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June 15, 2018

What to read during trimester break

If you’ve just finished a hectic trimester and a stack of stressful exams, odds are unless you’re a bookworm, you aren’t thinking about what you should read during the inter-trimester break. Hitting the books hard at uni can sometimes make people forget how much they enjoy reading for pleasure, so we are here to remind you with a couple of great reads you can find right here in the Deakin Library.

Before you check out our staff recommendations below, as a reminder, here are the hours for our library campuses during the inter-trimester break.

Cloud Campus

Enquire by phone or chat during the below hours:

Monday to Friday: 7.45am–7pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11am–5pm

Burwood Campus

Monday to Friday: 7.45am–7pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11am–5pm


Monday to Friday: 9am–5pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed


24-hour access

Staffed Service Desk

Monday to Friday: 9am–6pm

Saturday and Sunday: 1–5pm

Waurn Ponds

Monday to Friday: 8.30am–6pm

Saturday and Sunday: 1–5pm

Staff book recommendations


Still Life by Louise Penny – Clare Carlsson, Director Client Services

Still Life is the first novel by CWA Dagger-winning novelist, Louise Penny. Find out about small-town Canada and some interesting details of French Canadian history by following the murder investigations of Superintendent Armand Gamache of the Quebec police. Great story lines, interesting details and quirky characters. This is the first one in the series. I can guarantee you won’t stop at one.



The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Amy Clarke, Communications and Engagement Coordinator

This breakout debut continues to top the New York Times Bestseller chart and has won awards in the US and internationally. Thomas deals with complex issues such as police brutality, gang violence, youth and activism, everyday racism and Black culture in this contemporary, heart-wrenching work of fiction. Her prose is sharp and sure, and the characters are so real it’s like they’re speaking directly to you.



Smiley vs Karla and The Night Manager by John Le Carre – Brad Adams, Liaison Librarian – Arts and Education

I’m a big John Le Carré fan and would recommend anything he’s written. Many writers have been touted as “the next John Le Carré” but I don’t think any have lived up to the billing. Le Carré wanted his work to be a more realistic contrast to the James Bond novels and, while they are more slowly paced, I think they are just as thrilling. The battle of wits between English spy George Smiley and his Russian counterpart is portrayed beautifully in Le Carré’s unique writing style. When the cold war ended, Le Carré successfully adapted his writing to the new era and the Night Manager, which was my first taste of his writing, is a good example. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (first book in the Smiley vs Karla trilogy) has been adapted into a series starring Alec Guinness and a more recent movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch and The Night Manager was made into a successful miniseries starring Hugh Laurie.


No matter what your inter-trimester break plans, we’ll be here for you with special open hours and plenty of quiet places for you to kick back with a good book and remind yourself why you love to read.

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