If you love our recommendations, subscribe to our e-newsletter to get regular updates sent straight to your inbox. Our top reads of 2019 We asked our staff members to choose the best book they had read this year. Linda chose the Seven Sisters series: combining mystery, romance, history and travel, these books are an easy but captivating read. Rochelle's choice is The Parrot's Perch by Karen Keilt. A searing, sometimes shocking true tale of suffering, struggle and survival. Nicole chose We are here : an atlas of Aotearoa by Chris McDowall and Tim Denee. A beautifully-illustrated must-read for everyone with an interest in New Zealand's geography and culture. Jen's choice is The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman. It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. Margot chose Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. Katherine Boo spent three years reviewing, documenting and chronicling the lives of slum dwellers in Annawadi. Shana's pick is January First by by Michael Schofield. A fascinating story of a father determined to find out what is wrong with his daughter.