Five Books to Read (August Edition) + Competition [ended]

Whether you need some inspiration or seeking great adventure, we have something for you. Plus, be in to win $30 Prezzy card. Keep reading.

1. For the Kitchen – Thug Kitchen $32.99 Buy Now

Blurb: Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular website to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (‘This might be my favorite thing ever’) and with half a million Facebook fans and counting, Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.



2. Coffee Table Book – Richie McCaw 148 $57.99 Buy Now

Blurb: A career so impressive that it could not possibly be chronicled in an ‘ordinary’ book. This lavish retrospective is something special. It features over 500 photographs, close to 50,000 words and weighs in at around 3kgs.


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3. Something Fun – Pokemon: Deluxe Essential $20.99 Buy Now

Blurb: It’s everything you ever wanted to know about every Pokemon – all in one place! This revised and updated edition of the 2008 bestseller has stats and facts kids need to know about all 646 Pokemon. The book includes 64 new pages focusing on the 153 new Pokemon that just debuted in the Pokemon Black & White videogames. The revised & updated Ultimate Handbook is an absolute must-have for Pokemon fans. It’s sure to be a bestseller with kids of all ages.

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4. Great Adventures – Harry Potter and the Curse Child $34.99 ($49.99 original price) Buy Now

Blurb: The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

harry potter and the cursed child


5. Skills Builder – Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products by Nir Eyal $43.99 Buy Now

Blurb: How do successful companies create products people can t put down? Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us?

Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) by explaining the Hook Model a four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies to subtly encourage customer behavior. Through consecutive hook cycles, these products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back again and again without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging.”Hooked” is based on Eyal s years of research, consulting, and practical experience.

He wrote the book he wished had been available to him as a start-up founder not abstract theory, but a how-to guide for building better products. “Hooked” is written for product managers, designers, marketers, start-up founders, and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behavior.

Eyal provides readers with: Practical insights to create user habits that stick. Actionable steps for building products people love. Fascinating examples from the iPhone to Twitter, Pinterest to the Bible App, and many other habit-forming products.”


WIN: $30 Prezzy Card for your next book [competition ended]

Congratulations to Sam W. from Wellington for winning!


  • Stephanie

    I would recommend, ‘Defending Jacob’ by William Landay. It’s one of my favourite books of all time and I tell everyone about it, even if they’re not into that genre. I’m yet to get bad feedback on it, everybody LOVES it!

  • Portia

    I’d recommend Grace by Grace Coddington. Such a great read of one of the most influential women in Fashion.

  • Holly Jamieson

    My favourite book is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It is not a new release, but it’s a cult classic that everyone should read. Such a well-written book by the poet that perfectly captures a woman’s experiences moving into adulthood.

  • Elena Roige Laugesen

    Bird Box, a horror that you won’t be able to stop reading once you pick it up. Unsettling, well written, and filled with mystery, especially great if you’re new in the horror genre as I am~

  • Felicity Smith

    My year of Meat – totally changes your outlook

  • Lesley McIntosh

    I enjoyed Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

  • Bradie Paul

    The Luminaries by Emily Catton as its a great story involving multiple engaging characters and is set in a New Zealand historical setting and its quite fabulous and keeps you reading to see the players get up to next. awesome read

  • Mons Goodall

    The Book Thief by Markuz Zusac – very cleverly written

  • Molly Dagger

    OHMYGOSH ok so I would recommend the book “Maybe In Another Life” by Taylor Jenkins Reid WITH ALL OF THE FIRE IN MY HEART. It is such a poignant story and just changed my life – CHANGED MY LIFE I TELL YOU! Honestly, it’s amazing and will make you thing about every choice you make very carefully!

  • Nikster

    I would suggest Who Moved My Cheese – always a great one to keep a mind moving!

  • Angela Beaumont

    Poo Bum by Stephanie Blake. Ok it’s a kids picture book but it is so fun to read with kids. It has my 6 year old in fits of giggles every time we read it and who doesn’t love the sound of kids giggling 🙂

  • Samantha W.

    Thrive by Arrianna Huffington – must for every woman (and man)!