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The best books of 2016

Our well-read staff have hand-picked their favourite books of 2016.

Did your favourite book make it onto the list?

1-the-dry.jpg1. The Dry by Jane Harper

‘When review copies of The Dry landed in the office in November 2015 with ‘The Book of the Year 2016’ stamped on them, I was immediately intrigued. I don’t normally buy into publisher hype (lest I get my hopes up too high) but praise for Jane Harper’s debut novel was absolutely deserved and correct. This is a brilliantly crafted mystery set in an isolated Australian outback town, and Jane captures the Australian landscape with such mastery that it feels like the landscape is a character on its own. The Dry is set in a drought-ravaged town, where what appears to be a murder-suicide turns out to be something far more complex and sinister. This is a 2016 novel that’s absolutely not to be missed.’ - - Tonile, Digital & Community Coordinator

‘Crime book written outback Australia where a small country town is rocked by a death of a family during a drought. Is it Murder/suicide or is it murder? You’ll have to read it to find out!’ - - Di, Buying Data Maintenance Coordinator

2-commonwealth.jpg2. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Commonwealth is a brilliant novel about family, love and betrayal. It is the story of two families brought together in the wake of an affair and torn apart by tragedy. It is a moving account of how perspectives change with age and how one incident can affect the lives of family members in such different ways. It is a completely satisfying read and its characters continue to live on well after you have put it down. I loved this book!’ - - Sharyn, Senior Category Manager

3-goodwood.jpg3. Goodwood by Holly Throsby

‘A gloriously Australian book that drops you inside a small country town and forces you to unravel a mystery alongside the people that live there, as if you’d grown up there yourself. Goodwood has an ending that will haunt you, characters you’ll feel like you’ve met before, and language that reveals the quintessential beauty of day to day life in Australia. Meeting somewhere between Jane Harper’s The Dry and Craig Silvey’s classic Jasper Jones, this debut is Australian storytelling at its very best.’ - - Ali, Category Manager

4-the-toymaker.jpg4. The Toymaker by Liam Pieper

‘It’s always hard to love a novel when you absolutely hate the main protagonist but The Toymaker was too undeniably good to let that get in the way of me loving this book. This story is confronting and compulsively readable with one of the most surprising twists I have ever read.’ - - Ali, Category Manager

5-who-s-that-girl.jpg5. Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane

‘This book packed a punch that I really wasn’t expecting. When Edie Thompson is caught in a compromising situation with her colleague at *ahem* his wedding, she is labelled a homewrecker and a slut, and the man gets off without much blame. Edie is unfairly shamed into taking some work away from the office to let it all blow over. What she finds away from the city is stronger friendships, a man who may be able to restore her faith in his gender, and most importantly an opportunity to heal old family wounds. I laughed during this book, I thanked my friends and family for being wonderful, I swooned over the early stages of a new romance, and I even shed a couple of tears. If this is the future of chick-lit, it’s in very safe hands.’ - - Tonile, Digital & Community Coordinator

6-chamber-of-secrets.jpg6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

‘The next beautifully illustrated instalment of the modern children’s classics. Perfect for reading aloud with kids, or just to revisit Rowling’s magical world by yourself.’ - - Kate, Buyer/Inventory Manager

7-pig-the-elf.jpg7. Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey

‘Join Pig the Pug as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas spirit... What’s not to love?!’ - - Kate, Buyer/Inventory Manager

8-the-fireman.jpg8. The Fireman by Joe Hill 

‘It’s no secret that Joe Hill is the son of horror master Stephen King, but if you didn’t know it before starting The Fireman, you would know by the end of the first chapter. The Fireman is Hill’s The Stand – a giant road trip of a novel in a collapsing USA as disease tears through the population and society begins to fall apart. The Fireman revolves around an outbreak of an infection known as Dragonscale, which ultimately ends in the death of the host via not-quite-spontaneous combustion. In standard Hill fashion, this book is large in scope but focussed on a small number of key characters, and the inter-twining of their lives as the Dragonscale spores multiply and panic rises. Brilliant, involving genre writing from one of the very best in the field.’ - - Rhys, Digital Manager

9-talking-to-my-country.jpg9. Talking to my Country by Stan Grant

‘Writing with passion and purpose, Stan shows us the challenges he faced growing up identified as indigenous. Raw and honest, this book is important to further push the ideal of a unified Australia. I would love to have come away from reading this with the answers to our nation’s identity crisis, but that’s just wishful thinking for someone intimidated by the challenges Stan highlights. When talking about redefining a major element of a nation’s identity, it’s hard to think of where to even begin. But as a start, Stan Grant has put his heart and the heart of his country out there for everyone to see.’ - - Mark, Senior Graphic Designer

10-summer-skin.jpg10. Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

‘Less of a romance and more of an ode to female friendship, the fiercely feminist, university-set Summer Skin is sexy, gorgeously written, and a close to perfect example of adult-crossover Aussie Young Adult.’ - - Sarah, Inventory Assistant

11. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

12. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

13. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

14. Kings Rising (Captive Prince Trilogy Book 3) by C.S. Pacat

15. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

16. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

17. The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

18. Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle

19. The Mothers by Brit Bennett

20. The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh
Click here to see the full list of our Best Books of 2016. 


Posted by Global Administrator on 28/11/2016