by Maeve Scannell, 9 September 2020

Spring has officially sprung! The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming, so let’s spring clean your reading list! Try these wholesome, helpful and inspiring spring reads to give you a little hope in these strange and difficult times 🌿🌷🌱🌸

Courtesy of your friends at The Rowden White Library. Click here for info on how to sign up online to access the Rowdy’s amazing digital collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. All you need is the barcode number on your student/staff ID, it’s that easy!


🎧  A Love Story for Bewildered Girls
by Emma Morgan
– Follow three very different women, with three very different lives, on a hilarious and heart-warming story of friendship, sexuality, heartbreak and first loves.


🎧  The Adversary 
by Ronnie Scott
– A coming-of-age narrative set in Melbourne’s inner-north at the beginning of a long hot summer. With their undergrads over, our unnamed protagonist and his housemate Dan have two very different approaches to life and learning how to adult in your early twenties.


📖  Homeland Calling: Words from a New Generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices
by Desert Pea Media , Edited by Ellen Van Neerven
– A powerful collection of hip-hop lyrics turned poems, written by First Nations youth around Australia. These verses will inspire and educate you, shattering stereotypes, illuminating culture, exploring language, celebrating land, and pointing to the future.


📖  New Suns – Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color
Edited by Nisi Shawl
– There’s something for everyone in this short story collection! A truly unique showcase of established and emerging POC writers covering everything from science fiction, fantasy, horror, and everything in between.


📖 Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale 
by Belle Yang
– A stunning graphic novel debut focusing on the author and her father’s fascinating family history that spans modern day America, to communist China, and Manchuria. Drawing parallels between the author’s life and those of her ancestors, this work points to the importance of storytelling, remembrance and honouring the generations that came before.


📖  Big Mushy Happy Lump
by Sarah Andersen
– Frank, honest, funny and wholesome! This gorgeous comic will make you laugh and cry from its realness and ridiculousness. A must read if you need a little pick-me-up.



📖  Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying
by Marie Kondo
Get into the spring-cleaning mood with the iconic and loveable Marie Kondo! This book will introduce you to her unique philosophy of tidiness and give you a room-by-room guide to organising and decluttering your life ’till everything ‘Sparks Joy”.


📖 Green: Plant for Small Spaces, Indoors and Out
by Jason Chongue
Want to flex your green thumb this spring? Try this practical and approachable guide to caring for your indoor plants and urban gardens. With beautiful photographs and stunning illustrations, you’re sure to be inspired!


📖 Every Body Yoga
by Jessamyn Stanley
Give your body and mind a little love after this long winter lockdown and try this emotionally uplifting, body-positive yoga book for people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.


📖 This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings
by Julia Samuel
An important book for when these ‘unprecedented times’ get a little too much. Drawing on years of experience, research and conversations with clients, acclaimed psychotherapist Julia Samuel teaches us how to learn, adapt, and even thrive in some of the most difficult and challenging times of our lives.


📖 The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices
by Casper ter Kuile
Is everything feeling a bit meaningless at the moment, or is it just me? Give this book a read and be reminded that the seemingly mundane things we do every day have the possibility to give us moments of profound reflection, connection and meaning if we just let them.


📖 Bento
by Yuko and Noriko
Learn about the amazing art of the Bento box and get inspired to make quick, delicious, and easy meals that are also good for you!
  • New Orleans Rush  –  Kelly Siskind 810 SIS
  • Lost and Found  –  Danielle Steele 810 STE
  • Match Making for Beginners  –  Maddie Dawson 810 DAW
  • Call Her Mine  –  Melissa Foster 810 FOS
  • The Body Painter  –  Pepper Winters 810 WIN
  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill  –  Abbi Waxman 810 WAX
  • The Bride Test  –  Helen Hoang 810 HOA
  • Love at First Like  –  Hannah Orenstein 810 ORE
  • Red, White and Royal Blue  –  Casey McQuiston 810 MACQ
  • The Right Swipe  –  Alisha Rai 810 RAI
  • Catching Him  –  Aurora Rose Reynolds 810 REY
  • Say You Still Love Me  –  K.A. Tucker 810 TUC
  • Mostly Dead Things  –  Kristen Arnett 810 ARN
  • Girl, Woman, Other  –  Bernardine Evaristo 820 EVA
  • Quichotte  –  Salman Rushdie 891 RUS
  • Nothing to See Here  –  Kevin Wilson 810 WIL
  • Grandmothers  –  Salley Vickers 820 VIC
  • The Captain and the Glory  –  David Eggers 810 EGG
  • Granta 146: The Politics of Feeling  –  808 GRA
  • The Drover’s Wife  –  Leah Purcell A820 PUR

Feature Films

  • The Third Wife  –  895.922 MAY
  • Terminator: Dark Fate  –  810 MIL
  • Dogman  –  850 GAR
  • The Nightingale  –  A820 KEN
  • A Dog’s Journey  –  810 MAN
  • The Farewell  –  810 WAN
  • The Kitchen  –  810 BER
  • IT: Chapter Two  –  810 MUS
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  –  810 TAR
  • Downton Abbey: The Motion Picutre  –  820 DOW
  • Ad Astra  –  810 GRA
  • Berlin, I Love You  –  808 BER
  • Uglydolls  –  810 ASH
  • The Goldfinch  –  820 CRO
  • Ride Like a Girl  –  A820 GRI
  • Joker  –  810 PHI
  • Hustlers  –  810 SCA
  • Buoyancy  –  A820 RAT
  • Birds of Passage  –  868 GAL
  • I Want to Eat Your Pancreas  –  895.6 USH
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil  –  839.82 RON
  • Parasite  –  895.7 BON
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark  –  839.82 OVR
  • Doctor Sleep  –  810 FLA


TV Shows

  • The Act S1  –  810 ACT
  • Years and Years S1  –  820 YEA
  • Suits S9  –  810 SUI
  • Big Little Lies S2  –  810 BIG
  • Jane Austen’s Sandition  –  820 AUS
  • Veep S7  –  810 VEE
  • Game of Thrones S8  –  810 GAM
  • Quarterly Essay 75 Men at Work: Australia’s Parenthood Trap by Annabelle Crabb 306.850994 CRA
  • The Five: The Untold Lives Of The Women Killed By Jack The Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold 364.152320922 RUB
  • Secret: The Making Of Australia’s Security State by Brian Toohey 320.994 TOO
  • Who Owns History?: Elgin’s Look And The Case For Returning Plundered Treasure by Geoffrey Robertson 363.69 ROB
  • The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight For A Human Future At The New Frontier Of Power by Shosana Zubhoff 306.3 ZUB
  • Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The Working Lives Of Others by Ceridwen Dovey 303.4840922 DOV
  • Talking To Strangers: What We Should Know About The People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell 302 GLA
  • This Is Life: Why Mortality Makes Us Free by Martin Hagglund 142.78 HAG
  • The Song Remains The Same: 800 Years Of Love Songs, Laments And Lullabies by Andrew Ford 782.42 FOR
  • No Worries: A Guide To Managing Anxiety And Worry Using CBT by Sarah Edelman 616.8522 EDE
  • The Uninhabitable Earth: The Story Of The Future by David Wallace-Wells 363.73874 WAL
  • Fentanyl, Inc.:How Rogue Chemists Are Creating The Deadliest Wave Of The Opioid Epidemic by Ben Westhoff 362.293 WES
  • A Better Death: Conversations About The Art Of Living And Dying Well by Ranjana Srivastava 306.9 SRI
  • The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do And How To Change by Charles Duhigg 158.1 DUH
  • Breaking And Mending: A Junior Doctor’s Stories Of Compassion And Burnout Joanna Cannon 616.890092 CAN
  • Restore Refresh Relax: A Companion For Everyday Self-Care by Bethany Patch (Ed.) 613 PAT
  • White Tears, Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad 305.42 HAM
  • Finding The Heart Of The Nation: The Journey Of The Uluru Statement Towards Voice, Treaty And Truth by Thomas Mayor 320.51 MAY
  • Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias In A World Designed For Men by Caroline Criado Perez 305.420721 PER
  • Because Internet: Understanding How Language Is Changing by 302.231 MACC
  • The Saturday Portraits by Maxine Beneba Clarke 070.44 CLA
  • Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story Of Genius, Betrayal And Redemption by Ben Mezrich 332.4 MEZ
  • The Vegan Travel Handbook: An Inspiring And Practical Guide To Vegan-Friendly Travel by Nick Mee (Ed.) 910.202 MEE
  • How To Have Feminist Sex: A Fairly Graphic Guide by Flo Perry 613.96082 PER
  • Calm: The Magic Of Sleep by Michael Acton Smith 613.794 SMI
  • Healthy As F*ck: The 7 Essential Habits You Need To Get Lean, Stay Healthy And Generally Kick Arse At Life by Oonagh Duncan 613.7019 DUN
  • Sunburnt Country: The History And Future Of Climate Change In Australia by Joelle Gergis 363.73874 GER
  • The Seven Necessary Sins For Women And Girls by Mona Eltahawy 305.42 ELT
  • Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets And Advice For Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong 792.76028092 WON
  • Catch And Kill: Lies, Spies And a Conspiracy To Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow 070.43 FAR
  • 11 Explorations Into Life On Earth: Christmas Lectures From The Royal Institution by Helen Scales 576.8 SCA
  • The Prosperity Gospel: How Scott Morrison Won and Bill Shorten Lost (Quarterly Essay) by Erik Jensen & Chris Feik (Ed.) 324.294 JEN
  • It’s Alive!: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots by Toby Walsh 006.3 WAL
  • Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing The Face Of Discovery by Caren Cooper 500 COO
  • The Growth Delusion: The Wealth And Well-Being Of Nations by David Pilling 338.9 PIL
  • On The Plain Of Snakes: A Mexican Journey by Paul Theroux 917.2 THE
  • See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse by Jess Hill 362.82920994 HIL
  • Incidental Inventions by Elena Ferrante 850.9 FER
  • Indistractible: How To Control Your Attention And Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal 153.8 EYA
  • Leading The Way: Inspiring Words For Women by Marianne Schnall 305.42 SCH
  • The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West 305.42 WES
  • Fixed It: Violence And The Representation Of Women In The Media by Jane Gilmore 362.88082 GIL
  • Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope, Leaving The Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper 286.5092 PHE
  • The End Is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses by Dan Carlin 909 CAR
  • This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook by Various 363.70525 FAR
  • How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery 590 MON
  • Venom: Vendettas, Betrayals and the Price of Power by David Crowe 324.29405 CRO
  • How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century by Frank Dikötter 321.90922 DIK
  • How to Be an Anti-capitalist in the 21st Century by Erik Olin Wright 330.122 WRI
  • Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics : The Hard Right in Australia by Dominic Kelly 320.520994 KEL
  • Project Rainfall: The Secret History Of Pine Gap by Tom Gilling 355.70994 GIL
  • Unscaled: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts Are Creating the Economy of the Future by Hemant Taneja and Kevin Maney 338.064 TAN
  • The Secret of the Highly Creative Thinker: How To Make Connections Others by Dorte Nielsen and Sarah Thurber 153.35 NIE
  • Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music by Archie Roach 927 ROA
  • Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume I 1978–1987 by Helen Garner 928 GAR
  • The Girls: A Memoir of Family, Grief and Sexuality by Chloe Higgins 155.937 HIG
  • Your Own Kind of Girl: A Memoir by Claire Bowditch 927 BOW
  • The Horse: A Biography Of Our Noble Steed by Wendy Williams 636.1 WIL
  • Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins by Susan Casey 599.53 CAS
  • Wilder Girls – Rory Power 810 POW
  • Wayward Son – Rainbow Rowell 810 ROW
  • The Rosewater Redemption (Wormwood Trilogy #3) – Tade Thompson 820 THO
  • Impostors (Impostors #1) – Scott Westerfeld 810 SCO
  • Shatter City (Impostors #2) – Scott Westerfeld 810 SCO
  • Verify – Joelle Charbonneau 810 CHA
  • Warrior of the Altaii – Robert Jordan 810 JOR
  • Always Coming Home – Ursula Le Guin 810 LEG
  • The Ten Thousand Things – John Spurling 820 SPU
  • Olive, Again – Elizabeth Strout 810 STR
  • In Love With George Eliot – Kathy O’Shaughnessy 820 OSH
  • The Topeka School – Ben Lerner 810 LER
  • Pianos and Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind – Alexander McCall Smith 820 MACC
  • Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy: and Other Rules to Live By – David Mitchell 820.9 MIT
  • The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern 810 MOR
  • Find Me – Andre Aciman 810 ACI
  • The Deptford Trilogy – Robertson Davies 810 DAV
  • The Weekend – Charlotte Wood A820 WOO
  • Damascus – Christos Tsiolkas A820 TSI
  • This is How We Change the Ending – Vikki Wakefield A820 WAK
  • Ghost Bird – Lisa Fuller A820 FUL
  • Hobo Mom by Charles Forsman and Max de Radiguès CO FOR
  • The Hat Boyz by Erick Pepper Rivera CO RIV
  • Robots Versus Princesses  by Todd Matthy CO MAT
  • White Sand Vol.3 by Brandon Sanderson CO WHI
  • My Solo Exchange Diary Vol.2 by Nagata Kabi CO KAB
  • Kingdom Come by Mark Waid CO WAI
  • Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm CO STU
  • The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 9 “Okay” by Kieron Gillen CO WIC
  • Hunter X Hunter Vol. 4 by Yoshihiro Togashi CO HUN
  • The Promised Neverland Vol.5 Escape & Vol.6 B06-32 by Kaiu Shirai CO PRO
  • Mob Psycho Vol.3 by ONE CO MOB
  • Shibuya Goldfish Vol.2 by Aoi Hiroumi CO SHI
  • Sunny Vol.1 by Taiyō Matsumoto CO SUN
  • Runaways Vol.4 But You Can’t Hide by Rainbow Rowell CO RUN
  • One Piece Vol. 52, 53 & 54 by Eiichiro Oda CO ODA
  • I Am A Hero Omnibus 7 Vol.13 & 14 by Kengo Hanazawa CO IAM
  • Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Vol. 4 & 5 by Hirohiko Araki CO JOJ
  • Batman (DC Rebirth) Vol. 9 The Tyrant Wing & 10 Knightmares by Tom King CO BAT

Feature Films

  • Diego Maradona  –  796.334092 KAP
  • 10 Minutes Gone  –  810 MIL
  • Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web  –  820 CHR
  • Spider-man 2  –  810 SPI
  • Spider-man 3  –  810 SPI
  • The Public  –  810 EST
  • Driven  –  810 HAM
  • A Faithful Man  –  840 GAR
  • Tea With Mussolini  –  850 ZEF
  • Ophelia  –  820 MACC
  • The Girl on the Third Floor  –  810 STE
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)  –  830 SCH
  • Late Night  –  810 GAN
  • Midsommar  –  810 AST
  • Inside Man: Most Wanted  –  810 BAS
  • Palm Beach  –  A820 WAR
  • Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw  –  810 FAS
  • The Lion King  –  810 FAV
  • Who You Think I Am –  840 NEB
  • An Unexpected Love  –    868 VER


TV Shows

  • Warrior S1  –  810 WAR
  • Pagan Peak  –  830 PAG
  • Blood  –  820 MUL
  • My Brilliant Friend  –  850 COS
  • The Durrells S4  –  820 DUR
  • Gentleman Jack  S1 –  820 GEN
  • Good Omens S1  –  820 GOO
  • The Big Bang Theory S12  –  810 BIG
  • Secret Bridesmaids’ Business  –  A820 GAR
  • The Handmaid’s Tale S3  –  810 HAN
  • The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries S3  –  810 AUR
  • Summer of Rockets  –  820 POL