What we’re reading: Lyons, Kristoff, Clarke, Walton & Aśka

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.


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Lucie Dess is reading Stars in Their Eyes by Jessica Walton & Aska

As soon as I read the blurb for Stars in Their Eyes, I knew I had to get my hands on it. A queer, intersectional meet-cute set at a Con? SIGN. ME. UP.

I can definitely say I was not disappointed by this beautiful graphic novel. The characters are sweet and funny and I had the best time reading about them. If you are looking for a heartwarming and fun read, look no further than Stars in Their Eyes. Plus, it’s Australian – so you’ll be supporting local creators when you do!


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Teen Advisory Board member Aurelia Orr is reading Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

This book is not for the faint-hearted. Kristoff’s vampires stand alongside Dracula and Lestat as, like his writing, they are merciless, seductive and strike you when your heart is weakest.

A truly bone-chilling monster of a book that I highly recommend you sink your teeth into this October – it’s every bit as epic and terrifying as he promised it would be.


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Lou Ryan is reading Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

I just read Piranesi - winner of The Women’s Prize for 2021. It’s a book for our times.

Piranesi doesn’t realise he’s living in a VERY HARSH LOCKDOWN in a labyrinth-like palace. He finds being almost alone in his watery world very peaceful and beautiful. Piranesi, the book, is mysterious, generous and clever. I’m off to read Clarke’s earlier book now, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.


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Clare Millar is reading Dateline Jerusalem by John Lyons

I just finished Dateline Jerusalem by John Lyons, which I bought after reading an excerpt in The Age - a rare occurrence for me! This is a truly astonishing analysis of Australian media censorship regarding Israel and Palestine. I thought I was reasonably well-read on this. but Lyons showed me otherwise.

This is honestly my top non-fiction recommendation at the moment! I think there are lots of people who’d like to know more about this topic and this is a very accessible, yet angering read that will leave you vastly more informed about world politics and Australian media.

Stars in their Eyes

Stars in their Eyes

Jessica Walton, Aska

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