What We Read: Toombul Edition

Our talented book lovers at Toombul have put together a list of books

(other than Harry Potter) that everyone should have on their shelf!


Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan:

A grim and gritty dive into an all too feasible future, Altered Carbon is a mile-a-minute noir thriller that blends classic hardboiled detective stories with a high-tech futuristic setting where death is obsolete, for a price. Following in the footsteps of classics like Bladerunner or Ghost in the Shell, Richard Morgan creates a compelling and deeply faceted thriller that will keep you guessing until the final page. – Lindsay

The Nowhere Child by Christian White:

Set in Melbourne, Kim Leamy’s life is thrown into turmoil after a stranger believing that she is a girl that disappeared 28 years ago from Kentucky. The Nowhere Child had me hooked in from the very first chapter with the deep characters reminiscent of Stephen King. This is dark, melodic suspense done right and it is easy to see why this has won the Victoria Premier’s Literary Award. – Rose


The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry:

Beautifully written, with wonderfully complex and compelling characters, The Essex Serpentwas a book I loved living in. In turn unsettling, heartwarming, and witty, this was my book of 2017. Each sentence is a marvellous construction, and the novel’s meditations on love and friendship show the many forms that both can take. – Maddie


Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff:

Mia Corvere had her first lesson in death when she was 10. Six years later, hellbent on revenge, she journeys to The Red Church, an academy/cult for assassins. To keep her promise, she must prove that she has no equal amongst a group of the most deadliest murderers, liars and daemons. Mia has an advantage though. She is no ordinary girl. The shadows love her, and they drink her fear.

The Nevernight Chronicles follows Mia’s journey of revenge, through the twists and turns of conspiracy and corruption that lie within the red walls and on the streets of Godsgrave.
This series has it all – humour, adventure, murder, bloodlust and a dash of sarcasm. It is perfect for anyone who loves fantasy, and will have you on the edge of your seat. The only issue is having to wait until next year for the gripping finale! – Zoe

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami:

An intelligent, slow burning journey of a man who feels colorless and has been affected for sixteen years by his sudden banishment from his close knit friend group whose names all meant a colour; except his. Drawing on Kafka-esque themes of isolation, our protagonist Tsukuru seeks out his old friends to discover the reason for his exile, and maybe his colour. – Matt

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