Find some holiday inspiration in what Library staff have been reading recently.
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe – Pascoe details many ways in which agricultural methods, such as land management and domestication of plants, were employed by indigenous Australians long before the arrival of Europeans. 4/5 stars
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – whilst enjoyable, I found this book was a bit more Midsomer Murders than psychological, gripping thriller. 3/5 stars
American gods by Neil Gaiman – excellent writing style that kept me captivated, however, the book is quite quirky and ‘out there’. I’d rate it 3/5 stars
I started watching the TV series (History channel) DVD 930.1 ANC Ancient impossible – it’s a fascinating documentary series reviewing the amazing achievements of the early civilisations like the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, demonstrating very advanced technical and engineering skills. I’d rate this series so far as 4.5/5 Stars
Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover – I really liked it / One of the best books I’ve read this year / I’m glad I read it. Almost made my family look normal. But only almost. 4/5 stars
And I’ve just started Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage. I’m really enjoying the return to his Dark Materials world, but it’s still early days. Big book and I’m only a few chapters in so too soon to have a real opinion on it.
The Dress by Kate Kerrigan – Fun, fun, fun read. How to step back in time and weave a story into the present day – done very well. Plus great characters. 3/5 stars
The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland – I loved Rosie’s “Bachelor” Recaps. I thought she was hilarious. Little did I know that she had come from such a dark place. If you enjoy reading biographies of lives that are nowhere close to yours then this is the book for you. My broad minded view of the world was challenged. I could not put this book down but it is not for everyone. 4/5 stars
Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman – A compelling debut from WA Indigenous writer, the story draws you in along familiar lines, but not quite familiar somehow…? Very thought provoking, horrifying and hopeful. 4/5 stars
Third Witch by Jackie French – I’ve been enjoying checking out these Shakespeare inspired books for young people by Jackie French. This is Macbeth from the point of view of a young Lady-in-waiting to Lady Macbeth, a fascinating flight of historically researched alternative trajectory to Shakespeare’s tale. 3/5 stars
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – I’ve always liked the look of the covers of these books and haven’t got around to reading them until now. It was worth getting around to it. Aaronovitch creates a believable cast of characters, and comedy, in present day London – with a twist. I found the ending unnecessarily over the top but am currently enjoying the second book of the series perhaps even a little more. 3/5 stars
What do our scores mean?
1 star – I hated it / Don’t bother / It felt more like homework than reading for pleasure
2 stars – I didn’t like it / Not for me but worth trying / This book needed something different to make me like it
3 stars – I liked it / Recommended / This book was good. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad.
4 stars – I really liked it / One of the best books I’ve read this year / I’m glad I read it
5 stars – I loved it / One of the best books I’ve ever read / I will probably read it again