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Explore these reading lists, created by library staff, to find your next read.

Pride Month - Adult/Young Adult

The last of the apple blossom  

This book is gay by James Dawson

Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it's like to grow up as LGBT.

Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know - from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more.

Spike Gerrell's hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must-read.

 

The dark  

Coming out stories by Emma Goswell

Based on the hugely popular Coming Out Stories podcast, this empowering, humorous and deeply honest book invites you to share one of the most important moments in many LGBTQ+ people's lives.

From JP coming out to his reflection in the mirror, to Jacob coming out to their Mum over email, from Christine knowing she was trans as a young child, to Kerry coming out as a lesbian in her late thirties, all of the real life stories in this book show you there is no right or wrong way to come out, whatever your age and whatever your background.

Whether you're gay, pan, queer, bi, trans, non-binary, or an ally, this uplifting go-to resource is filled with helpful advice and tips on what to expect, and inspirational quotes from leading LGBTQ+ figures, to help you live your very best self. Welcome to the family!

 

Wrapped in rain  

The queen's English by Chloe O. Davis

A landmark reference guide to the LGBTQIA+ community's contributions to the English language-an intersectional, inclusive, playfully illustrated glossary featuring more than 800 terms and fabulous phrases created by and for queer culture.

 

 

 

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 Life isn't binary by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi

Much of society's thinking operates in a highly rigid and binary manner; something is good or bad, right or wrong, a success or a failure, and so on. Challenging this limited way of thinking, this ground-breaking book looks at how non-binary methods of thought can be applied to all aspects of life, and offer new and greater ways of understanding ourselves and how we relate to others.

Using bisexual and non-binary gender experiences as a starting point, this book addresses the key issues with binary thinking regarding our relationships, bodies, emotions, wellbeing and our sense of identity and sets out a range of practices which may help us to think in more non-binary, both/and, or uncertain ways.

A truly original and insightful piece, this guide encourages reflection on how we view and understand the world we live in and how we all bend, blur or break society's binary codes.

 

Find more books to enjoy and celebrate the LGBT community during Pride Month here.

BorrowBox Warm Winter Reads - Adult

Our eLibrary offers a wide range of titles to get you started on the Warm Winter Read.  Use this list to choose your next book to cosy up with.

To find out how to get started and download an eBook or eAudiobook using Borrowbox follow the links.

 

The last of the apple blossom  

How to end a story by Helen Garner

eAudiobook - Read by Helen Garner

Living with a powerfully ambitious writer who is consumed by his work, and trying to find a place for her own spirit to thrive, Helen Garner rails against the confines. At the same time she is desperate to find the truth in their relationship – and the truth of her own self.

This is a harrowing story, a portrait of the messy, painful, dark side of love lost, of betrayal and sadness and the sheer force of a woman’s anger. But it is also a story of resilience and strength, strewn with sharp insight, moments of joy and hope, the immutable ties of motherhood and the regenerative power of a room of one’s own.

 

The dark  

7 1/2 by Christos Tsiolkas 

eBook

A man arrives at a house on the coast to write a book. Separated from his lover and family and friends, he finds the solitude he craves in the pyrotechnic beauty of nature, just as the world he has shut out is experiencing a cataclysmic shift. The preoccupations that have galvanised him and his work fall away, and he becomes lost in memory and beauty ...

He also begins to tell us a story ...

A retired porn star is made an offer he can't refuse for the sake of his family and future. So he returns to the world he fled years before, all too aware of the danger of opening the door to past temptations and long-buried desires. Can he resist the oblivion and bliss they promise? 

 

Wrapped in rain  

Son of Sin by Omar Sakr

eBook

Poet Omar Sakr’s debut novel is a fierce and fantastic force that illuminates the bonds that bind families together as well as what can break them.

An estranged father. An abused and abusive mother. An army of relatives. A tapestry of violence, woven across generations and geographies, from Turkey to Lebanon to Western Sydney. This is the legacy left to Jamal Smith, a young queer Muslim trying to escape a past in which memory and rumour trace ugly shapes in the dark. When every thread in life constricts instead of connects, how do you find a way to breathe? Torn between faith and fear, gossip and gospel, family and friendship, Jamal must find and test the limits of love.

In this extraordinary work, Omar Sakr deftly weaves a multifaceted tale brimming with angels and djinn, racist kangaroos and adoring bats, examining with a poet’s eye the destructive impetus of repressed desire and the complexities that make us human.

 

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The survivors by Jane Harper

eBook and eAudiobook - Read by Steve Shanahan

Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on a single day when a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that haunts him still resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal town he once called home.

Kieran's parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl and questions that have never washed away ...

 

Find more Warm Winter Reads on Borrowbox here.

uLIBRARY's most borrowed - Adult

Visit uLIBRARY to discover what the most borrowed eAudiobook titles are. Use this list to find your next read.

To find out how to get started and download an eAudiobook using uLIBRARY follow the link.

 

The last of the apple blossom  

The glass room by Ann Cleeves 

Read by Janine Birkett

DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily but when one of her neighbours goes missing she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. It’s an easy job to track the young woman down to the Writers’ House a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work on their novels. But things get complicated when a body is discovered and Vera’s neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else. But the investigation is too tempting and she’s never been one to follow the rules. Working with Sergeant Joe Ashworth she starts the hunt for a murderer who has turned killing into an art form.

 

The dark  

Small mercies by Richard Anderson 

Read by Nicholas Osmond

After enduring months of extreme drought on their modest freehold farming couple Dimple and Ruthie face uncertain times on more than one front. Ruthie receives the news every woman dreads. Meanwhile Wally Oliver a wealthy landowner appears on the local radio station warning small farmers that they are doomed and the sooner they leave the land to large operators like him the better.

Bracing for a fight on all fronts Dimple and Ruthie decide to take a road trip to confront Oliver. Along the way not only is their resolve tested but their relationship as well. Desperate not to dwell on the past but to face up to the future Dimple and Ruthie make a crucial decision they soon regret. And when the storm clouds finally roll in across the land they love there's more than rain to contend with.

 

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Worn out wife seeks new life by Carmen Reid

Read by Penelope Freeman

Tess Simpson needs a break! No one appreciates her at home. No one appreciates her at work. And now her dog has died. She’s had enough! Maybe what she really needs is a break from hopeless husband Dave the ungrateful ‘kidults’ and the lacklustre job. River Romero needs a break! She’s had success in the past but screenwriting is a tough career in a tough town and her next script has got to fly or River’s dream career is over.

The swap! Everything about River’s L.A. life sounds exciting to Tess from the condo with a pool to the Hollywood glitz. Everything about Tess’s English country life sounds so calming to River from the wisteria over the front door to the peaceful bedroom. Both women want their lives to change but real life isn’t like the movies. And what if getting away from it all isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

 

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 True West by David Whish-Wilson

Read by Adam Fitzgerald

Western Australia 1988. After betraying the Knights motorcycle gang 17-year-old Lee Southern flees to the city with nothing left to lose. Working as a rogue tow-truck driver in Perth he is captured by right-wing extremists whose combination of seduction and blackmail keeps him on the wrong side of the law and under their control. As the true nature of what drives his captors unfolds Lee becomes an unwilling participant in a breathtakingly ambitious plot - and a cold-blooded crime that will show just how much he and everyone else still has to lose.

 

Find more most borrowed uLIBRARY titles here.

**NEW** Picture books with audio - Kids

The last of the apple blossom  

Good Rosie! by Kate DiCamillo

Rosie is a good dog and a faithful companion to her owner, George. She likes taking walks with George and looking at the clouds together. But the closest she comes to another dog is when she encounters her reflection in her empty dog bowl, and sometimes that makes Rosie feel lonely.

One day George decides to try taking Rosie to the dog park, but the park is full of dogs that Rosie doesn’t know, which makes her feel lonelier than ever. So when big, loud Maurice and small, yippy Fifi bound over and want to play, Rosie’s not sure how to respond. Is there a trick to making friends? And if so, can they all figure it out together?

 

The dark  

You matter by Christian Robinson

In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding.

Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.

 

 

Wrapped in rain  

Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Mama’s love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. This celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones!

On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be everywhere Mama is.

With lyrical prose and a tender touch, the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Mama and Me is an ode to the strength of the bond between a mother and a daughter as they spend a rainy day together.

 

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 You made me a dad by Laurenne Sala

A father tells his child about his love, fear, and joy in being her parent.

In this touching celebration of fatherhood, the close bond between parent and child comes to life with heartwarming resonance.

 

 

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The hiking Viking by Laura Gehl

While the other Vikings love to holler and howl and battle and brawl, Leif prefers spending time by himself atop the beautiful fjord. But when it's time for the Viking Games, everyone must participate.

Will Leif let down his clan . . . or surprise them?

 

Find more books with audio here.

 

Music, joy and inclusion - Kids

The last of the apple blossom  

I’m the happiest by Anna Shuttlewood

While all the animals compete to be the best, only Raccoon is happy for them all.

Can the animals learn to get along and be happy for each other?

 

 

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Leonard doesn’t dance by Frances Watts

All the birds are excited about the Big Beaky Bird Ball – except Leonard. His warble-warble waltz with the magpies is more wobble-wobble, and his caw-caw can-can with the crows is a can’t-can’t. The puffins are prancing, the rosellas are rocking, and you should see the flamingos go-go-go! Everyone is jumping and jiving, but not Leonard. Leonard doesn’t dance.

Then an unexpected encounter changes everything….

 

 

Wrapped in rain  

Shark feels shy by Katie Woolley

Shark wants to get up in front of the class during show and tell but he feels a bit shy.

Is there anything he can do to feel better? 

 

 

 

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 I will dance by Nancy Bo Flood

Like many young girls, Eva longs to dance. But unlike many would-be dancers, Eva is in a wheelchair. She has cerebral palsy. She doesn’t know what dance looks like for someone who uses a wheelchair.

Then Eva learns of a place that has created a class for dancers of all abilities. From her first tentative moments in the studio to her triumphant performance onstage, Eva knows that this is where she belongs. At last her lifelong dream of dancing has become a reality!

 

The last of the apple blossom  

Happy to be me by Emma Dodd

With arms to hug, ears to hear, a mouth to giggle and a heart to love… It’s no wonder I’m happy to be me!

A fun-filled, body-positive celebration of all the wonderful things that make me ME!

 

 

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We’ve got talent by Hannah Whitty and Paula Bowles

Some of us like dancing. Some of us like singing. Some of us like doing our own thing.

No matter what we look like: we’ve got talent! 

 

 

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We are all kind by P. Crumble and Jonathan Bentley

No matter who you are, this book celebrates that we can all extend a hand, make amends, share a laugh, solve a problem, heal a hurt, and love one another.

There are so many ways to care and to show that…we are all kind. 

 

 

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Embrace your body by Taryn Brumfitt

My body is unique. Every body’s different. Look what my body can do.

Embrace your body – you’ve only got one! 

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 The world needs more purple people by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart

The best things are purple. Purple stickers. Purple bicycles. Purple Aliens. It’s a magical colour that brings other colours together. Okay but what’s a purple person. Great question! Purple people love to ask questions. They are kind and hardworking, and they laugh a lot (especially at Grandpa’s funny noises)! A purple person is an everyday superhero! How do you become one? That’s the fun part! Penny Purple will lead you through the steps.

 

Find more books about music, joy and inclusion here!

Individuality - Self-esteem - Dancing - Emotions - Self-confidence

 

LGBTIQ+ - Young adult

The last of the apple blossom  

Afterlove by Tanya Byrne

Ash Persaud is about to become a grim reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see Poppy Morgan, the love of her life again - the only thing that separates them is death. AFTER-LIFE COMES LOVE.

Car headlights. The last thing Ash hears is the shriek of metal and the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars. But she made it, she's still here. Or is she?

This New Year's Eve Ash gets an RSVP from the afterlife she can't decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city's dead to a boat on the seafront to await their fate. But Ash can't forget her first love, Poppy Morgan, and she will do anything to see her again, even if it means they only get a few days together. Dead or alive.

 

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Any way the wind blows by Rainbow Rowell

In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong.

In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages and if he doesn't, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz?

Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she's smuggled a cursed American Normal into London, and now she isn't sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough.

 

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Felix ever after by Kacen Callender

Felix Love has never been in love - and, yes, he's painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it's like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What's worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he's one marginalisation too many - Black, queer and transgender - to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages - after publicly posting Felix's deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned - Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn't count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi-love triangle . . . But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognising the love you deserve.

 

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 The hollow heart by Marie Rutkoski

Intrigue, romance, and magic abound in the heart-stopping conclusion to Marie Rutkoski's Forgotten Gods duology.

At the end of The Midnight Lie, Nirrim offered up her heart to the God of Thieves in order to restore her people's memories of their city's history. The Half Kith who once lived imprisoned behind the city's wall now realize that many among them are powerful. Meanwhile, the person Nirrim once loved most, Sid, has returned to her home country of Herran, where she must navigate the politics of being a rogue princess who has finally agreed to do her duty.

In the Herrani court, rumors begin to grow of a new threat rising across the sea, of magic unleashed on the world, and of a cruel, black-haired queen who can push false memories into your mind, so that you believe your dearest friends to be your enemies. Sid doesn't know that this queen is Nirrim, who seeks her revenge against a world that has wronged her. Can Sid save Nirrim from herself? Does Nirrim even want to be saved? As blood is shed and war begins, Sid and Nirrim find that it might not matter what they want for the gods have their own plans.

 

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Cemetery boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

 

 

 

 

Find more LGBTIQ+ books for young adults here.