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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



  • Cover of Jane Austen and her worldJane Austen and Her World - Small, hot pink, and not intimidatingly literary, this book gives a nice insight into the age, politics and manners of the time in which Austen lived, as well as showing us the romances, familial relationships and alliances in her real life that we can see in her writing.
  • The Changeover - Again. With the film out I wanted to return to the world of Laura Chant, Sorensen Carlisle and an ancient evil called Carmody Braque. The writing is as good, and the characters as interesting and multi-dimensional as the first time I read it as a teenager.
  • Hurrah for gin: A book for perfectly imperfect parents - Laugh out loud at the frustrations, misadventures and moments of wonder in parenthood as illustrated with stick figures. A hilarious read for any parent (and not overly long, so you might even manage to finish it between bouts of toddler-borne viruses).


  • Doctor Foster - Obsession and manipulation abounds in this psychological drama which is just as gripping as season 1 was.
  • Westworld Season 1 - It's taken me a while to get to it but I'm loving this TV remake of the Michael Crichton movie of Western theme park androids run amok.
  • Outlander season 3 - (seasons 1 and 2 available if you need to catch up)
  • Harlots - Corsets, debauchery and some great performances from Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville as rival madams. Based on The Covent Garden Ladies by Hallie Rubenhold

Looking forward to

  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi - Already booked my tickets for 15 December release
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Thor Ragnarok - The third Thor movie directed by Taika Waititi
  • Season 8 of Game of Thrones (not due until 2019. GAH!)

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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