January 31, 2012

Downton Abbey Reading List

Courtesy of the NY Times, this booklist provides some good recommendations for books of similar ilk to your favourite period drama.

Check it out- http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/business/media/mad-for-downton-publishers-have-a-reading-list.html

And the author replies with further reccomendations (we always love that!)- http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/opinion/downton-fans-the-writer-julian-fellowes-suggests-a-book-for-you.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

What do you like about Downton Abbey?

January 24, 2012

Which book is it then? Books with the same title

You know the feeling when you pick up a book you think you recognise, only to find that something's wrong? It turns out that books with the same title happen more often than you think! Check out these titles available in the library under the same title, but with different authors.

Play Dead by Richard Montanari

Play Dead by Harlan Coben

Wizard At Large by Terry Brooks

Wizard at Large by Jim Butcher (omnibus for the Harry Dresden series)

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lost World by Michael Crichton

The Lady and the Unicorn by Arthur Boyd and Peter Porter

The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracey Chevalier

Don't Tell by Karen Rose

Don't Tell by Sandra Glover

This post is based on a great conversation thread from the librarything website- check it out here.

January 18, 2012

New York, New York: A booklist

Nothing is better than immersing yourself in another place, another time. The written word can enhance a landscape you know in all sorts of ways, illuminating its nooks and crannies, highlighting ways of being and events big and small that you might not have noticed before. Seeing as our library duck, Zara, is currently touring New York, we thought it would only be fair if we could take a little trip ourselves. And thus, our New York themed booklist below! Thankyou for Twitter contributions for Love2Read, Informit, and even Australian childrens' author, Jacqueline Harvey (she grew up in Camden!).

3. Alice Miranda in New York by Jacqueline Harvey (to be released February 1- other Alice Miranda titles here)

*Edit* Patron Contributions - Thankyou!

11. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote

12. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

13. The Legacy by Kirsten Tanter

January 11, 2012

Free Bookmarks: The Amazing Read

In honour of the great response from our patrons, twitterers, facebook followers and library staff, we've decided to compile the 31 recommendations for the Amazing Read booklist into bookmarks. Why not print one out on some nice card for that amazing read you picked up this month?

January 09, 2012

Book Discussion Groups @ Camden Library Service

Why not share your thoughts and ideas about the books you've read for others? Have a great chat with like-minded people about the books you love by attending one of our book discussion groups. Particularly since its the National Year of Reading, the time has never been better to get your bookworm on!

Book Discussion Group - Evening

Meetings of the Book Discussion Group are held at Camden Library on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.30pm.

Books for discussion include new and classic fiction. A light supper is provided.

For more information contact the Camden Team Leader.

Upcoming discussions:

Why be happy when you could be normal by Jeanette Winterson


The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes

Book Discussion Group - Daytime

Camden Library Service currently has two daytime discussion groups with separate reading lists. All are welcome - simply come to the one that takes your fancy!

Group 1

Meetings will be held on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10am-12 noon. All books are available for rental from Camden Library for $3.50. For more information contact Virginia at Camden Library on 4654 7951.


Tulip fever by Deborah Moggach


Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Group 2

Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month, from 10am-12 noon. All books are available for rental from Camden Library for $3.50. For more information contact Virginia at Camden Library on 4654 7951.
Upcoming discussions:


The harp in the south by Ruth Park


The road from Coorain
by Jill Kerr Conway

January 06, 2012

Booklist: The Amazing Read

Welcome to the National Year of Reading. This year libraries all over Australia are teaming up to promote reading in your everyday life. Whether its emailing over a great article you read on the web, sharing a good book with a friend, smelling the glossy pages of a new magazine or writing a diary this year, your library will provide you will all sorts of goodies this year to make it happen. Read more on the blog post here- this booklist is based on this month's theme The Amazing Read. These are books that made us smile, broadened our horizons, taught us something incredible or just gave us the feeling of 'wow'! Check out these recommendations by library staff and let us know what you think in the comments. Even send us your own recommendations- we'd love to add them to this post!

9. Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase by Jen Lancaster

33. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood