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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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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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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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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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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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Exciting YA books to look out for in 2020

The annual YA Showcase at State Library Victoria is a must-attend event, as a host of publishers give a tantalising peek at what’s being published for teen readers in the following year. Here are some of the biggest and buzziest books from last night’s 2020 YA Showcase (and also a few other upcoming titles we’re excited about). Contemporary & coming-of-age Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacop…

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What we’re reading: Atwood, Hamilton & Daley

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. Megan Wood is reading Good Bones by Margaret Atwood

Good Bones is a fantastic collection of short narratives, speculative fiction, retellings and musings that are classic Margaret Atwood. 27 separate works fill this 153 page book, but each del…

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