January Recommended Reads

Australian Recent Release: Love, Just In by Natalie Murray

Sydney TV news reporter Josie Larsen is approaching thirty and coming dangerously close to failing at life. Lost in a vortex of other people’s career milestones, engagement parties and baby showers, Josie is perennially single, abandoned by her globetrotting family, and invisible to her boss – except for the one time he tuned in while she was mid-panic-attack on live TV. As punishment, Josie is shipped off to cover another reporter’s six-month leave at a regional bureau in Newcastle.

But Josie has more waiting for her in Newcastle than yawn-inducing stories about bicycle lane protests. The city is also the domain of Zac Jameson – her best friend since high school. This should be a happy turn of events, but Zac has barely spoken to Josie for the past two years. Not since a tragic event caused him to leave Sydney to try and cope with his grief.

Now thrown back into each other’s lives, Josie and Zac have to navigate their neglected friendship and secret attraction to each other while struggling with their careers and mental health.

Hilarious, sexy and heartwarming, this is the perfect romcom to sit on the shelves alongside Emily Henry, Sally Thorne and Ali Hazelwood.

“Australia’s answer to Emily Henry, Natalie Murray has written the rule book on sweet to sexy. Love, Just In is the ultimate summer read.” – Karina May, author of Never Ever Forever

“Clever, witty and the perfect amount of steamy, Love Just In is an addictive friends-to-lovers story, the ultimate summer read.” – Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus, authors of Fancy Meeting You Here

“Love, Just In will break your heart – then mend it. Beautifully written, tender and funny, it’s a story I won’t ever forget.” – Penelope Janu, author of Shelter from the Storm

Kids Recent Release: Miss Mary Kate Marten’s Guide to Monsters by Karen Foxlee, illustrated

by Freda Chiu

Dressed in sparkly red shoes and carrying her strawberry scented notebook, Mary-Kate is accompanying her archaeologist mother to the tranquil English countryside to investigate some interesting bones found in an old well. But once they arrive, they realise that the village of Woolington is not as peaceful as it seems.  Mysterious noise, earth tremors and a terrifying legend have the locals frightened.

Could there be any truth in the myth of the beast who lives in the ancient well?  And if so, why would it return?  Mary-Kate might be anxious, but she is not afraid to get to the bottom of this monstrous mystery.

“Funny and fast-paced. A thrilling combination of courage, kindness and a cleverness of the heart.” – Anna Fienberg, bestselling co-author of Tashi

“A perfect balance of fun, fantasy, humour and innocence.” – Katrina Nannestad

“Deliciously Thrilling.” – Edwina Wyatt

Tasmanian recent release: Little Book of Bee Keeping by Jenni Mclead, art by Kristen Hynes

A pocket sized ‘how to’ guide for anyone thinking about getting into beekeeping or anyone who has just started.

Jenni McLeod has been a beekeeper for over 20 years, runs honey and bee markets, campaigns for the protection of floral resources, conducts beekeeping programs and, in 2023, led two world records in beekeeping. With a passion for back-yard beekeeping, Jenni has created an information-packed book that is beautifully illustrated by Kristen Hynes.

“Reasonably priced and easy to understand.  It will help you make effective decisions and to become aware of the time and management commitments needed for keeping bees.” – The Nokomis Group

Tasmanian Classic: Nowhere Else by Timothy Bristow and Natalie Martin

A heartwarming story about a trip to Tasmania. When Billy sets off on a week-long holiday with Gran, he gets more than just an extraordinary adventure…