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Weekly Round-Up #2

November 9, 2018

Lots happens in the world of books, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the latest news, releases, events, and festivals. So, to make sure you’re always in the know, we’ve created the Better Reading Weekly Round-Up. NEWS: Prizes and Awards: First, there’s some exciting news about some much-loved 2018 titles, as well […] - Read more


New Age Storytelling: The New York Public Library use Instagram as reading tool

We live in an age of ever-changing technology, which can sometimes be scary for traditional book-lovers who prefer to stick to paper-backs rather than read off a tablet, kindle, or phone. But, as technology evolves, so too does the way we read stories, with writers, publishers, and libraries faced with the challenge of creating new […] - Read more


November Book Club – The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper

We’re super excited about this next Book Club, and we think you’re going to love it. This month we’ll be reading and talking about The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper. A powerful real-life thriller written with Hooper’s trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers. Purchase a copy […] - Read more


Sugar and Spice: How to make Lauren Chater’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies cookies

November 7, 2018

Cookies inspired by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith Words by Lauren Chater: This book is a scream and I’m not just talking about the bloodbath scene at the Netherfield Ball. Seth Grahame-Smith’s spooky take on Jane Austen’s classic is delightful and laugh-out-loud funny. Having risen from their graves to snack on the living, […] - Read more


Sweet Reading Treat: Sneak peek of some delicious goodies from Lauren Chater’s Well Read Cookies

Cookies inspired by The Birdman’s Wife by Seth Grahame-Smith. Words by Lauren Chater: Books about taxidermy occupy a very unusual spot in literature. After reading Melissa Ashley’s debut novel, a vibrant re-imagining of the life of 19th century artist Elizabeth Gould, I was keen to explore the dark side and find out if anyone else had been brave […] - Read more


Stunning New Cecelia Ahern: Read an extract from Roar

Start Reading Now When was the last time you wanted to roar at a coworker’s sexist jokes, at pay gaps and pigeonholing, at all the unjust ways women are treated? Maybe you thought you were alone in wanting to roar? Or that your experiences were so painful, strange or embarrassing, no other woman could possibly […] - Read more


Clever Page-Turner: Q&A with Anna Snoekstra on her new book The Spite Game

About the author: Anna Snoekstra was born in Canberra, Australia in 1988. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at The University of Melbourne, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University. Her first novel, Only Daughter, was released in 2016, and is currently in the works to be turned into a feature film with Universal Pictures. Her second, […] - Read more


New York and Paris, Here We Come: Q&A with Belinda Alexandra about her new book The Invitation

About the Author: Belinda Alexandra has been published to wide acclaim in Australia and internationally. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Australian father and has been an intrepid traveller since her youth. Her love of other cultures is matched by her passion for her home country, Australia, where she is a […] - Read more


The Rift: Read an extract from The Invitation by Belinda Alexandra

Start Reading Now The Invitation is a tale of two sisters, set against the backdrop of Paris and New York. Marking a slight change in direction for Belinda Alexandra, The Invitation, while having the exotic locations and rich historical details her readers enjoy, is more a story of intense relationships between sisters and mother and daughter, than a saga. The story […] - Read more