Our team of staff pickles are here to bring you recommendations with flavour. We share booklists, book reviews, and blog posts - all about the books, movies, TV, and music we love.
Alina's picks: Best of 2017
Fantasy/scifi, mysteries by dead ladies, cookbooks with great photography, and graphic novels without capes.
Alison's picks: Best of 2017
Young Adult fiction, books with minorities as main characters, books about girls and society, books that smash up gender roles, retelling of myths or fairy tales. Historical fiction, ancient, medieval and then a big jump to avoid the Regency area.
I read ALL the things! (Except for award-winning works of great literary merit, anything described as 'luminous prose', and self-help books. Sorry. Truly).
What I love the most is Historical Fiction set in Tasmania/Australia/New Zealand during the 1800s era, also partial to a bit of well written fantasy and scifi.
I like all shades of books - chunky literary novels, biographies, comics, history, art, fashion, history, feminism, and radioactivity.
I read across a wide and diverse range of subjects - travel, politics, biography, history, medical, humour …
I still read moderately formulaic books and occasionally dabble in “lowbrow” literature. I generally alternate between literary fiction and police procedurals or psychological thrillers but I also throw in medieval history non-fiction titles, interior design books and the odd memoir.
I have a particular interest in the First World War and early aviation and hope to share my knowledge about twentieth century and other conflicts, plus other topics like heritage, films, theatre, Antarctica and anything else that takes my fancy.
My particular passion is for illustrated books - from picture books to graphic novels, for kids and adults.
Authors I'd invite for dinner: Besides the ones already mentioned also: Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf, Michael Rosen, Michael Ende, Kurt Vonnegut, Shaun Tan, Witi Ihimaera and a couple of Slovenian authors that you've probably never heard of. And Xinran.
Moata's picks: Best of 2017
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.
I like to read contemporary fiction. If it's award-winning, that is even better. I'm also a great believer in the serendipitous find.
I tend towards books by women but I'm prepared to make exceptions; at the moment I am obsessed with Karl Ove Knausgard.
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