I_AM November 26

The Picture of Dorian Gray : Book Club Discussion Questions

A reminder that our book club discussion questions contain spoilers. Synopsis While modelling for an artist, a youth is instructed that only the life of pleasure has value. His spiral into dissipation is reflected not on his body, which retains its beauty and vigor, but in the portrait. City libraries has copies of this book […]

Secret Keeping For Beginners by Maggie Alderson

Secret Keeping For Beginners. Can anything good come from keeping secrets?  Read this book and find out! The characters are like most families with annoying traits.  Joy and her daughter’s Tessa, Rachel and Natasha are all keeping secrets.  They all struggle to manage their lives and each try to cope in their own way without asking for […]

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

I am obsessed by this author, she can’t publish fast enough. This new psychological thriller Little Black Lies is another brilliant read and one I couldn’t put down! A stand alone book and not about Lacey Flint, the policewoman featured in Bolton’s other books. Little Black Lies is an eerie tale with references to “The […]

zen pencils November 19

Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

This hefty book collects motivational comic strips from zenpencils.com, a website by a talented Melbourne artist. It’s an easy read, but because the comics are meant for pondering, it should not be consumed in a single sitting. How you respond to it will vary, based on how the genre of inspirational comics strikes you. I note […]

French flag with the word "solidarite" November 16

On the solace to be found within literature

Our thoughts are with those who are suffering at this time.

Book coasters is not the venue for suggestions concerning methods of directly helping those affected, although they are many, and Googleable. Instead I’d like to use the skills we have, as librarians, to provide such solace as we can.

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Author Vaseem Khan first saw the elephant that inspired The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra during a trip to Mumbai almost 20 years before writing this, his debut novel. We meet the title character, Inspector Chopra, in the modern city of Mumbai  on the day that he is forced into early retirement from the police force. This is […]

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Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Craynor

The first novel from the authors of the world’s most popular podcast is solid work, but they have made stylistic choices which will alienate some readers and enchant others. The plot matters, but, at the same time, it does not matter much. The main characters of the novel are two women, each distorted by their citizenship […]

The Dust That Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres

It struck me the irony of finishing The Dust that Falls from Dreams prior to 11 November and that is has brought into focus the toll behind the armistice and the moment when the hostilities ceased on the Western Front. The novel follows the loves and fortunes of the McCost, Pitt and Pendennis families, in […]


A middle-aged cop and a teenage girl fall to their death from a high-rise building in London’s East End. The girl had abducted a 5 year old boy. Left behind horrified and in shock on the roof are young PC Lizzie and the child, Ben. Lizzie disappears and Sarah Collins from Police Internal Investigation is […]

Lost & Found – Brooke Davis

A first novel from Australian author, Brooke Davis; funny, sad, thought provoking and heart warming. I read “Lost & Found” in the doctor’s surgery waiting for my husband and got the giggles; I couldn’t stop. I put the book away and every time I thought of it I started again. Loved this story based on […]


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