Books and Beyond: Top reads


It’s all about reading recommendations this week on Books and Beyond.

Librarians Karen and Louisa highlight the top 10 most requested books at Auckland Libraries at the moment, the most popular choices Aucklanders made when asked what book they’d take to a desert island, two very different online book lists, and what they are currently reading.

Listen to this week's episode on PlanetFM's website and read on for all the books mentioned in the show.

Karen is reading and recommends:



Louisa is reading and recommends:


Top 10 most requested books at Auckland Libraries right now are:


  1. Still me by Jojo Moyes
  2. 12 rules for life: an antidote to chaos by Jordan Peterson
  3. The woman in the window by A.J. Finn
  4. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
  5. Educated by Tara Westover
  6. The fallen by David Baldacci
  7. A year at Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino
  8. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck: a counterintuitive approach to living a good life by Mark Manson
  9. The year that changed everything by Cathy Kelly
  10. Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng

Bike Te Atatu recommended cycling read (for after cycling), in particular:


Visit The Independent to see David Bowie’s top 100 booklist, which is the basis for the David Bowie Book Club.

Some recommendations from the Central City Library - The Box Book Club:


Aucklanders' top four choices for their Desert Island read:

  1. The Bible
  2. Harry Potter
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 
  4. Any book by Nalini Singh 


Auckland Libraries' new radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Planet FM website.

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