Books and reading

Explore our section devoted to readers and writers - recommended reading, literary prizes, literary events, new titles, and more.

Recommended reading

Best reads
Check out our recommended reading and most borrowed items for each year.

Blog posts
Find out what's new and interesting at the library, and in the world of books and reading.

Genre guides
Lists of authors, booklists in a range of sub-genres and other resources to help you find great reads in your favourite style of fiction including horror, historical fiction, fantasy and more.

Staff Pickles
Our team of staff pickles are here to bring you recommendations with flavour. We will be sharing booklists, book reviews, and blog posts - all about the books, movies, TV, and music we love.

Literary prizes
Explore the award-winning books of the year — everything from history to poetry, science fiction to New Zealand literature.

If you like
Recommended books and authors in different styles and genres: great for exploring the world of books.

New titles

New titles
Get a list of the latest titles in our libraries each month either online or by email, or subscribe to our weekly RSS feeds.

Email newsletters
Sign up for newsletters featuring new titles and library news.


Reports and interviews from literary events.

Reading and writing