New Year’s Reads

Do you keep a list or log of the books you’ve read? I use Pinterest for mine and decided to share my January 2021 reading with you all. Click on the covers or titles below to reserve a copy from Cockburn Libraries or check our e-library to access them electronically!

Link to Catalogue record for The midnight library
Link to Catalogue record for Ready player two
Link to Catalogue record for Unfollow: a journey from hatred to hope, leaving the Westboro Baptist Church
Link to Catalogue record for His and hers

The midnight library by Matt Haig

This book has to be first on my list and is already a contender for my top books of 2021! I am a sucker for any book with a library or librarian in it, so I picked it up without realising the buzz around it. It is the Goodreads Best Fiction 2020 award winner and an international best-seller, and rightfully so. I loved it! The main character, Nora Seed, finds herself in the Midnight Library – a place between life and death, where she can experience the lives she might have lived if she had made different choices. This book encourages reflection on regrets, forgiveness, and the decisions we make daily. It is beautifully written and full of paragraphs that you’ll want to re-read.

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Ready player two by Ernest Cline

I had looked forward to this book since I heard there was a sequel being written. There are a few bad reviews around but I found it to be a fun, entertaing read – especially with all of the 80s pop culture references. My teenage son and I both enjoyed this book – read our Gen X vs Gen Y review!

Unfollow: a journey from hatred to hope, leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper

As a huge Louis Theroux fan, I knew about the Westboro Baptist Church and their hateful protests. I am also a keen listener to podcasts about cults, so I was interested to read this biography of a woman born into “the most hated family in America” and how she came to realise that she had been raised to believe lies and how she found the strength to leave her loved ones. Some parts of this book dragged for me (I find this often happens with autobiographies…) but overall, it was a thought-provoking insight into a life so far removed from my own.

His and hers by Alice Feeney

I enjoyed this psychological thriller as I was reading it – but feel that it was one I will probably forget quickly. It was entertaining and full of twists, with a similar feel to ‘Gone Girl’ (I have read that this book is also being made into a movie). 

Link to Catalogue record for The gifted school
Link to Catalogue record for The Queen’s Gambit
Link to Catalogue record for Aurora rising
Link to Catalogue record for Aurora burning

The gifted school by Bruce Holsinger

This book is a clever examination of white privilege, parental motivation, and toxic behaviour in the guise of “best for the kids”. The characters in this book are realistic – flawed, judgemental, and competitive. I enjoyed reading this book and can understand why it has been optioned for TV – it would make a great series!

The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis

The immensely popular Netflix series is based on this 1983 novel. Read my full review.

Aurora rising and Aurora burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I haven’t quite finished the second book yet, but I am eagerly awaiting publication of the third! After a slow start, the characters in this sci-fi series began to develop – and did their bond with each other. The action picks up as the first book continues, and the second book is straight into it. 

The Aurora Cycle are from our young adult (YA) section and were also enjoyed by my teenager. The first book was Notable for Book of the Year: Older Readers CBCA 2020 along with these other great reads.

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