Weekend Reading

As we enter the cooler months and the Easter break looms, the sofa beckons and time spent indoors becomes a more attractive option. Despite our addiction to screens, nothing quite beats snuggling up and losing yourself in the pages of a good book. From travel stories to bios, fantasy fiction to fantasy baking, there’s no limit to the worlds you’ll explore.  
Ready for a dose of old-fashioned autumnal cosy time? Here are our top picks of new releases for you – and the kids – to get stuck into over the coming weeks.  

 

Fiction 
All the Light We Cannot See 
Author: Anthony Doerr 

If you haven’t read this page-turning Pulitzer Prize winning novel yet, the Easter break is a great time to start. Ten years in the making, All the Light We Cannot See interweaves the lives of a young blind French girl and a German boy struggling to survive the devastation of Nazi-occupied Paris. Be sure to clear your schedule for a couple of days – this incredible work of fiction has been blamed for hours of lost sleep due to Doerr’s thrilling storytelling. 
Available at: QBD The Bookshop, Big W and Kmart.

Cookbook 
Yummy, Easy, Quick  
Author: Matt Preston 
Imagine getting a healthy, nutritious dinner on the table in 
30 minutes or less. That’s exactly what this book is for. 
Food critic and MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston has 
put together 120-plus dinner recipes designed to keep any family on their toes, including recipes for baked chicken nuggets, cottage pie, Thai beef salad, satay noodles and slow-roasted lamb shoulder rolls.  
Available at: QBD The Bookshop, Big W and Kmart.

 

Non-fiction, Finance 
The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need 
Author: Scott Pape 
You’ve probably heard at least one person in your life rattle on about this game-changing book, and it’s easy to see why once you start reading. Financial advice columnist Scott Pape’s guide is practical and no nonsense. Pape not only breaks down difficult financial concepts, he offers real scripts so you can confidently talk to your super-fund manager, insurance broker, and bank manager to get in control of your finances.  
Available at: QBD The Bookshop, Big W, Kmart and Target.

Fiction 
Wonder  
Author: R J Palacio 
This international bestseller is an emotional rollercoaster that will resonate with older readers as well as its intended younger audience. Now a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, the book sees Palacio explore some serious themes – loneliness, anxiety, courage, identity – all with a down-to-earth humour and easy charm that makes this story accessible to so many.  
Available at: QBD The Bookshop, Big W and Kmart

Children’s 
Ninja Kid  
Author: Anh Do  
Suits Ages 7 +  
This hilarious first instalment in Anh Do’s new series follows Nelson, a nerd who wakes up on his tenth birthday and finds out he’s the last ninja on earth. With the help of some crazy gadgets and his cousin Kenny, Nelson heads off to battle giant spiders and save the planet. 
Available at: QBD The Bookshop, Big W and Kmart

Children’s 
Where’s the Unicorn?  
Author: Paul Moran 
Kids will love searching for the magical unicorn in this colourful search-and-find book. Seventeen scenes, from downtown Los Angeles to a carnival in Rio de Janeiro, are intricately illustrated in bright, cartoonish styles.  

Available at: QBD The Bookshop