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Teaching my son to read

by Emily Gale

There’s a general perception that young boys today don’t enjoy reading as much as girls; that they find it more difficult to learn and are therefore reluctant to do it for fun. This turned out to be true in my house. I went from being the smug parent of a ‘natural’ reader (a girl) to the tortured parent of a boy who’d rather play with his pet rock than read a book. It took me a while to believe t…

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The 10 bestselling DVDs at Readings in 2013

Here are our 10 bestselling DVDs from the past year.

Reflecting an enduring thirst for crime and politics, the following list is predominantly populated with smart, savvy television dramas, some of which have very dark undertones. A stellar list of writers, actors and directors is featured here including Jane Campion for Top of the Lake, and Aaron Sorkin for The Newsroom: Season 1.

The list als…

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The 10 bestselling CDs at Readings in 2013

Here are our 10 bestselling CDs from the past year.

The release of Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man plunged the musician Rodriguez straight into the spotlight and three of his albums were bestsellers in 2013. Our list also includes some amazing Australian music-makers: the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Paul Kelly.

10. The Nex

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Special sale on children and YA books!

We’re delighted to be holding a special sale on kids and young adult books in our shops this January. You can buy any four children or teen books for the price of three!

This offer is available in-store only (not online) until Wednesday 22 January 2014. Don’t miss out!

Please note, customers will receive the lowest priced item free. The promotion only includes in stock items, and does not apply…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Stoner: A Novel by John Williams Murder in Mississippi by John Safran Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin Eyrie by Tim Winton

With the release of the film adaptation last week, Markus Zusak’s much-loved …

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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 Nine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf

I’m having a really good run of fiction in translation. Last year I loved the graphic novel Jane, The Fox and Me (translated from French) and the young adult novel Why We Took the Car (transla…

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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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