Holiday reading recommendations from the Library

Whether you’re under the doona, on the couch, in the garden or at the beach, the best way to spend your holidays is with some words on a page.

It’s the end of the year, so it’s time to read something for pleasure.

Whether you’re under the doona, on the couch, in the garden or at the beach, the best way to spend your holidays is with some words on a page.

Here are some recommendations from the Library, but they’re not your normal summer reads: try something new with a collection of short stories or a graphic novel.

Short story collections

Uncommon Type: Some Stories – Tom Hanks. The actor’s first collection of fiction, linked by the inclusion of a typewriter, is surprising, intelligent and heartwarming.

The Pier Falls: And Other Stories – Mark Haddon. Cut with lean prose and drawing from history, myth and fairy tales,The Pier Falls reveals a previously unseen side of the celebrated author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

Why They Run The Way They Do: Stories – Susan Perabo. A darkly beautiful collection of twelve stories celebrating the everyday truths of people facing unusual or challenging situations.

I’d Die For You: and other lost stories – F. Scott Fitzgerald. A collection of the last remaining unpublished short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night. 

Speak My Language, and other stories – Torsten Høojer. A new collection of short stories by authors illuminating gay life from a multitude of perspectives, ages, eras, locations, cultures and political climates. With a foreword by Stephen Fry.

Graphic novels

Drinking at the Movies – Julia Wertz. Drinking at the Movies chronicles the author-artist’s first year living in New York City as a just-out-of-college twenty-something. It’s a wrenching, ribald, whiskey-soaked coming-of-age tale.

Adulthood is a Myth – Sarah Andersen. Andersen confronts head-on the horrors, anxiety and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the Wi-Fi gone down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.

Fight Club 2 – Chuck Palahniuk. For lovers of Palahniuk’s original novel and David Fincher’s film adaptation, this graphic novel sequel heralds the return of Tyler Durden.

Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq – Sarah Glidden. Cartoonist Sarah Glidden accompanies her two friends – reporters and founders of a journalism non-profit – as they research potential stories on the effects of the Iraq War on the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees.

Introvert Doodles – Maureen ‘Marzi’ Wilson. Being an introvert in an extrovert world isn’t always easy, but it certainly is an adventure. In Introvert Doodles, author and protagonist Marzi chronicles her most uncomfortable, charming, honest, and hilarious moments that everyone – introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between – can relate to.

Something else?

The Library has a whole range of bestsellers, novels and biographies available to borrow over the summer. Search the catalogue or browse the Reading Nook shelves on campus to find something you like.

If periodicals are more your thing, try Press Reader, a fantastic app that connects you with over 7000 of the world’s best newspapers and magazines, such as the Guardian, the Monthly, Lonely Planet Traveller, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and GQ. You can download the app for free now and start reading.

Or, if you want to watch a movie or television show, try Kanopy, our video streaming database. It has over 28 000 titles, from documentaries to short films, art-house classics to award-winning blockbusters.

Happy reading (and viewing)!