Unbroken: an extraordinary true story of courage and survival

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand will WOW you! The biopic movie adaptation, directed by Angelina Jolie and adapted by the Coen  Brothers, filmed partly in Australia (around the Gold Coast and Northern NSW) is due to hit the big screens is 2014. It is one of the  most amazing tales I’ve ever read and one that is […]

The Great Gatsby

I remember reading the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald in high school as part of a standard curriculum reading list. I read it grudgingly and didn’t enjoy it. I could never understand what the hoop-la was about and why it was so reputed and renown. Little did I realise that the whole premise of […]

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Our city, our stories

            One city, half a million stories! Everyone has a story, and we are looking to map the stories of the Gold Coast. Submit your story – of up to 1500 words – by Thursday 21 August, to see it included in the library’s e-book collection, and pinned to a […]

ideal-books July 24

What’s on your ideal bookshelf?

What are the books you can’t live without? Share your ideal bookshelf with us.

More 104 in 2014

I too have been a little slack in writing reviews; I have however been quite busy reading  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen I finally read a Jane Austen novel! As I said in another post, it wasn’t as if I had objections to reading Austen I just knew it would always be there to […]

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Puzzle over these book to movie images

Do you love seeing movies based on your favourite books? Or do casting ‘disasters’ drive you wild? Get ready for our next Readers’ Season – Page to screen – celebrating the books that have been adapted for film and television, with this puzzle of 42 images. Can you recognise them all?

104 in 52…July tally

Here is the continuation of my books for this year – I am way behind both reading and posting! 10.  The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer   I really enjoy this type of book, although they do all start to blend in to each other after a while.  This is a saga about a group of artistically […]

Still Alice Book Club discussion questions

Still Alice by Lisa Genova is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: When 50 year old Harvard professor Alice Howland, is unable to remember a particular word during a well practiced speech, she puts it down to having had […]

number one fan July 12

What if Stephen King is Actually a Serial Killer?

What if the reason scenes in his novels seem so realistic and terrifying, is because Stephen actually did the research with actual victims in real life first? Number One Fan is a novella by Ryan Wiley that tells the story through the eyes of a 14 year old boy who is Stephen Michaels’ biggest fan and what happens […]

The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman Book Club Kit Discussion Questions

  The Light Between Oceans  is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club Kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Imagine it is 1926 and you are living on a remote island off Western Australia, manning a lighthouse. It would have many problems involving loneliness, lack of […]


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