Things I love include - popular culture (particularly film and television), funny feminists, snarky humour, vintage homeware and fashion, non-smug parenting advice, and ye olde Christchurch stuff.
- Best of 2017 - My faves from last year
- Pop culture will eat itself - All the movie/TV/literary themed cookbooks in one place. Huzzah!
- In a galaxy far, far away... Star Wars books, music and DVDs to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars opening in 1977.
- Frightening flicks - Horror movie essentials
- La Belle Sauvage - A welcome return to the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, this first novel in a series is set about six months after the birth of Lyra Belacqua and concerns an inn-keeper's son who goes to great lengths to protect the baby.
- The Bad Movie Bible - A really good, entertaining read for film fans featuring a slew of titles you'll want to hunt down and watch to see just how dreadful they are. A nice touch is that the author has hunted down some of the people involved in the bad films in questions and interviewed them to get an insight on the production. Fun to read and with just the right snarky sense of humour for the subject matter (though extra proofreading might have been a good idea as there are a number of typos that slipped through).
- How Not to Hate your Husband After Kids - I read one of Jancee Dunn's earlier books about her life as a twenty-something gal-about-town so it was really interesting to get a look at her life as a harried wife and mother. Dunn writes with humour and candor about her mission to improve her marriage and home-life by calling upon the services of various experts including FBI hostage negotiators (I'm serious) - applying their tips in her own relationship. The sort of book where you can pick the parts you think will work in your own family and try them out.
- How to read a dress - A must-read for fashionistas, this book documents the shapes and styles of the dress over several hundred years.
- Spider-man Homecoming - Plenty of humour and a youthful (and diverse) cast keeps this reboot fresh and upbeat. I personally love that there's a lot less CGI and more wirework type stunts too (check out the DVD extras for more on Tom Holland's amazing dance/stunt skills).
- Season 5 of Vikings - All the sword and seafaring conflict you could hope for.
- Taskmaster - My new favourite show (that there's already five seasons of) fronted by the enormous (literally) talent that is Greg Davies.
- Paddington 2 - The sequel to Paddington has all the cute you could want.
Looking forward to
- Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film by University of Canterbury academic Erin Harrington.
- Season 8 of Game of Thrones (not due until 2019. GAH!)
- The Deadpool sequel, with Wilderpeople wunderkind Julian Dennison.
- Black Panther. The MCU movie for this year.
- A wrinkle in time. Filmed in New Zealand, and starring OPRAH (among others). It's got science and science fiction and a girl being the hero. Read the book first if you're keen for any of that.
All time faves
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)