file0001279225405 May 04

Reading diary – March and April 2016

Sick kids and podcast addiction have gotten in the way of reading. What a lot of graphic novels… The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross Charles Stross’s Laundry series is brilliant, a cross of Lovecraftian horror and Le Carre with a humourous twist, and but you shouldn’t start here.  The series has been chugging along since The […]

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Review by Neen Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz Dean Koontz used to be one of my favourite authors, but his latest is a disappointment. His language is still as beautiful as ever, and a pleasure to read, but  I found the plot for this one so tedious that I just couldn’t persevere with it. I […]

6 April 29

Saga: the book which will convince you to read graphic novels

So, for the last few years I’ve advocated strongly that all the staff in my library, and all of our Book coasters readers, should at least try the graphic novel format. I’ve talked about four-color heroes and  biographies of concentration camp survivors, surreal dark fantasy and nostalgic Americana,  Biblical interpretations and Tori Amos lyrics, books […]

longbourne April 28

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Longbourn is the story of  Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the Bennet’s servants. While Elizabeth runs carefree through a muddy field, it is the servant, Sara, who has to wash her petticoats and remove the stains. When the girls are invited to parties it is the mysterious footman, James who takes them there and waits […]

eleanor and park April 27

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Post by Katie and Michele. Eleanor & Park is a young adult love story about two misfits set over one school year in 1986 in Omaha, Nebraska. Eleanor is the new kid in town and is bullied because she is overweight and a bit different. On the school bus she meets Park, a half-Korean high […]

tehran April 26

Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes by Nahal Tajadod

Post by Voula. Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes appealed to me because although Australian born, I am a daughter of migrant parents and my husband was born overseas. The author, Nahal Tajadod was born and raised in Tehran but resides with her husband and daughter in Paris. Her hilarious account of a ten day stay in Tehran […]

Silent predator

by Tony Park Last year I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Australian author Tony Park at my local library. Tony spoke about why he is so passionate about living in South Africa and his inspirations for writing stories set there. I was captivated and decided to read one of his books. I chose Silent Predator. I was […]

Tips for your next read by email?

If you enjoy reading our reviews, sign up (if you haven’t already) for monthly emails of our librarians’ suggestions for your next read, including recent releases? We have emails for each of the genre categories covered by book coasters: Popular Fiction Biography & Travel Fantasy & Science Fiction Historical Fiction Mystery & Thriller Romance See […]

Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley

If you have ever wanted to live on a quaint English farm, slob around in gumboots and gather eggs, then this is the romance for you!  Appleby Farm is the wonderful continuation of Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley.  Set in the Cumbrian Hills of the Lake District is this idyllic farm, home to Aunt Sue […]

The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne

Written by Scottish author R.M. Ballantyne in 1858, The Coral Island is a classic adventure story which has stood the test of time. In view of the fact that it was written in the 19th century, the story for me is very entertaining. The language is certainly more formal and in keeping with its day, […]

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