- The BBC's top 100 books
- Whitcoulls top 100 Books
- Download Libby to access Christchurch City Library ebooks and audiobooks
- Check out the Christchurch City Library Genre Reading Guides:
- The Gospel of Mark - this is the shortest biography of one of the most influential people in world history - Jesus of Nazareth. Read or listen to for free online
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An epic story of living with and moving on from past mistakes. Set in rural 19th century England and full of incredible descriptions and loveable/irritable characters - I really felt like I lived in Casterbridge by the end of it. I recently listened to this as an audiobook (on Libby) which really brought out the dialogue and drama well.
If you like adventuring outdoors, you'll want to read this book so that you can survive any situation (disclaimer: doesn't include pandemics!). From estimating distance and avoiding blisters, to escaping forest fires and surviving nuclear attacks, this is your guide to all things survival. Written by Bear Grylls, of Man vs Wild fame; this book is well worth a read!
This is a fantastic historical novel written by the grandson of Lionel Logue, an Australian Speech Therapist who worked with King George VI to help him overcome his stutter. It's a fascinating insight into their lives, and a really engaging, easy read.