While You Were Reading

While You Were Reading 2

by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/07/2019

5/5 Rating 2 Reviews
RRP  $24.99 $19.95

Words are messy. Love is messier.

A hilarious, insightful new novel from the creators of Books on the Rail

Meet Beatrix Babbage - 29-year-old dog-earer of books and accidental destroyer of weddings.

After ruining her best friend's nuptials, Bea relocates to the other side of the country in search of a fresh start, including meeting new people, living life to the fullest and finally pulling off balayage.

But after a few months, life is more stagnant than ever. Bea's job is dead-end. Her romantic life? Non-existent. And her only friends are her books, her barista and her cleaning lady.

Then Bea stumbles across a second-hand novel, inscribed with notes. Besotted with the poetic inscriptions, Bea is determined to find the author...and along the way, she finds herself entangled in one hell of a love quadrangle.

Funny, poignant and insightful, While You Were Reading reveals that there's no such thing as perfection, the value of true friendship and, most importantly, the power of not living in fiction, but still reading it...Often.

A love story for book lovers that celebrates much more than romance.

Contemporary fiction
Paperback / softback
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Simon & Schuster Australia
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Ali Berg

Ali Berg is Co-founder of Books on the Rail with Michelle Kalus. She is also Creative Director and Co-founder of Hedgehog Agency, Melbourne.

Michelle Kalus

Michelle Kalus is is a primary school teacher and Co-founder of Books on the Rail with Ali Berg.

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  • Highly Recommend

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    I very much enjoyed Berg and Kalus' first book "The Book Ninja". And yes, this their second book, did not disappoint. While you were Reading is a fun romantic contemporary comedy with lots of substance that finds you reflecting about how you would react if you were in Bea, the protagonist's shoes. A most enjoyable read- in fact didn't want to put it down.

  • Best book of 2019 for me

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    I loved this story so much. Bookish, romantic, funny uplit. Exactly what everyone needs in today’s day and age. I loved the references to cafe and pop culture, as well as how the story cleverly ties in “bookstagram” (the Instagram for books). Bea was a great female lead, and it was refreshing and fun to read about her.

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