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What We’re Reading

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.

Emily is reading Jane, the Fox & Me

It’s more than my job’s worth to mention names but I can reveal that this week in a post-election malaise, some of our most highly respected booksellers have been watching The Bachelor.

As you may imagine, …

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Our Best Bargains This Month

by Mark Rubbo

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo shares his top picks for bargain lovers this month.

My colleagues know that I love a good bargain, a book bargain that is. Publishers sell off all kinds of wonderful books at low prices for a number of reasons: they printed too many; the paperback has come out; the original price no longer reflects the current market. I spend a fair amount of time pesterin…

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Creative Yoga For Kids

by Edna Reinhardt

The benefits of relaxation sessions for kids are becoming widely acknowledged and on our shelves you’ll find two handy kits to teach you the basics of yoga for kids, produced by Melbourne’s Edna Reinhardt. Here’s Edna’s guide to getting started.

Yoga cards for kids are an innovation designed to help you and your child discover yoga together. They are tactile, inventive and fun and using them c…

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Five Notable Uses of Music In Breaking Bad

by Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville talks about some of his music highlights in the television drama, Breaking Bad.

Currently I’m trying to catch up on Breaking Bad before the season ends and everyone talks about it on social media. I realise, of course, that this is entirely my own fault, and that I’ve had ample time to catch up. Even so it irked me when recently a woman sitting next to me on a plane saw me wat…

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A Good Reason To Send Fan Mail

by Dani Solomon

Bookseller Dani Solomon shares what happened when she sent fan mail to a favourite author.

One of my favourite books I read last year was Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan. In essence, this book is the answer to the question: What would happen if the zombie virus infected animals?

The first thing that happens is you learn exactly how funny rage-filled zombiefied cows, bunnies and sheep can be. …

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What We’re Reading

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.

Nina is reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park is one of the best YA books I have ever read.

I loved it from start to finish, and devoured it in less than a day. It captures everything that’s wonderful/awful about being a …

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A day with Ardoch Youth Foundation

by Isobel Michael

Philanthropy Executive of Ardoch Youth Foundation, Isobel Michael, tells us about the day-to-day work of Ardoch’s ‘Reading Buddies’.

The Readings Foundation’s support of Ardoch has enabled us to train and place volunteers to help to develop disadvantaged children’s literacy in schools and early childhood centres. These ‘Reading Buddies’ work to develop the children’s love of books and reading …

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What I Loved: The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

by Steve Bidwell-Brown

It’s the early 1960s and life is aglow on the American east coast. Amateur musicians are composing Beatles-inspired pop music, local shrinks are starting to prescribe medicinal LSD, and words like ‘feminism’ are sprouting in the minds of the young. Somewhere in this budding psychedelic mix is Oedipa Maas, a 28-year-old homemaker who has just been informed that her millionaire ex-lover is dead and…

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Fiona Hardy on the 2013 Ned Kelly Award

by Fiona Hardy

Our Crime Expert (in books, not IRL) Fiona Hardy gives us a round-up of the Ned Kelly Award Winners of 2013.

Gosh, it’s nice that the weekend had such a great vote, huh? I mean, who wasn’t happy with its outcomes? It’s so great that everyone’s on board with the victors, and that we all get a happier literary world, and it’s all thanks to Queensland.

Yes, that’s right: the 2013 Brisbane Writer…

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Kids' & Young Adult Round-Up for September

by Emily Gale

It’s 105 days until You-Know-What and the Children’s & YA Specialists are all raving about their picks this month, from a home-grown debut with a familiar setting to a two-time Carnegie winner asking ‘is there more to life than this?’

Our St Kilda kids' specialist, Angela Crocombe, has been on a reading frenzy. The longed-for new novel by Patrick Ness, who made a recent visit to Melbourne to m…

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