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Summer reading suggestions from CSU librarians

Summer reading suggestions from CSU librarians

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Finally, it’s time to drop those textbooks and actually read something we want to! Your librarians have suggested their top books so you’ll have plenty to read these holidays. Add these great finds to your reading list this summer:


I’m going to recommend the Robert Galbraith series of crime novels – The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil. Robert Galbraith is actually a pseudonym for JK Rowling, and I think they’re a really good read, especially for summer when you don’t want anything too challenging. They’re also being made into a TV series in the UK.

Some other books Jane also read this year: Beloved by Toni Morrison, A Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, Horns by Joe Hill, and Gut by Guilia Enders.


The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do is definitely worth a read. It follows the extraordinary true story of a boy’s journey from starvation at sea to becoming one of Australia’s best-loved comedians.

It gives insight into life as a refugee, coming from a war-torn Vietnam to relocating to Australia and the many hurdles and joys that follow it.


I’m addicted to Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle at the moment. It’s all I’ve read for the last eight months!

I have listened to the Magnus Chase audio books by Rick Riordan, which are great for long car drives involving kids.


Mockingbird Vol. 1: I can explain by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk. Comics are great for summer reading when it’s too hot to pay attention for long. The bonus with this series is it’s starting fresh so there is no need to know the whole Marvel comics history to follow Mockingbird on her hilarious adventures.

Lexicon by Max Barry. I really enjoyed this book for the interesting concepts about language, persuasion, how language can be used to manipulate and control other people delivered in a fast-paced dual narrative. And it has a local flavour as part of the action is set in Broken Hill.

Other great books available at CSU libraries:

  • Year of Wonders: A novel of the plague by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Green Road by Anne Enright
  • Monkey Grip by Helen Garner
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • The Soldier’s Curse by Tom and Meg Keneally
  • The Boat by Nam Le
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • Their Brilliant Careers by Ryan O’Neill

Happy reading!

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