Hot summer reads at your local Brisbane library

The sun is out and it's nearly time for holidays, which means family, friends, beach visits, sunny days and time to read a stack of books that are unputdownable.

We've got you covered with lots of holiday-ready books in our local Council library catalogue. Check our suggestions on what to read this summer and into the new year.

Perfect beach read

If you want to read something quirky and intriguing these holidays and want a book that will make you laugh and cry, The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion is a perfect choice.

The novel tells the story of 39-year-old, Don Tillman, a genetics professor who has designed his next project - The Wife Project, a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. It's so good, you won't be able to put it down!

Totally trending

Catch public transport? You're bound to have seen passengers reading Boy Swallows Universe, which is based on a story of chaotic youth. This popular book was written by Brisbane-based journalist and first-time author, Trent Dalton, and is set in Brisbane in 1983.

Eli is trying to follow his heart and learn what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way. A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, it's a great book to borrow for your next book club.

A book to refresh and recharge

Have you decided 2020 means 'new year, new me'? Set yourself up for financial success in the new year, by borrowing a copy of The Barefoot Investor, by Scott Page. This book will act as your step-by-step guide to manage your money and achieve your goals. 

Local stories

The Fine Cotton Fiasco by Peter Hoysted and Pat Sheil is the true story, based in Brisbane in 1984, of a simple plan to secretly swap a mediocre horse with a faster one and rake in the cash with a few well-placed bets. What could possibly go wrong? The book tells the almost unbelievable tale about how the scheme gradually unravelled.

Join the authors, Peter and Pat, as they discuss their eye-opening book at a free Lord Mayor's Writers in Residence event at Wynnum Library on Friday 6 December. Bookings are required for this event.

How to borrow a book

All of the books in this article are available at libraries across Brisbane. Borrowing from our libraries is as easy as 1-2-3! 

  1. Join a library.
  2. Check the online library catalogue, eLibCat, for the availability of the book you want to read and reserve the book.
  3. Pick up your book.

If audiobooks are more your thing, check eLibCat to find what you're after.

Find your local library

There's heaps to discover at Council's 33 libraries and they'll be open throughout December and January, except for public holidays. Head to our Libraries page to find out more and to find out when your local library is open.

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Last updated:22 November 2019
Topics: things to do