Weekend Reads

Published on 28 March 2018

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 to get stuck into over the coming weeks.

For some tear-jerking inspiration

Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell

Billed as the first of its kind, this astonishing memoir charts the struggles and small triumphs of a British hospital worker and mum of two after she is diagnosed with earlyonset Alzheimer’s at the age of 58. Skilfully co-authored by Anna Wharton, Mitchell’s brave and personal record of her journey with dementia is a must-read for anyone whose life has been touched by this devastating condition.

For the crime fiction fan

The Girl in the Woods by Camilla Läckberg

The latest psychological thriller from the bestselling Swedish author sees her detective duo on the trail of a missing girl in a lakeside resort town. Everyone here, it seems, has a secret – including the world-famous actress who’s recently returned. With a dark tone that has been likened to Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this atmospheric (and weighty) novel is sure to have you clutching your loved ones close.

For the healthy home cook

Yummy, Easy, Quick by Matt Preston

Imagine getting a healthy, nutritious dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. That’s exactly what this book is designed for. MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston has put together 120-plus dinner recipes designed to keep any family on their toes, including ones for baked chicken nuggets, cottage pie, Thai beef salad and slow-roasted lamb shoulder rolls.

For the boss of the budget

The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need by Scott Pape

You’ve probably heard at least one person in your life talk about this game-changing book, and once you start reading, it’s easy to see why. Financial advice columnist Scott Pape’s guide is practical and no-nonsense. Pape not only breaks down difficult financial concepts, he offers real scripts to help you confidently talk to your super-fund manager, insurance broker and bank manager to take control of your finances like an expert.

For the ocean-loving pre-schooler

Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Surfing from Ladybird

Everyone’s favourite porcine heroine continues to expand her impressive range of skills by learning to ride the waves. This new 16-page picture book serves up all the giggles you would expect – with the ritual abuse of Daddy Pig seeing him used as a surfboard – and makes a perfect companion to the Peppa Pig’s Australian Holiday DVD released last year.

For the super-cool kid

Ninja Kid by Anh Do

This hilarious first instalment in Anh Do’s new series follows Nelson, a nerd who wakes up on his 10th 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. Pipped to be one of the top books of 2018 for readers aged seven and above.

For the young film aficionado

Peter Rabbit Based on the Movie by Frederick Warne

This chapter book, inspired by the new Hollywood movie, offers a modern twist on Beatrix Potter’s classic original tale. Designed to delight seven to nine-year olds, the story follows our long-eared hero through various cheeky exploits before homing in on a moral. In the process, author Frederick Warne helps a new generation of readers to understand that no one is perfect.

For teens with a hero complex

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This fantastical tale from Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi introduces readers to rebel royals and an African-inspired magical kingdom akin to those recently seen in Marvel’s box office smash Black Panther. As the first in a planned trilogy, this is one of those rare adventure yarns that turns important themes such as oppression and racial prejudice into compulsive reading.

Find these and many more must-reads and gifts for literature lovers at Dymocks, QBD Books, Robinsons Bookshop, Target, Kmart and Big W.