We are a community of engaged readers
Through our website, Facebook page, and our live events, our book-loving audience love to talk about books and authors, express their opinions and recommend new books to each other. It’s a safe place to get involved and have your say.
We want to make choosing your next read a better experience
Better Reading aims to be a great source of book recommendations for Australian readers and their families. We’re all about sharing great stories, and helping people discover new books and authors.
We’re about new releases and old favourites
There’s always something new and exciting on the shelves – which is why our ‘to read’ piles never seem to get any smaller. But that’s not going to stop us talking about old favourites. As far as we’re concerned, it’s ‘new’ until you’ve read it!
We’re for all ages
Need book recommendations for a young reader? We have you covered there too! Better Reading Kids has lists of great books on topics that will appeal to your children, hints, tips and observations about motivating young readers, author Q&As, trends in children’s books, insights into how books are created and more.
We’re all about great stories
We all know that choice can be overwhelming. That’s why the best bookshops don’t try to stock everything – just a curated selection. For the same reason, we won’t try to review every new book that comes along. Just the ones we love. That way you can spend less time choosing and more time reading.
Better Reading is about books that won’t let you down. Books to surprise and delight you. Books you’ll want to keep reading in bed, in the kitchen, on holidays. Stories you’ll want to share with your family and friends.
The Stories Behind The Story: Better Reading Podcast
Better Reading hosts a Podcast series called Stories Behind The Story, where Cheryl Akle interviews authors about their books, their lives, and what inspires their writing. Available to listen to on Google Podcasts, iTunes and Stitcher.
Live Book Events
Every Wednesday night at 8pm, Better Reading hosts a Live Book Event – where an author is streamed straight to your lounge room. It’s a lot of fun and always interesting. The author discusses their new book and answers any questions readers may have. Head to our Facebook page to view our events listing.
Better Reading Preview
Preview is our new, crowd-sourced book review platform. We invite our trusted community of readers to engage directly with the nation-wide conversation about books by registering for Preview to receive a free proof copy of a book in exchange for a short 200-word review. Read more about Preview here.
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Better Reading will always focus on homegrown authors and Australian stories, but we’ll also include reviews of books from overseas, plus lists of reader favourites, award winners, and our pick of books that won’t let you down.
Introducing the Better Reading Team
Cheryl Akle – Director
Cheryl has been working in the book industry for over 30 years. Some people say she is a book advocate, a champion of reading books and the story. Cheryl loves cooking for people and talking life, books and politics, preferably all together.
Jane Tara – Head of Marketing / Lifestyle Editor
Jane is the author of over seventy children’s books, three YA novels and four adult novels, and has written for dozens of magazines and newspapers around the world. Prior to working at Better Reading, she lived in five countries and worked as a writer and an editor. She has two musician sons, so when she’s not reading or writing, she’s showing off her interpretive dance moves at their gigs.
Jasmine Aird – Marketing Coordinator
Jasmine is a social media superstar, dealing with the Better Reading Facebook page and more! In her downtime she enjoys writing, spending time with her cat, and reading anything she can get her hands on – particularly historical fiction, fantasy and the classics.
Aleta Huthnance – Head of Children’s Books (Chief of Magic and Unicorn Wrangling)
Aleta always wanted a job where she could read books but became a primary school teacher, listening to children read instead. After one too many recorder lessons she embarked upon a fulfilling and successful 30-year career in books and retail. She believes that humans are born storytellers and that powerful stories can spread light and magic into even the darkest corners. She lives in regional NSW, plays the ukulele, grows her own organic vegies, sometimes forgets that fairies aren’t real and has too many Book Week costumes in her wardrobe.
Natalie Mourad – Marketing Coordinator, Children’s Books
Natalie is an avid reader and Master of English Studies graduate. She may have written a dissertation in medieval literature, but her heart lies in the fantasy, sentimentality, and escapism of children’s and YA books. Some of her favourite moments stem from reading bedtime stories to her four nieces. When she isn’t reading (on the odd occasion), she likes to spend time with her family, practise her piano skills, play chess, and visit the theatre.
Dexx Halme – Marketing Asisstant
Dexx has always enjoyed reading so it’s no wonder he’s now part of the Better Reading team. When he isn’t putting out tech fires, he loves reading translated and contemporary fiction, hanging out with his cat, and checking out used bookstores.
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