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Good Reading magazine – March

March 2, 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?

March 1, 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?

March 1, 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

February 24, 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

February 15, 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...

Book review by Corinne Hughes – The Glass Room

February 15, 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

February 15, 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

February 15, 2021

Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch.  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 novels in this series...

Good Reading magazine – February

February 15, 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?

February 1, 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?

February 1, 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

January 14, 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

January 14, 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

January 14, 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

January 7, 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...

NSW Reads Lucky’s

January 5, 2021

NSW Reads Lucky’s The New South Wales Public Library Association is thrilled to announce the very first state-wide reading program, NSW Reads. It’s a big book club, and everyone in New South Wales is invited.  From 10 December 2020 to 17 February 2021, library members...

What’s new for kids in January?

January 5, 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?

January 5, 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

December 18, 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

December 18, 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

December 18, 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

December 18, 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...

Good Reading magazine – December

December 14, 2020

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

What’s new at the library in December?

December 14, 2020

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in December. 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 December?

December 14, 2020

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

Book review by Sylvia Cooling – When Grace Went Away

December 14, 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

December 14, 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

December 14, 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...

What’s new for kids in November?

December 14, 2020

Click here to see all the new stuff for kids at the library in November! 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 November?

December 14, 2020

Click here to download our list of new titles for adults that have been added to the library ready for you to borrow in November. 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 Catch

October 22, 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

October 22, 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

October 22, 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

September 30, 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

September 30, 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

August 31, 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

August 26, 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

August 26, 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

July 28, 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

July 28, 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

July 28, 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

June 30, 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

June 30, 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

June 30, 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

June 5, 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

June 5, 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...

Brand new online collection!

May 19, 2020

Now available from our extensive eLibrary is the brand new INDYREADS collection! INDYREADS provides access to independent Australian and international titles, classic literature and modern award-winning titles in eBook and eAudio format. With 9000 titles to browse, you'll never be without something read again. Use...

Book Review by Sue Bland – Silver Clouds

April 22, 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

April 7, 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

February 26, 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

February 10, 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

January 3, 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

November 26, 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

September 18, 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

September 11, 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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