3 Reasons for Paranormal Readers to be Excited in 2012

Love it or hate it, Paranormal fiction is still (un)alive and going supernaturally strong. And the good news is that this year, new installments of three of our favourite paranormal series are coming to town. We know. It really is too exciting, isn’t it?

Timeless by Gail Carriger
Release date: March 2012


 This is the fifth installment of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. Set in an alternate Victorian London where vampires and werewolves are an accepted part of society (having ‘come out’, so to speak) these books follow the adventures of Alexia Tarabotti, prolific tea drinker, lady, and preternatural.  Part alternate history, part comedy of manners, part steampunk and part paranormal  romance, this series is addictively quirky. Throw in a hunky Scottish werewolf, and it’s a done deal. 

The Parasol Protectorate series:
     Soulless (2009), Changeless (2010), Blameless (2010) and Heartless  (2011)




Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Release date: May 2012  

 Telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is back for the twelth installment of Charlaine Harris’ popular series. Set in Bon Temps, Louisiana, Harris mixes the charm of the American South with vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and fairies.  Throw in a good dash of mystery and an epic love triangle (we’re divided between Team Bill and Team Eric here) and you have yourself a highly entertaining, sexy series.    

The Sookie Stackhouse Novels/Southern Vampire Mysteries:  Dead Until Dark (2001), Living Dead in Dallas (2002), Club Dead, (2003), Dead to the World (2004), Dead as a Doornail (2005), Definitely Dead (2006), Altogether Dead (2007), From Dead to Worse (2008), Dead and Gone (2009), Dead in the Family (2010), Dead Reckoning (2011).   



Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan 
Release date: June 2012  

The sequel to Glen Duncan’s masterful novel The Last Werewolf, Talulla Rising  promises to be just as good as its predecessor. Dark, disturbing, and beautifully written, The Last Werewolf tells the story of Jake Marlowe, last living werewolf in the world. We can’t say too much for fear of ruining this wonderful read for you, but let us say that Jake’s story, told beautifully through Duncan’s ferocious, vivid and darkly poetic prose, is well worth a read. Talulla Rising, picking up where The Last Werewolf leaves off, is sure to be as  enthralling as Duncan’s paranormal debut proved to be. We can’t wait.

 The Last Werewolf  (2011) by is the first of Glen Duncan’s werewolf books. A third book is also due to be released in 2013.   


Better World Books

At our last meeting, one of our lovely book club members mentioned an online book store they used called Better World Books.  

Known as the ‘Online book store with a soul,’ Better World Books was founded in 2002 by three friends with a shared belief in literacy and their own social and environmental responsibility.     

‘We’re breaking new ground in online bookselling. We believe that education and access to books are basic human rights. That’s why books sold on BetterWorldBooks.com help fund high-impact literacy projects in the United States and around the world. That’s why we commit to matching every purchase on our website with a book donation to someone in need – Book for Book.

In addition to selling new titles, Better World Books supports book drives and collects used books and textbooks through a network of over 2,300 college campuses and partnerships with over 3,000 libraries nationwide. So far, the company has converted more than 58 million books into over $10.4 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process, we’ve also diverted more than 40,000 tons of books from landfills.

Because we believe that most every book has lasting value and the potential to help change the world, we see our job as helping to find new homes for unwanted books. Thus far, we’ve donated over 5 million books to partner programs around the world. Our five primary literacy partners are Books for Africa, Room to Read, Worldfund, The National Center for Family Literacy, and Invisible Children. Good company, no doubt.

Every book purchased from Better World Books contributes to individual literacy throughout the world and the potential for a better life. Clearly, we can’t do this work without our customers. That’s why we’re so passionate about trying to offer the best price, selection, customer service, and overall shopping experience.

Thanks for joining us in our mission to create a better world, one book at a time.’ 


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    Photos are from Wikimedia Commons : )


3rd Wednesday Book Club- February

Yesterday saw the February meeting of our 3rd Wednesday Book Club  here at Nowra Library. This month’s theme was Love or Laughter- LOL- to tie in with the National Year of Reading’s Love2Read theme for this month, Laugh.

We’re not bossy (often) and so we don’t force our book club members to read within the themes we set each month; that would be rude. No, we run with more of a mixed-bag kind of feeling at our meetings, and, as a result, there’s always a nice assortment of books to discuss. Yesterday we ended up with some very funny reads, and some that were decidely not funny. In any case, it didn’t matter- tea was poured, conversation flowed, and we got through a heap of books. Here they are:

The Sixth Key by Adriana Koulias
Arabesques by Robert Dessaix
You or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr
Instances of the Number 3 by Sally Vickers
Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris
The Absolutist by John Boyne
Friendship Bread by Darien Gee (a ‘cozy’ book)
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion 
Empire Day by Diane Armstrong 
Her Father’s Daughter by Alice Pung
Ghost Platoon by Frank Walker
Blackbird by David Brooks
The Sawdust in My Shoes by Dolly Lennon
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Ghostheart by Roger Jon Ellory ‘Captivating’
Remarkable Creatures by Tracey Chevalier
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Mayhew
The Girl with Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel
The Marx Sisters by Barry Maitland
Candlemoth by Roger Jon Ellory
The Big Score by Peter Corris
The Primal Yoke by Tom Lee  
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  by Douglas Adams
The Lake Wobegon books by Garrison Keillor
The New Zealand Trilogy by Maurice Shadbolt
Comeback by Peter Corris
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary by David Sedaris

The eternal question- to finish or not to finish?- was also raised. How many pages do you give a book before you ditch it? Five? Ten? Fifty? Should we waste time on books that just don’t ‘grab’ us?  The answer remains a mystery- it’s a personal choice, after all- but some words of wisdom shone through: it all depends on your mood and how you are feeling at the time, so often, it’s worth giving a highly recommended book another attempt a little later. Sometimes, the problem lies not in the book, but in the person who’s reading it.

Most Talked About Reads



Ghostheart by Robert Jon Ellory           The Absolutist by John Boyne             


Arabesques by Robert Dessaix              Ghost Platoon by Frank Walker


Slouching Towards Bethlehem           The Sawdust in My Shoes
  by Joan Didion                                                        by Dollie Lennon


Remarkable Creatures
by Tracey Chevalier  

Honourable Mentions

Chocolat by Joanna Harris

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M.Auel

The Wonderful Country by Tom Lee

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

And, to end – the Oscar Wilde short story in which the ghost tries to scare the family without success is called The Canterville Ghost.  It was the first of Wilde’s stories to be published, appearing in the magazine The Court and Society Review in February 1887. It was later included in a collection of short stories entitled Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories in 1891.

The National Year of Reading: January was Amazing Reads, February is Laugh

In case you hadn’t heard, 2012 is the National Year of Reading. The Love2Read theme for January was Amazing Reads, and the theme for February is Laugh.

There really is nothing better than having a good giggle, and this February we look forward to sharing some amusing, quirky and downright hilarious reads. What’s your giggle type? Parody, satire or romantic comedy? Or maybe you like to walk on the dark side of funny with some black comedy. Whatever your taste, you’re sure to find something at Shoalhaven libraries to make you smile.

Let’s laugh this February : )

Kids lauging and reading

The remaining love2read themes for the year are…

March- Think
April- Feel
May- Escape
June- Dream
August- Question
September- Grow
October- Explore
November- Cry
December- Love2Read

Don’t forget the live Twitter discussions each month of 2012.  The next one is Laugh on February 28th at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.  Make sure you tag your tweets with #NYR12 as you go, so everyone else in the discussion can see you. Have fun!!

The Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge

The Readers’ Haven is proud to announce that the following library members/staff will be participating in the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge:


We’ll be reading books by Australian female writers throughout the year and publishing our reviews here.

So watch this space….

For more information, go to The Australian Women Writers Reading and Reviewing Challenge 2012.   Image

Welcome to the Readers’ Advisory blog of Shoalhaven Libraries

Look at you, visiting us! Good for you, and welcome!

Welcome to the inaugural blog post of The Readers’ Haven!

Here’s a little bit about us…

The Readers’ Haven was created by the Readers’ Advisory team at Nowra Library, part of Shoalhaven Libraries, a public library cooperative service situated on the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Nowra Library is a vibrant, busy regional library providing free services to the people of the Shoalhaven. As part of these services, we run a regular book club for our adult fiction readers. Called the 3rd Wednesday Book Club, the group meets (yes, you guessed it) every 3rd Wednesday of each month here at the library. We’re an eclectic little crew, with many and varied reading tastes and styles, which means there are always wonderful discussions on all things bookish. So many great titles and authors are thrown around, so many recommendations and ideas and reviews are shared over biscuits and numerous cups of tea,  that we thought we’d start a blog to capture it all and share it online with everyone. We’re not selfish, you see. If we find a good book, we want everyone to know about it. (By all means, feel free to return the favour.)

And why The Readers’ Haven, you may ask? Well, with its pretty scenery, myriad beaches and gorgeous coastline, the Shoalhaven is a truly beautiful location. It’s a popular holiday destination and a great place to wind down, relax and set yourself adrift in a good book. A kind of readers’ haven, if you will.

We’re very excited to start this new blogging venture here at Shoalhaven Libraries, more so because we’re doing it at the beginning of the National Year of Reading, the most exciting year in the history of the known universe. We hope this blog will make it even easier for you to enjoy 2012, a year of celebrating books, talking about books and generally loving books. Please feel free to leave comments and contact us- we want The Readers’ Haven to be as successful and useful  as it possibly can, and we’d love your input.


Happy Reading!!