Find a Good Read

Do you love reading books and talking about books? Our Readers’ Advisory team - Cher, Debbie, Damien, Bronwyn and Kelly - will help you find your next great read. Or, why not join our monthly book club at Nowra Library? It’s held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10am and focuses on a monthly theme, so you never have to read anything you don't want to. New members are always welcome, and we'd love to see you there! Ask our friendly staff for more details, phone (02) 4429 3705, or send us an email


Discover your reading style with our personalised reader profiles.  

Wandering through the library stacks can feel a little like being lost at sea. Here at Shoalhaven Libraries we're more happy to steer you in the right direction with a personalised reader profile, complete with a list of author and title recommendations. To get started, pick up a profile form from your library (or download one here) fill it out and return to it to library staff. We'll do the rest! 


What Are Our Borrowers Reading?

A New England Affair by Steven Carroll

Reviewed by Anne 

''1965. The great poet, TS Eliot, is dead. Hearing the news, seventy-two year old Emily Hale points her Ford Roadster towards the port of Gloucester, where a fishing boat will take her out to sea, near the low, treacherous rocks called the Dry Salvages, just off Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Over the course of that day, clutching a satchel of letters, Emily Hale slips between past and present, reliving her life with Eliot - starting with the night in 1913, the moment when her life turned, when the young Tom Eliot and Emily Hale fell deeply in love with each other. But Tom moved to London to fulfil his destiny as the famous poet `TS Eliot', and Emily went on to become his muse - the silent figure behind some of the greatest poetry of the 20th century - his friend and his confidante. But never did she become his lover or his wife.

This novel focusses on the relationship between T.S. Eliot and Emily Hale. They were never lovers but very close. It's sad, and beautifully written."  

Reserve a copy today!


What Are Our Library Staff Reading?

Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute by Maggie Groff

Reviewed by Ursula

'This story is set in Byron Bay and Queensland, and revolves around Scout Davis, a freelance journalist. She decides to investigate a cult that has moved from the USA to the Gold Coast, and she soon discovers the dangers involved. Scout also has secrets of her own, so she is used to an element of danger. Luckily she has help from some unexpected sources, and Scout lives to tell the tale.

This was a very entertaining and interesting story, read very competently by the Australian actor Georgie Parker. There were quite a few times where I had to laugh out loud, as well as some very serious, sad and scary moments. I really enjoyed it, and the way that it was read, and highly recommend it for anyone wanting a funny but thought-provoking story.'

Reserve a copy today!


Need more inspiration? Here are some places to go for ideas.

Novelist
is a fiction and non-fiction database with information on more than 135,000 book titles. You can search for information by author, title or series and locate lists of award-winning books.(On next screen click on 'Connect' and if accessing from home enter your library card number and password [your date of birth].

Literary Reference Centre Plus

contains full text for thousands of plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, essays of literary criticism, author biographies and literary journals. It also contains book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, short stories, authors interviews, classic texts and much more! 

Shoalhaven Libraries Catalogue - New Releases & Other Items
check out the newly purchased titles available at your local library.

 

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Good Reading Hub

An Australian resource with “everything about books” including thousands of book reviews and articles, author profiles, stories on writers’ houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more. Also in the Hub is SpineOut for teens, where they can express their ideas and creativity in words, art, video or music and PK Mag, a place where primary aged kids can experience the thrill of being published.

Better Reading 
A community of engaged readers who want to make choosing your next read a better experience. Focussing on Australian authors and stories, Better Reading also includes reviews of books from overseas, plus lists of reader favourites and award winners.

Goodreads
meet your next favourite book at Goodreads, an online community of more than 18 million book lovers around the world who share, review and recommend what they've been reading.

The Book Club
is ABC TV's nationally televised book club that gathers together Australian booklovers on a monthly basis. Hosted by Jennifer Byrne, with regular panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, each episode is an explosion of robust and passionate discussion covering one new release book, and one enduring classic.

Fantastic Fiction
has information on over 350,00 books and 30,000 authors - a great resource.
Books n Bytes
is a book and author information site with author bibliographies, book reviews, links to author and fan sites and much more.

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Cher, Kelly, Damien, Debbie & Bronwyn.
Our Readers Advisory team

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