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Teens respond to our literary anxieties

As part of this month’s meeting with the Readings Teen Advisory Board we chatted about ‘literary anxieties’ and how to deal with them. Here’s what they said. I have this book I really, truly, utterly love, but I’m embarrassed to tell people because a lot of others look down on it… What should I do?

‘Go online and find that one niche page on Reddit/Tumblr where all of the people in the same bo…

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Join a book club at Readings in 2020

Readings hosts a number of book clubs at three of our stores: Readings State Library, Readings St Kilda, and Readings Doncaster. Bookings for 2020 have just opened, so please read on to find out about the different book clubs on offer, and how to sign up. BOOK CLUBS AT READINGS STATE LIBRARY

Readings State Library runs four adult book clubs. All groups meet monthly in the shop to discuss a

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Kids books that highlight Australia’s unique wildlife

by Leanne Hall

Australia is the home of so much valuable, unique and vulnerable wildlife. With recent bushfires highlighting the urgent need to protect and preserve our animal populations, here are some of our favourite children’s books that show love for Australian wildlife.

Fauna: Australia’s Most Curious Creatures by Tania McCartney

This attractive illustrated guide is the perfect introduction to Aust…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas Bruny by Heather Rose The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (translated by Geoffrey Trousselot) Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dal…

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What we’re reading: Lara Prescott, Kassia St Clair & Emma Forrest

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. Rosalind McClintock is reading Royals by Emma Forrest

Emma Forrest’s Royals is a book that twirls you around, swings you up into the air and then fells you at the knees, before pulling you up and doing it all again. It is a tale as old as time…

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Books about self-acceptance & self-love

If new year’s resolutions don’t work for you, if making goals and to-do lists leaves you cold, maybe you’d like to focus that new-year energy on self-acceptance and self-love instead. We’ve put together a list of recommendations that encompass radical self love, raw memoir, accounting for the past, and unique characters in literature.

The Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

Poet, …

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Meet the guest judges for the Readings Prizes in 2020

We’re delighted to reveal our three guest judges for the Readings Prizes in 2020.

Readings runs three annual literary prizes that support emerging Australian authors: The Readings Children’s Book Prize, The Readings Young Adult Book Prize and The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

Every year, a shortlist of six titles is selected for each prize by a revolving panel of Readings staff. On…

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Books to help kids (and parents) prepare for first days

by Leanne Hall

Starting childcare, kindergarten or school can be an exciting, scary and challenging time (for kids and parents!) Reading together about what those first days might be like can provide some comfort. Here are some of our favourite books to help with this big transition. You can find more recommendations here and here. Little Nic’s Big Day by Nic Naitanui & Fatima Anaya

This charming picture…

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The Indie Book Awards shortlist 2020

This year’s shortlist for the Indie Book Awards has been announced.

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in six different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the shortlisted titles in each category.

Fiction There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett Bruny by Heather Rose The Wife and the Widow by Christ…

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