Book lovers rejoice! Are you finding it difficult to look for you next exciting read? Look no further as we’ve compiled a list of recommendations from the Collins Square and Parramatta Square community.
Whether you like page turning thrillers, self help reads or appreciate a classic romantic novel, we’ve got you covered!
Book Name: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
Genere: Quest/ Adventure Fiction
Why do you love the book: The journey of a boy who is driven by a dream and the interpretation of it by a Gypsy fortune teller to find treasure.
Linda, Parramatta Square
Book Name: A Gentleman in Moscow
Author: Amor Towles
Genere: Literary fiction
Why do you love the book: A perfect book for reading in these "iso" times - we can escape without having to go anywhere. Towles depicts characters, situations and times so beautifully.
Sarah, Collins Square
Book Name: To Kill a Mocking Bird
Author: Harper Lee
Why do you love the book: There are so many life lessons to be taken from this book. Atticus Finch is a true role model. The perfect book.
Lauren, Parramatta Square
Book Name: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Genere: Literary Fiction
Why do you love the book: Very unique story, absorbing and atmospheric with exquisite descriptions of the natural world. Also a debut novel which makes it all the more impressive!
Hellie, Collins Square
Book Name: Homing
Author: John Day
Genere: Non Fiction
Why do you love the book: A lovely philosophical exploration of what it means to be at Home, for anyone who loves to travel but also love to still come home and beautiful thoughts about how you create a home for your family.
Kate, Parramatta Square
Book Name: Love In The Time of Cholera
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Genere: Magical Realism/Romance
Why do you love the book: This is a 20th century classic with evocative, poetic language and love story between the classes in South America. Warm days and humid nights are described beautifully in the prose making it a perfect read to warm you up in Winter!
Julie, Collins Square
Book Name: The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Why do you love the book: This is a hilarious, light hearted and fun read. It follows an old man and how he changed history.
Adrian, Parramatta Square
Book Name: House of Leaves
Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Genere: Sci Fi
Why do you love the book: This is a beautiful, disquieting read about a bizarre house that violates the laws of physics. It cleverly uses page layout to convey atmosphere.
Michael, Collins Square
Book Name: The Lost City of Z
Author: David Grann
Genere: Non-fiction adventure mystery
Why do you love the book: It is at once a biography, a detective story and a wonderfully vivid piece of travel writing.
Luke, Parramatta Square
Book Name: Assassin's Apprentice
Author: Robin Hobb
Why do you love the book: Drama, detailed characters, substance and sophistication. This book contains an unparalleled dialogue that is full of wit and excitement. A must-read for all.
Kim, Collins Square
Book Name: On Chesil Beach
Author: Ian McEcEwan
Genere: Domestic Fiction
Why do you love the book: Nostalgia for another era , but knowing that human psyche and emotions remain the same over decades, centuries. A beautifully and poignantly written book of joy and heartbreak in another era. Plus I am a big fan of Ian McEwan.
Sandra, Collins Square
Book Name: Atomic Habits
Author: James Clear
Genere: Self development
Why do you love the book: Goals don’t become habits overnight, or at once. We rise to the level of our training, or for want of a better word, our habits. This book epitomises how to create healthy habits to help us progress to the professional and personal goals we strive towards.
Rebecca, Parramatta Square
Book Name: Harry Potter Series
Author: J.K Rowling
Why do you love the book: 'Not just for kids' - Harry Potter is pure escapism and with every reading continues to amaze me. Magic, love, loss, adventure, laughs, it has it all.
Emma, Collins Square
Book Name: We Hunt the Flame
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Why do you love the book: Fantasy is a tricky genre - the diehards may disagree, but it can be intensely corny - however Hafsah Faizal's world of Demenhur is somehow both mystical and believable. The pacing is thriller-like, taking you on a speedy journey across multiple countries, and the visuals are breath-taking... including the food. The perfect novel to escape the cold and find yourself in the warm sands of ancient Arabia.
Nadia, Parramatta Square
Book Name: Against all odds
Author: Craig Challen and Richard Harris
Why do you love the book: This book was so gripping from the first page to the last, even though I knew the ending, I just could not put this book down. I am just in awe of the whole team that saved these young boys. The book left me shaking my head thinking these people are true heros - I love it and would highly recommend it to any age group.
Gail, Collins Square