Top 5 Good Reads

Top 5 Good Reads
  • Written by
  • Deepika Sulekh

There are times when you just want to escape the here and now. And, with cooler, rainy days heading our way across the coming months, there’s no better way to tune out than by tuning into a good book.

So, in the name of books we spoke to the experts at McLeods Booksellers who provided us with their top picks of the latest greatest reads on the shelves . . . check them out!

From the Centre: A Writer’s Life – Patricia Grace

$39.99 (Pre-order now – due May)

Renowned writer Patricia Grace begins her remarkable memoirs beside her beloved Hongoeka Bay – the place she has returned to throughout her life and fought one of many battles she faced. “It was when I first went to school that I found out that I was a Maori girl . . . I found that being different meant that I could be blamed.” Her experiences — good and bad, joyous and insightful — have fuelled the focuses in her life.



Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro


This is the story of Klara, an artificial friend with outstanding observational qualities. From her place in the store, she watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

Shop: Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro


Farm for Life – Tangaroa Walker


The incredibly inspiring true story of how Tangaroa Walker turned his life around through farming – and how his journey is helping others to succeed.

Today, ‘T’ is a true community and industry leader running a successful 500-cow dairy farm, and reaching millions as the much-loved face of Farm4Life with his practical, inspiring, crack-up videos from farming to fishing, finance to whanau, management to mental health – just about everything!

This is the story of how he did it – the good and the bad times – and all the lessons learnt along the way.

Shop: Farm for Life – Tangaroa Walker

The Rock from the Sky – John Klassen


A hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere, but you just can’t put your finger on it. Merging broad visual suspense with wry wit and existential silliness, celebrated picture book creator Jon Klassen gives us a wholly original comedy for the ages.

Simply Food – Eleanor Ozich

*Our Price* $39.99

Everyday modern food made with just 15 minutes of hands-on time. This stylish cookbook contains 80 recipes that can be made when you have just 15 minutes going spare to produce a healthy and delicious meal. This must-have book includes an array of easy options: healthy breakfasts, lunchbox fillers, no-mess tray bakes, one-pot wonders, throw-together salads and incredibly quick desserts.

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