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The Best Junior & Middle Fiction of 2013

Here, we share our top five picks for best junior fiction from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. Displayed here in no particular order.

A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems

The usually plucky Piggie is upset when a big guy takes her ball. Her sensitive friend Elephant is determined to get it back … until he sees how big the big guy is! But big guys have feelings too and…

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The Best Pop CDs of 2013

Here, we share our top ten picks for pop CDs released the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. Displayed here in no particular order.

Trouble Will Find Me by The National

Powered by Matt Berninger’s deceptively everyman voice that resonates like a conversation held by torchlight under the covers, The National have created an album full of ache and hope, told through sublime orc…

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The Best Picture Books of 2013

Here are our top ten picks for best picture books from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. Displayed here in no particular order.

Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Mr Tiger is living the civilised life but he is yearning to walk on the wild side! He heads back to nature but he misses his friends and they miss him. On his return, Mr Tiger finds they have succumbed to a litt…

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Mark Rubbo’s Best Books of 2013

by Mark Rubbo

Our Managing Director Mark Rubbo shares his five favourite reads from the past year.

The Memory Trap by Andrea Goldsmith

This is a lovely, thoughtful novel. The protagonist, Nina Goldsmith, is a middle-aged advisor on memorial projects. After spending most of her adult life overseas, she returns to Australia after her marriage fails. There she finds her sister and her partner caught in a sp…

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Book vs Film: Catching Fire

by Bronte Coates

Last week I went to see the second film instalment of Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy, The Hunger Games, on opening night and, as expected, found myself in a cinema full of enthusiastic teen fans. When the trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Divergent appeared on screen, my friend leaned over to me and said, ‘I think those girls behind us are hyperventilating.’ I patted his hand. ‘We’re amo…

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A conversation about Hilary T Smith’s novel Wild Awake

Three of our staff - Nina Kenwood, Emily Gale and Bronte Coates - come together and talk about Hilary T Smith’s debut novel Wild Awake - why they loved it and whether or not it should be classified as ‘young adult fiction’.

NK: I loved Wild Awake, but I finished it thinking that perhaps it’s the kind of YA novel that adults might enjoy more than teenagers.

EG: It’s definitely one that the adu…

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Meet the Bookseller with Kim Gruschow

by Kim Gruschow

We chat with Kim Gruschow about her love for strong narrators and disappointment that being a witch wasn’t really a viable career option.

Why do you work in books?

Books formed a massive and deeply valued part of my childhood so when I started working at a children’s bookshop eight years ago it felt very right to be in a role that reflected this. The shelves are always changing as new books a…

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How to host Christmas at home

by Chris Gordon

This Christmas will be the very first time our events manager Chris Gordon hosts the day from her own home in Australia. Here, she shares what she’s planning to dish up for her guests.

Being a mother I’m going to start the day relatively early and I plan to do so with a strong coffee, closely followed by a sparkling wine. I may eat chocolates also… And given the indulgent opener, I’m thinking …

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Our 12 Days of Xmas

Join our 12 Days of Christmas campaign!

Starting today, every day for the next 12 days we’re offering our customers a special daily Christmas deal. These offers are only available online, and only for one day.

Today offer is Adam Liaw’s wonderful cookbook Asian After Work for the special price of just $26.95 (down from $40), plus free delivery!

Ensure you don’t miss an offer by signing u

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