Books posts

Sci-fi and fantasy reads for non-genre fans

by Jackie Tang

The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Blade Runner … science-fiction and fantasy literature has spawned so many classic stories that catch the popular culture zeitgeist. And yet, for some readers, the genre can often feel too intimidating, dense and wrapped up in its own mythology to approach. Even the most open-minded and curious reader may lack the time to devote to a 1000-page door stopper.

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Recommended non-fiction books for fiction readers

For people who struggle to get through works of non-fiction, these compelling reads have all the moving characters, narrative suspense and literary quality of a juicy novel. From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage by Judith Brett

It’s compulsory to vote in Australia. We are one of a handful of countries in the world that enforce this rule. This remarkable fact is something to be proud of, a…

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Season of the witch: A reading list of books featuring witches and witchcraft

The witch: a figure of feminine power and independence, but also a target of social ostracism and persecution. While witches have always been mainstays of children’s fiction – as the likes of Harry Potter and The Worst Witch can attest – it’s not surprising that this current political moment has seen a resurgence of books about witches and other magical women who create meaningful and powerful co…

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We try reducing our household waste with tips from A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living

Over the past few weeks, Readings staff have been road testing different projects, recipes and tips from Lauren and Oberon Carter’s new DIY guide to reducing personal waste, A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living. Here are our staff’s takeaways from their new projects… Ellen Cregan tried minimising her plastic food storage.

I am forever hoarding glass jars in my kitchen and using them for all s…

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Q&A with Serina Bird, author of The Joyful Frugalista

Serina Bird, author of The Joyful Frugalista, chats to events and programming manager Chris Gordon about her tips for ‘mindful frugality’ and the environmental benefits of being budget-conscious. Serina, you are the godmother of the frugal movement. I know you say over and over again that saving money, or at least being mindful about money, is fun. Is it? Is making your own milo (impressive re…

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A reading list for International Women’s Day 2019

Happy International Women’s Day! Our staff share their recommendations on what to read to mark this significant day, first held in 1914.

My main claim to fame around the Readings office is that I was on board the Naomi Alderman The Power train before anyone else had read it, and I correctly guessed it as the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction that year. It’s an absolutely terrific book, …

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who enjoy unflinching contemporary fiction… The Rip by Mark Brandi

A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her. Or her friends. Dani and Anton look out for each other. Dani has a bit of a habit – nothing she can’t control, as she tells Anton – and Anton dreams of one day getting a place together. But when they hook up with Steve, their lives take a drastic…

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3-for-2 special offer on fiction favourites

Throughout March, we are pleased to have a special 3-for-2 offer on a select range of award-winning and popular fiction titles. Buy two books, and choose a third book in the range (of equal or lesser value) for free.

This offer is exclusively available in all Readings shops except Readings Kids until 31 March on stickered, in-stock items only, while stocks last. This offer is not available onlin…

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The best new cookbooks and gardening books in March

by Chris Gordon

Dining In by Alison Roman

Alison Roman has amassed serious social media stardom because her recipes have three enviable traits: fun, simplicity and deliciousness. This collection of 125 ‘why didn’t I think of that’ recipes, including treats like roast chicken smeared with anchovy butter or crispy baked potatoes, are absolutely obtainable by even the most amateur of home cooks. This cookbook is…

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The best new crime reads in March

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

Regular Readings Monthly readers will no doubt remember how obsessed we were by Irish born, Perth-based Dervla McTiernan’s debut crime novel. After turning the final page of The Rúin in early 2018, surviving the wait until we could read her second book seemed impossible, and yet she has kindly given it to us within a year. And not a mo…

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