What We’re Reading posts

October recommendations from our Teen Advisory Board

Our Teen Advisory Board have been busy reading and letting us know what they’re loving; below, you can read June recommendations from five of our fantastic 2021 board members. You can also browse the favourite books by favourite authors collection – compiled by the entire board – here. Teen Advisory Board Member Tahlia Malojer is reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, The Other Side of Perfect

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What we’re reading: Osman, Riley & McGann

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. Gabrielle Williams is reading The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman.

I’ve just finished reading Richard Osman’s second book in the Thursday Murder Club series. It’s very light and funny and utterly enjoyable. I’m recommending it all over th…

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Our favourite reads of 2021 so far

We asked staff to let us know which book stands out as exceptional amongst everything they’ve read so far this year. Below are the books they’ve loved the most and you can browse our more extensive collection of favourites here.

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

I haven’t yet stopped thinking about Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder. Its dry humour and refreshing weirdness was just what I needed.

— Alison

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What we’re reading: Birch, Marillier & Bitto

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. Tye Cattanach is reading Dark as Last Night by Tony Birch

If you wanted to start a fight with me, one of the surest ways would be to try to convince me Tony Birch is not one of the FINEST storytellers in this country. Because, to sound kinda …

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What we’re reading: Andrada & de Beauvoir

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. Angela Crocombe is reading The Inseparables by Simone de Beauvoir and That Weekend by Kara Thomas

I enjoyed Simone de Beauvoir’s The Inseparables this week. Based on de Beauvoir’s formative childhood friendship with a charismatic, highly reli…

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What we’re reading: Yoder & Butcher-McGunnigle

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. Joanna Di Mattia is reading Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

I purchased a copy of Rachel Yoder’s debut novel Nightbitch after I was seduced by a simple 30-word blurb that managed to say a lot while not revealing much at all. Turns out, this is the…

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What we’re reading: Trethewey, Murphy & McCrossen

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. Gabrielle Williams is reading Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey.

I’m reading Memorial Drive by Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey. The synergy of growing up on Memorial Drive in Mississippi, and then writing a memorial to her mot…

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What we’re reading: Rippin, Thompson and Lippincott

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. Tye Cattanach is reading Big Dog, Little Dog by Sally Rippin and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford.

Friends, can I tell you, there was no one more ecstatic that I to learn that Melbourne’s favourite children’s author was working on a picture boo…

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What we’re reading: Heller, Huron & Mathieu

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. Tye Cattanach is reading The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

Some books feel more to me like I’m watching a movie rather than reading. This sensation is extremely rare, so I am always delighted when it happens.

The Paper Palace is a co…

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What we’re reading: Mitford, Down & Turk

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. Gabrielle Williams is reading The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

I’m reading an old classic, The Pursuit of Love, the first in a trilogy of books by Nancy Mitford. It’s amazing how relevant it is. Well, apart from the furs and the landed ge…

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