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The 10 bestselling DVDs at Readings in 2019

Here are our 10 bestselling DVDs from the past year. (We’ve also compiled our 100 bestselling books of 2019 and our 10 bestselling albums of 2019.)

Our bestselling DVDs range from a much-loved, literary inspired detective series, to a stunning love story set against the backdrop of WWII, to an inspiring documentary about how to face the realities of climate change. Two DVDs about music icons …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas Bruny by Heather Rose The Anarchy by William Dalrymple Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (translated by Geoffrey Trousselot) Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu ap…

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See you all in 2020

With January fast approaching, we wanted to take a moment to look back over the past twelve months.

2019 marked Readings’ 50th birthday which gave us an excuse to celebrate more than usual this year. As Readings' Managing Director Mark Rubbo expressed in his column reflecting on Readings' history – we love and value being part of this intelligent, compassionate community.

This year also marked …

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Our literary resolutions for 2020

Our staff share their literary resolutions for the new year.

“Read happier books.”

Rosalind McClintock

“I work as a children’s and YA book specialist, so I have to keep up to date in this area. But in 2020 I’d like to balance out my kids and YA reading with some more adult novels, especially those that play with form or genre, or are challenging and unconventional in some way. I also hav…

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What we’re reading over summer

Our staff share the books they’re planning to read over summer.

“I’ve just nabbed a copy of The Topeka School on the enthusiastic recommendation of Alison, our head book buyer, and can’t wait to read it. She thinks it’s going to win all the awards, and I want to be in front of all that so I can brag about reading it “months ago” when it does.”

Fiona Hardy

“This summer I am very excited t…

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A glimpse behind-the-scenes at Readings this Christmas

Drop by Readings this weekend to pick up all of your last-minute Christmas shopping needs. Our shops are open all the way up to Christmas Eve, and you can find their opening hours and contact information here. You’ll also find plenty of gift-giving suggestions here and don’t forget that we offer gift vouchers for use in-store and online.

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Eight books to read aloud with preschoolers

Kinder- and prep-aged children are often ready for longer story times, as long as you have the right book on hand. Lengthy picture books, highly illustrated chapter books and simple treasuries are perfect for this phase. Here are eight of our best picks for read alouds with ages 3-7. Wild Honey from the Moon by Kenneth Kraegel

On a cold winter’s eve, deep in the woods, a mother shrew frets …

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Fiction to make you engage (not escape)

Plenty of people use books as a way to escape from the world and so seek out stories that transport them to other places. But for others, books are a way to be more present in the world – to engage with and reflect on what’s happening around them. Here are eight books for those readers. Supper Club by Lara Williams

Supper Club is a secret society for hungry women. Women who are sick of bad …

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14 sci-fi & fantasy reads to pack for the beach

There’s nothing quite like listening to the waves, shielding your eyes from the sun, and imagining yourself to be on a distant planet or in a far-flung kingdom. Here are our summer picks for sci-fi and fantasy fans.

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

Under the watchful eye of The Company, three characters – Grayson, Morse and Chen – shapeshifters, amorphous, part human, part extensions of …

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