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Recommended kids books, events & news for February

We’ve got something for every type of young reader this month in kids books! Magical adventures and alternate realities, a picture book to inspire young climate activists, a celebration of seaweed and an awesome guide to news media. Find our February picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

The World Between Blinks by Ryan Graudin & Amie Kaufman

Cousins Jake and Marisol gather w…

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What we’re reading: Dean, Nunez & Di Pietrantonio

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. Gabrielle Williams is reading A Feather on the Breath of God by Sigrid Nunez

This week I’m reading the upcoming (9 February), A Feather on the Breath of God by Sigrid Nunez. Having read her earlier book, The Friend, I’m compelled to read ever…

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The best new crime reads in February

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist shares 9 great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Spiral by Iain Ryan

I could tell you that Iain Ryan’s The Spiral is an immersive, captivating crime book, but that wouldn’t be enough to explain it. I could say it’s a twisted, psychological fever dream, but that’s not quite it. I could tell you it’s an Australian campus thriller, and…

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

We’re recommending some recently released fiction in translation. Fiction in translation is the perfect way to explore our world, while we’re staying in place. Girls Against God by Jenny Hval (translated by Marjam Idriss)

Welcome to 1990s Norway. White picket fences run in neat rows and Christian conservatism runs deep. But as the Artist considers her past, her practice and her hatred, thin…

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Recommended YA books, events & news for February

This month we have a wonderful selection of YA books to fall in love with: stories about young women pushing back against restrictions, young men pondering strength and masculinity, and stark truths about immigrant experiences in Australia. Find our February picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough

It’s a hot summer, and life’s going al…

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Applications are open for our Teen Advisory Board

Applications are now open for the 2021 Readings Teen Advisory Board!

We’re currently looking for a new intake of teenagers (aged 14–19) to join our advisory board, starting in March 2021 and running until Feb 2022.

The board is a volunteer group of teenagers who meet monthly to discuss young adult books, learn about the book industry, talk with authors, publishers and book industry experts, w…

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The best food & gardening books of the month

by Chris Gordon

Regular readers will understand that although one of the bestselling cookbooks over the festive season was all about air frying, this is not something that I’m automatically drawn to. I favour cookbooks that have a certain largesse about their content, a style that inspires, delights even, every sense within your being, and one that you know you will savour for years to come. I often think of coo…

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Blind date with a book

For those looking for a new passion this Valentine’s Day, why not go on a Blind Date with a Book? The cupids of Readings St Kilda are ready to find you your love match.

Simply send an email to (or drop an old fashioned letter into the store), and let us know some of the books and authors you enjoy reading. One of our experienced booksellers (read: matchmakers) will then s…

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