What We’re Reading posts

What we’re reading: Jenkins Reid, Choo, Davis-Goff and Guillaume

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 Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This novel follows the rise and fall of a legendary rock band from the 1970s, The Six, whose journey to fame took off when they were joined by singer and ‘it girl’ Daisy Jones. The book is …

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What we’re reading: Johnson, Jameson, Gooch and Oh

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. George Delaney is reading The Breakaways by Cathy G. Johnson

I’m really excited about The Breakaways by Cathy G. Johnson, a graphic novel for tween readers about a motley crew of very un-sporty kids in a C-Grade American High School soccer team. It’s a sweet s…

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What we’re reading: Boochani, Winn and some new music

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. Marie Matteson is listening to Better Oblivion Community Centre

I seldom come across new music. I am definitely out of all the loops. This week though, while listening to one of my favourite podcasts I heard the name Better Oblivion Community Center. A name th…

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What we’re reading: Ali Smith, Philip Pullman and the classics

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. Paul Goodman is catching up on the French classics

This year I’m aiming to catch up on a fistful of classics I should have read by age 30. Now that I’m two years late, I should really begin in earnest.

Having once attempted Proust on an e-reader while travel…

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What we’re reading: Nunez, Marchetta and parenting books

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. Gabrielle Williams is reading The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez won the National Book Award for fiction last year for this story about a woman whose friend commits suicide and leaves her to care for his ageing harlequin Great Dane. The book is written al…

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What we’re reading: Sylvia Plath, Adam Gidwitz and a crop of YA thrillers

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. Paul Goodman is reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

It’s unnerving reading The Bell Jar. Not just because of its content: the trajectory of protagonist Esther Greenwood’s depression is marked by remarkable prose and a dry wit that makes this hard-to-read book…

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What we’re reading: Jennifer Spence, Jonathan Haidt and M.J. Tija

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. Mark Rubbo is reading The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence

I’ve been reading The Lost Girls by Sydney author Jennifer Spence. It’s an intriguing concept. Returning from a trip to the city Stella finds her suburb familiar yet changed. Her warehouse apartment build…

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What we’re reading: Lang Leav, Andy Miller and Naomi Novik

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. Tracy Hwang is reading Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav

This was my first dive into Lang Leav’s poetry. Leav’s poems are simply expressed, but extremely heartfelt and poignant, making Sea of Strangers a good collection for first readers of poetry. What surprised …

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What we’re reading: Nicola Redhouse, Fonda Lee & Marissa Meyer

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. Mark Rubbo has been immersed in French history

Over summer I read Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks and watched the DVD series of Un Villages Francais. Both crossover to some extent. Faulks’s novel is set in contemporary Paris where the French treatment of Algeri…

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What we’re reading: Richard Ayoade, Melina Marchetta & April Genevieve Tucholke

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. Paul Goodman is reading by Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade

After making a name for himself co-writing and directing the cult UK series Garth Merenghi’s Dark Place, giving an award-winning performance as Moss in The IT Crowd and then going on to make two exc…

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