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Better Reading Top 100

Our list of Australia’s top 100 books has just been unveiled. Which ones did you read – which ones did you miss?

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A Place of Wonder: 20 Picture Books that Celebrate the Magic of Libraries

“Libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.” – Neil Gaiman At Better Reading, we love and value our libraries – […]

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Book-Lovers: The Top 100 Books Revealed

If you ask a room full of readers to name their favourite book, don’t expect to get another word in. We’re a nation of avid readers, passionate about the books we love and not shy about telling other readers about them. Each year, Better Reading asks Australian readers and their families that very question and […]

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Bookish Passions: The greatest literary love stories of all time

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching – a time for celebrating love in all its wonderful forms. Roses and chocolates are great, but books are even better.  Here’s a list of some of the greatest literary love stories of all time to get you feeling all loved-up. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte He’s more myself than […]

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The Healing Power of Writing

Ten years ago today, the Black Saturday bushfires raged across Victoria, claiming the lives of 173 people, injuring 414, and burning 450, 000 hectares of land. They remain, to this day, the most devastating bushfires Australia has ever seen. With the passing of ten years, we are challenged to reflect on the events that transpired, […]

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Moving Stories to Mark Black Saturday

With this month’s tenth anniversary of the Black Saturday fires, it might be the right time to share one of these intensely moving stories with your children.  They speak of survival, of the beautiful yet sometimes harsh reality of the Australian bush, and ultimately, of hope and regrowth. Often based on first hand experiences – […]

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Books Guaranteed To Start A Conversation

The first month of the year has almost come to a close, which can only mean one thing – it’s about time for your first book club of the year! Unsure of what book to choose? No need to fret – we’ve got you covered with a list of current, topical, and best-selling books that […]

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Celebrating the country we call home: A list of great Australian stories

Australia has a rich history of exceptional literary talent, and to this day, upholds its reputation as a nation that produces remarkable stories. So, why not spend some time this weekend indulging in great Aussie literature? We’ve made a list of some of Australia’s best stories for you to enjoy: Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe […]

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Bookish Books

We love our books, but we especially love books about books, those that celebrate the importance of stories and the beauty of language. To celebrate the magic of books and their importance, we’ve composed a list of our top five favourite books about books! Is your favourite book on this list? If not, please tell […]

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