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Spring Reads with The Rowdy

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!

Fiction:

🎧  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.
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/4193348

 

🎧  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.
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/5244514

 

📖  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.
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/5545080

 

📖  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.
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/4539601

 

📖 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.
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/4455817

 

📖  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.
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/3159122

 

Non-Fiction:

📖  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”.
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/2526128

 

📖 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!
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/5129032

 

📖 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.
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/3032374

 

📖 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.
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/4894379

 

📖 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.
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/5153091

 

📖 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!
https://unimelb.overdrive.com/media/5690417