Staff Picks


NATASHA – 11 years

LOTS OF FAVOURITES SO DID TOP 5 EACH YEAR * means my top read that year
Those who read like me can use this as a wish list to get through!

People of the Book Geraldine Brooks *
Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffennegger
We Need to Talk About Kevin  Lionel Shriver
The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo  Stieg Larsson
The Slap  Christos Tsiolkas

Jasper Jones Craig Silvey *
The Given Day Denis Lehane
White Tiger  Aravind Adiga
City of Thieves David Benioff
The Other Hand Chris Cleave

Room by Emma Donoghue *
Lovesong by Alex Miller
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern *
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
Past the Shallows Favel Parrett
The Distant Hours Kate Morton

Nine Days  Toni Jordan *
Woman in Black Madeleine StJohn* (AUDIO READ BY DEIDRE RUBENSTEIN)
The Dovekeepers Alice Huffman
Two Brothers Ben Elton
Wool  Hugh Howey

Narrow Road to Deep North Richard Flanagan *
Signature of all things by Elizabeth Gilbert * (AUDIO)
Rosie Project  Graeme Simsion
Burial Rites  Hannah Kent
Gone Girl  Gillian Flynn

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt * (AUDIO)
Time and Time Again by Ben Elton * THIS TIME TRAVEL BOOK BLEW MY MIND!
Constellation of Vital Phenomena  Anthony Marra
We are all Completely beside ourselves Karen Fowler
Lost and Found Brooke Davis

Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood *
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr  (AUDIO)
Big Little Lies  Liane Moriarty
All that is Solid melts into air Darragh McKeon
The Reader on the 627 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
The Reckoning by Magda Szubanski  (NON FICTION)

The Dry  Jane Harper  *
Hagseed by Margaret Atwood *(AUDIO)
The Heart Goes Last Margaret Atwood
Last Painting Sara DeVos  – Dominic Smith
Everyone Brave is Forgiven Chris Cleave
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

The Choke  Sofie Laguna *
Mischling Affinity Konar * (AUDIO)
The Sellout Paul Beatty *
The Ninth Grave  Stefan Anhem
Exit West  Moshin Hamid

The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein (NON FICTION) * (AUDIO)
The Shepherd’s Hut Tim Winton
The Ruin  Dervla McTiernan
The Nowhere Child by Christian White
Scrublands  Chris Hammer
Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Stuart Turton

Or for those who want a short list (lol!!) Here’s my top 11 taken from 11 years of bookshop reading and ones I still can vividly recall events & my reactions after all this time

  1. Year of the flood – Margaret Atwood
  2. Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey
  3. Girl with dragon tattoo trilogy – Stieg Larson
  4. Book thief – Markus Zusak
  5. People of the book – Geraldine Brooks
  6. The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
  7. Signature of all things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  8. Time and Time Again by Ben Elton
  9. We need to talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  10. Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
  11. The Choke  Sofie Laguna *

My top picks for Christmas

Adult fiction – Kate Morton The Clockmaker’s Daughter, The Lost Man Jane Harper, Fragments Toni Jordan, Bridge of Clay Markus Zusak, Nine Perfect Strangers Liane Moriarty, Shell Kristina Olsson, Dennis Lehane Since we fell, The Next Person You Meet In Heaven Mitch Albom, Wintering Krissy Kneen

Non fiction  – You Daughters of Freedom by Clare Wright, The Mental Load by Emma (cartoonist)

Teen  – A Winter’s Promise Christelle Dabos.

MARK – 11 years

Top 6 Adult novels
1. Anything by Linwood Barclay (adult thriller)
2. Anything by and Matthew Reilly (adult thriller)
3. Wyatt by Garry Disher (adult crime)
4. Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (adult crime)
5. Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant (historical fiction about Borgias)

Top 3 Adult Non fiction
1. Chris Judd autobiography
2. William McInnes non fiction books especially A Man’s Got to Have a Hobby
3. Bowls Biased and uncensored by Ian Schuback

Top 7 KIDS and TEEN
1. The Hunt series by Andrew Fukuda (teen) * how this has never become a movie I do not know!!
2. Timeriders (kids)
3. Mazerunner (teen)
4. Magisterium series (kids)
5. House of Secrets (kids)
6. Divergent series (teen)
7. Half Bad series (teen)

TOP 6 Cookbooks
1. Adam’s Big Pot by Adam Liaw (Asian cookbook)
2. Taking you Home by Helena and Vikki Mousellas (Greek cookbook)
3. King of the Grill (bbq cookbook)
4. Alimentari (cookbook)
5. I Love India by Anjum Anand (Indian cookbook)
6. Hummus and Co (Middle Eastern cookbook)

BRAIDEN – 6 years

– Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
– Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
– The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Top 3 Books I Look Forward to for Christmas

1. WE ARE DISPLACED Malala Yousafzai (adult non fiction) $29.99
2. BRIDGE OF CLAY by Markus Zusak (Aussie fiction)
3. SOMEONE LIKE ME by M. R. Carey Trade Paperback (adult fiction) $29.99

STEPH – 5 years

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock
Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi Helen Goh (cookbook)
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
West Bank Jerusalem and the Around East Borders: My Journey A Land Without by Nir Baram
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People  about Race by Reni Eddo- Lodgeby

Girl at War by Sara Nović

Leah on the Off Beat  by Becky Albertalli

My Christmas picks –The Writer’s Map edited by Huw-Lewis Jones, Becoming by Michelle Obama and Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami


JESS – 3 years

– Illuminae by Kaufman and Kristoff
– Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

– Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
– Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

– Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
– Mischling by Affinity Kofar

– Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

My Christmas picks – Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend  (Kids series) and Villian by Michael Grant (Teen)


Boys Will Be Boys Clementine Ford
Written in History Simon Sebag Montefiore
Mutiny on the Bounty Peter FitzSimons
Adam Spencer’s Hottest 100
The Barefoot Investor For Families
The Colour Of Time Dan Jones & Marina Amaral
Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths Eddie Woo
For Valour: Australians Awarded the Victoria Cross  Aaron Pegram & Craig Blanch
New Jerusalem Paul Ham
Erebus: The Story of a Ship Michael Palin
Heroes Stephen Fry
Special Guest Annabel Crabb & Wendy Sharpe (Cookbook)

Kerry O’Brien, A Memoir
Acid for the Children Flea
Blowing the Bloody Doors Off and Other Lessons in Life Michael Caine
Banjo Grantlee Kieza
Germaine Elizabeth Kleinhenz

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom
Someone Like Me  M. R. Carey
Unsheltered Barbara Kingsolver
The Children’s House Alice Nelson
Two Old Men Dying Tom Keneally
Transcription Kate Atkinson
Killing Commendatore Haruki Murakami
Love is Blind William Boyd
In a House of Lies  Ian Rankin
Kill Shot: A Wyatt Thriller Garry Disher

Nine Perfect Strangers Liane Moriarty
The Year of the Farmer Rosalie Ham
Bridge of Clay Markus Zusak
The Lost Man Jane Harper
The Arsonist Chloe Hooper
Preservation Jock Serong
The Fragments Toni Jordan
Shell Kristina Olsson

Wundersmith Jessica Townsend
Villain Michael Grant
A Winter’s Promise Christelle Dabos
Queen of Air and Darkness  Cassandra Clare
A Map of Days: The Fourth Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

David Walliams & Tony Ross (Illus)
The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars Jaclyn Moriarty
Frankie Fish and the Viking Fiasco Peter Helliar
Funny Kid: Get Licked Matt Stanton
The Meltdown: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (13) Jeff Kinney
Duel at Araluen: Ranger’s Apprentice The Royal Ranger 3   John Flanagan
Superbad: The Bad Guys Episode 8 Aaron Blabey
Birthday Drama: Dork Diaries, Book 13 Rachel Renee Russell