Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
A ‘1984’ for our times. Lenny Abramov grapples with love, loneliness and ultimately his own humanity in a dystopian future America where technology controls lives. Clever, funny and frighteningly prescient. – Ryan
The Standing Chandelier by Lionel Shriver
Do not underestimate this short tale – it packs a punch that stays with you! – Rose
Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
A complex family drama which is both deeply personal and speaks broadly to the American dream. – Rose
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
One of the greatest – and most heartbreaking – stores of our time. Beautiful writing and memorable characters make this one to cherish. A must read for booklovers. – Bert C
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Don’t be put off by the Scottish dialect. This is a book you don’t want to miss out on. Open, repulsive, disturbing, hilarious and sarcastic. These adventures of the Skagbums you won’t soon forget! – Mel
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
A charming, thought provoking and simply delightful read. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it will move you! I’ve read it three times and will read it again. I hope you’ll love this book the way I do. – Brin
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
What a beautiful book! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll have your heart warmed. This is a book to cherish.
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
I already loved the ‘Harry Potter’ series, but this book to me just confirmed what a talented writer J.K. Rowling is. Set in a small English town, the characters are real and the setting a little less than idyllic. Fanrastic read! – Bernice
The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster Blake
If you’re a 20-something Aussie working gal you simply can’t go past Zoe Foster. The Wrong Girl is the perfect starting point for this exciting author. – Bert C.
Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh
This collection of short stories is amazing. They are a strange, dark, satirical look into our world. They are also laugh out loud funny. I don’t think this is the last we’ve seen on this author! C.C.
Call Me By Your Name by Andrew Aciman
Hands down one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. It is absolutely amazing and you will love it. – Bert C
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This novel has something for everyone – love, magic, mystery and characters you will fall in love with. The world of this novel is beautifully and vividly depicted. I was desperate to pay a visit. – Jemma
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
A tumultuous love story, perfoect for lovers of ‘One Day’ by D. Nichols or ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes. A really emotional tear jerker with a story that will stay with you long after you’re done reading!!
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
At just 27 years of age, the author has produced a remarkable work. Set in the New Zealand gold rush of 1866, this is a book to truly lose yourself in. Well written psychological drama with excellent characters. Worthy winner of the Man Booker Prize! Ros M.
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
What an unexpected pleasure it was to read this delightful little novel. It really is as good as they all say. Just read it! – Bert C
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Uniting the rich poetry of writers like Yeats with the barbarity and violence of the wst, McCarthy has created a beautifully dark meditation on the violence within us all. – Lochley
Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki by Murakami
A story of discovery why Tazaki’s friends abandoned him all those years ago. It’s a search for truth around the world anda must for all Murakami fans. – Sylvia
Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
I love this book. It’s thought-provoking, unusual and beautifully written. If you’ve been travelling, are about to travel, or you just want to, this is a must-read. – Jane
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
If you combined Stranger Things with Perks of Being a Wallflower you’d have something resembling this quirky novel. 80’s nostalgia heaven! – Bert C
Breath by Tim Winton
Set in the 70s in the fictional coastal town of Angelus, Breath follows Pikelet as he discovers surging and the hedonism that can accompany it. Evoking suhc a nostalgia in anyone who has ever ridden a board, this is Winton at his best. – Lauren
Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
Want to read some Jojo Moyes but not sure where to start? Try this! Charming and romantic short stories that bring joy and put a smile on your face.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Don’t be fooled by the tragic cov ers, this woman is bonafide brilliant! Her writing style, her plotlines and her humanity are beyond. I want to literally be her. If that wasn’t a bit creepy… - Jane
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Could you ever love your child if they committed a school shotting? What if you never loved them at all? These questions permeate the dark heart of Lionel Shriver’s chilling masterpiece. – Lockley
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
This is a compelling and immensely readable portrait of India in the 1950s. Don’t be put off by the size! Seth loveingly portrays politics, religion, culture, history, music and most of all love in what is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. – Peter
The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons
If you’re in the mood for an epic historical romance, then this is your book! Set in WW2 during the siege of Leningrad, Simons follows the unlikely meeting of Tatiana and Alexander and the love, loss and tragedy they face. – Pre
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
I loved this book so much! It’s beautifully written story that will make you question right and wrong. 5 Stars.
China Dolls by Lisa See
This book follows three young woman as they become friends and support each other while they work and dance at a busy, thriving night club in San Francisco. A really enjoyable read! – Bernice
1984 – George Orwell
Unpon revisiting this novel as an adult, I discovered a – still relevant – warning about letting power go unchecked. In Winston, Orwell shows us an entirely believable and empathetic reflection of who we could be. – Jemma
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Think ‘The Book Theif’ for grow ups. A blind girl, a cursed diamond and some very nasty Nazis. What more can you want? You’ll enjoy and remember. – Rob.
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
A novel of boundless humour and emotional force, it is a powerful meditation on addiction and recovery through the eyes of a young tennis player and misfit addicts in a hyper-capitalist society. It’s last pages will stay with you. – Lochley.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
This book is unlike any other. Saunders constantly plays form and function while telling a story many of us today would never think to tell. It will take a little while to get used to the style but give it a go. It’s worth it! – Lauren
Room by Emma Donoghue
This book is hauntingly wonderful. Brie Larson won an Oscar for her performance in the film based on this book. A must read.