Moata – Staff Pickles

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Things I love include - funny feminists, science fiction, old-skool horror, pop culture, movies, vintage homeware and fashion, non-smug parenting advice, ye olde Christchurch stuff, popular science, cycling, whakapapa.

To find out what I'm borrowing/reading/enjoying check out my library profile, particularly my Completed and For Later shelves.


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Cover of Preacher #1 Gone to TexasMy Top 5



  • The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost - Presented as a top secret dossier that falls into the hands of the FBI, to say this is wide-ranging is a gross understatement. This is the universe and mythology of Twin Peaks including: Native American lore, Lewis and Clark, Freemasons, nuclear testing, Roswell, the JFK assassination, L. Ron Hubbard, The Illuminati, UFO sightings and Men in Black, alien abduction - basically every conspiracy theory topic you've ever heard of is in there somewhere. If this all sounds a bit overwhelming, you're not wrong but it's easier to follow than most episodes of the show and there are some useful insights into the pasts of several key characters (though fewer that fans would probably like). Useful reading for Twin Peaks fans.
  • Reel History: The World According to the Movies Based on Alex von Tunzelmann's Guardian column of the same name, this is perfect for anyone interested in film, history or both. As it's based on the columns all entries are in easily digestible chunks.
  • Unf*ck your habitat I've only read a bit of it and I'm already toting it around like a bible. The perfect book for people who want their living environment to be less chaotic but don't know what to do about it. Definitely not for people who expect to have a show home/interior design/immaculately curated home - there are other books for them.
  • Preacher I'm re-reading the entire series and, a few un-PC opinions aside, it's still great stuff.


  • Twin Peaks - I'm struggling on!
  • Logan - Heavy on the entropy, it's violent and gritty. A very different kind of X-Men movie.
  • Poldark!
  • Season 2 of Preacher
  • Season 7 of Game of Thrones.

Looking forward to

  • Monstress volume 2 - The most gorgeous artwork I've ever seen in a graphic novel, volume one was nominated for an Eisner and won a Hugo.
  • Madwomen in the attic at Word Christchurch - I talk gothic (anti) heroines in literature with Karen Healey, Rebecca Vaughan and Rachael King.
  • Thor Ragnarok - The third Thor movie directed by Taika Waititi
  • A movie of The Changeover, that has finished shooting in Christchurch
  • The Dark Tower movie adaptation of the Stephen King novels.
  • Season 2 of Top of the Lake.

Shameful secret

I never finished reading The Great Gatsby in high school and have no intention to even though it's one of the thinnest books I've ever been assigned to read.

Will never be found reading

Dancing with Beelzebub by Michael Laws (Yes THAT Michael Laws and apparently it is madly lurid)

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