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Our customers' favourite books, music, film & TV of 2019

This year we again invited our customers to vote for their favourite books, music, film and TV of the past year. Here are the most voted for books across each category…

Best fiction books

A Constant Hum by Alice Bishop The Nancys by R.W.R. McDonald The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Best non-fiction books

Unlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind by Nicola Redhouse Three Women by Lis…

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Booksellers share their Summer Reading Stacks

Teetering on the precipice of a brand-new season, our staff share what’s on their TBR piles – including some exciting forthcoming books to look out for in early 2020… Kim Gruschow, book buyer and children’s book buyer at Readings St Kilda Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah (translated by Deborah Smith) (available February 2020) Hattie by Frida Nilsson & Stina Wirsén (translated by Julia Mars…

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What we’re reading: Chang, Bray & Hurley

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 Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, Book 2) by Libba Bray

I’m exactly halfway through the second book in the Diviners series by Libba Bray, Lair of Dreams, and it’s so wonderful I’m in no rush to get through the second half. T…

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Our favourite graphic novels & comics for kids in 2019

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Kids graphic novels are more popular than ever, with a wide variety available across age groups, reading level and genres. Here are some of the children’s graphic novels and comics that have impressed us this year.

Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt and Peanut Butter and Jelly by Ben Clant…

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The Readings Foundation grant recipients for 2020

by Gabrielle Williams

The Readings Foundation has announced $135,142 worth of grants to support a range of projects and organisations within Victoria in 2020.

The Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts. Readings donates 10% of its overall profit to the Foundation each year, and the kind donations from Readings' customers make a …

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Our favourite smart summer reads of 2019

If you’re looking for something smart and compulsive to read by the poolside (or while curled up in a couch!), here are some of our best recommendations for smart summer reads of this year. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor

It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a…

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Readings booksellers recommend: Books to get you out of a reading rut

We asked our booksellers to share a book that got them out of a reading rut.

Leanne Hall recommends Stargazing by Jen Wang

For some reason graphic novels always get me out of a reading slump – perhaps because it feels refreshing to focus on visuals as well as words? Reading a good graphic novel feels like food for my eyes and a pep-up for my brain. Stargazing by Jen Wang recently rejuvena…

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The Costa Book Awards shortlist 2019

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year.

Below is the full list of shortlistees in each category.

Best First novel

Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston Queenie by Cand…

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Our 2019 Christmas Gift Guide: The friends & family edition

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here are gift ideas for your friends and family – for those who love to entertain, explore, read by the beach, and more. And you can find plenty more recommendations in our Summer Reading Guide. For someone who hosts amazing dinner parties Popular New York Times food columnist Alison …

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Anti-Christmas reads for Grinches

Mince pies are on sale, fir trees are sparkling in windows, children are queuing up at shopping centres to meet Santa… The festive season is here… Is that a bah humbug we hear? Here are some of our best books for the Scrooges and grinches out there. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Kate Reese is a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship by starting over in a new town, with her youn…

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