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What do librarians read, watch or listen to?

Working at Tea Tree Gully Library means we're lucky enough to spend our days surrounded by stacks of books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines.

Here's what's currently on some of our staff nightstands (and sometimes, what's not!).

Links to the Library catalogue are provided wherever possible, if you would like to borrow any items.

Symon | Library Events Officer

1. A movie I just finished and didn't love is: Cocktail

This is about the 34th film in the line of 1980s trash movies I've been watching in 2020. I hadn't seen it since I saw it in the cinema when I was 12 and had no clue what was happening. Cruise is standard 80s-era Cruise where everyone thinks he's cool, but he's borderline creepy. Elisabeth Shue is the best thing about the film, followed by the soundtrack which includes 'Kokomo' and Bobby McFerrin's 'Don't worry Be happy'. 

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More car manuals and more 80s trash films! 

Alison | Library Technology Coordinator

1. A book I just finished and loved is: I want to be in a scary story by Sean Taylor

A children's picture book that my four-year-old grandson loved, wanting me to read it again and again. Slightly spooky, a little bit scary, but great fun to read aloud.

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  • Reading now: Home Stretch by Graham Norton
  • Listening to now: Love the podcasts on the ABC Listen app, like Conversations, The History Listen, Blueprint for Living and Trace
  • Watching now: Spooks (one of my all time favourite TV programs) and the excellent French series The Bureau on SBS Demand.

 3. What's on my to-read and to-watch list:

Between the stops: the view of my life from the top of the number 12 bus by Sandi Toksvig
Parwana: recipes and stories from an Afghan kitchen by Durkhanai Ayubi
Transcendent kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Just ignore him by Alan Davies
Young Wallander (Netflix)
Call my agent (Netflix)
Below the Surface (SBS on Demand)
Arctic (SBS on Demand)
Toast (SBS on Demand)

Hayley | Library Technology Officer

1. A book I just finished and loved is: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman 

I enjoyed this fast-paced adventure that is one part spy novel, one part fantasy and one part an exploration on ethics. It follows 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead, a bright boy who finds himself increasingly embroiled in the political events unfolding around him. There's also lots of interesting adult characters who add appeal for an older readership. The story is set in a world very similar to our own - except each person has a daemon in the shape of an animal who acts as a confidant and guide.

I listened to the audiobook and the excellent narration by Michael Sheen really made the book come to life. Though very dark in places, the Book of Dust left me with the hopeful sense that when push comes to shove, most people do the right thing.

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Kate | Library Officer, Digital Hub 

1. A book I just finished and loved is: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

This beautifully written novel begins in Korea in 1911 and takes you on an epic journey following four generations. I fell in love with the characters and learnt a lot about Korean and Japanese history during this time period. I found the writing elegant and captivating, but also accessible and easy to read. I can't recommend it enough.

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  • Reading now: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore - a non-fiction read about female workers exposed to radium in factories in the early twentieth century and their fight for justice.
  • Listening to now: The latest podcast episode of Getting Curious with Jonathon Van Ness - this week's guest was cat behaviour expert and author Jackson Galaxy, and how we can take better care of our cats!
  • Watching now: Season 2 of Ramy (on Stan) 

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Kyle | Library Officer 

1. A book I just finished and loved is: Pretending by Holly Bourne

Furiously funny at times by way of Holly Bourne's distinct lens. 

It is full of perfect joyous moments that disarm you with comedy then hit you over the head with the hard truth of our broken gendered world. Her honest way of looking at the utter insanity of the relationship plight of the modern world is still somehow full of kindness and warmth. If this is what the Spinster Club books were the foundation for, I'm all in and happy for more. Also, the first chapter has one of the best twists I've ever read.

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  • A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T Kindfisher
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