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Books about activism for teens

by Leanne Hall

In a world where teens walk out of schools to protest climate change and lead the call for gun reform, it’s not surprising that there’s a thread of activism running through many recent fiction and non-fiction titles for teens. Here are some of our favourite books for politically engaged teens. Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

Best friends Jasmine and Chelsea attend a progressive …

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The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals longlists 2019

The longlists for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by UK children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by UK children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Here are the longlisted books fo…

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3-for-2 special offer on non-fiction favourites

Throughout February, we are pleased to have a special 3-for-2 offer on a select range of award-winning and popular non-fiction titles. Buy two books, and choose a third book in the range (of equal or lesser value) for free.

This offer is exclusively available in all Readings shops except Readings Kids until 28 February on stickered, in-stock items only, while stocks last. This offer is not avail…

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Bibliomemoirs: Four recommended memoirs about books and reading

by Mike Shuttleworth

Defined by Joyce Carol Oates in the New York Times in 2014 as ‘a subspecies of literature combining criticism and biography with the intimate tone of an autobiography’, the bibliomemoir offers unique and personal insights into people’s relationships to their books. Hawthorn bookseller Mike Shuttleworth rounds up some of his favourites. Books That Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace an

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, translated by Omid Tofighian The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi Small Blessings by Emily Brewin Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley Normal People by Sally Rooney Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari Birthday Girl by Haruki M…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis Misrule by Jodi McAlister Watership Down by Richard Adams Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood The Hate U Give by Angie Tho…

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What we’re reading: Sylvia Plath, Adam Gidwitz and a crop of YA thrillers

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Paul Goodman is reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

It’s unnerving reading The Bell Jar. Not just because of its content: the trajectory of protagonist Esther Greenwood’s depression is marked by remarkable prose and a dry wit that makes this hard-to-read book…

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Picture books about love

by Leanne Hall

What do you love most? Is it your family and friends? Or is it your new shoes? Or a sport, or a stranger who needs your help, or books or yourself! We recommend our favourite picture books about that big emotion: LOVE. Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys

We all need a love umbrella sometimes. When life doesn’t turn out the way we want it to (when you’re left out of a ga…

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Romance and rom-com readalikes

by Jackie Tang

If you liked Lizzie and Darcy’s ‘opposites attract’ chemistry in Pride and Prejudice, you’ll like … Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Uzma Jalaluddin has taken Jane Austen’s prototypical romantic comedy of manners and transformed the squabbling Bennett clan into a boisterous Indian-Muslim family living in modern-day Toronto. Ayesha Shamsi is smart, independent … and unmarried at 27, a fact …

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Be my Galentine: Books featuring female friendship

Love, obsession, jealousy, validation, support … the many complex and inspiring facets of female friendship make for great literary subject matter.

In honour of Galentine’s Day (the fictional holiday from TV show Parks and Recreation that occurs on 13 February and celebrates your love for your best girlfriends) here is a list of recommended reads with female relationships at their heart.


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