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by The Library on 2024-04-18T14:51:00+10:00 | 0 Comments

Unwind after the teaching session with some holiday reading. Did you know you can borrow e-books and audio books from the Library as well as physical copies?

We have a large number of fiction, biographies and best- selling authors in our collection.  

Don’t forget you can request an inter-campus library delivery if the book you want is not at your nearest campus.

First Nations literature

Delve into works that explore themes of identity, heritage, and resilience, while fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. View curated collection here.

Western Sydney University Voices

A selection of recent resources held in the Library that are authored by Western Sydney University staff and students. View curated collection here.

Australian fiction

Rhoda Barr Collection has a diverse selection of novels, biographies and other texts by Australian authors and those with connections to Australia ranges from 1930s to 2020s. View more details here.

Queer literature

A collection of LGBTQIA+ resources curated to celebrate 46th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which was celebrated from 16th February - 3th March 2024. View curated collection here.

Four books better than the films:

  1. Bridgerton: The Duke and I
  2. Dune
  3. Lessons in Chemistry
  4. The Hunger Games

Need a recap? Read our summary of each book below.

Bridgerton: The Duke and I

A spicy historical romance with a gripping plot.

Young Daphne Bridgerton struggles to find a love match due to her overprotective brother. She devises a plan to be in a pretend courtship with Duke Simon Basset to increase her popularity and protect the Duke from marriage proposals. How will they navigate their charade in a high society that thrives on gossip?

Differences between the book and TV series:

  • The live action TV series made a lot of changes to the story including leaving out an intriguing love interest of one of the Bridgertons.
  • The book has time to uncover elaborate details and set up scenes, that were cut out from the TV series episodes.


Dune follows Paul, whose family is tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the ‘spice’ mélange which extends life and enhances consciousness.

Differences between the book and film:

  • The book delves much deeper into the lore; where the movie only covers a portion of the story in the first book.
  • World building and intricate details are more apparent in the book.

Lessons in Chemistry

Set in 1960s Southern California, the story follows Elizabeth Zott, a talented Scientist who shoulders the brunt of gender inequality in the workplace. After being fired from her job, she finds herself the host of a cooking show, where her love for chemistry and cooking unites. She inspires a generation of women, as she challenges societal norms, fights for equality and navigates her life as a single mother.

Differences between the book and TV series:

  • The book delves into the complexities of sexism, gender and marriage in the 1960s in a more detailed way.
  • The TV series takes its own liberties and changes the story by decreasing the independence of the main character.

The Hunger Games

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen lives with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem. In the past, the districts lost the war against the ‘Capitol’ and as a part of the surrender terms each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to compete in an annual televised event called ‘The Hunger Games’. Young competitors fight to the death until only one remains. What will happen to Katniss who volunteers to go in place of her younger sister?

Differences between the book and the film:

  • The book is more entertaining because it contains Katniss’s unhinged narration. For example, Katniss introduces her dad in the beginning of the book by saying ‘he taught me some, before he was blown to bits’.
  • The movie does not include Katniss’s friend, who gifted her the gold Mockingjay pin.
  • In the book, character Peeta Mellark has more charm.

Tiktok famous books:

Are you on Booktok? You will recognise these three trending books!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Evelyn is now aged 79 years old, during her final interview she gives a recount of her rise to stardom in ‘old Hollywood’ and its many scandals. She recounts each of her husbands and reveals who was her true love in the end.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

This story explores the electrifying connection between the loner Marianne and popular Connell. They are determined to hide their connection and stay apart from one another, but they cannot. This is a wonderful story of mutual fascination, friendship, love and miscommunication.

Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Five years ago, the case closed on the murder of schoolgirl, Andie Bell. Everyone in town knows Sal Singh did it. Pippa has grown up in the same town and is not convinced that it is Sal Singh. She chooses the case as the topic for her final project and starts to uncover secrets that someone in town wants to keep hidden. If the real killer is out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth...?

Perfect for fans who love:

  • One of Us is Lying
  • Gone Girl
  • We Were Liars
  • Riverdale

Have a happy holiday!

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