Good Book Catalogue is a catalogue of books deemed to be good.

For anyone who reads, there is a warmth in having books around, especially those worn editions crowded with sticky notes. Reading elevates our spirits, each book providing a new perspective on our diverse, perverse and fascinating world. Good Book Catalogue is an ode to the love of reading and is one small step to repaying friends, strangers and serendipity alike for their book recommendations over the years.

Good Book Catalogue is curated by Emma Hursey (she/they). Emma is a creative director and graphic designer based in Australia. She runs the design studio Doing Me Doing You, working internationally from the rural town of Rainbow Beach. In 2018, she set a book target for the course of the year, sparking a yearly habit of reading a fair amount of books. Since then, Emma has finished reading 130 books and counting. In 2020 Good Book Catalogue was born, to share the books she believes everyone should get to delving into. There are a handful of design books, a few fantasy and sci-fi tales, some classic fiction reads and a whole lot of non-fiction ranging in subject from history and sociology, to philosophy and physics.

Top Ten –
1. The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
2. Teaching Community by bell hooks
3. Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke
4. Too Much and Not The Mood by Durga Chew-Bose
5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
6. To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine
7. Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
8. Hunger by Roxane Gay
9. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
10. The Odyssey by Homer
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Good Book Catalogue

Good Book Catalogue is curated by creative director & graphic designer Emma Hursey.

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I work and live in Rainbow Beach, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people. I pay my respect to their ancestors and elders—past, present and future—and value the role of storytelling in their culture, which is amongst the oldest living cultures in the world.