Moata – Staff Pickles

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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. Current kick: Reading books by celebrities to see if they're terrible.

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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  • Herding Cats - Amusing cartoons about life, cats, and anxiety, with an extra section at the back about creativity that's cute and inspiring. 
  • Runaways - I'm about 14 years late to this party but Brian K. Vaughan's rollicking tale of a group of teens who discover their parents are part of a conspiracy to destroy the world is a good time. Great characters, plenty of action and quirky humour.  
  • The imaginary lives of James Pōneke - Tina Makereti's historical fiction novel follows the life of a boy without a whānau, orphaned in the Musket Wars, to the streets of Victorian London. The novel includes themes of identity and sense of belonging, as well as colonisation, the trope of the "nobel savage", and gender and sexuality.
  • Inferior - There's been a lot of science about gender differences over the years and a lot of it, stuff we consider "common knowledge", is now being debunked. There are differences, yes, but modern science is showing that they're not as significant as we've been led to believe.

Catalogue link for Herding catsCatalogue link for Runaways vol 1


Pop! Culture podcast (Radio New Zealand) - Melody Thomas, Tony Stamp and assorted guests dig into the zeitgeist covering topics as diverse as mermaids and gaming.

Bad Lip Reading Star Wars songs. I can't stop and I need help.


  • Tagopens a new window - Silly but amusing film with a great cast and a few laugh out loud moments. Every May five childhood friends play a game of tag. In the end they are so obsessed with tagging Jerry, the only one of them never to have been successfully tagged, that they go to extraordinary lengths. Bizarrely this is based on a true story.
  • Following Twain - Using Mark Twain's 1895 tour of New Zealand as its structure this is really just an excuse for host, Oscar Kightley, to explore some of the interesting and unknown history of the New Zealand of that era. I only wish there were hour-long episodes so you they could dig deeper into the history.
  • Christchurch on film - Short film by The Press's Philip Matthews and Charlie Gates that explores the Christchurch as captured by movies and docos - both time capsule's of our pre-quake past, and the changing post-quake environs.
  • Brooklyn 99 - Season Six now screening on Duke. I don't like Peralta's new hair but that's literally my only complaint. NINE-NINE!
  • Taskmaster Season 7 - Watching British comedians repeatedly make idiots of themselves via a series of ridiculous tasks at the behest of Greg Davies is my jam.
  • Split -  A tense, dark psychological thriller. James Mcavoy plays a character with Disassociative Identity Disorder (DID) who abducts 3 teenage girls and keeps them in a basement. A twist at the end places this film in the universe of one of M. Night Shyamalan's earlier films, and hints that the story may well continue...

Looking forward to:

  • Erin Morgenstern of The Night Circus fame finally has a new novel coming out later in the year entitled The Starless Sea. HOORAY!.
  • Season 8 of Game of Thrones (not due until April 2019. GAH!)
  • Catastrophe, season 3

All time faves

Cover of Preacher #1 Gone to TexasMy Top 5

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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