Steve Braunias edits Newsroom’s books segment, ReadingRoom, is a famous author on the NZ Herald, and is the writer of 10 books together with How to Watch a Bird, Civilisation, The Man Who Ate Lincoln Road, Missing Persons, and Cover Story.
This week’s biggest-selling New Zealand books, as recorded via the Nielsen BookScan New Zealand bestseller record and described via Steve Braunias
1 Kurangaituku via Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers, $35)
Woah! Number one, for the primary time; it is been within the most sensible 10 for the previous few months and its unexpected elevation is due, after all, to successful the 2022 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction as easiest novel on the Ockham New Zealand nationwide guide awards held previous this month. The judges liked it. The critics liked it. Most importantly, the general public like it, too, and no longer simply consistent with the proof of it attaining no 1 at the fiction chart – the result of the ReadingRoom Greatest Book Prize of All Times (as reported in a tale with a rather provocative headline, “To hell with the Ockhams”) made it transparent that it used to be considered via readers as the most efficient novel of the 12 months.
2 Harbouring via Jenny Pattrick (Penguin Random House, $36)
From David Hill’s evaluation at ReadingRoom, of Pattrick’s ancient novel set in Wellington, 1839: “A multi-layered cast is adroitly controlled; you become rewardingly invested in the principals’ arcs and ends. You also wish to smack the newcomers who intend to teach Māori ‘the Christian ways’. Harbouring is a big, bold read.”
3 The Leonard Girls via Deborah Challinor (HarperCollins, $36.99)
From David Hill’s evaluation at ReadingRoom, of Challinor’s ancient novel, set in 1969: “The Vietnam War blunders on. Rowie Leonard (pro-NZ soldiers, partially pro-conflict) heads for the battlefields as a nurse. Little sister Jo (vehemently anti-this war) heads for the streets as a protestor. So it’s sibling confrontation, always a promising source of plot power.”
4 Greta and Valdin via Rebecca Ok Reilly (Victoria University Press, $35)
5 How to Loiter In a Turf War via Coco Solid (Penguin Random House, $28)
6 Notorious via Olivia Hayfield (Hachette, $34.99)
Awesome quilt, and entertaining learn.
7 Puripāha / Bulibasha via Witi Ihimaera & Ruth Smith (Auckland University Press, $39.99)
8 Auē via Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35)
9 Slow Down, You’re Here via Brannavan Gnanalingam (Lawrence & Gibson, $25)
From a evaluation via Rijula Das, of a unique set on Waiheke Island: “The premise of Slow Down, You’re Here is simple: a portrait of a dead marriage…. A little less dwelling on the drudgery of the failing marriage could have helped the pace. A little more insight into Vishal, and his atypical lack of ambition (for a south Asian immigrant) would have been interesting. But at heart, Slow Down is a novel about class, about loneliness, and about the ways we see or don’t see each other.”
10 She’s a Killer via Kirsten McDougall (Victoria University Press, $30)
1 Yum via Nadia Lim (Nude Food, $55)
One of the funniest comedians in New Zealand who additionally occurs to grasp so much about meals will evaluation Lim’s recipe guide for ReadingRoom quickly and no it is not Jesse Mulligan.
2 The Boy from Gorge River via Chris Long (HarperCollins, $39.99)
3 The Bookseller on the End of the World via Ruth Shaw (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)
4 Grand via Noelle McCarthy (Penguin Random House, $35)
The easiest guide of any style in 2022.
5 Simple Wholefoods via Sophie Steevens (Allen & Unwin, $49.99)
From a evaluation of the plant-based recipe guide via George Henderson: “Leaving aside the question of whether Simple Wholefoods, by itself, amounts to a nutritionally complete diet (most people will need to fit in the odd steak, egg, and cheese, especially if they can’t stand the supplemented yeast that’s the only source of B12 here), leaving aside the question of whether the book is in any way intended to be an auto-immune protocol – I’m quite sure it’s not, it’s just a well-laid out recipe book with a short but useful introduction and some necessary instructions – these are decent, healthy recipes, designed to look good and taste good.”
6 I’m Autistic via Chanelle Moriah (Allen & Unwin, $29.99)
7 Letters to You via Jazz Thornton (Penguin Random House, $30)
8 Aroha via Hinemoa Elder (Penguin Random House, $30)
Awesome quilt, and historical knowledge.
9 Cracking Open the Nest Egg via Martin Hawes (Upstart Press, $39.99)
10 The Forager’s Treasury via Johanna Knox (Allen & Unwin, $45)