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Our Picks for Teen Reads in 2016

It can be challenging to find a great read that’ll engross and inspire your teenage reader – here are some of our favourites from 2016. Be advised that they are recommended for ages 13+.   Need to catch up on our 2016 lists? There’s our list of picture books here, and primary school readers here.

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The Books that Made Me Think This Year by Sara Foster

Sara Foster, author of All That Is Lost Between Us, a gripping family drama, and compelling story of motherhood, marriage and the perils of adolescence, reveals the books that really got her thinking this year: THE GOOD PEOPLE by Hannah Kent. After her husband suddenly dies, Nora is left alone to care for her ailing, crippled grandson […]

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Fiona McCallum’s Top Ten Favourite Reads in 2016

Fiona McCallum spent her childhood years on the family cereal and wool farm outside the small town of Cleve on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. While she now lives in Adelaide, she remains a country girl at heart. Standing Strong (the sequel to Wattle Creek) is her eighth novel, and will be followed in 2017 with […]

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10 Books to Ease Your Christmas and New Year Hangover by Anna Snoesktra

Anna Snoekstra, bestselling author of the psychological thriller Only Daughter recommends the books for reading when you’re too tired to move from the couch after all those end of the year parties… That week between Christmas and New Year is a strange time of year. Depending on where you live, it’s either unbearably hot, or icy cold. […]

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20 of Our Favourite Picture Books for 2016

This was a tough one, but here are just some of the many, many picture books we loved sharing with little ones this year! You can click on the covers below for more information.   What were your favourites? Let us know! Missed our lists for older readers? Check out our primary school picks and […]

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Top 10 Reads for Lazy Summer Days by Mary-Anne O’Connor

Author Mary-Anne O’Connor is no stranger to a good read. With Gallipoli Street, an Anzac tale of three families whose destinies are entwined by war, tragedy and passion, at number 13 in our Australia’s Top 100 2016 list, we trust her judgement… Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey. One of my all-time favourite reads, Jasper Jones […]

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Lindsey Kelk’s 10 Best Books About Breakups

Wondering whether or not your ex was a douche? He probably was. Why do we love books about break-ups? Because they’re a sure-fire way to make us feel better about our own of course. That’s why we asked bestselling author Lindsey Kelk to tell us about her best fictional books about breakups. Lindsay’s recent book, We […]

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From Gone Girl to Roger Ackroyd, the Best ‘Unreliable Narrators’ by Aoife Clifford

The award-winning Australian crime writer Aoife Clifford, author of All These Perfect Strangers, a chilling novel featuring an ‘unreliable narrator’, tell us some of her favourite books featuring this literary device. ‘Unreliable narrators’ are found in some of the best crime novels, many classics, and even non-fiction.  I began my own novel, All These Perfect Strangers, with the […]

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Author Sarah Ridout on the Best Books She Read This Year

Sarah Ridout, author of Le Chateau – an absorbing, romantic and slightly creepy tale set in the wine regions of southern France, but with an Australian twist – tell us about the best books she read in 2016 Eyrie by Tim Winton I enjoyed this book for the public and angry cry it is about the […]

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8 Deliciously Evocative Books for Food Lovers

Some of our favourite books involve food, and what a delicious treat they are. Authors can use food in myriad magical ways, either through setting, plot devices or character. Here’s are a few of our favourites that will make you hungry for more. Enjoy with an appropriate snack! Mr Wigg by Inga Simpson is possibly […]

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20 of the Best Biographies and Memoirs in 2016

      Whether it’s a great artist who lived 100 years ago or a sporting star who has a heart breaking tale to tell, biographies and memoirs can make some of the best Christmas presents. They’re great to get your teeth into over the slow summer months and they make the perfect gifts for those […]

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Try These December New Releases for the Holidays

Looking for a last minute gift this Christmas? Maybe even a book to read on your holiday break? Fans of fiction, comedy, good food and wine, biographies, healthy living and romance will love these December new releases!  

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December New Releases for Kids of All Ages

Looking for a new release to give to a young reader this Christmas? Here are some of our picks of the latest picture books and novels for primary and high-school readers hitting the shelves this month, click on the titles or covers below for more information. The books in Lian Tanner’s fantasy series for older […]

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12 Picks for Your Book Club in 2017

  We love book clubs… You get to catch up with friends, read books you might not normally try, and you get to discuss (or argue!) with other people who also love to read. A perfect situation.  In this list, we look at some book club read ideas that might inspire your group next year. […]

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Winners for 2016

Head here to learn more about the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards or to see the shortlisted books, and click on the titles or covers below for more information on the winners!   Fiction: Joint winners – The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood and The Life of Houses by Lisa Gorton Poetry: The Hazards by Sarah Holland-Batt Non-Fiction: Joint winners – On […]

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New Releases for November

Lots more great titles hitting the shelves this month! There’s new thrillers and mysteries, enthralling fiction, fascinating memoirs and non-fiction, and even a new cookbook or two – what are you looking forward to reading this November? Click on the covers below for more information on each title! After books for a slightly younger audience? […]

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November Releases for Older Readers

Goodness, there’s a bumper crop of  wonderful new chapter books and YA reads this month. Click on the titles or covers below for more information! If your primary-schooler loves Diary of a Wimpy Kid, they can’t miss Book #11, Double Down! Greg Heffley has been told to stay away from the screens and explore his ‘creative side.’ Uh […]

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New Picture Books for November

The young one in your life is in luck this month, as there are so many special new picture books to share. Click on the titles or covers below for more information! If you cannot bear another Where is the Green Sheep reread, grab the latest book by the same dynamite team: Mem Fox and Judy […]

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8 Picture Books to Help Encourage a Love of Music

Music is a wonderful way to help little ones learn reading and other life skills, and these are some of our favourite picture books that celebrate the joy of music! Head here to learn more about why music and reading can together so well, and click on the titles or covers below for more information […]

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8 Books By Witty Women

There are so many women in the world who inspire us at the moment and thankfully, a lot of them are writing books. Here we’ve pulled together a list of some of the funniest books by women, guaranteed to encourage you, motivate you, and make you laugh really really hard. In the brilliantly named The […]

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Top 50 Kids’ List – Our Favourite Fictional Friendships

A few months ago we asked Australia about their all-time favourite kids’ books – you can read the full list here. One of the things that struck us was just how many of these books featured friendships at their core. Friends and friendship groups are an incredibly important part of any primary-schooler’s life. And it’s […]

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October New Releases for Kids of All Ages

There are so many wonderful reads coming out this month – picture books from Jon Klassen and Aaron Blabey! YA novels from bestsellers Jennifer Niven and Danielle Paige! New reads for kids who love magic, baking, cricket, music….  Click on the titles or covers below for more information, and let us know what you’re planing […]

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October New Releases We’re Excited For

There are some amazing new books hitting the shelves this October and we could not be more excited to give them a go. Whether you’re after an easy read, an engrossing memoir, a nail-biting thriller, or a juicy romance, we have you covered! Want something for your kids as well? Check out our kids’ October […]

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Top 100 2016 Aussie Authors!

Yet again, Australian authors are strongly represented, with writers like Tim Winton, Liane Moriarty, Bryce Courtenay, Rachael Johns and Geraldine Brooks each getting multiple titles on the list. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page, as we’ll be checking in with some authors in the coming months to see what being chosen in […]

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From Page to Screen: Enjoy These Books Before You See the Films

In celebration of one of the year’s most anticipated films, we take another look at some books tout now or to be released as films in the coming months. Especially in the lead up to awards season, it definitely seems like Hollywood is still looking to books for that blockbuster inspiration… and as always, we […]

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Better Reading Presents… Australia’s Top 100 for 2016

Last year Better Reading launched our first Top 100 list, asking Australians from all walks of life, from all around the country, to tell us their favourite book. Thousands voted, and for 2015 Bryce Courtenay’s The Power of One took the crown. We were very excited to check back in with Australian readers for 2016. […]

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The Man Booker Prize 2016: And the shortlist is…

The shortlist of books for one of the most anticipated literary awards in the world, the Man Booker Prize, has just been announced in London – and the shortlist is: The Sellout by Paul Beatty (US) Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (UK) His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (US) All That Man […]

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Check out our September New Releases!

There are some fantastic new books hitting the shelves this September. Whether it’s food, historical fiction, thrillers, non-fiction or romance that takes your fancy, we’ve got you covered. Want something for your kids as well? Check out our kids August new releases: Click here for our picture book new releases or click here for September releases […]

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September New Releases for Older Readers

There are new releases from so many of our favourite authors this month! Jacqueline Harvey, Sarah J. Maas, Dav Pilkey, Anh Do – what will you be reading first?! Alice-Miranda in China is the most recent book in Jacqueline Harvey’s very popular series about young Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones, and this time Alice and her friends are […]

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New Picture Books to Share this September

September is a big month for new books! For something a little different, we enjoyed Mechanica by Lance Balchin. While presented as a picture book, this one will engross slightly older readers as it’s an encyclopedia of mythical future creatures. The Goanna Was Hungry is a special collection of stories, created by Ann James, Sally Morgan, and a […]

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Give Dad a book he’ll love

Get dad a gift for Father’s Day that’ll keep on giving – a page-turning read! We have picks for all kinds of dads, whether he’s a history buff, a budding chef, a sports enthusiast, a wannabe comedian, a wine aficionado, a big thinker, a thriller reader, a fan of great fiction – or any and […]

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2016 CBCA Book of the Year Winners

Congrats to all the wonderful books and authors that won for 2016! The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year winners are below, and you can head here to see all the other titles that were awarded honours this year. Older Readers: Cloudwish by Fiona Wood Younger Readers: Soon by Morris Gleitzman Early […]

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Going For Gold – 12 of the Best Sporting Biographies

Have the Olympics got you feeling sporty? If so, why not take it further – here’s a list of some of the best sports biographies and autobiographies around. Some of the subjects of these books have been Olympic athletes, some have competed at the top of their fields, and some simply have great sporting stories to […]

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Roald Dahl Read-a-thon

Many of us have fond memories of reading Roald Dahl. Whether it was marvelling at the magic of Matilda, cheering for the team of Sophie and the BFG, laughing at the evil pranks of The Twits or desperately wanting to try a Willy Wonka treat, Dahl’s stories have captivated generations of young readers. This August and […]

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Top of the Class… The Best Books about School Days

With the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child many of us are returning to read the original Harry Potter series and this got us thinking about all our favourite books set in schools. Long a favourite narrative backdrop of authors, these books take us back to our school days… or remind us how glad that […]

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August New Releases for Older Readers

Every month we bring you our pick of a the must try new release books for kids of all ages. You can check out our August picture book list here, and read on for our picks for older readers! First up is Toad Delight by Morris Gleitzman. If you are new to Gleitzman’s writing style […]

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Try Reading these New August Picture Book Releases with Dad!

Every month we bundle up the new releases, to check out our August releases for Older readers, click here! Or continue to read on and see our favourite picture book picks! “Warren the Koala is many things – a marsupial, cute and furry, a bit of a grump, but the one thing he’s not is […]

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Get excited for New Releases this August!

Here are some of our picks of the fantastic new books hitting the shelves this August… including thrillers, food and wine, fabulous non-fiction and more. After a kids’ book instead? Click here for picture books, or here for older readers.

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The Man Booker Prize 2016 Longlist

It’s wonderful to see an unpredictable array of longlisted Booker Prize nominees this year, including one we can claim as our own – author of The Schooldays of Jesus, South African-born J.M. Coetzee is now an Australian citizen. Stand by for the shortlist announcement on September 13 and the winner of the 50,000 pound prize will be […]

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2016 Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2016 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The awards were introduced initially in 2001 to recognise women’s writing in the genre. “At that stage, women barely got a look in with the Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing,” says the Sisters in Crime website. […]

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Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books – Oz Authors

At Better Reading we love supporting Australian authors, and were thrilled to see you do too! Close to half of the books are by Australian writers, including FIVE of the top ten spots! We’ve picked out some of our favourite authors that YOU voted for: there’s Mem Fox, Aaron Blabey, Alison Lester, Jackie French, Anh Do, […]

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10 Family Cooking Favourites

Cooking for families can pose some unique challenges – it can sometimes be a fine line between cooking something tasty, something that’s nutritious and something that everyone wants to eat! In this list, we’ve come up with some of our favourite cookbooks that involve cooking for the whole family – hopefully you’ll find one in […]

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Better Reading Presents: Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books

Australia, you voted – here are your Top 50 Kids’ Books! There are lots of beloved children’s classics as well as some new favourites – and plenty of Australian books on the list too, with Australian authors taking up FIVE of the top ten spots! Whether it’s laughing along with the Cat in the Hat (#28), saying […]

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If you liked that book, you’ll love this one…

Sometimes you read a book you absolutely love, are sad when it’s over and want to read others like it. Here we’ve listed some popular books that you may have read, and come up with books that you can try next. If you liked Me Before You, you’ll love After You. The first is the […]

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New Picture Books to Snuggle Up With in July

If you’re after a new picture book to cosy up with this month look no further- here are some of our favourites! If you’re in need of a new novel for older readers, we have you covered too – check out our list here. It’s a lot of fun to say (and read) – it’s Petunia […]

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July New Releases for Older Readers

Every month we bring you our round-up of a handful of the new releases books for kids of all ages. You can check out our July picture book list here, and read on for our picks for older readers! First up is The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon. Set in an Australian immigration detention centre […]

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