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The 100 bestselling books at Readings in 2013

Here are our 100 bestselling books from the past year!

The list combines sales from all Readings shops and our website. Where possible, different editions of titles have been combined to reflect total sales of each title. The list includes all genres. It covers sales from 1 Jan 2013 to 31 December 2013.

100. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
99. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art o

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Eyrie by Tim Winton The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Stoner: A Novel by John Williams Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi Bewitched and Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years by Samantha Trenoweth

This wee…

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Our New Year’s (literary) resolutions

Happy new year everybody! Now 2014 is upon us, here’s a collection of our literary-themed resolutions.

Nina plans to read more fiction from Australian authors.

Looking over the books I read this year, there is a clear gap in my list. Australian fiction.

I read a lot of Australian non-fiction (my favourite Australian writers right now are Anna Krien, Anna Goldsworthy and Benjamin Law), but…

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Five books that unsettled me in 2013

by Bronte Coates

Elena Ferrante is my favourite literary discovery of 2013 and the first book of hers I read, The Days of Abandonment, has permanently lodged itself under my skin. Even though I also love Ferrante’s other books (you can read my review of My Brilliant Friend here), this title wins ‘most distressing book I read this year’ hands down.

Narrated by Olga, a woman whose husband unexpectedly leaves h…

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Why I want my sister to read Terry Pratchett

by Dani Solomon

Bookseller Dani Solomon tells us why she’s gifted her sister Terry Pratchett’s series about a witch named Tiffany Aching.

My sister turned 11 this year. She’s an excellent human with a wicked sense of humour who very much knows her own mind and I am stupidly proud of her just for existing. She’ll start high school soon and like any decent big sister who works in a bookshop I want to load up he…

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Five notable novels I read this year

by Nina Kenwood

The best novel I read this year: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

I loved this big, bold novel. It follows a group of friends from their teen years at a summer camp in the 1970s through to middle age in the present day. It traces the evolving relationships among the group, the secrets they keep from one another and the impact of one person being more successful than another on a friendship. I f…

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The Best Book Covers of 2013

We share our top ten picks for the best book covers of 2013 (displayed in no particular order).

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

(Design by W.H. Chong)

For me, this cover is at once classic but also cleverly modern. The contemporary, bold typeface placed over a black-and-white image is a simple solution but it is elegant, refined and lends well to being recreated across the trilog…

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Five books I have on my ‘to read’ pile in 2013

by Belle Place

Working with books is wonderful, for all the obvious reasons, but it’s our most common complaint that there is never enough time to read everything we would like – including the ones we quickly insist friends, family and acquaintances should be reading. So, I look forward to beginning my summer reading with a small collection of celebrated and recommended fiction titles from 2013 that I didn’t ma…

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Five Books that surprised me in 2013

by Emily Gale

I’ve written elsewhere about my favourite children’s and young adult books of 2013, a task that can feel as controversial as picking a favourite child because of the wide variety of books in our department (i.e. not impossible but liable to change on any given day). But there’s also a list of books I could categorise as ‘surprises’ – books I didn’t think I’d love, that I read out of duty but ende…

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