after the last page has been turned. It's a book about following your dreams and staying true to yourself in times of peace and in times of hardship. It's about listening to your heart and trusting your instincts. It's a wonderful book that brings life back into focus and gives you perspective when you need it most. Inspiring! - Taysa (Store Manager)

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari

At once thought-provoking and entertaining, Hari has written a well-balanced account that covers all sides of this important debate. It encompasses history, sociology, politics, and includes personal stories from users, law enforcement, psychologists, and the author himself. While not claiming to have all of the answers, he argues convincingly for a change to how society views and deals with the issues at stake. I found it to be deeply moving, challenging, and hopeful. Highly recommended! - Angela (Store 2IC)

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

9781743549551A woman sentenced to death for murder, a reluctant family sheltering her, a young priest sent to save her soul. People thrust together under harrowing circumstances. Did she do it, or not? Is she likely to do it again? Only Agnes knows the truth and she's not talking. Fabulous multi award winning novel of Iceland in the 1800's based on a true story. Feel the cold in the dugout home, smell the wood smoke, taste the dried fish. Gripping, exceptional, totally compelling. - Maxine

Iron King by Julie Kagawa

This is not a book about airy fairies, this is a book about the way fae were originally written; manipulative and diabolical. It follows the life of misfit Meghan Chase, the unknown daughter of the famed Summer King, Oberon, who falls into the land of the Nevernever and all the discord between the Summer, Winter and Iron Realms within. This is a pretty neat book with a clever idea that introduces the younger generation to timeless legends which we should never let be forgotten. - Rachel S.

Falling into place by Amy Zhang

9780062367884One afternoon in physics class, Liz Emerson reviewed Newton's Laws of Motion. Then, after school, she decides to test them by running her car off the road. Suspended between life and death, questions of the why, who, and the how plague the reader. This book is perfect for fans of If I Stay and Thirteen Reasons Why. Told in a non-linear narrative, the writing will break your heart and the characters will keep you up at night. A provocative must-read. - Jocelyn

Perfume by Patrick Suskind

I can't believe I hadn't read this book sooner! Patrick Suskind writes with perfect balance of dark subject content and captivating language. It's as though this book was especially written for me! Jean-Baptiste Grenouille has to be one of my favourite characters of all time. - Elliott

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

9781447265443My favourite book in the world because it contains a bit of everything. Love, sex, birth, death, history, war, peace and a bit of stone masonry. Who could ask for more? Set in Kingsbridge in twelfth century England, the plot centres around Prior Phillip and his wish to build an exceptional cathedral. But the action is far more widespread than the one little English village and will appeal to anyone who loves an epic story, whether they read historical fiction, action, adventure, romance or anything in between. This is a book I can confidently say that everyone in the world should read, and if you haven't read it, buy it now. - Carly

Cobain: Montage of Heck by Brett Morgen & Richard Bienstock

Based on the acclaimed documentary film, the Montage of Heck contains a brilliant collection of memorabilia, interviews, drawings and memories of Kurt Cobain. Even if you have seen the film this book features a lot of things that were not expressed or shown. Thus, meaning Cobain still has many more interesting views, art works, song lyrics that have not been featured or seen before. A different approach is taken when reading through instead of watching the documentary as it is more in depth and shows the reader a better outlook on who Kurt Cobain was. - Liam

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

9781406365054The Mortal Instruments series are the books that had really gotten me started on my love for books today but in particular, City of Glass. It is an absolute easy read as there is never a dull moment through the War, friendship and the decision on whether or not to pursue a love that is forbidden. This is an extremely captivating book that you're never going to want to put down, ever! - Kate

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

This book series kept me on my toes from the first sentence to the last! With violence, romance and magic this book is at the top of my fantasy favourites list and will no doubt stay there. Celaena is such an original character with hardships and humour that make me want to laugh and cry. Her ability to endure such death, though most she's caused, is an indication of how strong a character she is. I could honestly ramble on and on about how amazing this book is but I would probably stop making sense. So I’m just going to keep it simple. If you read this book you will never look at a pretty face without thinking that she can and will kill you. - Rachael A.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

9780099771517Memoirs of a Geisha is a first person insight into the everyday living of Kyoto Geisha, Chiyo. Chiyo was sold as a child to be trained as a Geisha and has had to take lesson and learn from only the best in the city. In between the disasters of Chiyo attempting to run away and rebel against the Okiya, Chiyo becomes one of the best Geisha's in town and runs her competitor, Hatsumono out of business. Golden has done an amazing job representing the Japanese culture and the practises the Geisha’s must take part in. A must read for everyone! - Jade

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Spotlight on QBD Robina

The team at Robina QBD are rocking it with their reading suggestions this week. From Paranormal Romance to Australian History they have you covered!

9780575093775Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost: Half Vampire Cat Crawford is a Buffy-esque vampire hunter with a massive chip on her shoulder. She encounters a Master Vampire named Bones, and through coercion on his half, they team up to track down the biggest and baddest of the Vampire world. It's sassy, sexy, well written, fast paced and funny as hell. Fans of J.R. Ward's The Black Dagger Brotherhood and Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series will be sure to love this. - Taysa (Store Manager)

The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett: In a world ravaged by demons every night, the human race cowers behind ancient walls. Praying that they will last the night. In the chaos a young man comes along offering the people a last fleeting chance of survival. A fast paced fantasy that twists and turns around magical words, deadly demons and the chance of hope, The Painted Man is like no book you've read before. It makes you rush to the next one with no breath in between. -Chelsea (2IC)

9780552552028The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry PratchettThe Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is the first fantasy book and first book by the late author Terry Pratchett that I read. With a twisted retelling of the Pied Piper, a talking Cat with wit to die for and well, some educated rats, it’s the perfect introduction to the Discworld for young adult readers. This book will draw you in with Pratchett's wicked sense of humour, his well-crafted characters, and his enchanting tale entwined with moral lessons and philosophical questions to keep you thinking. Overall, I encourage you to read it. If you enjoy it, you'll be set with your reading list for the next year or so. What a bonus! - Rachael

The Ghosts of Roebuck Bay by Ian W. Shaw: This title tells, in a fresh and well written way, the story of the Japanese air attack on Broome WA on 3 March 1942. Largely comprising eyewitness accounts, this book takes you into the heart of the action on that tragic afternoon. A great read for anyone interested in military or Australian history. - Maxine

9781849415668Just One Day by Gayle Forman: I'm currently reading 'Just One Day' by Gayle Forman, and I've got to say, I think I like it more than 'If I Stay.' Ms Forman has produced a beautiful story about a girl who has always had her life planned out for her. But one boy and twenty-four hours in Paris changes all that. Now she's struggling to figure out what she wants her life to be and who she wants to be. The writing is lush, and I don't think I've ever read a book that's made me want to go to Europe so much. I love it, and it makes me feel a little less alone about not knowing what's going to happen in life. It's a must-read! - Jocelyn

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' is one of my favourite books that we have here at QBD Robina. I've re-read this one a bunch of times and I usually don't re-read books at all. You might not like it because it is quite melancholy but that makes it the perfect read for a rainy day. Reading this book makes me feel a bitter-sweet nostalgia for being in High school. - Elliot

978144472733311.22.63 by Stephen King: From the master of horror comes a time travel story? Yes, this take on the classic science fiction scenario has the main character Jake Epping try to stop the assassination of US President John F Kennedy. Thanks to a time portal in a diner’s pantry Jake is given the chance to travel back to 1958 and live five years in the past to the day where he can successfully stop the death of JFK himself. The trip through the late 50’s/early 60’s America is an interesting time period filled with iconic American historical moments which are known to Jake and brings a number of times where he could intervene and change the outcome of them, but if the past could be changed would it really be for the better or for the worst? - Andrew

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Top left: Chelsea and Taysa; Middle left: Chelsea and Jocelyn; Middle right: Maxine and Andrew; Bottom right: Elliot and Rachael.

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