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Reading challenges for 2014

Read a translated novel

In 2013, many of our staff members got hooked on reading translated books. Jonathan Franzen’s translations of the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus in The Kraus Project was a favourite for some, while others loved the metaphysical crime novel The Infatuations from Javier Marias (translated from the original Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa). Emily Gale called Fanny Britt & Isa…

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The 100 bestselling books at Readings in 2013

Here are our 100 bestselling books from the past year!

The list combines sales from all Readings shops and our website. Where possible, different editions of titles have been combined to reflect total sales of each title. The list includes all genres. It covers sales from 1 Jan 2013 to 31 December 2013.

100. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
99. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art o

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Eyrie by Tim Winton The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Stoner: A Novel by John Williams Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi Bewitched and Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years by Samantha Trenoweth

This wee…

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Our New Year’s (literary) resolutions

Happy new year everybody! Now 2014 is upon us, here’s a collection of our literary-themed resolutions.

Nina plans to read more fiction from Australian authors.

Looking over the books I read this year, there is a clear gap in my list. Australian fiction.

I read a lot of Australian non-fiction (my favourite Australian writers right now are Anna Krien, Anna Goldsworthy and Benjamin Law), but…

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Top five songs to get a NYE party started

by Chris Somerville

The social anxiety that is pulled along by New Year’s Eve is never worth it. Usually you’ll spend most of your night worrying that everyone is going to have a better time than you. Here’s five songs you can play - in a row - at your garbage party to make it the best time ever.

1. ‘Senorita’ by Justin Timberlake.

You are throwing a party. People have turned up. They’re eating dip and drinking. Y…

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On being a Lord of the Rings fangirl

by Bronte Coates

Inspired by her recent visit to the cinemas to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Bronte Coates reminisces about her youthful obsession with The Lord of the Rings.

I’d already read, and fallen in love with, the books so by the time I saw the first trailer for The Lord of the Rings in a dark cinema as a naive and impressionable youth – so I was pretty much primed for a life-altering cinem…

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What we’re reading over summer

Now Christmas is over everyone can settle down with a good book. Here is what we’re reading this summer.

Belle is planning to read…

My aspirational summer reading list will begin with re-reading Middlemarch, a choice partly inspired by Rebecca Mead’s forthcoming memoir, The Road to Middlemarch. A few days camping will allow uninterrupted time to read the second book in Elena Ferrante’s Nea…

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Our in-store calendar & diary sale

Christmas is over and that means it’s time for our big calendar & diary sale!

We’re offering 50% off all 2014 calendars and 20% off all 2014 diaries when you purchase in-store.

This offer is only available from our Carlton, Hawthorn, St Kilda, Malvern and State Library of Victoria shops, while stock lasts. This offer is not available online.

Please note, our State Library and Malvern shops are…

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Come and visit us this Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve and for some of us, that means a last-minute dash to the shops.

If this sounds like you, then come visit us at our Carlton shop (open until 9pm), our Hawthorn shop (open until 6pm), our St Kilda shop (open until 6pm), our Malvern shop (open until 7pm) or our State Library of Victoria shop (open until 6pm).

If you’re strapped for ideas, let us help you:

Check out our Christm

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