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Recommended YA books, news & resources for July

by Leanne Hall

Lovers of heartfelt contemporary YA are spoilt for choice this month, but if you like action-packed sci-fi, verse novels or gentle touches of magic, then you’re also in luck. Find our July picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon

Twig is all alone after his dad goes missing, but when he meets cheerful pickpocket Flea, the pair become fast frie…

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A Readings lockdown update from Mark Rubbo

Dear friends of Readings,

Like all Melbournians we found the recent announcement of a six-week lockdown terribly disappointing but the speed with which the virus can spread makes the decision completely understandable.

In the interests of public health and safety we’ll be closing most of our shops to public browsing from tomorrow. We do think books and music are pretty important to our well-bei…

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The best new crime reads in July

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist shares eight great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Safe Place by Anna Downes

Emily is a receptionist and an aspiring actress in London when her life falls abruptly apart. Fired from her job, dropped by her agent and kicked out of her disgusting flat all at once, she’s at her very lowest point when her old boss Scott comes to her wi…

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Winners of the ABA Booksellers' Choice Book of the Year Awards 2020

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards.

These awards recognise the titles that booksellers most enjoyed reading and hand-selling during 2019. This year, for the first time, the awards were presented in three categories: adult fiction, nonfiction and children’s.

The co-winners of the adult fiction cate…

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Alison Huber wins Bookseller of the Year 2020

Congratulations to Alison Huber, Readings' Book Division Manager, who has been awarded Bookseller of the Year by the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA).

Huber has worked at Readings for 17 years, and in 2015, took on the role of head book buyer for the bookshop. She has been a positive and ardent advocate for Australian literature over the years, with a particular emphasis on raising the p…

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A spotlight on Everywhere Everything Everyone by Katy Warner

Everywhere Everything Everyone is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

Sixteen-year-old Santee lives on the wrong side of town, and it seems no good can come from mentioning her dad, but, even so, she believes in the safety of her world – that running late for curfew will only mean being grounded, and that the government is working for the good of t…

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What are the current members of the BSC reading?

It’s official. We are head over heels in love with the new The Baby-Sitter’s Club adaptation currently streaming on Netflix, especially the ways in which it has been freshened up for a new audience. While we don’t know for sure what the Gen Z Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey and Dawn are really reading, we’ve taken our best guess – and, of course, we have a few book recommendations for them. …

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NAIDOC week 2020 has moved to November

Last week it was announced that National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will now be held from 8-15 November, instead of this week. This decision has been made due to the impacts and uncertainty from the ongoing public health crisis. Regardless, now still feels like a critical time to be reading First Nations voices. Here, some of our staff share their picks for what book you could be reading in Ju…

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