What We’re Reading posts

Changes to our What We’re Reading column

The ongoing public health crisis in Australia is affecting numerous businesses, including Readings, and we are looking to create more online spaces for people to come together as a community.

With this in mind, we have decided to shake up our regular ‘What We’re Reading’ column by opening it up to include recommendations from customers, as well as staff. We want to know – what are YOU reading/li…

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What we’re reading to combat coronavirus anxiety

Instead of our usual ‘What We’re Reading’ column this week, we asked our booksellers what books they were reading and recommending to combat coronavirus anxiety. Here’s what they said.

“I am managing my anxiety by taking myself to another world completely with Sarah J Maas’s first adult fantasy novel (she’s written a bazillion YA novels), House of Earth and Blood. Set in a complex world where …

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What we’re reading: Mantel, Christle & Keyes

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 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I’ve been lured into what might seem a daunting commitment (so many pages) by my wildly enthusiastic colleagues and my own curiosity. After all, it’s not every day I hear such glowing praise …

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What we’re reading: Collins, Onda & Hardcastle

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. Ellen Cregan is reading The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

The Confessions of Frannie Langton was one of the winning books in this year’s Costa Book Awards. This is a big, intelligent bildungsroman-esque novel set in 1826 Londo…

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What we’re reading: Hing Wen, Alderton & Jones

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. Chris Gordon is reading Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

I have fallen in love with Dolly Alderton – completely head-over-heels. I want to gift Everything I Know About Love to everyone that I love – already, I have made sure that…

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What we’re reading: Anappara, Savage & Rowling

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. Bronte Coates is reading Blueberries by Ellena Savage (available March)

Back in 2017, I wrote about how much I loved Ellena Savage’s writing in a blog post rounding up some of the best non-fiction writing Readings staff had read by Australian …

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What we’re reading: Andrews, Reid & Dolan

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. Bronte Coates is reading Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan (available April)

I recently got my hands on an early copy of this exciting fiction debut from Irish writer Naoise Dolan. Newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, Ava meets Julian. They fo…

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What we’re reading: Hing Wen, Leonnig & Rucker

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. Leanne Hall is reading Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

The first thing you must know is that there are no actual boats in Loveboat, Taipei. ‘Loveboat’ (nicknamed after the TV show that we’d all rather forget … if we weren’t secretly watch…

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What we’re reading: Aoife Clifford, Phillip Roope & Kevin Meagher

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. Fiona Hardy is reading Shark Arm by Phillip Roope & Kevin Meagher

In 1935, a recently-caught tiger shark at the Coogee Aquarium vomited up a human arm in front of witnesses. The arm had on it a tattoo of two boxers facing off, and while the id…

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What we’re reading: Cho Nam-Joo, Steph Cha & Carmen Maria Machado

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. Bronte Coates is reading Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (translated by Jamie Chang) (available late February)

I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of this novel from South Korean writer Cho Nam-Joo. The story of an ‘o…

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