What did you read this week?


By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager |

Every Friday, we highlight some of the books members of TheReadingRoom community read during the week.

The FarmThe Farm by Tom Rob Smith

The Farm is a mystery and psychological thriller, which is surprising given the content is not driven by action so much as learning the truth about what took place. The plot is tight and the tension is palpable, and I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.” – Carpe Librum More >  

One DayOne Day by David Nicholls

“Nicholls manages to evoke plenty of laughter, but also tears (occasionally at the same time!) as well as groans and sighs. He also packs a punch that will leave the reader gasping. This is a marvellous novel that will have readers searching out other works by David Nicholls.” – Cloggie1Downunder More >  

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

“Liane Moriarty has cemented herself as a talented Australian storyteller with her latest offering. Big Little Lies is a story with well developed characters, an intriguing mystery, with a satisfying ending that is guaranteed to keep the pages turning from the first to last page.” – amandab81 More >  

Are You Seeing MeAre You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth

“A heartwarming and touching novel from Darren Groth, Are You Seeing Me? is a story about siblings, family, love and understanding. [It]is an engaging read, appropriate for both mature YA readers and adults.” – Shelleyrae More >  

StumptownStumptown, Vol 1: The Case of the Girl Who Took her Shampoo (But Left her Mini) by Greg Rucka & Matthew Southworth

“Rucka’s black as night tale of kidnapping, murder, blackmail, gambling, violence and familial conflict ticks all the right boxes for a noir fan to revel in and he’s ably assisted by the often dark (though never to the point of German expressionism) artwork which adds extra atmosphere to the show.” – bbbgtoby More >  

Let's Get LostLet’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

“I highly recommend Let’s Get Lost for fans of well written contemporary YA fiction. Leila is a charming and engaging character with such a vibrant personality. After reading Adi Alsaid’s debut novel, I hope there is a lot more to come from such a great new voice in YA fiction!”  – whYAnot More >  

RazorhurstRazorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

“Whilst we follow 2 main characters (Kelpie and Dymphna), there were several other perspectives injected throughout the novel along with some historical background (fictional and / or real) to either characters or setting. This could easily have been a pretty mess of structure but I was amazed that it wasn’t at all. It was done expertly and it worked a treat –a remarkable feat!” – Tienh More >  

Angel BabyAngel Baby by Richard Lange

“A taut, violent crime novel; utterly compelling despite being filled with deplorable characters. The cat and mouse dynamic constantly shifts; when a character has the upper hand, Lange slams on the break and pulls a U-turn, propelling the narrative in a new direction, resetting the status-quo.” – Simon McDonald More >