Summer reading at the Library

Picture this: It’s a quiet, summer afternoon. Perfect for kicking back with a cool drink and a good book. But which book? We asked everyone at the Library for their favourite reads of the year to help you out – but be warned, you might just end up with an even harder decision to make about what to read next!

More than one of our librarians got stuck into a series this year, including Lorraine, who devoured Dervla McTiernan’s Cormac Reilly novels. Jill relived some classic Euro-crime with the Commissario Brunetti books by Donna Leon, while Andrew worked his way through nine of the eleven books in the Expeditionary Force series. Tric, meanwhile, personally helped the latest Jack Reacher novel, The Sentinel, fly off the shelves, and Petrina got stuck into the latest Stephanie Plum novel, Twisted 26.

Crime and mystery proved popular again this year, with Yasmine getting ready to read Tara Moss’ The War Widow over the break, as well some classic Agatha Christie titles. Petrina recommended I catch killers: The life and many deaths of a homicide detective by Gary Jubelin, Other crime fiction that topped the list this year included The last voyage of Mrs Henry Parker (Annette), Troubled blood and The survivors (both Lorraine), Joel Dicker’s The truth about the Harry Quebert affair (Tric), and The Dry, by Jane Harper (Lauren H).

Some of the books on our lists were repeat offenders, with Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu and Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine both making their third consecutive appearance on our annual list. Runners-up include The Yield, by Tara June Winch and The day of the triffids, by John Wyndham notching up two back-to-back appearances.

2020 was another strong year for Australian authors at the Library, these were some of our top picks:

We read an enormous and diverse range of fiction and non-fiction across the board – why not check Primo Search or your local library to see if you can get your hands on any of these page turners?

From everyone here at the Library, we’d like to wish you all the best for the coming year, and a restful, happy break. Whatever you’re reading, we hope it brings you as much joy as these books did us!