Sizzling summer reads at Two Wells

The Two Wells Book Club usually reviews a book each month for the readers of the Echo.

This month however, Suzanne and Rose from the Adelaide Plains Library take readers through the most widely borrowed titles in South Australia over summer.

If any of these books strike an interest, you better move quickly if you would like to read them anytime soon.


• ABC’s ‘7.30’ host, Leigh Sales’ book ‘Any Ordinary Day’ is turning out to be quite the ultimate read- if you can get your hands on it!

Her book has accumulated over 500 holds at libraries across the state.

Described as a wise and layered book, the author talks intimately with people who’ve faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour.

• Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ is also high on the holds list.

This autobiographical memoir of the former First Lady of the United States is described by the author herself as a deeply personal experience.

The book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.

• ‘The Barefoot Investor for Families’, the latest bestseller from Scott Pape is touted as the only kids’ money guide you will ever need, and proved to be a hit in Christmas stockings last year.


• Australian blockbuster author, Liane Moriarty, tops the list of holds for her latest ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’, with 1000 South Australians putting their name down to borrow the title.

I (Nat) personally couldn’t wait for a copy from the library so I went out and purchased it.

An easy read that takes a dramatic turn halfway through.

The ultimate page turner without being too serious.

• Tricia Stringer’s ‘Table for Eight’ is also quite popular, with over 800 holds.

Tricia is a South Australian author who currently lives on the Yorke Peninsula.

She recently visited Two Wells for an Adelaide Plains Library author event which was booked out with eager local fans delighted to hear her speak of this latest book and her writing processes.

• ‘The Lost Man’ the third novel by Australian author, Jane Harper has also proved to be very popular.


• Young adult (YA) fiction has also had an injection of great reads brought forth by inspiring authors.  Hot on the heels of her successful first novel, ‘Nevermoor’, Jessica Townsend’s eagerly awaited sequel ‘Wundersmith’, hit the New York Times bestseller list early after its release.

Not bad for a young Australian author.

• Jeff Kinley’s latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid instalment, ‘The Meltdown’ has proved popular amongst the series’ already established fan base.

Popular YA titles also include, ‘The Hate You Give’ by Angie Thomas (recently made into a movie), ‘Navigating The Stars’, a science fiction novel for teens by Maria V. Snyder, and ‘The Fork, the Witch and the Worm’ (fantasy) by Christopher Paolini.

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