Milkman

Wellington’s Most Wanted

Have you ever wondered what are the most popular books across the whole library network? Those books that everyone wants, the most sought after, the books everyone is desperate to read? Well get ready to place your reserves and join the queue because here they are – your library’s top 10 most wanted!

10.) The diary of a bookseller / Bythell, Shaun
“Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop – Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover’s paradise? Well, almost… In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

9.) Educated : a memoir / Westover, Tara
“Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, her quest for knowledge took her to Harvard and to Cambridge. An account of the struggle for self-invention, fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties, she has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers. The perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

8.) Past tense / Child, Lee
“Arriving in his father’s hometown in New Hampshire, Jack Reacher finds two stranded young Canadians and no evidence that his father ever lived there. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He knows his father left and never returned. Now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place? As Reacher explores his father’s life, and strands of different stories begin to merge, he makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense… and deadly.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

7.) Milkman / Burns, Anna
“The story of inaction with enormous consequences and decisions that are never made, but for which people are judged and punished. Middle, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her nearly-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with milkman. But when first brother-in-law, told his wife, to tell her mother to come and have a talk with her, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

6.) The subtle art of not giving a fuck : a counterintuitive approach to living a good life / Manson, Mark
“In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Manson says. He tells it like it is–a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

5.) In a house of lies / Rankin, Ian
“A missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still, is that his body was in an area that had already been searched. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now, it’s time for the truth. Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone has something to hide and everything to lose. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead and that it could be the end of him.” (Catalogue)

4.) Nine perfect strangers / Moriarty, Liane
“The retreat at health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises total transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. Watching over them is the resort’s director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired bodies and minds. These nine perfect strangers have no idea what is about to hit them… ” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

3.) Lethal white / Galbraith, Robert
“When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story after he vanished, Strike and Robin Ellacott set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover2.) Normal people / Sally Rooney.
“Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

1.) Fear : Trump in the White House / Woodward, Bob
“The definitive insight into President Trump’s White House from Bob Woodward. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)