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West Lakes Winter Must Reads!

Check out all of these great reads!
Our West Lakes team have a wide selection of books for you to add to your shelves.

Action Comics #1000 80 Years of Superman by Cristophe Galfard:

I am a massive comic collector, so when Action comics #1000 came out I had to have it. I also had to have this HC 80 years of Superman. It is a fantastic read, with classic Superman issues plus a story that was not published in the 1940s. The classic stories give us a great snapshot of the times and events going on in that era and how the comic book art changed with every year and with every new artist joining the DC team.
I enjoyed every moment of this fantastic collection of stories spanning across the 80 years of Action comics. Unfortunately issue #1000 is not actually in the book, as it was released a week later than the hard cover. After reading the Superman classics you should definitely read Action comics #1000 to see what's coming up for the next big story event.
A great read for comic fans young and old. - Sam


Top 5 books that Auntie Jess doesn't get sick of reading to her nieces:

1. Room on the Broom
2. The Very Cranky Bear
3. Where the Wild things Are
4. The Wonky Donkey
5. Feathers for Phoebe

 

 

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus:

Into detention one afternoon walks an athlete, a brain, a criminal, an outsider, and a princess.

Only four walk out.

When outsider, Simon, mysteriously dies in detention, his four classmates immediately become prime suspects in his murder. Considering he was only hours away from publishing their deepest, darkest secrets to his gossip blog, they all have motive to kill. Follow Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, and Addy as they try to navigate the horrible world of being a teenager, while trying to prove to each other and the police that they did not murder Simon.

One Of Us Is Lying is honestly one of the greatest, most perfect books that I have ever read. It is an absolute cannot-put-down read that will leave you hooked on the most amazing characters, beautiful friendships, hilarious teenage drama, and of course a gripping murder-mystery that will leave you guessing until the very end. If you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars, The Breakfast Club, or really any YA fiction, this is most definitely the book for you! - Bec

The Outsider by Stephen King:

How can one person be in two different spots, coach Terry Maitland is arrested for the disturbing murder of a young boy, even though he is seen at a book signing at the same time the murder took place, with his blood and DNA also found at the murders scene, has Detective Ralph Anderson arrested the wrong man, or are there strange things happening in the small town. There is also a cross over with Holly who helps out, from his Bill Hodges trilogy.
A fantastic supernatural read.

If you haven’t read the Bill Hodges trilogy, it starts with Mr Mercedes, followed by Finders Keepers and End of Watch. My other favourites are by Daniel Cole- Ragdoll and The Hangman. - Bill


The Top 3 books Chantelle is (trying desperately to be patiently) waiting for...

 

1. Throne of Glass 7: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
Release date: October 2018

"I can't even with this, I'm so scared of what Sarah J Maas is going to do to my babies and OTP Rowaelin in this final instalment but so eager to see how it all turns out and yet don't want it to be over! ARGH!"

2. Dark Artifices 3: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Release date: December 2018

Webster should list the definition of the word "Torture" as

Tor-ture /ˈtôrCHər/
The act of waiting 2 years for this book after that major cliffhanger in Lord of Shadows!

"It has been such a long wait for this one and still 6 months to go but I'm sure it will be worth it. This one is also the final novel in the series, why is everything ending this year!? I was pleasantly surprised by the first two books and can't wait to see how she ends this trilogy and find out what on earth she has planned next for the world of the Shadowhunters."

3. Strange the Dreamer 2: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Release date: October 2018

"EEEEK!!! that title is everything! And I'm pretty sure this is also the last book of this series :(
I'm still excited to return to this world of mystery, magic and blue skinned Gods!
Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to Strange the Dreamer."

It by Stephen King:

IT's storyline is one that is far from being lost to the depths of time; the homicidal clown seen only by a select group of children in the town of Derry, has found itself residing within the nightmares of many. However, the widespread knowledge of IT only accentuates the near impeccable quality of the story. Being made and remade into blockbuster films, causing countless so called 'strong-willed' people to scream in panic, IT is a classic that should be experienced by all. With prosperous creativity found within the ideals of children attempting to defeat an unimaginable evil, hints of romance, and an everlasting presence of the paranormal tied with pure, undiluted terror comes IT; the phenomenon with elements for everyone; to be missed by no one... - Saxon

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Happy First Birthday QBD Wollongong!

 

Our Wollongong store is having their first birthday this weekend, March 4th!

Make sure you pop on in and wish them a Happy Birthday!

 

 

We asked the team at Wollongong what they have loved reading over the past year. There's some pretty amazing titles in this list!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Set in the year 1922, The Great Gatsby is a story of the death of the American dream. It is a wistful tale of lost love and the inability to recapture the past. Jay Gatsby's love for Daisy Buchanan is one of passion, greed and sorrow. Fitzgerald takes us on a journey into the post World War One Jazz Era of lost souls, old money, dazzling parties and bootlegging. The narrator, Nick Carraway is an outsider and one deeply affected by the events of that summer. He weaves a tale juxtaposing the grandeur of Gatsby's parties and the loneliness one can feel even when surrounded by hundreds of people and more money than you could ever spend in a lifetime. Obsession and unconditional love are flawed and sometimes fatal. - Mel (Store Manager)

Green Arrow Volume One by DC Comics:

The DC universe rebirth did not fail to its mark with Green Arrow vol. 1. A fast paced introduction quickly reintroduces the Emerald Archer with the surprising but welcome addition of Black Canary, bringing back and potentially restarting DC's powerhouse Duo and most beloved couple. Oliver's life takes an unexpected twist as Dinah brings into question the sole reason as to why he fights, raising the question as to why he stands up to the big guy, when he is the big guy. In a sense of unfortunate timing, the return of a family foe in Shado and the betrayal of his half sister Emi, se's Oliver fighting to not only stop crime, but to convince himself he is indeed fighting for what is right. - Riley (Relief Manager)

The Secret History Of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost:

As a huge fan of the TV show, this is an admittedly biased review, but this book is everything fans of the show could have wanted. Deepening the lore, tying up loose ends, and even retconning some of the not so great elements from the original show, Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost has created a book that both satiates lingering questions while also teasing out new ones. With another book announced coming out in October, after the conclusion of the new season, now's the time to get stuck into the history of the remarkable place that is Twin Peaks. - Tyler

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty:

One of her first novels, The Husband's Secret precedes the popular Big Little Lies and is a must-read for any Moriarty fans. An intricate story about a perfectionist mother and wife, the novel takes many twists and turns after Cecilia discovers a long-hidden secret about her husband. Like many of Moriarty's books, the story involves a number of characters that build up to a suspenseful ending you won't expect. A personal favourite, and one of those books you just can't put down. - Hannah

Macca the Alpaca by Matt Cosgrove:

The cutest way possible to explain bullying and brains over brawn! Macca the Alpaca is small, friendly and loves cuddles. His existence is carefree until he meets the bully Harmer the Llama. This is a gorgeous and funny tale for all ages. - Meg