July Book Club Wrap Up + Author Interview

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.crossings cover

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.

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August New Releases

It feels like every month is an exciting month for new releases. There is nothing better, in our opinion, than curling up on the couch with a good book and a hot cup of tea.

August is the perfect month to do this and we wanted to share some of the books coming out this month that we are excited about.

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Cosy Reading Book Club

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!

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The Significance of Behrouz Boochani

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.

8bbf2dbb5c9c9d39ecd8b395c51d793043528a2fThis 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.

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Manbooker Standouts

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.

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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.

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Harriet Gets Carried Away

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.

The Book of Dust – Philip Pullman

Pullman Fans Rejoice! There is a new book from the ever popular fantasy writer and author of ‘His Dark Materials’ Philip Pullman.

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“Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them, a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .”

Check out the trailer below!

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October New Releases

For every job there is always a crazy period in the year. For us, that stretches from October through to December.

October New releases is the time of year where we can be seen ferrying teetering piles of books from one end of the store to the other in what seems like a never ending stream. Most of the time our faces peek out from behind large stacks of books and it’s this time of year that we are reminded of a few things.

  1. There IS such a thing as too many books.
  2. We should have worked on our cardio and stamina
  3. There are not enough hours in the day to read all of the amazing new books that we  are suddenly discovering.

So here are a few of the exciting new titles that are ready for Christmas gifts and summer reading.

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Jane Harper – Forces of Nature (Author of The Dry)

Jennifer Egan – Manhattan Beach (Author of Visit from the Goon Squad)

Ben Aaronovitch – The Furthest station (Spin-off Novella)

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