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Gift ideas for hard-to-buy-for teens

Teens are tricky at the best of times and getting them a gift at this time of year can sometimes be a real challenge. Never fear! We are here to help with some appropriate suggestions for those tricky teens in your life:

FOR THE SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR Lead the Way by Jean Hinchliffe is an excellent introduction to teen activism by a leader of the School Strikes for Climate movement in Aus…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Adrift in Melbourne by Robyn Annear

Devotion by Hannah Kent

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love by Yotam Ottolenghi & Noor Murad

Love Stories by Trent Dalton

Old Vintage Melbourne by Chris Macheras

The Promise by Damon Galgut

Love and Virtue by Diana Reid

Dune by Frank Herbert

Seven and a Half by Christos Tsiolkas

Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Our best-seller for another week is Robyn Annea…

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What we’re reading: Cho, Down and Susskind

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. Lian Hingee is reading Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Yangsze Chu’s wonderful novel The Ghost Bride is one of my all-time favourite books, so when I heard about Black Water Sister by Zen Cho I snapped it up immediately. Like The Ghost Bride, t…

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Fantastic #LoveOZYA titles of 2021

It’s been a great year for locally written young adult fiction, and we celebrate this with an all-Australian selection of stand-out titles that will be greatly enjoyed by the teen or young adult fiction lover in your life. The Gaps by Leanne Hall

When sixteen-year-old Yin Mitchell is abducted, the news reverberates through the whole Year Ten class at Balmoral Ladies College. Police suspect th…

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10 Favourite First Nations books for kids in 2021

So many amazing stories were published this year by First Nations storytellers. These ten beautiful books include: an introduction to the lie of ‘Terra Nullius’ conveyed in a simple, rhythmic picture book; a story about the importance of sharing; a First Nations perspective on Invasion Day; a guide to native flora and fauna in Kakadu; and biographical stories of remarkable First Nations leaders, …

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Mark Rubbo’s best of 2021

by Mark Rubbo

Below our managing director Mark Rubbo shares his favourite reads from 2021. Wild Abandon by Emily Bitto

Will flees to the US to escape the misery of a breakup; a road trip across America will set him straight. Stuck in Littleproud, Ohio, he runs into an eccentric and charismatic private zoo owner and gets drawn into his bizarre world.

The Magician by Colm Toibin

This fictionalised accoun…

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The best of non-fiction 2021

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 Australian fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. Emotional Female by Yumiko Kadota

Yumiko Kadota was a young, gifted medical student - the top of her class - on her way to becoming an outstanding plastic and reconstructive surgeon. F…

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LGBTQIA+ fiction favourites for 2021

It’s been a sparkling year for LGBTQIA+ stories in fiction! Below, you’ll find some of our 2021 fiction favourites that centre and celebrate a multiplicity of LGBTQIA+ experiences within their pages. Nothing But My Body by Tilly Lawless

Nothing But My Body is an eight-day journey through the mind of a young woman, a queer sex worker in Australia, as she navigates breakups and infatuation acro…

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