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Our librarians' suggestions for what to read at home

From the latest Miles Franklin winner to advice on tackling life’s challenges, here are a few titles to add to your reading list.

Running out of things to read at home or need some inspiration? We asked our well-read librarians for their suggestions of ebooks, eaudiobooks and ecomics.

All the suggested titles below are available to borrow from our digital collection. Members can also stream films and music, and read online newspapers and magazines free.

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lukashenko (ebook)

Read the latest Miles Franklin winner available on our new ebook platform IndyReads. This gritty and hilarious novel by a talented new Indigenous voice features a strong-minded female heroine, Kerry. The character is trying to stay out of prison, find redemption, forgiveness, and love while fighting to save a sacred and beloved place from development.

The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau (ebook and eaudiobook)

Escape into this compelling novel about the complex lives of an Australian family, told against a backdrop of ecological disaster. Available as an ebook and eaudiobook, this is an intelligent, beautifully told story of secrets and survival, family and community, loss and renewal.

Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton (ebook and eaudiobook)

Reflect on what is really important in life with Alain de Botton’s exploration into the universally experienced condition of status anxiety. This study is not only entertaining and thought-provoking, it is also genuinely wise and helpful, prompting us to think about how we live and how we might change our world. Available as an ebook and eaudiobook.

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (ecomic)

Escape into a strange and entirely new world full of dark fantasy and wonder with the first volume of this popular graphic novel series. The story is set in Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.

Gaysia by Benjamin Law (ebook and eaudiobook)

Do some armchair traveling, starting with journalist Benjamin Law’s exploration of gay culture in Asia. All the characters Benjamin meets on his travels teach him something new about being queer in Asia. From Tokyo’s celebrity drag queens and HIV-positive Burmese sex workers to Malaysian ex-gay Christian fundamentalists and Thai beauty contestants. Available as an ebook and eaudiobook.

How Not to Worry by Paul McGee (eaudiobook)

Learn to relax and find a way forward as you listen to Paul McGee's real life advice to tackle life’s challenges in a calm and considered way. Paul is a trained counsellor and one of Europe’s leading motivational speakers and coaches. He combines practical strategies with inspiration and realism.

Deep South: Stories from Tasmania (ebook)

Explore a strong sense of place with this wonderful collection of short stories about Tasmania. Available as an ebook, this must-read for enthusiasts of Australian literature features 24 short stories celebrating the history, culture and creativity of Tasmania.

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (ebook on IndyReads and eaudiobook)

Catch up on the latest work by the celebrated author of The Book Thief available as an ebook on IndyReads or an audiobook. Bridge of Clay is a compelling novel about 5 brothers coming to terms with the disappearance of their father. A complex, strong hearted novel about adolescence and family from one of Australia’s best storytellers.

Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales (eaudiobook)

Read by the author, journalist Leigh Sales, this is a powerful reflection on the ability of ordinary people to find resilience even in moments of great grief and tragedy. Leigh interviews people who have faced difficult situations and finds strength and hope in their responses.

Not a City of Sydney Library member? We've introduced temporary online memberships for City of Sydney residents and ratepayers living in NSW, allowing you to join our library without visiting a branch. With this membership, you'll get free access to our entire digital collection including ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines, enewspapers, and film and music steaming services. Temporary memberships are valid until 6 January 2021.