We are a community of engaged readers

Through our website, Facebook page, and our live book club each month, 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 PodcastsiTunes and Stitcher.

Monthly Book Club

On the last Wednesday of each month, Better Reading hosts Book Club – a Facebook live-stream discussion of a new book each month. Cheryl Akle, who is often accompanied by a panel of publicists and authors, hosts the discussion. Together, they converse about the book and answer any questions readers may have. Head to our Facebook page to view the Book Club live stream.

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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We’re global

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.



Durnan_LizLizzie Durnan – Website & Social Media Editor

Lizzie is a journalist and editor with more than 20 years experience in magazine and website publishing in London, New York and Sydney. She has made her home in the Blue Mountains where she loves to spend all her time reading novels and non-fiction.



Carol George – Website Editor

Carol George has worked as a journalist in print, radio and television for over two decades. She is from Melbourne and loves books, coffee, family, AFL and her cat, Lily, although she has no respect for deadlines.




Amelia Meaney – Marketing Coordinator

Amelia has been a book lover since childhood, with early favourites including Ballet Shoes, Anne of Green Gables and everything in the Ramona series. She holds a degree in Digital and Social Media from UTS, and still loves to read and visit bookshops in her free time



Rachael Versace – Marketing Coordinator

Rachael Versace is a freelance editor and author. She holds a degree in Writing and Cultural Studies from UTS, and her works have been published by the UTS Writers’ AnthologySeizure Online, and Voiceworks Magazine.



Rosie Ryan – Marketing Assistant 

Rosie is a Journalism and soon-to-be Law student at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a fan of all the classics, from Austen to Orwell, more likely to be found in the old, dusty section of the library than surrounded by shiny new covers.



Melissa Wilson  – Children’s and YA Specialist

Melissa has spent the past 20 years working in marketing roles across book publishing, the media, the arts and most recently the food and wine industry. She enjoys nothing more than sharing a bed time story with her three children and trying to sneak in an adult read every now and again!


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