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



The incomparable bell hooks once said “reading will lift you up out of the world that other people are apposing on you.” Reading elevates our spirits and eleviates our loneliness, with each book providing a new perspective on our diverse, perverse and fascinating world. Good Book Catalogue is above all an ode to the love of reading. It equally acts as one small step to repaying friends, strangers and serendipity alike for all of the 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 practice Doing Me Doing You, working internationally from the rural town of Rainbow Beach. In 2017, she set a book target for the course of the year, sparking a yearly habit of reading her fair share of books. Since then, Emma has finished reading 135 books and counting. In 2020 Good Book Catalogue was born, to share those reads she enjoyed 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. All About Love by bell hooks
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. The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
9. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
10. The Odyssey by Homer
If you too love to share your favourite reads, send a recommendation to goodbookcatalogue@gmail.com



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We work and live in Rainbow Beach, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people. We pay our respects 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.