What We’re Reading posts

What we’re reading: Aldous Huxley, Sarah Matthias & Peter Hamilton

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Robbie Egan is reading Salvation by Peter Hamilton (available September)

I am reading an advance reading copy of Salvation by Peter Hamilton. I haven’t read him for years, but when the beginning of a new series was plonked onto my desk it proved irresistible.

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What we’re reading: Sara Varon, Sally Rooney & Julie C. Dao

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Bianca Looney is reading New Shoes by Sara Varon

Sara Varon’s earlier book, Robot Dreams, is already one of my favourite graphic novels for younger readers and I know I’m not alone. A mother of a child in prep recently told me how after reading the story, her …

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What we’re reading: Meg Wolitzer, Weike Wang & Drew Rooke

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Ellen Cregan is reading One Last Spin by Drew Rooke

This week I read Drew Rooke’s One Last Spin, which interrogates the questionable ethics of the presence of poker machines in Australian bars and pubs. I have to be honest – this is a pretty depressing book. B…

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What we’re reading: Melissa Broder, Patricia Lockwood & Erin Gough

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Bianca Looney is reading The Colour of the Sun by David Almond

A summer day. A young lad wandering free. Drifts of blazing poppies. Lying on rock in the sun. Wondering and dreaming at the aliveness of the world. The magical and the real all melting together.

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What we’re reading: Hilary Mantel, Daisy Hirst & Sharlene Teo

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Bronte Coates is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

This past year, I’ve been making efforts to read backlist titles and seek out older books that have been repeatedly recommended to me. My latest pick is a recommendation from my colleague Jan – Wolf Hall, Hil…

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What we’re reading: Clare Atkins, Michelle McNamara & Bri Lee

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Chris Gordon is reading Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

I have been putting off reading Bri Lee’s memoir because I felt like I already knew the story. I worked in the field of women’s health before I was involved in the book trade and I already knew that the legal …

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What we’re reading: Andrew Sean Greer, Erin Gough & Sarah Rees Brennan

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Julia Gorman is reading In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

A customer recently came into the kid’s shop and told me that this book is so good that she was buying herself a second copy. Due to this recommendation, and the very appealingly and gorgeous cover, …

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What we’re reading: Tayari Jones, Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Ellen Cregan is reading The Book Ninja by Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus

This week I’ve been reading a debut Australian novel from co-authors, Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus. Berg and Kalus are the founders of the Books on the Rail project, which aims to get commuters…

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What we’re reading: Eleanor Davis, Mat Larkin & Karen Liberman

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Kim Gruschow is reading You & a Bike & a Road by Eleanor Davis

I absolutely loved this thoughtful illustrated travelogue. The book follows a big cycle journey that the author made through the southern states of the USA, from Tucson Arizona to Athens Georgia. T…

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What we’re reading: Hilary Reyl, Elizabeth Acevedo & Ally Carter

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Ellen Cregan has just returned from Sydney Writers' Festival

I attended Sydney Writer’s Festival on the weekend, and I spent a large part of Saturday listening to excellent authors discussing their books and the ideas they each delve into.

The first session o…

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