1. Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
  2. The Other Side of the World, Stephanie Bishop
  3. The Mindfulness Colouring Book, Emma Farrarons
  4. The Little Book of Calm Colouring Book, David Kay
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  6. The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma
  7. Blood Year : Terror and the Islamic State (Quarterly Essay 58), David Kilcullen
  8. The Festival of Insignificance, Milan Kundera
  9. Brisbane Art Deco, Kim Wilson
  10. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante

It’s no surprise that this past week was all about Go Set A Watchman. Despite mixed reviews, Harper Lee’s “lost” novel smashed sales records here and overseas, and our little bookshop was no exception, with plenty of the seqel/prequel to To Kill A Mockingbird changing hands at Avid Reader over the weekend.

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Number two last week was The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop, who we were lucky enough to have in the shop for a wonderful Literary Salon last Thursday night. We heard three fantastic emerging authors (all from the QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program) and then our own Jennifer Stephens interviewed Stephanie in what was a fascinating discussion. If you haven’t read this book yet, YOU MUST.


Another wonderful Salon on Avid Reader’s back deck. Image courtesy @book_snoop

More colouring books on the list this week, including a new entry, The Little Book of Calm Colouring Book (which unfortunately seems to have nothing to do with Black Books…). Rounding out the list are some usual suspects, along with an appearance by Milan Kundera! Next week should see the first of the August new releases (did someone say Christmas??!!!), so expect to see some new names on the list.

Until then, keep reading!

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