Category Archives: Book reviews

What we’ve been reading

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 […]

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, […]

Dead Man’s Time by Peter James

With Dead Man’s Time Peter James writes his usual great thriller, with his appealing character Detective Superintendent Roy Grace taking the central role once again. It is an intriguing tale and while it is largely set in 2012, it flashes back to 1912 to lay out the initial details of the New York gangland crime […]

Dead Souls by Elsebeth Egholm

Dead Souls is the second book in the “Peter Boutrup” series by Danish author Elsebeth Egholm A young nun is pulled out of the moat at the convent in Djursland where Peter works as a carpenter. She has been garrotted and Peter was the last person to see her alive. At the same time during […]

Wuthering Heights April 19

Cathy and Heathcliff – a wicked love story

The dark, gothic tale, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë has always been at the top of my list of favourite classics. Wuthering Heights follows the passionate and twisted relationship between Catherine Earnshaw, and orphan Heathcliff, who was adopted as a young boy by Catherine’s father. Although they are raised together, Heathcliff and Catherine form a deep affection for each […]


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