Tuesday, 21 December 2010

More More Fav Reads 2010.

Courtney from our Cranbourne Library (and a regular Quicksand Blogger) has a few favourites.

The Piper’s Son- Melina Marchetta. Thomas Mckee’s life is broken but with friends and family who refuse to let him fall Tom will start putting the pieces of his life back together.

Girl saves Boy- Steph Bowe. Sacha Thomas has a terminal disease while Jewel Valentine has been slowly dying since her brothers death 10 years ago. How can they save each other?

Mercy- Rebecca Lim. Destined to fall…in and out of people’s lives, forever searching for answers, for her destiny and for him…Mercy must seek the truth if she is ever to be free again.

Halo- Alexandra Adornetto. Dark forces are rising! Three Angels are sent to earth to bring peace. But falling in love with a mortal wasn’t part of the plan.

Deb from CCLC HQ recommends 2 old favourites that she listened to this year on audiobook.

The Gathering by Isobelle Carmody YA Read by Peter Hardy. These YA books are proving to be unexpected delights! A gripping tale of teenage friends in a school library attic fighting evil in the town. Perfectly read and an absolute treat.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, read by Peter Coyote. 13 year-old Brian is lost and alone in the Minnesota woods after a light plane crash. The story of his survival is awe-inspiring while listening to the dulcet tones of Coyote is a joy. A simply beautiful novel. The second novel, Brian’s Winter (read by Richard Thomas) starts off with “in the first book, Brian is rescued. But what would’ve happened if he hadn’t?” So this is an alternative ending. FANtastic! And in the final book, Brian’s Return, once again read by Peter Coyote, Brian returns to the woods. This series is lyrical and gentle mixed with adventure and some quite gripping encounters. Coyote does a brilliant job, his native American voice so mellifluous. Beautifully written and highly enjoyable.

Deb, Peter and Cen from HQ all thought the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman was "pretty good". What a uniquely wonderful story; it is beautifully written with an absorbing storyline. The characters are engaging, carrying the ‘reader’ through a gamut of emotions from spine-tingling fear and anger, to laughter and of course, to tears. It deserves every accolade it has garnered. I feel hard-copy readers may be a little short-changed by missing out on this great audio version, but to not read it at all would be a very *grave* omission.

Laura from Hampton Park Library has been reading the John Flanagan series called Rangers Apprentice. I'm reading book 10 called "The Emperor of Nihon-Ja." I'm enjoying it and although I haven't finished it yet I can't put it down either. I love how the characters relate and interact with each other. The storyline is great and you can't help but be swept away on the adventure the book takes you.


Anonymous said...

I'm in agreement here - love 'The Gathering' too. Really gets your thinking...

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