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Audiobook review by Corinne Hughes – Bones of Hilo

7 October 2021

Bones of Hilo by Eric Redman Reserve this book now. I really enjoyed this read.  Young detective Kawika Wong is on career making or breaking case on the up-market, resort side of Hawaii’s Big Island. Kawika is a mixed heritage Hawaiian – his estranged Dad known...

Audiobook review by Corinne Hughes – An Unholy Mess

7 October 2021

An Unholy Mess by Joyce Cato Reserve this book now. This is a light, intriguing mystery with likable protagonists but possibly too many characters to keep track of.  Set in a Cotswold village, lead characters Monica Noble and her new husband Rev Graham work alongside DI...

What’s new for kids in October?

7 October 2021

Click here to see all the new stuff for kids at the library in October! You can reserve these now on our library app, the member services page or at your nearest branch.

Audiobook review by Corinne Hughes – High-Wired

7 October 2021

High-wired by Andrea Frazer Reserve this book now. What a great story!  In the tradition of best British mysteries Andrea Frazer’s High-wired is the first book in her Fine Line series featuring fab fem detective duo DI Olivia Hardy and DS Lauren Groves.  The story weaves...

Book review by Tamara Patino – Windows

5 October 2021

Windows written by Patrick Guest and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley is a timely picture book which tells the story of some children during lockdown in different homes as they describe what they see from the safety of their windows- a much more quiet world with...

Book review by Gary Ellem – Cutters End

5 October 2021

Cutters End by Margaret Hickey Reserve this book now. I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel which is a crime thriller set in Cutters End, an outback town in South Australia. It is a cold case involving a murder 32 years earlier on desert highway of...

Book review by Ngarie Macqueen – Freckles

5 October 2021

Freckles by Cecelia Ahern Reserve this book now. Freckles is my first time reading a story from Irish author Cecelia Ahern. A story about someone with freckles trying to fit into her own life was just asking for me to read! Freckles is told from...

Audiobook review by Corinne Hughes – Whisper of Bones

5 October 2021

Whisper of Bones by L.T. Ryan Reserve this audiobook now. What a great new author!  L.T. Ryan writes detective, thriller mysteries with a paranormal twist.  A deceased man is found murdered, he’s been drugged into a paralysed state, his legs horribly broken, then strangled to death...

Book review by Corinne Hughes – The Case Against William

5 October 2021

The Case Against William by Mark Gimenez Reserve this book now. An excellent mystery and read. The mystery revolves about the infamous American NFL.  The money, special treatment, extravagance and adoration showered upon these so-called sporting heroes is as unbelievable as it is sickening, dark...

Book review by Cheryl Thompson – Soar

1 October 2021

Soar: A Life Freed by Dance By David McAllister with Amanda Dunn. Reserve this book now. Although not necessarily a lover of ballet, I have always found magazine articles, radio interviews, or television specials (such as the terrific ABC’s “And We Danced”) with David McAllister...

What’s new at the library in October?

1 October 2021

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in October. If you'd like to reserve any of them, you can do so through our library app, our online member services...

Book review by Gary Ellem – Still

7 September 2021

Still by Matt Nable Reserve this book now. I picked this Aussie fiction book up because I have enjoyed some of the TV series and movies that Matt Nable has been in: Brothers in Arms and Underbelly and the movie “The Dry” to name just...

Book review by Taryn Kelly – How to be an Antiracist

7 September 2021

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Reserve this book now. What is antiracism? Kendi explores this question in the book How to be an Antiracist, using many historical examples of racism going back to the origins of transatlantic slave trading policy created...

My favourite authors by Gary Ellem

7 September 2021

I enjoy reading thrillers and these would be my top 10 favourite authors (not in any particular order). I included John Grisham in the list as I also enjoy a courtroom drama and he is the best at this. Gregg Hurwitz -Orphan X series– 6...

Book review by Ruth Mogg – A Gentleman in Moscow

7 September 2021

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Reserve this book now. This is an enjoyable read because of the fascinating characters and the interesting and unusual plot. The gentleman of the title is Count Rostov sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel near the...

Book review by Ruth Mogg – Giving up the Ghost

7 September 2021

Giving up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel Reserve this book now. This is a very personal memoir of interest not only to Mantel admirers. It was first published in 2003 when she had already written several novels but well before the recognition that came with...

Book review by Ruth Mogg – My Father’s Daughter

7 September 2021

My Father's Daughter: Memories of an Australian Childhood by Sheila Fitzpatrick Reserve this book now. Sheila Fitzpatrick's memoir begins in Oxford in 1965 where Sheila is a graduate student disappointed not to be going to the Soviet Union for a year of research in the field...

Book review by Taryn Kelly – More Than a Body

7 September 2021

More Than a Body : Your Body is an Instrument, not an Ornament by Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite Reserve this book now. Lindsay and Lexie Kite are twin sisters who have written this book based on extensive research into body image. The book looks...

Book review by Gary Ellem – Seat 7A

7 September 2021

Seat 7A by Sebastian Fitzek Reserve this book now. This is a new psychological thriller that caught my eye. Dr Mats Kruger is a psychiatrist travelling from Buenos Aires to Berlin where his daughter is about to give birth. He has a fear of flying...

Book review by Taryn Kelly – Nevermoor series

3 September 2021

Nevermoor series by Jessica Townsend   Reserve these books now. Nevermoor : the trials of Morrigan Crow Wundersmith : the calling of Morrigan Crow Hollowpox : the hunt for Morrigan Crow I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES! Wow, where do I start? The minute...

DVD review by Cheryl Thompson – Mountain

3 September 2021

Mountain Reserve this DVD now or watch on Beamafilm This awe-inspiring documentary film, based on the award-winning book “Mountains of the Mind” by Robert MacFarlane, is a collaboration between German adventure cinematographer Renan Ozturk, Australian film director Jennifer Peedom, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber...

Book review by Gary Ellem – The Burning Girls

3 September 2021

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor Reserve this book now. This is the fourth book I have read by C.J. Tudor and I have really enjoyed them all. This is another psychological thriller. A female vicar moves to a small village in the English countryside...

Audiobook review by Corinne Hughes – Quiet in her Bones

3 September 2021

Quiet in her Bones by Nalini Singh Reserve this book now. What a mystery!  So many twists and well crafted suspects.   A really interesting bildungsroman mystery from the point of Aarav Rai a young, Indian-New Zealand author making a name for himself as a rising...

Book review by Gary Ellem – The Auschwitz Photographer

3 September 2021

The Auschwitz Photographer by Luca Crippa and Maurizio Onnis Reserve this book now. Having been to Auschwitz and seen what a harrowing and distressing place it is, books on Auschwitz have always fascinated me and the title of this book caught my attention. This book...

DVD Review by Linda Clark – David Attenborough’s Tasmania

3 September 2021

David Attenborough's Tasmania Reserve this DVD now. Another amazing DVD from David Attenborough - you don't realise how beautiful and special the Tasmanian Wilderness is until you have watched this DVD. David Attenborough takes you on a journey of discovery, looking at the wildlife and...

Book Review by Ngarie Macqueen – The Ravenels

3 September 2021

Ravenels series by Lisa Kleypas Reserve these books now. 1. Cold-Hearted Rake 2. Marrying Winterborne 3. Devil in Spring 4. Hello Stranger 5. Devil's Daughter 6. Chasing Cassandra 7. Devil in Disguise If you enjoyed the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn, or even just enjoyed...

Book review by Cheryl Thompson – This Chicken Life

3 September 2021

This Chicken Life : Stories of chickens and the Australians who love them by Fiona Scott-Norman Reserve this book now. Backyard chicken keeping is having a revival – and when better than while people have been staying at home in lockdown, often for long periods...

Audiobook review by Corinne Hughes – Damaged

3 September 2021

Damaged by Dan Scottow Reserve this book now. A heart-stopping psychological thriller that makes you silently scream, “No, no, no!”, but you just have to read on as the truth slowly unfolds. Journalist Emily Blake was once at the centre of a sickening nightmare, when...

What’s new at the library in September?

3 September 2021

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in September. If you'd like to reserve any of them, you can do so through our library app, our online member services...

What’s new for kids in August?

5 August 2021

Click here to see all the new stuff for kids at the library in August! You can reserve these now on our library app, the member services page or at your nearest branch.

What’s new at the library in August?

3 August 2021

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in August. If you'd like to reserve any of them, you can do so through our library app, our online member services...

Book review by Taryn Kelly – The Joy of Movement

2 August 2021

The Joy of Movement : how exercise helps us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage by Kelly McGonigal. Reserve this book now. I read this book to further my understanding of the relationship between physical activity and mental health. The benefits of exercise for physical...

Book review by Ruth Mogg – Apeirogon

2 August 2021

Apeirogon by Colum McCann Reserve this book now. I read Apeirogon because it was the 'book of the year' last year for a relative.  It is fact-based fiction; the story of two men, one Israeli, one Palestinian, both of whom have lost a daughter to...

Book review by Ruth Mogg – Paper Emperors

2 August 2021

Paper Emperors : the Rise of Australia's Newspaper Empires by Sally Young. Reserve this book now. The Introduction to Paper Emperors begins:  'Newspapers have found it difficult to tell the truth about themselves.' The author, Sally Young, with the help of five research assistants, then...

Book review by Cheryl Thompson – Turns Out, I’m Fine

2 August 2021

Turns Out, I'm Fine by Judith Lucy. Reserve this book here. Judith Lucy is an actress, and one of Australia’s most popular and successful stand-up comedians. In this biography, she writes as she performs – her style is candid, at times confronting, with a liberal...

Book review by Sylvia Cooling – The art of paint pouring

2 August 2021

The Art of Paint Pouring by Amanda VanEver Reserve this book here. The paint pouring trend has been around for a couple of years. It’s an abstract art technique that combines acrylic paint with a pouring medium to create colourful and unique artworks. It wasn’t...

Book review by Gary Ellem – The Resilience Project

2 August 2021

The Resilience Project : finding happiness through gratitude, empathy & mindfulness by Hugh Van Cuylenburg Reserve this book here  or listen now on Borrow Box. I have just finished listening to the The Resilience Project. I decided to listen to it after hearing about it...

Book review by Taryn Kelly – Dear Mum

2 August 2021

Dear Mum edited by Samuel Johnson Reserve this book here. Released for Mother’s Day in 2021, Dear Mum is Samuel Johnson’s third collection of letters published to raise money for his charity, ‘Love Your Sister’. The letters have been written by notable Australians including Amanda...

Book review by Gary Ellem – 55

2 August 2021

55 by James Delargy Reserve this book here. This is an Australian thriller set in the remote outback of Western Australia. The story revolves around a man called Heath walking into a police station saying he had been drugged and tied up and was going...

Book review by Gary Ellem – Cemetery Road

23 July 2021

Cemetery Road by Greg Iles Reserve this book here. I listened to this book on BorrowBox and thoroughly enjoyed it. We also have the book in the library as well. If I didn’t get the chance to listen to the book I’m sure I would...

Book review by Ruth Haig – Songspirals

13 July 2021

Songspirals : Sharing Women's Wisdom of Country through Songlines by Gay'wu Group of Women Reserve this book now. This amazing book was many years in the making as the Sisters and their Daughter worked to share with their own Yolgnu people, and a wider Australian...

Book review by Ruth Mogg – How Good is Scott Morrison?

13 July 2021

How Good Is Scott Morrison? by Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen. Reserve this book now. The authors of How Good Is Scott Morrison? (324.29405), Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen, expect that the subject of their book will become our fourth longest serving prime...

Book review by Ruth Mogg – Gilead

13 July 2021

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson Reserve this book now. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson is set in 1956 when, towards the end of his life, Reverend John Ames is writing to his young son in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa, while at the same time observing...

Book review by Ruth Mogg – Gossip from the Forest

13 July 2021

Gossip from the Forest by Tom Keneally. Reserve this book now. Gossip from the Forest is an account of the proceedings which resulted in the signing of the Armistice at the end of the Great War in a train carriage in a forest.  It gives...

Book review by Chesne Olive – The Ambulance Girls

13 July 2021

The Ambulance Girls series by Deborah Burrows Reserve these titles now. The Ambulance Girls series was written by Australian author Deborah Burrows. There are three novels: The Ambulance Girls, Ambulance Girls Under Fire and Ambulance Girls At War. The story is set in England during...

Book review by Taryn Kelly – Ginger Meggs

12 July 2021

Ginger Meggs by Tristan Bancks Reserve a copy of Ginger Meggs here. Tristan Bancks is an author living in the Northern Rivers and is the great-great nephew of the creator of Australian icon Ginger Meggs. To celebrate 100 years of Ginger Meggs Tristan has written...

Audiobook review by Corinne Hughes – Clutter Corpse

9 July 2021

Clutter Corpse by Simon Brett Reserve a copy of Clutter Corpse here. Ellen Curtis is a middle-aged, widowed businesswoman, Mum and carer to her adult son.  After the tragic suicide of her husband - a successful syndicated comic strip artist -  Ellen has to quickly...

Good Reading magazine – July

2 July 2021

RUCRL subscribes to Good Reading magazine, giving library members free access to book reviews, news, interviews, podcasts, and competitions. The July issue is available now.

Book Review by Ngarie Macqueen – No Strings Attached

2 July 2021

No Strings Attached by Harper Bliss Reserve a copy of No Strings Attached here. No Strings Attached is a lesbian romance story by Harper Bliss. As well as being a writer, Harper hosts a weekly podcast with her wife called Harper Bliss & Her Mrs....

What’s new for kids in July?

1 July 2021

Click here to see all the new stuff for kids at the library in July! You can reserve these now on our library app, the member services page or at your nearest branch.

What’s new at the library in July?

1 July 2021

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in July. If you'd like to reserve any of them, you can do so through our library app, our online member services...

Book review by Gary Ellem – The Shadow Man

25 June 2021

The Shadow Man by Helen Fields Reserve The Shadow Man here. This was an interesting, slightly disturbing and dark book set in Scotland. When I borrowed the book I was really looking forward to reading but I am not sure I actually enjoyed it. The...

Magazine review by Cheryl Thompson – Mindfood

21 June 2021

MiNDFOOD Magazine - June 2021 issue Reserve a copy of Mindfood here. MiNDFOOD carries the hashtag #SMARTTHINKING with good reason – the articles and featured content are always topical, interesting, and informative, often covering serious issues without being too technical. The June 2021 issue is...

Good Reading magazine – June

10 June 2021

RUCRL subscribes to Good Reading magazine, giving library members free access to book reviews, news, interviews, podcasts, and competitions. The June issue is available now.

Book review by Tamara Patino – Simon Sock

8 June 2021

Simon Sock by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet, illustrated by Nick East. Reserve a copy of Simon Sock here. I recently read ‘Simon Sock’ with the Kookaburra Preschool children during our library visit together and as part of a discussion about friendship and difference. Simon...

What’s new for kids in June?

4 June 2021

Click here to see all the new stuff for kids at the library in June! You can reserve these now on our library app, the member services page or at your nearest branch.

Book review by Gary Ellem – Sooley

4 June 2021

Sooley by John Grisham Reserve a copy of Sooley here. I have read and enjoyed all of John Grisham’s books and there are quite a few. Most of his fiction books are courtroom dramas but this one is different and is about basketball. Seventeen year...

What’s new at the library in June?

1 June 2021

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in June. If you'd like to reserve any of them, you can do so through our library app, our online member services...

Book review by Taryn Kelly – A Room Called Earth

27 May 2021

A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan Reserve a copy of A Room Called Earth here. This is the debut novel from an Australian writer. A room called Earth is contemporary fiction based on a night in the life of a young woman who goes...

Audiobook review by Corinne Hughes – New Year’s Eve Murder

13 May 2021

New Year’s Eve Murder by Leslie Meier Reserve a copy of New Year's Eve Murder here. Another light murder mystery in the Lucy Stone series by Leslie Meier.  We find Lucy feeling the post Xmas/New Year blues deflated, exhausted and financially over-spent. Lucy’s children are...

What’s new at the library in May?

5 May 2021

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in May. If you'd like to reserve any of them, you can do so through our library app, our online member services...

What’s new for kids in May?

5 May 2021

Click here to see all the new stuff for kids at the library in May! You can reserve these now on our library app, the member services page or at your nearest branch.

Good Reading magazine – May

3 May 2021

RUCRL subscribes to Good Reading magazine, giving library members free access to book reviews, news, interviews, podcasts, and competitions. The May issue is available now.

What’s new for kids in April?

23 April 2021

Click here to see all the new stuff for kids at the library in April! You can reserve these now on our library app, the member services page or at your nearest branch.

What’s new at the library in April?

23 April 2021

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in April. If you'd like to reserve any of them, you can do so through our library app, our online member services...

Book review by Taryn Kelly – Reasons to Stay Alive

23 April 2021

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig Matt Haig is an English author of fiction for adults and kids, and nonfiction. He has become one of my favourite authors in the last year, so I have been trying to read everything he has had published....

Book review by Taryn Kelly – Body Positive Power

13 April 2021

Body Positive Power : How to Stop Dieting, Make Peace with your Body and Live by Megan Jayne Crabbe This is an important book for anyone who struggles with their body image. It was a book I had seen recommended on social media and the...

Book review by Cheryl Thompson – Boy on Fire

13 April 2021

Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave by Mark Mordue. The author of this comprehensive biography, Mark Mordue, is an award-winning Australian writer, journalist and editor. In the 1990’s he was the founding editor of Australia’s leading pop culture magazine Australian Style. Written over a...

Audiobook review by Corinne Hughes – Anonymous

13 April 2021

Anonymous by Elizabeth Breck If you like strong female leads as your detective you’ve found your girl in Madison Kelly PI. Madison is extremely self-sufficient, smart, athletic, lives the Californian surf-culture lifestyle and is a licensed PI. An excellent insurance claims investigator, Madison now finds...

Book review by Gary Ellem – Win

13 April 2021

Win by Harlan Coben I am a big fan of Harlan Coben – he would be in my top 3 authors. For those who are familiar with his books that involve his character Myron Bolitar this book is all about his sidekick Win (Windsor Horne...

Book review by Taryn Kelly – The Boy from the Mish

29 March 2021

The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough The Boy from the Mish is young adult fiction and is the debut novel from Indigenous author Gary Lonesborough. I was excited about this book as soon as I heard it had been published because there are...

Book review by Aaron Wilkes – Plantopedia

29 March 2021

Plantopedia : the definitive guide to house plants by Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan This is the perfect book for anyone who loves houseplants! Its over 400 pages of gorgeous plants and the information on how to not kill them. After reading this book I...

DVD review by Ngarie Macqueen – Fleabag

29 March 2021

Fleabag : season 1 and 2 Fleabag is a show written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also wrote and produced the first season of Killing Eve – obviously an amazingly talented human! I don’t want to give too much away as I think that...

Book review by Sylvia Cooling – Honeybee

12 March 2021

Honeybee by Craig Silvey We first meet Sam on the railing of an overpass, where, filled with despair and unendurable hurt, Sam has come to die. Sam is 14 years old, hovering on the edge of childhood and the cusp of adulthood, struggling to find...

Audiobook review by Corinne Hughes – Appetite for Innocence

12 March 2021

Appetite for innocence by Lucinda Berry I’ve just read the audio recording of  Appetite for innocence by Lucinda Berry. A serial rapist/murderer is stalking then abducting young girls via social media.  Once captured the girls are doomed, until Ella. Ella makes an escape and tries...

Good Reading magazine – March

2 March 2021

RUCRL subscribes to Good Reading magazine, giving library members free access to book reviews, news, interviews, podcasts, and competitions. The March issue is available now.

What’s new for kids in March?

1 March 2021

Click here to see all the new stuff for kids at the library in March! You can reserve these now on our library app, the member services page or at your nearest branch.

What’s new at the library in March?

1 March 2021

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in March. If you'd like to reserve any of them, you can do so through our library app, our online member services...

Book review by Gary Ellem – Prodigal Son

24 February 2021

Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz This is book number 6 in the Orphan X series. Do you need my help?' It was always the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. As a boy he was taken from...

Book review by Cheryl Thompson – Love, Clancy

15 February 2021

Love, Clancy : A dog’s letters home by Richard Glover. Richard Glover is an Australian writer who has a regular column in the weekend Sydney Morning Herald, has written several well acclaimed books for both adults and children, and is also a radio presenter on...

Audiobook review by Corinne Hughes – The Glass Room

15 February 2021

The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves. Another excellent mystery with Vera.  This time Vera has gone out on a limb personally by trying to help a neighbour’s wife whose gone missing. All is fairly straightforward till a body is found by the neighbour whose wife...

Book review by Sylvia Cooling – The Weekend

15 February 2021

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood. This book was suggested by one of our patrons and as the hard copy wasn’t available I loaned it as an eBook from Borrowbox in our eLibrary. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. Three women in their...

Book review by C.E. James – Peter Grant series

15 February 2021

Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch. Reserve these titles now.  1. Rivers of London  2. Moon Over Soho  3. Whispers Under Ground  4. Broken Homes  5. Foxglove Summer  6. The Hanging Tree  7. Lies Sleeping  7.5. The October Man  8. False Value Each of the...

Good Reading magazine – February

15 February 2021

RUCRL subscribes to Good Reading magazine, giving library members free access to book reviews, news, interviews, podcasts, and competitions. The February issue is available now.

What’s new for kids in February?

1 February 2021

Click here to see all the new stuff for kids at the library in February! You can reserve these now on our library app, the member services page or at your nearest branch.

What’s new at the library in February?

1 February 2021

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in February. If you'd like to reserve any of them, you can do so through our library app, our online member services...

Book review by C.E. James – The Medoran Chronicles

14 January 2021

The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni - (Series of five books) 1. Akarnae 2. Raelia 3. Draekora 4. Graevale 5. Vardaesia This is marvelous and inventive storytelling. She creates a great fantasy world. Worlds within worlds with feisty teenage characters learning to develop their own...

Book review by Gary Ellem – The Happiest Man on Earth

14 January 2021

The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku Eddie just turned 100 years of age and this is a biography of a Holocaust survivor who shares how he found gratitude, kindness and hope in the darkest of places. He writes about his experiences in Buchenwald...

eAudiobook review by Corinne Hughes – Every Kind of Wicked

14 January 2021

I have just read the audio recording of Every kind of wicked, a Gardiner & Renner thriller by Lisa Black.  Maggie Gardiner is a beautiful, brilliant crime scene tech. Jack Renner is an almost deliberately non-descript, ordinary looking but extremely astute Police Detective.  A killer...

2021 RUCRL Reading Challenge

7 January 2021

Each year we hold a challenge for library members who would like to try reading something different. Everyone who participates (whether you complete the reading list or not) will be entered into a prize draw in December. Reading Challenge lists are available at your local...

What’s new for kids in January?

5 January 2021

Click here to see all the new stuff for kids at the library in January! You can reserve these now on our library app, the member services page or at your nearest branch.

What’s new at the library in January?

5 January 2021

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in January. If you'd like to reserve any of them, you can do so through our library app, our online member services...

Book review by Tamara Patino – Bin Chicken

18 December 2020

Bin Chicken by Kate & Jol Temple, Illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh. ‘Bin Chicken’ is a new picture book which explores how the Ibis has adopted the nickname of Bin Chicken. The authors do this through the use of humour, rhyme and rhythm and this combined...

Book review by Cheryl Thompson – All Our Shimmering Skies

18 December 2020

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton All Our Shimmering Skies is the much anticipated follow up to Trent Dalton’s bestselling, award winning debut novel Boy Swallows Universe. Set against a wild, harsh, historic portrayal of Darwin and the beautiful landscape of Northern Australia, this...

Book Review by Linda Clark – Gift Wrap Green

18 December 2020

Gift wrap green : techniques for beautiful, recyclable gift wrapping by Camille Wilkinson Do you need some inspiration for the wrapping of your Christmas gifts this year ? This book will inspire you to try something new that will amaze your family and friends when...

Book review by C.E. James – The Returns

18 December 2020

The Returns by Philip Salom Set in contemporary Melbourne (2019). Very pre-COVID-19! It explores acts of kindness and friendship – it is very humorous and poignant! The book shop owner and his customers, the passing street scene and adjoining shop bring a range of eccentric...

Book review by Sylvia Cooling – When Grace Went Away

14 December 2020

When Grace Went Away by Meredith Appleyard This is the story of a family divided, fractured by a tragedy that struck at the heart of the family, and kept that way by anger, resentment and petty jealousies. It is told through a dual voice narrative....

Book review by Cate King – All Our Shimmering Skies

14 December 2020

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton I loved this new book by Brisbane journalist Trent Dalton. It took me on an emotional and a physical journey. Set in the Top End and beginning in Darwin just before the bombing we meet 12 year old...

eAudiobook review by Corinne Hughes – Little Falls

14 December 2020

Little Falls by Elizabeth Lewes I have just read the audio recording of Little Falls by Elizabeth Lewes. It begins with Iraq/Afghanistan veteran medic Camille Waresch home-side, suffering with PTSD & living back in her remote hometown, Little Falls, as a property-tax ranger. On her...

Book review by Gary Ellem – The Catch

22 October 2020

TM Logan is the author of: Lies 29 seconds The catch The holiday If you are a fan of thrillers written by authors such as Harlan Coben, Steven Cavanagh and Simon Kernick then I highly recommend TM Logan. I have just finished reading “The Catch”...

Book Review by Ngarie Macqueen – Lori Foster

22 October 2020

Review of Romance/ Romantic Suspense author, Lori Foster I’m not ashamed to say I enjoy romance novels; whether they be historical or contemporary, involving humans or fantastical creatures, or whether they’re quite tame or quite descriptive with the content. What I really enjoy is writers...

Book review by C.E. James – No One

22 October 2020

No One by John Hughes A dreamlike entry into the world of “The Other”. The refugee and an indigenous city dweller – a view into the hidden life both physical and of the mind – difficult issues of victims and guilt and the “festering” relationship...

DVD review by Cheryl Thompson – Kedi

30 September 2020

'Kedi.'  Documentary (subtitled) available to borrow on DVD or stream on Beamafilm. 'Kedi' (Turkish for 'cat') is a delightful documentary film that follows the lives of seven different street cats in Istanbul, and interviews some of the people who know and interact with them. Street...

Book review by Taryn Kelly – 470

30 September 2020

470 by Linda Woodrow. 470 is the first cli-fi (climate fiction) novel that I have read. As such, I wasn’t sure what to expect – I thought it might be apocalyptic or dystopian. I decided to read 470 because the author, Linda Woodrow, was coming...

Book review by Gary Ellem – The Night Whistler

31 August 2020

The Night Whistler by Greg Woodland This a debut crime/thriller novel by an Australian author. In 1967 bigoted, small-town NSW, a disgraced detective and a twelve-year-old crime buff forge an alliance against the mysterious animal killer and psychopath terrorizing the boy’s family. Former Detective Mick...

Book review by C.E. James – Waiting

26 August 2020

Waiting by Philip Salom This is an affectionate and heartfelt portrayal of characters who are considered misfits in our society, without romanticising poverty. There are two main characters living in reduced circumstances, but this world has its own rules and code of conduct within which...

DVD review by Corinne Hughes – Manhunt

26 August 2020

Manhunt. A compelling performance by excellent British actor Martin Clunes as he portrays true life detective DCI Colin Sutton in his 2004-2006 search for the killer of a young, blonde French girl in the Surrey area of Britain. There is no witness, spoiled and lost...

Book review by Sylvia Cooling – My Smoko Break

28 July 2020

My Smoko Break by Hayley Maudsley Hayley Maudsley is a rural mum, living and working on an isolated Queensland wheat property with her husband and three kids. After coming across her recipe for Butterscotch Brownies in the Rural Weekly I was delighted to find her...

DVD review by Corinne Hughes – The Meg

28 July 2020

The Meg. I love movies about underwater adventures and ginormous sharks/sea creatures and The Meg combines both.  Starring my fave action actor Jason Statham.  Statham usually plays anti-hero roles but convincingly portrays heroic  role  of deep sea dive rescuer, Jonas Taylor.  The cast is a...

Book review by Sylvia Cooling – Matters of the Heart

28 July 2020

Matters of the heart by Fiona Palmer is set in rural Western Australia. It is here we meet the fiercely strong and independent Lizzy Bennet who is determined to save the struggling family farm. Working on the land  is all Lizzy has ever wanted to...

Book Review by Ngarie Macqueen – The Body

30 June 2020

The Body : a Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson. The Body contains a concise explanation of both the historical and current knowledge of the human body with each chapter focusing on a particular organ, body system, physiological process or disease. The Body by Bill...

Book review by Corinne Hughes – Kill Order

30 June 2020

Kill Order by Jack McSporran If you like Ian Fleming’s 007 and James Phelan’s Lachlan Fox then you’ll love Jack McSporran’s Maggie Black.  Maggie’s a homeless, British street-kid made good.   With a big personality and an identity for all occasions, Maggie’s commando trained, highly intelligent,...

Book review by Cheryl Thompson – Lost but Found

30 June 2020

Lost but Found : Rescue Dogs and Their Stories of Adoption by Peter Sharp   This delightful book was created by award winning photographer Peter Sharp in conjunction with the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home. Peter specializes in studio pet photography, and is a dedicated...

Book Review by Linda Clark – The XX Brain

5 June 2020

The XX Brain by Dr Lisa Mosconi A must read for all women; it is not until you read this book you realise how differently geared the female and male brains are. This book focuses on preventive measures and ways to maintain  your brain health...

Book Review by Laura Ramstadius – Chain of Gold

5 June 2020

Chain of Gold is the first book in Cassandra Clare’s new trilogy “The Last Hours” which takes part in her universe “The Shadowhunters Chronicles.” Chain of Gold is a historical fantasy book set in the 1900s and follows Cordelia Carstairs after her father has been...

Book Review by Sue Bland – Silver Clouds

22 April 2020

Silver Clouds by Fleur McDonald Silver Clouds is an enthralling rural saga about a young woman who must come to terms with past mistakes and a major tragedy in order to find peace, happiness and love. When marketing executive Tessa Mathison leaves London to attend...

Book review by Cheryl Thompson – Your Own Kind of Girl

7 April 2020

Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch. Clare Bowditch is an Australian musician, song writer, actor, educator, and former ABC broadcaster. In this brutally honest, but entertaining and inspiring biography, Clare lays bare her heart and soul to recount and to confront her struggles...

Book review by Taryn Kelly – The Rosie Trilogy

26 February 2020

The Rosie Trilogy by Graeme Simsion The Rosie Trilogy is the story of Don Tillman, a middle-aged university professor who has never quite got the hang of 'fitting in'. In the opening novel The Rosie Project, Don devises a questionnaire to assist him to find...

Book review by Sylvia Cooling – A Tree in the House

10 February 2020

A Tree in the House by Annabelle Hickson Annabelle Hickson is a writer/photographer/former-city-slicker who grew up in Sydney and actually worked as a journalist at The Australian. She spent a year at The Australian’s Brisbane bureau and was well and truly fired up about a long career...

Book review by Cheryl Thompson – The Angels Under The Earth

3 January 2020

Full disclosure! Lachlan Seipel, the author of “The Angels Under The Earth” is my great-nephew, so this review could possibly be slightly biased! However, by anyone’s standard, Lachlan is a remarkable young man. Diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer) at just age...

Book review by Sylvia Cooling – The Gown

26 November 2019

When this title by Jennifer Robson was reviewed by a member of our Book Club I knew I had to read it. You don’t have to be a fan of the royal family to enjoy this historical novel about Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown and the...

Book review by Ngarie Macqueen – The Thinking Woman

18 September 2019

Anne Summers states in the foreword that this piece of work "aims to 'connect philosophical thinking and everyday life' ", and I wholeheartedly agree. van Loon's writing explores: love, play, work, fear, wonder and friendship, and she achieves this by intertwining deeply personal experiences with...

Book review by Gary Ellem – The Kennedy Detail

11 September 2019

I have been listening to quite a few audio books while travelling from Evans Head to Casino each work day. I have listened to eAudiobooks on BorrowBox as well as the Library’s audiobook collection on CD and MP3. I recently listened to a very interesting...

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