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Our top picks from the summer selection promotion (volume 1)

There are so many new books published each month that it can be hard to keep up with all the books you want to read, and even the number of books in our monthly Booklover catalogue can seem overwhelming at times!

In our catalogue this month, we have a three for the price of two promotion on 100 of our favourite summer reads, and while the books have been broken down into ten categories there are still a lot to pick from.

To help narrow down the choice, we’ve asked some of our most voracious readers in the office which three books they’d pick from the promotion, and why you should pick them up too. Their selections cross categories and genres, and we know there’s something in here for everyone!  
 
Nicole, Marketing Coordinator
Hannah Kent has done so well this year, and I still haven’t had the chance to read any of her books! I want to start with Burial Rites as I’m a fan of periodic dramas so that’s absolutely on my ‘to-buy’ list.

Since I’m a big fan of fiction, I also want to read The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – the cover is truly lovely and that alone compels me to buy the book (it’s set in the 16th century – I just can’t seem to stay away from these books!).

Something completely different from my typical reading genre but sounds super intriguing is Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody. I’m usually not a big reader of biographies, but after seeing Anna in Pitch Perfect she just seems like a really cool chick to hang out with so I thought why not buy her book? It’s the next best thing to spending time with her!
 
Alexandra, Category Manager
The Dangers of Truffle Hunting by Sunni Overand: Warning, this book will make you hungry. The descriptions of food in this book are outstanding… so much so that I think I left some dribble on the pages! This is perfect for summer reading as it takes you from Australian wine country to the French provinces, and then to the hip bars of Melbourne. This really is a book to get totally swept away in.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett: I have been raving about this book since August and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. This story starts with a kiss at a BBQ and then spans five decades through the lives of the four parents and six children, and all of the drama life brings. I cannot recommend this book enough!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: If you haven’t read this book yet then you need to ASAP. I haven’t met anybody who didn’t love this story and these characters. It will keep you up all night and the story will stay with you long after.
 
Imogen, Category Manager
The Tales of Mrs Mancini by Natalie Jane Prior: A collection of three stories about a cat named Mrs Mancini, who owns a cake shop and bakes treats for all her friends. It has amazing illustrations that both children and adults alike will adore. 

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly: After the buzz surrounding the film, I cannot wait to read about the amazing women behind the math that got NASA into space. It is such an inspiring tale of overcoming gender and race boundaries, to become some of the leading minds in a specific field.

Holding by Graham Norton: A story about an overweight sergeant, in a small, safe, cozy town who has to solve the mystery of whose remains have been found on an old farm. All the town secrets come to light in this heartfelt book, and the characters will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. A definite must for fans of Graham Norton!
 
Tonile, Digital & Community Coordinator
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson: I’m on a bit of an anti-wellness crusade at the moment, so anyone who talks to me about green smoothies and mindfulness can get... lost. Seriously, though, Mark Manson presents a no-nonsense guide to living a better, happier life that may seem counterintuitive at first, but ultimately boils down to common sense and practical advice.

Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford: This book is well on its way to becoming a young woman’s manifesto and I think that it should be required reading for all teenagers about to leave high school and venture out into the world. Clementine’s passion oozes of the page and you can’t help but be fired up after reading this book.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty: Once you’ve changed your life and worked out how to fight like a girl, you might be a bit world-weary so curling up with a brilliant work of fiction could be just the thing to help balance you out. I’m a big fan of Liane Moriarty and this tale of a peaceful suburban barbecue gone wrong will keep you hooked until the very end.
 
Sue, PR Manager
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: A compelling novel set in occupied France during World War II, the story centres on a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths cross as they try to survive the horrors of war. I came late this beautifully crafted novel, even though it came highly recommended. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t loved it.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent: An atmospheric and haunting read, not for the faint-hearted. The harsh and beautiful Icelandic landscape serves as backdrop to the story of the ill-fated Agnes Magnusdottir who is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. This is historical fiction at its best.

Artie and the Grime Wave by Richard Roxburgh: A man of many talents, Richard Roxburgh both wrote and illustrated his debut kid’s book. Artie Small and his best mate Bumshoe decide to unravel the mystery that is The Cave of Possibly Stolen Stuff and set out to catch the villains. A madcap adventure with a great cast of characters and humour galore. Read this if you like funny stories and farts!
 
These are the books that some of our staff members loved, but are there any books in the promotion that our well-read team haven't actually read yet but want to? Check back on the blog later in the week to find out which books our staff members think they absolutely need to read.

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Posted by Global Administrator on 16/01/2017