TGS is a community of readers. Inspired by similar reading challenges offered to students, this year teaching and support staff have been invited to participate in Staff Library Bingo and challenged to read from each of the 20 categories on the below card

Judy Blume was once quoted saying: “Librarians save lives: by handing the right book, at the right time, to a kid in need” — here are some recommendations from our Library Services team that will save your life (or at least help you complete your reading challenge!)

Paula Herlinger (Library Services Specialist, Arthur Holt Library) has you covered for this category (and others!):

If you’re not really an Action and Adventure reader, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell is a quick, charming, YA read about a young girl looking for her mother in Paris.

Girl one by Sara Flannery Murphy is a good Other Worlds read  — 1970s experiments into parthenogenesis (virgin birth), and the resulting girls in the 1990s on the trail of whoever’s trying to kill them.

The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte is set in WWII with the background of the German invasion of the Soviet Union, and tells the story of a medical unit who occupied Leo Tolstoy’s historic former home.


Abigail Nel (Inquiry Learning Integrator, Preparatory School Library) lists the books she’s loved this year:

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Honeybee by Craig Silvey

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

You Need to Know by Nicola Moriarty

The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

Girl A by Abigail Dean


Kasey Drayton (Library Services Specialist, Arthur Holt Library) recommends:

Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Smokehouse by Melissa Manning

The School: The ups and downs of one year in the classroom by Brendan James Murray

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird  

Danielle Raffaele (Teaching and Learning Librarian, Arthur Holt Library) says the following books “have changed my life in 2021”:

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Jenny Bruscino (Library Services Specialist, Preparatory School Library)  recommends:

True stories from the Morgue by John Merrick

Penguin Bloom by Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive

Jacqueline Indari (Library Services Specialist, Junior School Library) can’t decide between the following favourites:

  • For the international choice, I love anything by John Boyne, particularly A history of loneliness or The heart’s invisible furies.                                                             
  • Brooklyn by Colm Tolbin is also a favourite.   
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee was a favourite with my book club.
  • Magda Szubanski: A memoir was also very good!



Stefanie Gaspari (Director of Library Services, Arthur Holt Library) surprised herself by falling into a series by the author of Divergent (shhh she’s counting one in Other Worlds AND one in Fantasy!):

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

Deborah Case (Library Services Specialist, Junior School Library) enjoyed

Burning the books : a history of knowledge under attack

“Richard Ovenden, director of the world-famous Bodleian Library, explains how attacks on libraries and archives have been a feature of history since ancient times but have increased in frequency and intensity during the modern era. … a powerful history of civilisation and a manifesto for the vital importance of physical libraries in our increasingly digital age”.  She also recommends

 Alexandria : the quest for the lost city by Edmund Richardson. 

Keep your eye out for more reading recommendations… and if you have any, we’d love to hear them.

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