Library in Focus: What books to read in 2022

21 Jun 2022

Joanna Deegan
College Librarian

We’re about to enter our mid-year break – a perfect time to get stuck into some leisure reading (whether you’re a student or not)!

Not sure where to start, though?

We’ve compiled a list of reads celebrating great books that turn 150 this year.


Books published in 1872:

A brief review of a selection of novels:

George Eliot’s Middlemarch explores women’s role in society, education and relationships.

Samuel Butler’s Erwhon is a satire on Victorian society and beliefs.

Phileas Fogg’s trip Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne), and Dostoevsky’s tale of a political murder inspired by real life, Demons, all celebrate their 150th birthday this year.

Classic children’s titles join the list of books celebrating 150th anniversary, including fantasy novel The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald and Susan Coolidge’s What Katy Did, where we first meet Katy Carr.


Australian literature

If you’re keen to dive in to some literature from home, consider choosing one of these wonderful works:

Tressa’s Resolve by Louisa Atkinson

A Man of Genius by Harriet Miller Davidson

Bread-and-Cheese and Kisses by B.L. Farjeon

Jem’s Hopes and What They Grew To by Maud Jeanne Franc


Campion College Library

These 150-year-old titles and others are available for students to borrow from the Campion Library:

Ballantyne, R.M.   The Pioneers: A Tale of the Western Wilderness

Bjornstjerne, Bjornson   The Bridal March and One Day

Branch, Pamela   The Wooden Overcoat

Butler, Samuel    Erewhon

Coolidge, Susan   What Katy Did

Darwin, Charles  The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

De Forest, J.W.    Kate Beaumont

Dostoevsky, Fydor   Demons

Eliot, George    Middlemarch

Hardy, Thomas    Under the Greenwood Tree

Israel, Isaac    The Land of Desolation: Being a Personal Narrative of Observation and Adventure in Greenland

Jokai, Mor    The Man With the Golden Touch

Landis, Simon M.  The Social War

Le Fanu, J. Sheridan    Carmilla (available as an ebook) and In a Glass Darkly

Leighton, John    Paris Under the Commune: The Seventy-Three Days of the Second Siege

MacDonald, George    The Princess and the Goblin

MacDonald, George    Wilfrid Cumbermede

Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm    The Birth of Tragedy and The Genealogy of Morals

Turgenev, Ivan    A Month in the Country

Twain, Mark    Roughing It  (available as an ebook)

Verne, Jules    Around the World in Eighty Days

Zola, Emile    La Curee