Books posts

What we’re reading: Stanley, Yee & Black

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on, or the music we’re loving. Chris Gordon is reading A Great Hope by Jessica Stanley

First of all, reading A Great Hope by Jessica Stanley made me feel old. This novel centres around the Kevin Rudd years of 2007 through to the turbulent years of Gillard and I found mysel…

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What the Degrassi Junior High students are reading now

by Rosalind McClintock


  Oh Degrassi, how I loved you growing up. I’d race back from school as a latchkey kid (actually it was just under a blob of cement in an oversized pot plant) grab my microwave pizza and turn the dial on the old tellie to see what the gang were up to on the other side of the world. It was so grown up and I was completely sucked in. Now, I know there have been new series and my old friends ha…

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Highlights of the MWF Schools Program

The Melbourne Writers Festival is on from 1-9 September this year and their schools program encompasses incredible day-long outings for students to attend! The program includes four sessions across the day that each feature a different author and focus.

Below, we spotlight just four of the wonderful author sessions being featured this year, but you can find out more about the full program here.…

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Australian fiction titles to pick up this month

  Sunbathing by Isobel Beech

‘Sunbathing is the stunning debut novel from Melbourne writer Isobel Beech. It follows the story of a young woman who is invited to stay with her friends Giulia and Fab at Fab’s family home in Abruzzo, in the month prior to their wedding. The village is an oasis, untouched by tourism. The narrator spends lazy days with Giulia and Fab, cooking, gardening, and carin…

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An extract from the anthology This All Come Back Now

This All Come Back Now is an anthology of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speculative fiction edited by Mykaela Saunders. Below is an extract from the short story Terranora written by Mykaela Saunders, which appears in the new collection.

‘Wake up! Wake up, everyone! Ocean Bikies are coming!’ The summons ripples throughout the sleeping camp, waking us all up in waves. I shake my two youn…

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Congratulations to Desiree Boardman and Angela Crocombe

We’re delighted that our Hawthorn Shop Manager Desiree Boardman has been nominated for Bookseller of the Year 2022 and that Angela Crocombe our Children’s and YA Specialist has been nominated for Children’s Bookseller of the Year 2022!

Angela Crocombe, nominated for Children’s Bookseller of the Year

Since starting at Readings, Angela has been an advocate for the children’s section and was the…

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Recommended Kid’s books and news for May

There are so many exciting new releases on our shelves this May, that it’s hard to know where to begin. How about with our Book of the Month - a warmhearted story about footy, family and fashion? Or perhaps with a story about stressing out, changing family dynamics and climate change activism? In picture books we have a non-binary character in the exuberant Katerina Cruickshanks, and a luscious o…

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Recommended YA books and news for May

There are so many exciting new releases in young adult literature this month that will have wide appeal for young adults and adults alike. Our Book of the Month is by the US author, E.Lockhart, and is a prequel to her bestseller, We Were Liars. We’re also excited about a delicious rom-com by Australian author Sarah Ayoub, a historical fiction adventure on the high seas with the pirate Anne Bonny,…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan

Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen

Sunbathing by Isobel Beech

Bedtime Story by Chloe Hooper

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

Indelible City by Louisa Lim

Yiayia Next Door by Daniel Mancuso and Luke Mancuso

Stolen Focus by Johann Hari

The Seamstress of Sardinia by Bianca Pitzorno (translated by Brigid Maher)

Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby

Our best-seller from the…

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