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Hmm . . . What To Read In March? 20 New Release Fiction Books

Good news everyone: March is a reader’s dreamland. Special mention to a few insanely entertaining novels, such as Dervla McTiernan’s debut The Ruin and long-shining star Fiona Lowe’s latest family saga Birthright. Dr Nikki Stamp’s book Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a charming blend of poetic rumination and no-nonsense information about how to reduce your chances […]

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The Readings Children’s Book Prize Shortlist Announcement

Readings has announced this year’s shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize, and what a wonderful shortlist it is! This Prize celebrates exciting new voices in Australian children’s literature. Readings recommends that this year’s six shortlisted titles are all for readers between the ages of 8 to 12. The six shortlisted titles for 2018 are: Tarin of […]

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Back in the Habit: 12 books that will get high-schoolers reading again

The school year began almost a month, and with so much time and energy going towards new subjects, new schools, new friends AND all the extra-curricular commitments that teens have on these days, it’s not hard for their attention to move away from reading for pleasure. Sometimes, all you need is the perfect book to […]

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Tales from the School Yard: Better Reading Kids Top 50

Apart from the family home, there is no place more familiar to children than school. Whether it’s navigating the politics of the playground, figuring out how best to go unnoticed by school bullies, or wondering what your teacher this year will be like – books set in schools have an eternal appeal. Setting books in […]

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The 10 Best Stories About Women You’ll Ever Read

Words || Meg Mason  Candy-pink covers, a silhouette of a woman in heels pushing a stroller and the cover line some variation of “She had the perfect life. Now, all she needed was the perfect man.” I suppose there really is such a thing as Chick Lit – and sometimes it’s the only thing you […]

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10 Kitchen Bibles

Ten of the Best Every kitchen has a holy cookbook, the all-time favourite that is spattered and worn, our best ally through a lifetime of cooking everything from family meals and classics, to dinner parties. Here are some of the great kitchen bibles that have made their mark: The Cook’s Companion by Stephanie Alexander  Turning […]

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The Aurelius Shortlist Has Been Announced!

The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and WASFF to published works in order to “recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror writers”. There are many categories, including the two categories for younger readers below: CHILDREN’S BOOKS How to Bee, Bren MacDibble (Allen & Unwin) The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of […]

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Haunted Families: Penni Russon’s Favourite Ghost Stories

WORDS||Penni Russon Why I wrote The Endsister Making this list makes me realise The Endsister shares many themes with these novels. The ghosts in The Endsister represent unresolved histories and the stories that loop through time and involve themselves with the living. The ghosts also represent the idea that being part of a family, especially […]

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Love Makes the World Go Round: Better Reading Top 100

Every year, as the votes come in from book lovers across the country, it’s fascinating to see what genres people are devouring. Crime, thrillers, classics – readers love them all. But one genre that really dominates the charts is romance, and who doesn’t love a good mushy read? Of course, McCullough’s The Thorn Birds and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon […]

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Medals!

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. These book prizes are amongst the most prestigious awards in the international children’s literature world and some of Better Reading favourite children’s […]

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