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December 19, 2023

Your holiday reading list has arrived

Many of us are gearing up for time with family, friends and loved ones as Deakin closes down for the holidays, and we all take a much-needed rest from the hustle of University life.

As for the library, we will be closing up at 5pm on Thursday 21 December and reopening for limited hours at Burwood and Waterfront on Wednesday 3 January. The Karree room at the front of level 2 in Waurn Ponds Library will also be open 7am–midnight from Wednesday 3 January to Friday 5 January. All four campuses will open with regular hours starting from Monday 8 January.

Detailed hours for your campus are available on our website.

Whether you need a quiet escape from a packed house full of revelling relatives, or just something interesting to take your mind off your studies, we have a fantastic list of reading recommendations – and a couple films! – all accessible through your Deakin Library.

Top recommendations in fiction

Book covers from left to right for Legends & lattes by Travis Baldree; A psalm for the wild-built by Becky Chambers; A prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers; Space opera by Catherynne M. Valente; and Yellowface by Rebecca F. Kuang

Book covers from left to right for The happy couple by Naoise Dolan; Magic for liars by Sarah Gailey; An exciting and vivid inner life by Paul Dalla Rosa; The girl with the red balloon by Katherine Locke; and The island of missing trees by Elif Shafak

Book covers from left to right for Haifa fragments by Khulud Khamis; The accidental by Ali Smith; Miss Treadway & the field of stars by Miranda Emmerson; The dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach; and Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Top recommendations in nonfiction

Book covers from left to right for Saving time: discovering a life beyond the clock by Jenny Odell; Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's invisible life by Anna Funder; Look alive out there: essays by Sloane Crosley; Why do birds do that? by Dr Gráinne Cleary; illustrations by Estee Sarsfield; and You could look it up: the reference shelf from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia by Jack Lynch

Book covers from left to right for On poetry by Glyn Maxwell; Muddy people: a memoir by Sara El Sayed; A real piece of work: a memoir in essays by Erin Riley; Personal score by Ellen van Neerven; and Imagining the future of climate change: world-making through science fiction and activism by Shelley Streeby

Top film recommendation

Casa Susanna by a film by Sébastien Lifshitz  


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