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Recommended Titles

Stuck for a book to read this month?

Check out these titles, recommended by library staff and members of our Book Club.

Book Club meets at Marlborough Library (Blenheim) on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm.

Each month we have a theme that members can choose to read from (or not!).

The theme for June is 'New Zealand authors'.

Our next book club meeting will be held on Thursday 27 June, 6:30 pm, at Marlborough District Library (Blenheim).

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother’ s graveside, Lisel Meminger finds her life changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger’ s Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’ s wife’ s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’ s foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel’ s world is both opened up, and closed down.

See if The Book Thief is available on our catalogue

The Girl with all the Gifts by Mike Carey

Not every gift is a blessing. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh. Melanie is a very special girl.

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

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The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia, and lives there with his wife. One April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and an infant. Years later Tom and his wife discover the consequences of the decision they made that day - as the baby's real story unfolds.

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

See if Wonder is available on our catalogue