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Anita Heiss on why reading is important

This is a guest post from Dr Anita Heiss, author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. Her most recent books are Tiddas and Am I black enough for you? Reading is an integral part of my everyday life. From the moment I wake up and grab my smart phone […]

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How to scam a readathon (and a promise not to)

This is a guest post from poet, comic artist, author and general show-off Adam Ford. My only memory of the MS Readathon is cheating. It was in grade three. Our teacher had handed out the forms and explained the purpose of the Readathon, encouraging us all to participate with enthusiasm. I was totally on board. […]

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I read therefore I exist

This is a guest post from Marisa Wikramanayake, editor, journalist, writer and reader. My optometrist would like me to stop staring at screens and print for awhile. “I’m a writer.” I told him meaning of course that it was never going to happen that I would take my eyes away from the written word whether I […]

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Reading challenge: rely on the library

Three years ago I joined my local library. Since then I’ve borrowed 84 books. The best thing about libraries (other than that they let you read books for free, of course) is that they are totally risk-free. Like the look of a book’s cover? Take it home. Think you maybe once heard someone say this […]

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Reading challenge: the great unread

This is a guest post from blogger and reader Imbi Neeme. We all have them: those unread books that we drag from house to house, from bookcase to bookcase, always with the best of intentions. “I really must read that,” we say whenever we come across one of these books, but always in that same […]

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Reading challenge: Indigenous speculative fiction

Last year at the ContinuumX speculative fiction convention, writer Ambelin Kwaymullina spoke about the importance of making space for Indigenous voices in literature; she has also written about this more recently for The Wheeler Centre, discussing why we need diverse books. As part of her ContinuumX speech she provided a list of recommended speculative fiction […]

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Read like Marilyn Monroe

Did you know that Marilyn Monroe had 430 books in her library? The Marilyn Monroe fan club did, because they went to the effort of reconstructing – through photos, interviews and other archival material – exactly what might have been in that library. So if you’re struggling to choose what to read this June and […]

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Reading suggestions for less-confident readers

The Reading Agency in the UK runs  a readathon of sorts, called the ‘Six Book Challenge’. The challenge is designed for people who don’t read often, or are just getting into reading for pleasure. Their site has some great recommendations for good books to try. Their ‘Find A Read’ generator will give you a reading […]

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