Staff picks – January 2018

January 2018

Staff top picks of 2017


  1. The Choke by Sofie Laguna (Fiction)
  2. Mischling by Affinity Konar (Fiction)
  3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  4. Wimmera by Mark Brandi ( Fiction)
  5. Exit West by Moshin Hamid (Fiction)
  6. Tinman Sarah Winman (Fiction)
  7. Silent Companions by Laura Purcell (Fiction)
  8. The Sellout Paul BeatTy BEST AUDIO tie
  9. Hagseed Margaret Atwood BEST AUDIO tie
  10. Showstopper By Hayley Barker BEST TEEN READ
  11. Immportal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot BEST NON FICTION


  1. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (Adult Fiction)
  2. The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker (Adult Fiction)
  3. The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (Kids Fantasy)
  4. Danger Music by Eddie Ayres (Adult Memoir)
  5. #LoveOzYA: Begin, End, Begin edited by Danielle Binks (Young Adult)


  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Young adult)
  2. A Land without Borders by Nir Baram (Cultural Issues)
  3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Adult Fiction)
  4. Nasty Women: Feminisim, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s America (Cultural Issues)
  5. A Galaxy of Her Own by Libby Jackson (Kids Non Fiction)


  1. Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (KIDS)
  2. Monster by Michael Grant (YOUNG ADULT)
  3. Mischling by Affinity Konar (ADULT)
  4. Generation One (New Series Following the Lorien Legacy Series) by Pittacus Lore (YOUNG ADULT)
  5. The Creakers by Tom Fletcher (KIDS)


Fiction Fanatics – The Scandal by Fredrik Backman (though they prefer the original overseas title of Beartown) (Penguin)

BookBandits – The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean Pendziwol (Hachette)

Early Birds – The Choke by Sofie Laguna (Allen and Unwin)

Pageturners Gisborne– The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (Random House)

Staff top picks of 2017


1. Force of Nature by Jane Harper (fiction)
2. Here It Is by Paul Roos (footy memoir)
3. The Choke by Sofie Laguna (fiction)
4. The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape (business)
5. The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (memoir)
6. In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende (fiction)
7. Storyland by Catherine McKinnon (fiction)
8. The Strength Switch by Lea Waters (Business/ personal development)
9. The Ninth Grave by Stefan Ahnhem   (fiction – crime)
10. It by Stephen King (both regular and film tie in combined) (fiction-horror)


  1. Wonder by RJ Palacio (regular and film tie in combined)
  2. Road to Winter by Mark Smith
  3. Good Night for Rebel Girls book 1
  4. Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
  5. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (child memoir)
  6. The Fall by Tristan Bancks
  7. 91 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  8. Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase by Peter Helliar
  9. 300 Minutes of Danger by Jack Heath
  10. Maybe by Morris Gleitzman

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