The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments was one of my favourite books of 2019, an essential read for lovers of The Handmaid's Tale. It explores...

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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Forget The Road and Blood Meridian, this book is, in my opinion, Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece. Set in Texas, straight-shooter Lewellyn st...

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Cosmoknights by Hannah Templer

Fun, punchy comic with gorgeous illustrations following the adventures of two gladiator space wives and their newly adopted kid as they rescue p...

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Doctor Who The Target Storybook

A fantastic read for all the Whovians out there! New adventures that follow all of our most beloved characters. It is always fun to read collect...

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The Ear by Piret Raud

Of all the Estonian children's book authors/illustrators you can think of, Piret Raud has to be among the best (definitely in the top ten). ...

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Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

This was my favourite book of 2019. An apocalyptic horror that some people (i.e. me) are calling a masterpiece.  Fans of the Stephen King&#...

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The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Do you dream of working amongst the great writers, Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens, Tolkien, Bronte? Read this book. Do you hold onto the roman...

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Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Jia Tolentino blends cynical humour with empathetic optimism in a dazzling collection of essays about selfhood and identity that feel incredibly...

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Patchett is as insightful and engaging as ever in this beautifully rendered tale of familial loyalty, betrayal and regret. Danny's ...

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The Falconer by Dana Czapnik

This is Czapnik's first novel, and it's a formidable debut. She captures the complexity of adolescence and the awkwardness, ignorance an...

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The New Me by Halle Butler

This novel has been described as one that is about the disaffected and overwhelmed millennial generation. However, I believe Butler’s nove...

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A House for Donfinkle by Choechoe Brereton

This beautiful story by Port Stephens local, Choechoe Brereton, encourages children to trust in themselves and their instincts. Told in rhy...

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The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher: a member of a feared and misunderstood caste of monster-hunters. He is an engaging character thanks to his everyma...

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American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

I tried to read this book slowly to soak up all the detail. I failed and finished in three days – some books are just too good to put down...

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Qualityland by Marc Uwe-Kling

What could go wrong when the course of your life is calculated based on personal lifestyle choices and patterns? This is easily one of the ...

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The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

★★★★★ "Have power on this dark land to lighten it, and power on this dead world to make it live" This book is my current obsessi...

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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

What appealed to me about this book was that it felt more like a novelisation of humankind rather than a mundane history lesson. I really enjoye...

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Wolf Girl 2: The Great Escape by Anh Do

What a cliffhanger and sequel! I read this with my nine-year-old niece Daisy who said: "it's actually quite dramatic!" I love how ...

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Dilemma by BA Paris

If you love a good domestic noir read, this one is a cracker. From the best-selling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown, this w...

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

This poor girl just wants a rest  I can relate to that. Recommended to me by a friend who just said, "This is weird, you should read i...

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