Celebrate World Book Day with Book Face

World Book Day is celebrated on March 4 in some countries and April 23 in others. But we reckon it should be celebrated on BOTH! Have you noticed there’s been a bit of a book resurgence? As we attempt to cut our screen time, we’re picking up page-turners instead…and what a joy it is.

Store Manager at Book Face at Port Central Cathy Hunt has shared the titles she’s loving right now – just in time for World Book Day! 

1. Ultimate Road Trips: Australia – Lee Atkinson

Armchair inspiration for when we are ready to travel again.

A completely revised and updated guide to Australia’s best driving holidays, by one of the country’s best travel writers. In Ultimate Road Trips: Australiaauthor Lee Atkinson highlights 40 of the best driving holidays around the country. Keep this book in the car for when you’re out on the road, or curl up with it at home and dream about your next journey.

2. To My Country – Ben Lawson

A delightful love letter to our homeland.

Ben Lawson was preparing for another Christmas away from home when the Black Summer bushfires began to burn their way across Australia’s eastern coast. As the bushfires continued to rage into the new year on an unprecedented scale, Ben, feeling angry, helpless and broken-hearted as he watched the devastation from across the ocean, sat down and put his feelings into words. To My Country is an ode to the endurance of the Australian spirit and the shared love of our country.

Proceeds of the sale of this book will be donated to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

3. Outlawed – Anna North 

You don’t just read this book, you live this book.

A haunting yet heart-racing feminist Western set during a time where rumours of witchcraft comforted the unknown. Deemed barren and soon outcast to a gang of outlawed women in the middle of the desert, we follow our protagonist on a breath-taking journey through heart-break and personal growth in the Wild West. The perfect book of sisterhood and the importance of allies. 

Enjoyed by many staff members including Chris, Cathy, Claire and Kala!

4. Sing Me the Summer – Jane Goodwin and Alison Lester 

A glorious love letter to the seasons.

Splash into summer with this glorious love letter to the seasons. Combining Jane Godwin’s sparkling text and Alison Lester’s whimsical watercolours, Sing Me the Summer celebrates those precious everyday moments that stay with us forever.

5. Home Body – Rupi Kaur

A reflective and intimate journey told through poetry.

In this  greatly anticipated third collection of poetry. Rupi Kaur constantly embraces growth, and in home body, she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self.

6. The Silent Listener – Lyn Yeowart 

Intense and addictive.

Propelling the reader back and forth between the 1940s, 1960s and 1980s, The Silent Listener is an unforgettable literary suspense novel set in the dark, gothic heart of rural Australia.

Intense, intricate and emotionally devastating – Cathy really loved this!

7. Ruby Tuesday – Hayley Lawrence

An important coming-of-age story for the modern girl. A compelling teen read.

Ruby Tuesday explores the difficulties of being a girl growing up in today’s world, and how strength and healing can be found in the wildest of places – a celebration of the joy to be found in music and creativity, and of strong, equal friendships and relationships.

We are very lucky as Hayley is a local author and often pops by to sign copies of her books.

8. Sargasso – Kathy George

Australian Gothic at its finest. 

An empty house, a lonely shore, an enigmatic, brooding man-child waiting for her return. What is real and what is imaginary, or from beyond the grave? A mesmerising Australian novel that echoes the great Gothic stories of love and hate: Cathy could not put this down!

9. The Hospital Dog – Julia Donaldson and Sarah Ogilvie

Everybody loves a new Julia Donaldson! This is a story of kindness and bravery. 

Everyone’s favourite children’s author is back with this big hearted tale about a very special dog. Dot the hospital dog is everyone’s favourite visitor in this story of bravery and friendship.

10. The Boy From the Mish – Gary Lonesborough 

First love, identity and the superpowers of self belief.

A funny and heart-warming queer Indigenous YA novel, set in a rural Australian community, about seventeen-year-old Jackson finding the courage to explore who he is, even if it scares him.

Visit Book Face at Port Central today!