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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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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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Books that kept us on the edge of our seat in 2019

Our staff share the books that kept them on the edge of their seats this year.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I was late to the party on this gripping classic, but literally could not put it down. I read it in one sitting, without moving and found the tension near unbearable, in a completely delicious way. I was genuinely sad to finish it, but also incredibly relieved…

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Books that made us want to be better people in 2019

Our staff share the books that made them want to be better people this year.

“Christos Tsiolkas said in his launch speech that he started writing Damascus because he wanted to understand his mother’s relationship to St Paul, and through that bond increase his understanding of his own mother. What he found as he travelled back in time and imagined the life of this great prophet is that the lear…

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Books that made us laugh in 2019

Our staff share the books that made them laugh this year.

“I finally got around to reading We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby this year, and I’m so glad I did. This is an extremely funny book – Irby has a sort of cantankerous tone that never fails to crack me up. She’s also very good at writing about bodily fluids and what happens when they go awry.

I also cackled quite a bit …

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Books that made us cry in 2019

Our staff share the books that made them cry this year.

“Chloe Higgins' unforgettable memoir The Girls about losing her two sisters to a car crash. The entire book is moving but it was the very last line that made me cry.”

Amanda Rayner

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown made me cry more than once while reading. A beautiful, simple story full of empathy and hope, I adored this little book a…

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Short story collections we loved in 2019

Our staff share some of their favourite short story collections from the past year.

“I enjoyed all the short story collections I read this year. This Taste for Silence was probably my pick for best collection but my favourite short story ‘Further to Fly’ came from Joshua Lobb’s The Flight of Birds. Another enjoyable collection was Fabulous Lives by Bindy Pritchard; the stories here weren’t rea…

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Translated books we loved in 2019

Our staff share some of their favourite translated books from the past year.

“One of the biggest books of this year was The Eighth Life (For Brilka) by Nino Haratischvili, translated into English by Ruth Martin and Charlotte Collins. If you want to read one 900+ page book this year, please make it this sprawling family saga set in the Soviet Union.”

Mark Rubbo

“Two of my most engrossing …

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Graphic novels & comics we loved in 2019

Our staff share some of their favourite graphic novels and comics from the past year.

“The first book my kid has read with complete enthusiasm – at the dinner table, in the car – was Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters, an excellent tale of siblings and family life. She immediately wanted its freshly released sequel, Guts – about anxiety, and the first book in the series, Smile, about braces and earthq…

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