October is packed with brilliant reads and we are excited to share a few of our favourite and most anticipated new releases. It was a struggle to narrow down a list from the wealth of amazing books released this month as the lead up to Christmas begins. We are enjoyably swamped with exciting voices from Australia and internationally, and hope you share with us your favourite upcoming writers also.
Enjoy the following selection and we hope to see you in store soon.
On Saturday the 10th of August The Cosy Reading Book Club once again met to discuss their book of the month. The book for August was Shepherdby Catherine Jinks.
This was an exciting month for book club as we welcomed a whole bunch of new attendees and opened up a second session for book club, it is now held at both 3.00pm and 5.00pm.
It was also exciting as this month book club fell on Love Your Bookshop Day which included a whole range of activities in store, and honestly what a perfect way to celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day by meeting and discussing books with fellow book lovers! Continue reading →
The Cosy Reading Book Club met in store for their monthly book club on Friday the 13th of July and discussed the book, Crossings by Alex Landragin.
This was a great book to discuss as a group as there are two different ways the book can be read. It was interesting to see how everyone’s experience of the book differed depending on how they read it.
The book can be read front to back as three short stories or in the ‘Baroness sequence’ which takes you on an interweaving journey back and forth through the book to tell one story. For example if you read the book in the Baroness sequence you started on page 150 and after reading four pages you jumped to page 39.
But the great thing we discovered with this book is that no matter how it was read everybody loved it! Which isn’t always the case with our book club books. A lot of the time the group can be split on loving it or not so it is exciting when a book captures us all.
One of the best things about reading a good book or reading a bad one is discussing your thoughts about it with others. Talking about books and recommending books is one of the main reasons why we are here. Why we choose to be in this industry. It’s because we love to discuss books.
It was natural then to start a book club here in store, well actually to kind of hijack an already formed one.
One of our new booksellers, Claire, has been hosting a book club for over a year and has now brought it here to Paperchain. Anyone is welcome to attend, it is a relaxed and enjoyable place to come and discuss the book of the month and to chat to other book lovers!
As some of you may know, Behrouz Boochani’s book ‘No Friend but the Mountains’ has just won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, an esteemed literary prize that honours Australian writing and writers from many genres.
This is significant. For those unfamiliar with his story here is a short summary. Behrouz* is an Iranian asylum-seeker currently being housed on Manus Island, a ‘beneficiary’ of the Australian Government’s offshore processing scheme. He has been housed in detention for six years, detained indefinitely, after seeking asylum by boat from Indonesia.
So… as many of your probably know, The Man Booker Prize long-list was announced in July. I am yet to read all of this year’s nominations, in fact I’ve only read two – but I was OVER THE MOON to find said two on the list: Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure, and Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under. In that mystical, intoxicating way books can, these novels got under my skin. Ever since reading the first page of both (and long after reading the last!), they have returned again and again to me. Unbidden, suddenly and completely, with an intensity I’d usually associate with memory. I can smell them, taste the air, feel the weight of their skies.
Johnson and Mackintosh do not shy from darkness – these books (amazingly, both debut novels by young women) feel dangerous, they feel necessary. And they are astonishingly beautiful and moving. Well worth the dive.
Wow, what a moody beginning to the weekend. As the fog still hung around this morning, I pottered around the shelves and discovered that there are some new installments from some of our most popular children’s authors.
Hold onto your hats folks, Jessie Sima’s new book ‘Harriet gets Carried Away’ has just arrived in store! We are big fans of her debut picture book ‘Not quite Narwhal’ which we blogged about here, and we are so excited to share this gorgeous book with you.
Harriet loves costumes. It doesn’t matter where she goes; the dentist, the shops, school – she can be anything she wants. But this time, she gets carried away…literally. By penguins.
One of our favourites for the year – we hope you love it too.