The Boroondara Library Service invites you to binge this Autumn.

Binging doesn’t have to be bad for you. Research findings show that reading for pleasure plays a significant role in a person’s happiness and success, and that reading and literacy is good for your health.

With that in mind, please join us, along with the State Library Victoria and other public libraries, as we celebrate the joy of reading with the Autumn Book Binge 2020.

It's easy to play –if you didn’t pick up a game card from the library before we closed, just print one out from the State Library of Victoria website and read the book of your choice from each of the nine categories: 

How to enter

Once you’ve completed a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line on the game card, fill out the entry slip attached to the card and keep hold of it until your local library reopens. Then just return it to the library to enter the draw to win a Readings book voucher.

Reading recommendations


We’ve put together a list of top titles from our eBook and audiobook collections, for inspiration in each category.

Download the Libby and Borrow Box apps and login with your library card and PIN to get started, or visit our eBook and audiobook page for more information. Not a library member yet? You can now join online, anytime to get a digital membership. 

Set in Victoria

Stories set locally

The art of the engine driver by Steven Carroll 

Cafe Scheherazade by Arnold Zable 

The dark lake by Sarah Bailey 

Dead in the water by Tania Chandler 

Hope farm by Peggy Frew

Into the fire by Sonia Orchard 

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay 

The portrait of Molly Dean by Katherine Kovacic

The slap by Christos Tsolkias 

The strays by Emily Bitto 

Recent releases

Books published in the last 12 months

10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world by Elif Shafak 

The accusation by Wendy James 

Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth 

Big lies in a small town by Diane Chamberlain 

A constant hum by Alice Bishop 

Death in the Ladies’ Goddess Club by Julian Leatherdale 

Missing William Tyrell by Caroline Overington 

Nothing to lose by Lee Child 

Such a fun age by Kiley Reid ##

A testament of character by Sulari Gentill 

Other lives 

Biography about someone who inspires you

Able by Dylan Alcott 

About a girl by Rebekah Robertson 

Always unreliable by Clive James 

Becoming by Michelle Obama 

Beneath the surface by Libby Trickett 

Born-again blakfella by Jack Charles

Just mercy by Bryan Stevenson 

One hundred years of dirt by Rick Morton 

Speaking up by Gillian Triggs 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed 

In translation

Books from around the world

Faceless killers by Henning Mankell 

I am behind you by John Ajvide Lindqvist 

The ice princess by Camilla Lackberg 

The Japanese lover by Isabel Allende 

The memory police by Yoko Ogawa 

My brilliant friend by Elena Ferrante 

Night by Elie Wiesel 

The savage detectives by Roberto Bolano 

The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The strange library by Harukai Murukami 

Fact to fiction

Works of fiction based on true stories

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood 

Arthur and George by Julian Barnes 

Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton 

Burial rites by Hannah Kent 

The girls by Emma Cline 

The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate 

The Revenant by Michael Punke 

Room by Emma Donoghue

The tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Year of wonders by Geraldine Brooks 

Book to screen

Books that have been made into movies or TV series

Atonement by Ian McEwan 

Big little lies by Liane Moriarty 

Black tide by Peter Temple 

Crazy rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 

Dracula by Bram Stoker 

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien 

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

My cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier 

A town like Alice by Nevil Shute 

Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup

Beastly titles

Books with an animal in the title

All the birds, singing by Evie Wyld 

Beware of the dog by Peter Corris 

The bird tribunal by Agnes Ravatn 

The Dalai Lama’s cat by David Michie 

Lion in the valley by Elizabeth Peters 

Lone wolf by Jodi Picoult 

The lost dog by Michelle de Kretser 

Matthew Flinders’ cat by Bryce Courtenay

The tiger catcher by Paullina Simons 

The Wyatt butterfly by Garry Disher 

Alternate worlds

Books set in a world different to your own

Domes of fire by David Eddings 

Embassy town by China Mieville

A game of thrones by George R R Martin 

The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood

Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by JK Rowling

Jackaby by William Ritter

The Martian chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Practical magic by Alice Hoffman 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers

Books by Australian indigenous writers

Australia Day by Stan Grant 

Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin and Ezekial Kwaymullina

Growing up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss

My place by Sally Morgan 

That deadman dance by Kim Scott

Too much lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Tracker by Alexis Wright

The white girl by Tony Birch

The yield by Tara June Winch 


Autumn Book Binge monthly competition draws

Terms and Conditions


1.      This competition is being run by State Library Victoria (328 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000) and Public Libraries Victoria (60 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000) (“Promoters”) and will be managed by participating library services.
2.      To be eligible to enter, you must be a Victorian resident. You may enter more than once per month.
3.      The Promoters and participating library services are able to disqualify any entry at its absolute discretion at any time without liability.
4.      To be eligible for the competition, you must have completed a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line on the challenge table in the Autumn Book Binge brochure. To enter, complete an entry form in the Autumn Book Binge 2020 brochure and place it in an entry box at a library branch within your participating library service once the libraries have reopened. Incomplete, indecipherable or illegible entries will be deemed invalid.
5.      There will be a monthly competition draw within each participating library service.
6.      This competition commences AEST at Sunday 1 March, 8:00AM and closes at Sunday 31 May, 11:59PM. The closing date may be extended at the discretion of the library service due to library closures.
7.      At each participating library service, one winning entry each month in March, April and May 2020 will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The draw will take place once the libraries have reopened. Winners will be notified by telephone or email. Only winners will be notified.
8.      Each prize is a Readings bookshop voucher with a retail value of $40. The prizes will be distributed by mail once confirmation from the winning entrants has been received by the participating library service. If confirmation is not received by the participating library service within 7 days of the competition draw each month, the winner will forfeit the prize and a new winner may be selected. Prizes may only be used by the winners and in accordance with the Readings bookshop terms and conditions. Vouchers must be used on, or before, the expiry date. The Promoter and participating library service is in no way liable if the prize is lost, forfeited or not used.
9.      The prize is non-transferable and must not be on-sold or loaned otherwise the prize is immediately void and forfeited without the Promoter being liable.
10.  Staff of participating libraries prizes and their immediate families (i.e. spouse, de facto spouses, and children / step children) are able to participate in the program but are ineligible to enter the monthly competition.
11.  The Promoters accept no liability arising from any personal injury or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity) arising in any way from the competition.
12.  The Promoter collects personal information about entrants in the course of running this competition and does so in accordance with the Promoter's privacy policy at and