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How does the library choose books and magazines for the library’s collections?

The Eaton and Dardanup libraries have popular reading collections, with best selling authors, popular series, and informative non-fiction titles.

The librarians try to select books they know would interest library readers, and use best seller lists, critical reviews, and library journals to do so.  One of the selection tools we use is Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, and their mission is to help people find and share books they love.  You can sign up with Goodreads for free, and have book discussions with your Goodreads friends, post your own book reviews, or keep lists of books you’d like to read.

The library will also select titles based on your recommendations; if you follow a favorite author or series, you may hear about the next new title before we do!  Feel free to suggest titles to us, and we’ll decide whether to add to the collection, or borrow it from another library.  You can even find the Eaton Community Library on Goodreads and recommend titles to us there.

Book Talk

Here are some new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services for this month, plus more from our selection of titles you should read . . .

In Fiction


The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

From the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand comes another delightful read set in the English countryside.  1914 and Beatrice arrives in the quaint historical town of Rye on the south coast to begin her appointment as Latin teacher.  Following the loss of her father all Beatrice wants to do is get on with her life but life in Rye won’t permit it.  A lovely read full of eccentric characters. rating 3.82/5


The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah

The Narrow Bed is the latest instalment in the Culver Valley Crime series by Sophie Hannah. The novel is a brilliant work of crime, dark and devilish with a good dose of humour in the mix.   Once in this book you’ll be lost in the whodunit mystery and will be working out who will be the next target.  Sophie Hannah is the novelist authorized by the Agatha Christie family to write further Hercule Poirot stories, the 2nd title Closed Casket is due out soon. rating 3.39/5


In Non-Fiction

How Do I Do That in Photoshop by Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby is the bestselling author of photography guide books. Presented in full colour with step by step instructions this book is simple to follow and easy to navigate.  The guide will have you operating Photoshop like a pro.


What Went Right by Michael G. Wetter & Eileen Bailey

A self-affirming and confidence boosting instructional book, with tips and challenges to create a more positive mindset and a happier self.



The Brothers Grimsby – DVD

Grimsby is about two brothers who were separated as young children when their parents died; one is Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a working-class benefit claiming hooligan who lives in Grimsby, along with his girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) and his 11 children; the other is Sebastian, an MI6 agent. The two brothers come together when Nobby finds out his brother is going to a high class event as he makes his way down to London, where he essentially ruins Sebastian’s life. It is claimed to be one of the funniest films of the year and is full of inappropriate jokes that will have you cringing. If you enjoyed Borat and Bruno, this is definitely a must watch. rating 6.2/10

lady in the van

The Lady in the Van – DVD

Maggie Smith won the Evening Standard British Film Award for this film and it has also been nominated for 4 more awards including the Golden Globe Award.

The tale begins as Mary (Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey) decides to park her dilapidated van – which doubles as her home – on the street in the Camden Town neighborhood where Alan (Alex Jennings, The Queen) and a number of other upper-class folks live. A number of residents timidly approach her in an attempt to figure out why she’s there and whether they can do anything to send her on her way, but Mary is having none of it. She’s planning to stay right where she is, and has very little interest in what anyone else has to say about the matter.

The Lady in the Van is bound to please just about anyone. rating 6.7/10

What you may have missed . . .

This month we feature a popular eBook, a quick and efficient option to access a great range of titles. 

Use your library card to check out eBooks 24/7.  Download to compatible devices (sorry, not currently available for Kindles) and take your portable library with you.  Check out our user guide or the help page for information on downloading to specific devices.


Gilgamesh by Joan London

This book takes you from the hardships of life in Yallingup WA during the depression to the volatile world of the Middle East and Europe during World War ll. The story follows Edith as she trapes the world with her infant son in tow searching for the child’s father.  Through despair, loneliness and hardship Edith must remain strong and stoic in her search for happiness and home. rating 3.59/5

Book Talk

Here are some new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services for this month, plus more from our selection of titles you should read in your lifetime . . .

In Fiction

The Candidates : based on a true country by Matthew S. Hiley

Nothing is sacred in this comic short novel from Matthew S. Hiley. His wit is sharp and quick, and this story is dark, cynical, and hilarious. Politics-as-usual and pop-culture are thoroughly skewered in one of the most absurd and entertaining stories ever told.

3.5 out of 5 stars

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson’s beloved, New York Times bestselling debut, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, instantly established her reputation as an uncommonly gifted storyteller, with humor, wit, and a sharp eye for character. Now she returns with an equally compelling work of fiction, one that reaches far beyond the small English village in which it is set.

3.9 out of 5 stars

In Non-Fiction

Sue Williamson : Life and Work by Mark Gevisser

This monograph celebrates the forty-year artistic career of Sue Williamson, one of South Africa’s most respected artists and a key member of the pioneering generation whose work challenged the Apartheid state in the 1970s and 1980s.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell

“Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?” to “Did Charles Dickens ever write anything fun?” Anyone who has ever worked in retail will nod knowingly at requests like “I’ve forgotten my glasses, can you read me the first chapter?” Filled with fun and quirky illustrations.

4.0 out of 5 stars



Mr Robot : The complete first season

Mr. Robot follows Elliot, a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the corporation he is paid to protect.

8.8 out of 10 stars

Dr. Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb directed by Stanley Kubrick

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. Classic black comedy starring Peter Sellers at his finest.

8.5 out of 10 stars

What you may have missed . . .

This month we continue to feature some of the Books You Must Read in Your Lifetime. On your next visit to the Library why not take one of these with you:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The story of the chaotic and doomed love of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, set against the moors of England, creates a rare blend of violence and beauty. Bronte’s masterpiece of English literature is a stunningly original and shocking exploration of obsessive passion.

4.0 out of 5 stars

The Merry-Go-Round Under the Sea by Randolph Stow

An Australian classic, about a young boy growing up in war-time Western Australia. The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea allows us a precious glimpse into a simpler kind of childhood in a country that no longer exists.

3.7 out of 5 stars