Check out these brilliant book reviews from Booktopians

At the recent Australian Book Expo, we set up a camera and asked Booktopians to review their favourite book. The response was amazing, with so many wonderful book lovers keen to chat about their favourite reads. Here are some of the best. Enjoy!


Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

by Morgan Matson

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Bitter Greens

by Kate Forsyth

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

by Haruki Murakami

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor

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The Hunt for Pierre Jnr

by David M. Henley

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The Hunt for Pierre Jnr

by David M. Henley

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Every Breath

by Ellie Marney

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Fallen

by Lauren Kate

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Falling Into Place

by Amy Zhang

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If I Stay

by Gayle Forman

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If I Stay

by Gayle Forman

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Masquerade

by Kylie Fornasier

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On the Jellicoe Road

by Melina Marchetta

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Poison Study

by Maria V. Snyder

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Room

by Emma Donoghue

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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

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Skinjob

by Bruce McCabe

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The Incredible Here and Now

by Felicity Castanga

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The Last Thirteen

by James Phelan

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The Regulators

by Stephen King

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These Broken Stars

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Three Men in a Boat

by Jerome K Jerome

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WeirDo 2: Even Weirder!

by Anh Do

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What Makes Us Tick?

by Hugh Mackay

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Women

by Charles Bukowski

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Were you a winner during our Kids Month celebrations?

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In August we gave you the chance to enter our Kids Month promotions! Lots and lots of goodies were up for grabs!


And the lucky winners are…

The Peppa Pig Competition - S. Moors, Mosman Park, WA

The Walker Picture Book Showcase Competition – E. Serisier, New Farm, QLD

Clementine Rose Competition - Y. Tanuwidjaja, Melbourne, VIC

Slaves of Socorro Competition – M. Mahmood, Williams Landing, VIC

The DK Non-Fiction Range Competition – B.Duffy, Conder, ACT

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Competition – S. M. Lambert, Oyster Bay, NSW

Silver Shadows  Competition – M. Morley, Mordialloc, VIC

*The winners of the Where’s Wally Competition will be announced as soon as possible.


Congratulations to the winners!
For your chance to enter a Booktopia Competition click here

Man Booker News: Australia’s Richard Flanagan named on six book Shortlist for 2014 prize

Could he do it?

That’s the question on everyone’s lips as Richard Flanagan continues his surge towards a Man Booker Prize for his beautiful novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Flanagan’s masterpiece was controversially overlooked for this year’s Miles Franklin.

2010 winner Howard Jacobson is joined by fellow UK writers Ali Smith and Neel Mukherjee, with the new international floodgates appear only slightly ajar, with two US authors Karen Joy Fowler and Joshua Ferris making up the six shortlistees.

Take a closer look at the 2014 Shortlist, and be your own judge…

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The Winners of the ABIA & Booktopia People’s Choice Awards are…

A couple of awards that weren’t announced at Friday night’s ABIA Awards were the ABIA & Booktopia People’s Choice Awards.

We asked you to vote for your favourite fiction and children’s books, and we received a huge response. Thanks to everyone who voted!

After thousands of votes cast, we’re proud to announce the winners of the inaugural ABIA & Booktopia People’s Choice Awards.


Fiction Book of the Year

Burial Rites

by Hannah Kent

Winner of the ABIA & Booktopia People’s Choice Award

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson and his family, who are horrified and avoid Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her.

As the summer months fall away to winter, Agnes’s story begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn’t she?

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland’s formidable landscape, and asks: how can one woman endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

Grab a copy of Burial Rites here


Children’s Book of the Year

The 39-Storey Treehouse

by Andy Griffiths

Winner of the ABIA & Booktopia People’s Choice Award

Andy and Terry’s amazing treehouse has 13 new levels including a chocolate waterfall, a non-erupting active volcano, an opera house, a baby-dinosaur petting zoo, Andy and Terry’s Believe it or Else! museum, a not-very-merry merry-go-round, a boxing elephant called the Trunkinator, an X-Ray room, a disco with light-up dance floor, the world’s scariest roller-coaster and a top secret 39th level that hasn’t even been finished yet!

Well, what are you waiting for?

Come on up!

Grab a copy of The 39-Storey Treehouse here


Congratulations to Hannah Kent and Andy Griffiths. Click here for a full list of winners from the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Booktopia wins Best Online Retailer at the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards

We are so proud to announce that Booktopia was awarded Best Online Retailer at the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards in Sydney on Friday night.

The award served to recognise ‘the retailer that best demonstrated excellence and innovation in the marketplace and that supported the local industry’.

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In a evening dedicated to celebrating the Australian Book Industry, Graeme Simsion’s celebrated novel The Rosie Project took out the coveted Book of the Year award.

Other big winners included the recipient of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, for International Book of the Year and the multi-award-winning debut Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, who beat illustrious fellow contenders Richard Flanagan, Fiona McFarlane, Christos Tsiolkas and Tim Winton to scoop Literary Fiction Book of the Year. The full list of winners is below.


the-rosie-projectGeneral Fiction Book Of The Year

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

The feel-good hit of 2013, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance. Simsion’s book has been sold to 30 different countries and advances have well exceeded $1 million.

Grab a copy of The Rosie Project here


Literary Fiction Book Of The Year

Burial Rites

by Hannah Kent

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men.

Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes… read more

Grab a copy of Burial Rites here


General Non-Fiction Book Of The Year

The Stalking Of Julia Gillard

by Kerry-Anne Walsh

This is the story of one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history, of how a powerful media pack, a vicious commentariat and some of those within her own party contrived to bring down Australia’s first woman prime minister.

Grab a copy of The Stalking of Julia Gillard here


Illustrated Book Of The Year

I Quit Sugar

by Sarah Wilson

Quitting sugar is not a diet. Quitting sugar is a way of living without processed food and eating like our great-grandparents used to before the crap.

With her bestselling book, I Quit Sugar, Sarah Wilson helped tens of thousands of Australians to kick the habit. In I Quit Sugar for Life, Sarah shows you how to be sugar-free forever.

Grab a copy of I Quit Sugar here


Biography Of The Year

The Crossroad

by Mark Donaldson, VC

On 2 September 2008, in a valley in eastern Afghanistan, Trooper Mark Donaldson made a split-second decision that would change his life. His display of extraordinary courage that day saw him awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, making him the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery in wartime since Keith Payne in 1969.

Grab a copy of The Crossroad here


Book Of The Year For Younger Children

The 39-Storey Treehouse

by Andy Griffiths And Terry Denton

Andy and Terry’s amazing treehouse has 13 new levels including a chocolate waterfall, a non-erupting active volcano, an opera house, a baby-dinosaur petting zoo, Andy and Terry’s Believe it or Else! museum, a not-very-merry merry-go-round, a boxing elephant called the Trunkinator, an X-Ray room, a disco with light-up dance floor, the world’s scariest roller-coaster and a top secret 39th level that hasn’t even been finished yet!

Grab a copy of The 39-Storey Treehouse here


Book Of The Year For Older Children

Weirdo

by Anh Do

My parents could have given me any first name at all, like John, Kevin, Shmevin … ANYTHING. Instead I’m stuck with the worst name since Mrs Face called her son Bum.

Weir Do’s the new kid in school. With an unforgettable name, a crazy family and some seriously weird habits, fitting in won’t be easy… But it will be funny!

Grab a copy of Weirdo here


International Book Of The Year

The Luminaries

by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction, which more than fulfils the promise of The Rehearsal. Like that novel, it is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery.

Grab a copy of The Luminaries here


the-rosie-projectBook Of The Year

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

Irresistibly charming, genuinely funny and cleverly plotted this is intelligent romance for grown ups whose arteries have not hardened with cynicism.

Grab a copy of The Rosie Project here

Booktopia is Ten Years Old

Ten years ago Tony Nash started Booktopia on a $10 per day budget. It took 3 days to sell the first book. Now we sell one book every 10 seconds and employee 70 people.

Over 900,000 Australians have bought from Booktopia over the years. Each and every customer should be very proud that we have been able to donate over $300K worth of books in the last year as well as be the major sponsor of Writers Festivals, Readers Conferences and Literacy Programs.

We believe it is our duty to give back as much as we can and the only way to do that is to continue to serve the Australian book loving community as best we can.

Congrats to everyone and Happy 10th Birthday Booktopia!


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Australia’s Favourite Novelist 2014 – You decide

2013 winner Kate Morton

This month we’re back with the poll that stops the nation, as we ask you who is Australia’s Favourite Novelist for 2014.

Booktopia is Australia’s Local Bookstore, Australia’s truly locally owned and operated online bookstore, full of people who love books and more importantly, Australian books.

January at Booktopia is the month of Australian Stories. To celebrate, we need your help to discover Australia’s Favourite Novelist, living or dead, via the incredible history of Australian writing.

Could last year’s runner up Tim Winton win on the back of 2013’s Eyrie?

Please help us by lodging your favourite authors over the next week. At the end of the week we’ll take all your suggestions and put them into heats where you can champion your favourite. The process is all underneath to let you know how this huge event is taking place.

Once we have a top 50, we’ll put it to a worldwide vote right here, on our blog, where thousands come to visit every day. If you love Australian writers, this is your chance to speak up and be heard!

Then, on the week leading up to Australia Day, we’ll count down your votes from 50 to 1, with Australia’s favourite novelist to be announced on Friday the 24th of January, just in time for Australia Day celebrations!

HOW IT WORKS

WEEK ONE – JAN 1-5 – Let us know your nominations for your favourite Australian novelists. As many as you like, anyone who you think deserves recognition. If you are lucky enough to have a friend who is a writer who you believe in, champion them! You can do this through….

-          Email us at faveoznovelist@booktopia.com.au

-          Tweet us on @booktopia

-          Let us know on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Booktopia/91043653859

WEEK TWO – JAN 6-12 – The Heats! We’ll take all your nominations and split them up into groups you can vote on. Every day from Monday to Friday a new list will appear with new names. This will decide who makes the final cut! With so many names, just a few votes could take your favourite from yesterday’s news to immortality.

WEEK THREE – JAN 13-19 – Only the best of the best will make it through to the final poll. We’ll have this poll up all week. This will be the final chance to cheer for your favourite Australian Novelist.

WEEK FOUR – A WEEK OF AUSTRALIAN STORY-TELLERS – Voting will close on Monday the 20th of January at 9am. From Monday we’ll count up the top 50 and announce them in order, unveiling 10 every day, and then…..

THE ANNOUNCEMENT
Australia’s 10 favourite novelists will be announced on Friday the 24th of January. We’ll be profiling all of the top 10 authors and the books that have made them your favourites. It’s a online festival of Australian writing!

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