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. Cheryl loves cooking for people and talking life, books and politics, preferably all together.

Melissa Wilson  – Head of Marketing and Children’s Content

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! She oversees the Better Reading office with a sense of calm that makes Jane and Bec suspicious.

Jane Tara – Lifestyle Editor

Jane is the author of over seventy children’s book, 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.

Bec Howard – Marketing Coordinator

Bec is a social media superstar, dealing with the Better Reading Facebook page and more! In her down time she’s a YA book nerd with her own Instagram page, and hangs out on bookstagram. She’s weirdly obsessed with Harry Potter but is now in a job where her co-workers understand why.

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