The Mortal Instruments Boxset Winner

Congratulations Anastasia Tsoumbakos! You’re the lucky winner of The Mortal Instruments boxset! You told us the Maze Runner series was your favourite read so far of 2015. We loved your comment, “If you’re okay with crying your heart out and being left staring at a wall after the series is finished, I definitely recommend these books to you!” Yes – we know exactly what that feels like!

Please email us at contact@bookworld.com.au with your details to claim your prize.

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The First Wednesday Book Club read ‘Useful’ by Debra Oswald

Last year we asked our readers to nominate their reading group to become one of our special featured Bookworld book clubs. We received hundreds of entries Australia wide from book-loving clubs, and after narrowing the field down we couldn’t go past the lovely ladies of the First Wednesday Book Club, a group of friends who have been meeting monthly for an incredible 14 years to chat books over wine and cheese.

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The First Wednesday Book Club with Debra Oswald, author of Useful.

After finding out a little bit more about the members and what they loved to read, we sent them copies of our hand-picked book of the month, Useful by Debra Oswald as their featured read. Many will know Debra as the creator and head writer of the much-loved and award-winning television series, Offspring.

After receiving some early feedback from the book club about how much they were enjoying the book, we started wondering if perhaps we could surprise them with a visit from Debra herself. Luckily, Debra loved the idea to chat to some of her readers and took time out of her busy book tour to become an honourary First Wednesday Book Club member.

And so on a Wednesday night in Carlton, the book club had a chance to chat through Useful with the author herself, grilling her on how she researched her characters, came up with the plot lines and of course – lots of questions about what’s in store for Nina! Continue reading

Bookworld goes to the movies – fifty shades of awkward + Double pass winners!

9781784750251To say that Fifty Shades of Grey is a Bookworld bestseller is an understatement. In fact, we need a new word for bestselling.

We’ve shipped more stock of the delightfully notorious “romance” than A Game of Thrones – the most popular and pirated TV series in Australia.

Oh yes, we know what you’re getting up to in your spare time, and it’s not reading A Song of Ice and Fire.

As the fastest selling book in history (beating Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Fifty Shades of Grey not only breathed new life into the bedrooms of couples around the world, it hit book sellers for six with its unprecedented sales.

So, when a couple of VIP movie passes to Fifty Shades landed in our book-loving letterbox, who were we to say no? In the spirit of professional research, we rallied the book gang together for a date night at the premiere!

And what an awkward night ensued.

Here’s a tip straight up for anyone who’s keen to see the steam on the big screen: don’t go with your work mates.

The night started strong, there were canapés, VIP passes as big as your head, and a few celebs – not to mention the unlimited supply of Salted Caramel Magnums. But as the film started, we all began to shift awkwardly in our seats and cower behind our giant lanyards at the sight of Christian Grey’s handcuff collection and choice of red leather bedroom décor.

That’s sure to be uncomfortable, right?

The tormented (yet dreamy) Christian Grey likes one thing and one thing only. Here’s a giant hint for anyone unfamiliar with the story line: it’s NOT romance. Played by Jamie Dornan, Grey is a high-flying C-Suite exec – and boy can he tie a good knot!

The timid and innocent Miss Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) is in his sight. The two embark on an… unconventional courtship, which pushes Anastasia to her very limits. If you had a drink for every time the doe eyed Miss Steele bit her lip in nervous anticipation, you’d be on the floor in the first 15 minutes of the film.

The soundtrack is incredible. Beyoncé (who sounds likes she’s just eaten an entire box of Caramel Salted Magnums while rolling around in silk bed sheets) will seduce your aural sensations with a slow, deep, bass-y rendition of Crazy in Love. Fellow legends; Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox and Sia also make an appearance.

The final word? It’s almost so bad, it’s good. If you love watching a semi-erotic train crash slowly over 2 hours, this one’s for you. But a word from the wise (the Bookworld team who learnt the hard way), leave your work mates at the door and see this after dark with someone special.

 

Winners of the Fifty Shades of Grey double passes:

Dianne Childs, Caitlin Frost, Marjolein Brady, Hayley Barber, Erin O’Connor, Jessica Duan, Carli Michell, Phiona Challenor, Manda Olsen-Hart, Alex Marsden, Marc Berg, Mariam Joya, Kirsty Lee Coles, Sarah Fairley, Jenny Newstead, Veronica Edwards, Maria Britton, Sarah McCoy, Tara Heath, Louise Tice.

Please email contact@bookworld.com.au with your full name and address to claim your prize.

6 Books To Read Based On Your Favourite TV Shows

Recently, we shared a link to a Buzzfeed article with twenty-four books to read based on your favourite TV shows. Now we present, based on your suggestions – six more.

1. If you love Criminal Minds, try Mind Hunter by John Douglas.

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If you’re a fan of the fictionalised TV crime-drama Criminal Minds, you’re sure to love Mind Hunter, the true-life story of Special Agent John Douglas, a member of the FBI’s Investigative Support Unit. John takes the reader behind the scenes of some of his most challenging cases in pursuit of  some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time. Check it out here.

Special Mention: Alex Cross: #1 Here Comes A Spider by James Patterson.

2. If you love Elementary, try Christine Falls by Benjamin Black.

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If you love the wit and crime-solving prowess of Sherlock Holmes in Elementary, you’ll love Bejamin Black’s Christine Falls, a complex and thrilling investigation of a murder that takes our protagonist on a journey that could ultimately cost his own family. Check it out here.

 Special Mention: The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian.

3. If you love Fargo, try No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.

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If you love contemplating the power of choice in the TV-hit Fargo, you’ll love the brilliant novel No Country For Old Men. The story follows Llewelyn Moss, who discovers a terrible scene while hunting – bodies, heroin and cash. Torn between leaving the scene as found, or taking the cash and leaving, he chooses the latter. What happens next is when the story really heats up. Check it out here.

4. If you love Hannibal, try Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.

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We did debate whether to include the book that started it all as a recommended read for Hannibal, but we figured we would be remiss if we didn’t. If you love seeing Hannibal Lector on TV, meet him in literary form in Thomas Harris classic and often terrifying novel. Check it out here.

Special Mention: The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver.

5. If you love Death In Paradise, try The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill.

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If you love watching the perpetually uncomfortable Londoner Richard Pool solve cases in the Carribbean, you’ll love the comedic efforts of Dr. Siri Paiboun, a Paris-born doctor who finds himself the state-appointed coroner in Laos. Check it out here.

Special Mention: The Case Of The Missing Books by Ian Sansom.

6. If you love Veep, try The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis.

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What would you do if you were accidently elected into Parliament? Angus McLintock, an engineering professor desperate not to teach finds himself in that very situation in this hilarious look at political manouvering gone awry. Check it out here.

Special Mention: The Marmalade Files by Scott Lewis. 

5 New Books Highly Recommended By Readers

Catch up with what our Bookworld Super Reviewers have enjoyed recently! We have one copy of Waiting for Doggo by Mark B. Mills up for grabs. To enter, simply tell us which book you have enjoyed lately in the comments below. Entries close midnight Sunday 1 February. Australia only.

9781780621739Darkest Place in the Forest by Holly Black

Pre-order now! Out February 2015

Let me tell you about a tale of a girl. A girl and her brother. A girl and her brother and a town that connects to the land of the fae.

Let me tell you about a tale where the writing is reminiscent of Maggie Stiefvater’s. That slow, lyrical feel that makes you think of moonlit nights and pure magic.

Let me tell you about a tale that simply *is* pure magic.

Let me tell you about a tale with fantastic protagonists, protagonists with a sibling relationship that is realistic in its secrets and fighting and honesty and love.

Let me tell you about a strange twist on Sleeping Beauty, where it is the boy who sleeps. A boy who has horns, who is fae, is he good or evil?

Let me tell you about the changeling whose foster mother refused to give him back, even after receiving her own child. The changeling who wants to fit in, and yet is drawn to the monthly celebrations of his own race. The changeling named Jack.

Let me tell you now: you want a copy of this book.

- Nara

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9781472218353Waiting for Doggo by Mark B. Mills

A Bookworld Book of the Month!

I usually get a little squeamish when I hear that animal books are making a splash on the literary circuit. Mainly because I have no inclination to read about a loveable animal that then dies a tragic death. So it was with trepidation that I commenced reading Waiting for Doggo.

But, for those of you who would prefer to know straight up – ITS ALL GOOD!

Waiting for Doggo is a different type of “pet changes his owners life” type of story. Dan, an out of work ad man is stuck with a mangy looking dog when his flighty girlfriend and her guardian angel (of the non-corporeal type) dash off to find herself with a new lover in New Zealand. Dan and Doggo (a stand in name until something more suitable and fitting could be found) have a tense relationship whereby they eye each other off suspiciously, and Doggos stare has the weight of judgment behind him.

He’s got to go.

- Melinda

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9781743566619Talon by Julie Kagawa

Where dragons walk amongst us…

We all know dragons are only the stuff of myths and fairytales, right? But what if they lived among us, appearing and behaving as ordinary humans? In Julie Kagawa’s Talon, dragons have the ability to shift into human form, adapting to survive and avoid their enemy; the Order of St. George.

Born in Talon, the hidden and isolated dragon capital, Ember and her twin, Dante, are hatchling dragons entering the human world for the first time, learning to blend in among humans. Ecstatic to be away from the watchful eyes of her elders, Ember is keen to throw herself into the life of an ordinary teenager. However, things don’t go as planned when a rogue dragon and soldiers of St. George learn her location and force her to question her loyalties.

Conflicted, Ember must choose between a safe, but restricted life with Talon or leave it all behind and become a rogue, hunted by Talon and the Order alike.

- Elise

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9780062313645Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Disconcertingly funny, and truly satisfying

This was one of those books that I was unsure how I felt about at first; I found the first half of the book to be very cleverly written and hilarious from the witty protagonist of Anika Dragomir, but almost too similar to other contemporary YA novels. Once I finished the book, though, I was so shocked and horrifically impressed (you’ll understand what I mean once you read it!) by the outcome of the novel that my overall review of it is that it is a really fantastic read. Sure, the typical high school dramas are there and may seem cliche to some– there’s the love triangle, the social hierarchy and sinister queen bee of school life, and less-than-amazing home life – however, the way Anatomy of a Misfit is written is guiltily, almost disconcertingly funny, and truly satisfying. I really enjoyed it– it’s different, dark and brilliantly sarcastic.

- Kiera

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9780734415776The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World

Kids pick of 2014!

First in the Mapmaker Chronicles trilogy by A. L. Tait, this book is quite honestly – amazing, fantastic, awesome. Following along with Quinn and Aysha, the ‘race to the end of the world’ involves a monster, people who will do anything to get to the prize before they do, a stowaway and so much more. I’d love to say more but that would be spoiling it. Let’s just say that there’s never a dull moment when you’re racing to create the first ever map of the entire world.

This book is easy to read, fast moving, full of adventure and surprises, and over way too soon…I already can’t wait for the next instalment.

- Portia

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7 Great Poolside Reads this Summer

After some summer inspiration but not sure where to start?

Check out what the team at Bookworld will be reading this weekend. From the brilliance of John Birmingham to the thriller of the momentThe Girl on a Train, we cannot wait for our weekend of summer reading to begin!

9781742614045Emergence by John Birmingham
Thrills, spills and… sea monsters?

John Birmingham returns with the thrilling new David Hooper Trilogy. Emergence is the first book in the series, and we meet Dave, a firefighter on an oil rig who comes into contact with sea monsters who are responsible for a explosion off the rig. Have we got your attention yet? What happens next you won’t believe. Read the first chapter here! We promise you won’t put this one down.

9781760111441The Spotlight by Roxy Jacenko
Poolside perfect!

Not enough drama in your own life? Pick up Roxy Jacenko’s The Spotlight for your next poolside read and you’ll have all the drama you need! Jazzy Lou is the PR queen bee of Sydney, and her life is crazier than an episode of Keeping up with Kardashians. An enjoyable read for long summer days and warm nights.

9780857208903The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Summer reading at its best

Written by Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent, The Boston Girl is the story of Addie, an 85 year old grandmother talking to her granddaughter about her life. Written almost as a memoir, Addie’s life has been a full one, told against the backdrop of World War I. Wonderfully written with a colourful cast of characters. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this beautiful new book.

9781743317082Outside the Lines by Amy Hatvany
Gripping contemporary fiction

A touching and heart-breaking novel, Outside The Lines is an insightful look into mental illness and family. Amy Hatvany, the talented wordsmith behind the complex characterisations beautifully ties together two unique voices in a story that is sure to be discussed long after the final page has been read. Fans of Jodi Picoult will love this gripping new contemporary fiction.

9780733633126-1Holidays by William McInnes
Not on holiday? Why not read about someone else’s…

There’s nothing sweeter than the great Australian holiday. To pack up the car, the kids and the dog and head towards the coastline for warm nights, dinners of fish and chips and the inevitable sunburn. William McInnes explores our great love affair with holidays in this hilarious and delightful memoir, Holidays. Not on holiday? Never mind! Pick up this new Aussie classic and you’ll be transported away to somewhere warmer in no time… (and it won’t be long before you’re planning your next great escape!)

9781743530429-1Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Join the Parents & Friends Association at your own risk!

Who knew joining the Parents & Friends Association at the local primary school would be such high risk? The brilliant Liane Moriarty draws us into the dangerous web of primary school politics in her latest novel, Big Little Lies. A parent is murdered at a trivia night, and what unravels next is an incredibly well crafted storyline that will have you on edge until the very end. Our readers have loved this book, see their reviews here.

9780857522320The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Twists to make your head spin

Many books have been touted as the next Gone Girl, but this twisting psychological thriller perhaps comes the closest. Told from the perspective of not just one but three unreliable narrators, you won’t know what to believe. This cracking, addictive debut will keep you engrossed until the final word. See what all the fuss is about here.

Need more inspiration? You summer reading is sorted here.