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Teens recommend Astrid Scholte’s new fantasy novel

While meeting for the Readings Teen Advisory Board are currently on hiatus, our bookish teen advisors are still making time to catch up on the latest releases.

This month they’ve been diving into Australian author Astrid Scholte’s second novel. Scholte’s first book, Four Dead Queens, was a pleasing blend of fantasy and murder mystery, and The Vanishing Deep is equally unique. When seventeen-y…

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The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2020

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2020. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers (for ages 13-18 years) The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller When the Ground is Hard by …

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An important message to all Readings customers

by Mark Rubbo

Dear Friends of Readings,

In 51 years of business Readings has really only closed its doors on Christmas day (apart from the time when Carlton’s sewer burst – that was unpleasant). We pride ourselves on supplying books, music and film to the public of Melbourne and Australia.

We have remained open during the current crisis, partly because our job is selling books, but also because we know that …

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 1

Chris Gordon is our events and programming manager extraordinaire, as well as our monthly food and gardening columnist. Here, she sends us some missives from her home office (and kitchen!), and shares some advice on what foods to make during this period of quiet. Experiment with pickling.

We’ve all heard about the ravished supermarkets. In my own local, the vegetable section was stripped of…

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Readings booksellers recommend: Books that make us happy

We ask our booksellers to share books that make them happy. Find plenty of recommendations for books to make you feel happy by browsing this collection. Jeremy George recommends A car, a man, a maraca by Oscar Perry

I have been reading and re-reading Oscar Perry’s debut poetry collection A car, a man, a maraca since it was released last year. The collection grapples (like so much other c…

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Changes to our What We’re Reading column

The ongoing public health crisis in Australia is affecting numerous businesses, including Readings, and we are looking to create more online spaces for people to come together as a community.

With this in mind, we have decided to shake up our regular ‘What We’re Reading’ column by opening it up to include recommendations from customers, as well as staff. We want to know – what are YOU reading/li…

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Melanie Cheng on Thuy On’s debut poetry collection

by Melanie Cheng

The launch of Turbulence, Thuy On’s debut poetry collection, was sadly cancelled this month due to the ongoing public health crisis. Here we share the speech that author Melanie Cheng would have shared on the night were the event to have gone ahead.

It gives me great pleasure to launch Thuy On’s debut poetry collection, Turbulence. The title alone is such an apt word for this particular moment…

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Four new LoveOzYA books to celebrate right now

We’re so excited about four new #LoveOzYA books that have launched this month. These novels couldn’t launch with events at Readings shops as planned, but we still intend to bang the drum about them! Read on as Astrid Scholte, Katya de Becerra, Eliza Henry Jones and Sarah Epstein share with us the stories behind their new books, and thank the people who’ve supported them. Astrid Scholte shar…

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