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Loose Reads

Get your bookworm on with a rotating roster of, um, bookworms. Including Jenna Todd & Kiran Dass from Time Out Bookstore, bringing us a different book to talk about each week.

Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: March 1, 2021

Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: March 1, 2021 Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: March 1, 2021, 13.11 MB
Mon 1 Mar 2021

Level 3 might be a massive bummer but at least it's a good excuse to read a few good books. This week Jenna reviews Una Mannion's unsettling coming of age story 'A Crooked Tree'. 

Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: February 22, 2021

Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: February 22, 2021 Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: February 22, 2021, 10.24 MB
Mon 22 Feb 2021

Suri's still into her non-fiction books, this week talking about the very informative, Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester. 

Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: February 15, 2021

Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: February 15, 2021 Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: February 15, 2021, 10.71 MB
Mon 15 Feb 2021

Jenna's just read Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu and highly recommends it. If Charles' work on HBO series, Westworld, isn't enough to entice you to read this book, perhaps winning the Fiction prize in the National Book Awards for 2020 will. 

Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: January 25, 2021

Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: January 25, 2021 Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: January 25, 2021, 11.37 MB
Mon 25 Jan 2021

Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen is Suri's pick for this week, after a dense read that captures the political environment in Russia and the USA over the last few years all the way up to the latest news in 2020. A heavy but important read.

Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: January 18, 2021

Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: January 18, 2021 Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: January 18, 2021, 12.25 MB
Mon 18 Jan 2021

Jenna returns after a glorious summer break to review one of the books she's whizzed through in the holidays. Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey follows the narratives of a number of characters during the second world war, and how they intertwine. Jenna reckons this is a must read for your summer list.

Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: December 14, 2020

Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: December 14, 2020 Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: December 14, 2020, 20.12 MB
Mon 14 Dec 2020

Suri is here to round up some of her favourite books for you to get your hands on for the summer. Featuring  Hiakai: Modern Māori Cuisine by Monique Fiso, The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey, Railways Studios by Neill Peter Atkinson Alsop, What We'll Build: Plans for Our Together Future by Oliver Jeffers, Summer by Ali Smith, and Magnolia 木蘭 by Nina Mingya Powles.

Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: December 7, 2020

Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: December 7, 2020 Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: December 7, 2020, 12.14 MB
Mon 7 Dec 2020

It's had Jenna humming Pulp's 'Common People', and contains a universal tale of class difference via a particularly Aotearoa lens. So, what else should we know about Rachel Kerr's Victory Park?

Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: November 30, 2020

Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: November 30, 2020 Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: November 30, 2020, 11.03 MB
Mon 30 Nov 2020

Suri's been reading more non-fiction this week, and brings us Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present by Yanis Varoufakis. A book about what a fair and equal society might look like in a post-capitalist universe.

Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: November 23, 2020

Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: November 23, 2020 Loose Reads w/ Jenna Todd: November 23, 2020, 13.47 MB
Mon 23 Nov 2020

Jenna reviews Stan Walker's autobiography, Impossible: My Story and she reckons this is definitely an important read for Aotearoa. Stan writes about his family, abuse, success, forgiveness and redemption, this is one that you will pick up and not be able to put back down.

Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: November 16, 2020

Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: November 16, 2020 Loose Reads w/ Surinam Reddy: November 16, 2020, 11.3 MB
Mon 16 Nov 2020

Suri pops in with a review of Red Pill by Hari Kunzru, and although this is certainly not light reading, it's very good and worth diving into. Red Pill is a novel about the alt-right, online culture, creativity, sanity, history, and how love can endure through everything else.