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Staff Picks.

Our team are extremely passionate about books and have some wonderful suggestions for your next read. Take a look through some of our top picks and head in store to pick up a copy.

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

– J.K. Rowling

ERINA FAIR

Akarnae by Lynette Noni    Akarnae  is one of those books you find hard to put down once you have started. Just as the main character Alex falls into the magical world of Medora, you too will fall into this book. UTTERLY ADDICTIVE!  Reviewed by: Lilia

Akarnae by Lynette Noni

Akarnae is one of those books you find hard to put down once you have started. Just as the main character Alex falls into the magical world of Medora, you too will fall into this book. UTTERLY ADDICTIVE!

Reviewed by: Lilia

Grand Genius Summer Of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan   A good Aussie story about family camping and summer holidays. A young boy wrestles with common childhood anxieties. Suitable for middle to upper primary-school kids.  Reviewed by: Claire

Grand Genius Summer Of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan

A good Aussie story about family camping and summer holidays. A young boy wrestles with common childhood anxieties. Suitable for middle to upper primary-school kids.

Reviewed by: Claire

The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace   An inspiring book of poetry that explores the strength of finding our true self. This is a well-written, enjoyable poetry book aimed at the 14+ age range.  Reviewed by: Isabella

The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace

An inspiring book of poetry that explores the strength of finding our true self. This is a well-written, enjoyable poetry book aimed at the 14+ age range.

Reviewed by: Isabella


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The Core (Series) by Peter V. Brett   The fifth instalment in the Demon Cycle series is a wildly imaginative, thorough and exciting saga about a nocturnal demon race that plagues humanity. Interested? Rightfully a Sunday Times best-seller, and an absolute must for fans of fantasy. (The first book in the series is  The Painted Man )  Reviewed by: Jordan

The Core (Series) by Peter V. Brett

The fifth instalment in the Demon Cycle series is a wildly imaginative, thorough and exciting saga about a nocturnal demon race that plagues humanity. Interested? Rightfully a Sunday Times best-seller, and an absolute must for fans of fantasy. (The first book in the series is The Painted Man)

Reviewed by: Jordan

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan   In this memoir we’re guided through a bizarre, often unbelievable true story to witness second-hand the death of the sixties, the invention of celebrity, and the rapid rise to social power of the most successful pop culture publication of all time- all orchestrated by a man I’d never heard of. Truly fascinating!  Reviewed by: Jordan

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

In this memoir we’re guided through a bizarre, often unbelievable true story to witness second-hand the death of the sixties, the invention of celebrity, and the rapid rise to social power of the most successful pop culture publication of all time- all orchestrated by a man I’d never heard of. Truly fascinating!

Reviewed by: Jordan

A Certain Light by Cynthia Banham   A memoir written by Cynthia Banham, an Australian lawyer turned journalist, for her young son to understand the tragic past of his mother. A stirring, heartfelt book which outlines Banham’s hunt for her Great-Aunt Amelia’s lost diary, the unravelling of her Italian heritage, and her life as an amputee who survived a plane crash. An honest and meaningful work that is worth the read.  Reviewed by: Eloise

A Certain Light by Cynthia Banham

A memoir written by Cynthia Banham, an Australian lawyer turned journalist, for her young son to understand the tragic past of his mother. A stirring, heartfelt book which outlines Banham’s hunt for her Great-Aunt Amelia’s lost diary, the unravelling of her Italian heritage, and her life as an amputee who survived a plane crash. An honest and meaningful work that is worth the read.

Reviewed by: Eloise


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The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna   When I opened this book I did not know what to expect, but when I put it down I sensed that my life had been altered. Closing  The Eye of the Sheep , with tears in my eyes, I felt that I would never find another book that would equal it. This is a story that will have your heart breaking and soaring in equal measure.  Australian author, Sofie Laguna, won the Miles Franklin Award in 2015 for  The Eye of the Sheep  and it’s not hard to see why. The story is told from the perspective of 6 year-old Jimmy Flick, who experiences the world differently than you or I. Sometimes his cells spin too fast, and sometimes he sees more than he should. His voice is all at once so innocent and so wise, that I was eternally re-considering what is right and ‘normal’ in the world.  I can’t imagine that anyone could read this book without falling in love with Jimmy Flick.  Reviewed by: Jess

The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna

When I opened this book I did not know what to expect, but when I put it down I sensed that my life had been altered. Closing The Eye of the Sheep, with tears in my eyes, I felt that I would never find another book that would equal it. This is a story that will have your heart breaking and soaring in equal measure.

Australian author, Sofie Laguna, won the Miles Franklin Award in 2015 for The Eye of the Sheep and it’s not hard to see why. The story is told from the perspective of 6 year-old Jimmy Flick, who experiences the world differently than you or I. Sometimes his cells spin too fast, and sometimes he sees more than he should. His voice is all at once so innocent and so wise, that I was eternally re-considering what is right and ‘normal’ in the world.

I can’t imagine that anyone could read this book without falling in love with Jimmy Flick.

Reviewed by: Jess

Feed (Book One in the Newsflesh Series) by Mira Grant   Following a group of young journalists on a presidential campaign in a post zombie apocalypse America, this is a high-stakes thrill ride that packs an emotional wallop. Set in an incredibly detailed world in which the mainstream news can no longer be trusted, this is a political thriller disguised as a zombie adventure. With cheeky nods to the zombie movies we know and love, this is a humorous, action-packed and engaging book that made me laugh out loud, gasp in horror and clutch my pearls, all within a very tight timeframe. Grant's insane level of detail and snappy dialogue had me wanting to know the characters and perhaps even join them on their cross country crusade to uncover the truth.  Reviewed by: Rachel

Feed (Book One in the Newsflesh Series) by Mira Grant

Following a group of young journalists on a presidential campaign in a post zombie apocalypse America, this is a high-stakes thrill ride that packs an emotional wallop. Set in an incredibly detailed world in which the mainstream news can no longer be trusted, this is a political thriller disguised as a zombie adventure. With cheeky nods to the zombie movies we know and love, this is a humorous, action-packed and engaging book that made me laugh out loud, gasp in horror and clutch my pearls, all within a very tight timeframe. Grant's insane level of detail and snappy dialogue had me wanting to know the characters and perhaps even join them on their cross country crusade to uncover the truth.

Reviewed by: Rachel

Blindness by Jose Saramago   “Blindness is a private matter between a person and the eyes with which he or she was born.”  There are some books that are fun to read because while immersed in their pages you escape from reality. There are other books that touch your soul and within you wells a series of emotions you forgot you possessed. There are others still that linger in your subconscious forever because they opened your mind to themes and ideas so vivid and disturbing that they have seared a place in your brain for eternity.  Blindness is all of these. And so much more.  Poetic, philosophical, sometimes dark and always thought provoking; this is the story of a plague of blindness. Following the course of the plague from the perspectives of those first exposed, Jose Saramago sweeps you into the reality of a world where those of us who rely so much on sight, are left to navigate the world without it.  Reviewed by: Jess

Blindness by Jose Saramago

“Blindness is a private matter between a person and the eyes with which he or she was born.”
There are some books that are fun to read because while immersed in their pages you escape from reality. There are other books that touch your soul and within you wells a series of emotions you forgot you possessed. There are others still that linger in your subconscious forever because they opened your mind to themes and ideas so vivid and disturbing that they have seared a place in your brain for eternity.

Blindness is all of these. And so much more.

Poetic, philosophical, sometimes dark and always thought provoking; this is the story of a plague of blindness. Following the course of the plague from the perspectives of those first exposed, Jose Saramago sweeps you into the reality of a world where those of us who rely so much on sight, are left to navigate the world without it.

Reviewed by: Jess


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12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson   Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality and has become one of the world’s most popular publicthinkers, lecturing on topics from the Bible to romantic relationships to mythology and drawing tens of millions of viewers. In an era of unprecedented change and polarizing politics, his frank and refreshing message about the value of individual responsibility and ancient wisdom has resonated around the world. In this book, Jordan provides the twelve profound and practical principles on how to live a more meaningful life.  Reviewed by Chris.

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality and has become one of the world’s most popular publicthinkers, lecturing on topics from the Bible to romantic relationships to mythology and drawing tens of millions of viewers. In an era of unprecedented change and polarizing politics, his frank and refreshing message about the value of individual responsibility and ancient wisdom has resonated around the world. In this book, Jordan provides the twelve profound and practical principles on how to live a more meaningful life.

Reviewed by Chris.

American Marriage by Tayari Jones   Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American dream and the new South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. As they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre her childhood friend and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes she is unable to hold onto the love that has been her centre.  Reviewed by Chris.

American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American dream and the new South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. As they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre her childhood friend and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes she is unable to hold onto the love that has been her centre.

Reviewed by Chris.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer   Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer – madly in love with her boyfriend Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place – feels her inner world light up. Then astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from the future she’d always imagined.  Reviewed by Chris.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer – madly in love with her boyfriend Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place – feels her inner world light up. Then astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from the future she’d always imagined.

Reviewed by Chris.


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The Dark Tower by Stephen King   As an avid fan of adventure and fantasy I was more than ready to dive headfirst into Stephen King's opus and within the first few chapters, I was hooked. King’s unique writing-style and world-building work perfectly in this literary journey that takes the reader through an enticing whirlwind of themes and emotions, causing the books to defy the laws of gravity (making them impossible to put down). If you go into this series with an open mind and a willingness to be amazed and confused, this is the series for you.  Reviewed by: Kaine

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

As an avid fan of adventure and fantasy I was more than ready to dive headfirst into Stephen King's opus and within the first few chapters, I was hooked. King’s unique writing-style and world-building work perfectly in this literary journey that takes the reader through an enticing whirlwind of themes and emotions, causing the books to defy the laws of gravity (making them impossible to put down). If you go into this series with an open mind and a willingness to be amazed and confused, this is the series for you.

Reviewed by: Kaine

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman   A heart-breaking novel about how life can give you the short stick, but sometimes the most unexpected events can occur and turn your life around. It’s a beautiful novel about friendship and love. It will break your heart and sew it back together in such a way that you’ll  want  it to. Freya is a singer without a voice, Harun has lost the boy he loves and Nathaniel is alone in the world. These three are drawn together by an unexpected accident, and all in a single day they find the answers they’ve been searching for.  Reviewed by: Tash

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

A heart-breaking novel about how life can give you the short stick, but sometimes the most unexpected events can occur and turn your life around. It’s a beautiful novel about friendship and love. It will break your heart and sew it back together in such a way that you’ll want it to. Freya is a singer without a voice, Harun has lost the boy he loves and Nathaniel is alone in the world. These three are drawn together by an unexpected accident, and all in a single day they find the answers they’ve been searching for.

Reviewed by: Tash

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas  If you are a fan of powerful women leads then this is the book to start your new favourite series! The main character, Celaena, made this book. Celaena Sardothien is an eighteen-year-old assassin serving a life sentence in the salt mines when an opportunity arises for her to battle for her freedom. She is a fierce killer, with a much softer, lonelier side as well. You get two sides of her that you would never expect.  With epic battle scenes and a heart-wrenching love triangle, I guarantee you will not be able to put the book down!  Reviewed by: Tiana

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

If you are a fan of powerful women leads then this is the book to start your new favourite series! The main character, Celaena, made this book. Celaena Sardothien is an eighteen-year-old assassin serving a life sentence in the salt mines when an opportunity arises for her to battle for her freedom. She is a fierce killer, with a much softer, lonelier side as well. You get two sides of her that you would never expect.

With epic battle scenes and a heart-wrenching love triangle, I guarantee you will not be able to put the book down!

Reviewed by: Tiana