Librarian Recommendations 2019

Library staff have no shortage of good books, so when we asked YPRL staff what the best book they read in 2019 was, we knew we would get some amazing recommendations. Add some of these librarian recommended titles to your summer reading list, you won't be disappointed!

Boy Swallows Universe

Recommendation: 'Australian fiction at its best! – raw, colourful, confronting, delightful, unexpected, jam packed with witty and profound insights into what’s wrong and what’s right with Australia and the world.' says Learning Coordinator, Jennet Vecchi

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Recommendation: 'I love this because it’s strange, stylish and oh-so-dark a novel with huge ambition and one that is absolutely of its time.' says Executive Manager Public Participation, Lisa Dempster

The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets

Recommendation: 'Well documented story of five sisters who survived birth against all odds and the people around them who controlled their childhood and made them a public exhibit for all to see.' says Local and Family History Librarian, Liz Pidgeon 

The Wizards of Once

Recommendation: 'I secretly read (or should I say listened to) both books in the series The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell (author of the popular How to Train Your Dragon books) … without my kids. The narrator was an absolute pleasure to listen to on Borrow Box, the story visual, clear – but not simplistic – and thoroughly entertaining! Listen to with or without kids, I’d even do it twice.' says Marketing and Media Coordinator, Marieclaire Baird

The Big Leap

Recommendation: 'Push past Gay’s distinctively American definitions of success, and you’ll find genuine insight and wisdom to help improve your life.' says Finance Manager, Matthew Slaw

How to Do Nothing

Recommendation: 'The summer holidays may be the best time to relax and just do nothing, but what is the quality of that nothing you’re enjoying? Is it spent idly scrolling through your feed, or are you noticing what is outside the window? In this unique and urgent book, artist Jenny Odell will challenge you to notice what you are doing with your attention and what makes you think you need to be so productive.' says Learning and Programs Coordinator, Patrick Jovaras

The Little Red Stroller

Recommendation: 'This picture book has it all beautiful illustrations, a touching story of sharing and kindness, and diverse characters. It's a joy to read for adults and children alike.' says Administration Officer, Danielle Gori

The Great Alone

Recommendation: 'This book should have heaps of reserves on it! Easily the best read of my year. It is an amazing story of adventure, hardship and love set on the beautiful backdrop of wild Alaska.' says Volunteers Coordinator, Sarah Howe


Recommendation: 'Joker may not be for everyone, but I saw it twice at the Cinema and long to see it again. It’s not your usual comic book based film. Joaquin Phoenix’s sublime performance of Joker’s origin story is extraordinary as he creates a character that is plagued by mental anguish and a desperate need to be acknowledged and loved by the world around him. We get to experience his slow descent into madness – with haunting scenes that emulate Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and King of Comedy. The haunting soundtrack and mise en scène work together to create a world reminiscent of New York in the early 80s. A perfect backdrop for the dis-enfranchised existence of its central character. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you want cinema that is moving, heart wrenching and palpable. This movie is for you.' says Mill Park Branch Manager, Serena Belloti

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