Bookstores are an essential component in every community, and every few weeks on the Bookmarked Blog we are going to visit one of our stores and hear what the staff have been reading and loving lately.
Dymocks Rouse Hill
is located in Rouse Hill Town Centre, and Lynne and her knowledgeable staff have been keeping Rouse Hill readers well-read for over 13 years.
The Rouse Hill team are voracious readers and they were quick to give us a list of books that they've been recommending to customers recently. From serial killers to pugs, there's something in this list for everyone... including a 736-page epic that is widely tipped to win this year's Man Booker Prize.
Read on for the Rouse Hill recommendations.
Milat by Clive Small and Tom Gilling
Clive Small was the Chief Investigator leading the team that finally arrested the infamous 'backpacker murderer' Ivan Milat. This is a fascinating firsthand account of the process used to bring this serial killer to justice. Highly recommended to anyone interested in either the investigative process, or specifically this infamous criminal. There is even a chapter devoted to the theory that Milat did not act alone.
Reviewed by Samantha
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A story about four young men, living in New York, who meet at college and become lifelong friends. However, as the story progresses it focuses more on Jude, who is obviously suffering from huge physical and emotional trauma from an abusive childhood. While there is a lot of misery in this book, the strength of the human spirit and the redemptive power of love will move you profoundly. One of the most powerful books I have read!
Reviewed by Lynne
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
You might be familiar with Aziz as the hilarious Tom from Parks and Recreation
. In this fun, insightful book about romance and dating in the digital/modern world, Aziz works with a sociologist to look into the pros and cons of dating in the age of Tinder and various online dating outlets. He covers texting, snapchatting, sexting and everything in-between. Aziz is my favourite and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun yet informative take on 'modern romance' -- see what I did there?
Reviewed by Nat
My colleagues would be disappointed in me if I did not mention my 'grandma crush' on Aaron Blabey and his wonderful children’s books. I cannot wait for the plush Pig the Pug to come out later this year, and this week I have been delighted by the adventures of a vegetarian piranha called Brian (what else?). If you haven’t read any of his picture books, or The Bad Guys Episode One for young independent readers, then treat yourself and your family and you too can join the fan club!
Reviewed by Jan
Human Universe by Professor Brian Cox with Andrew Cohen
This is a great non-fiction book describing humanity's ‘intellectual ascent into insignificance’. Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen use easy-to-understand science to offer explanations to everyone's biggest questions: Where are we? Are we alone? Who are we? Why are we here? What is our future? Cox and Cohen describe the history of modern scientific thought to provide an ‘apeman to spaceman’ narrative, and the result is an intriguing and extraordinary overview of the story of humanity and our place in the universe.
Reviewed by Cam
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