Friday, July 30, 2010

Top 5 best muso books

List by Rachel

"Most people use music as a couch; they want to be pillowed on it, relaxed and consoled for the stress of daily living. But serious music was never meant to be soporific."
- Aaron Copland

Beats, tracks, compositions, sounds, tunes, mixes - all of these terms are sometimes used in place of the word 'MUSIC' and I have nothing but major respect for musicians. Yes, even the really bad ones I've heard at some awful, awful gigs - you know who you are! When those musicians decide to write musical bios/autobios they often provide some great (and terrible) insight into how much dedication, hard work, and commitment it takes to make it big. In amongst much of the laughter and the memories you'll also find the not-so-great stuff such as the extramarital affairs, drugs, booze and backstabbing. Let's face it, sometimes the bigger the muso the better the gossip ;) Today's list is courtesy of the very lovely Rachel (who, I swear, reads at the speed of light) who shares her top 5 musical biographies/autobiographies.

Do you have a book that you think would make a great addition to this list? Simply leave us a comment :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Top 5 titles foraged from the processing trolleys (29 July 2010)

List by Danielle

My first regret is the day I ate a urinal cake. What can I say? It looked like a delicious biscuit.
~ 'The world according to Warren', as told to Craig Silvey, pictures by Sonia Martinez

Oh such lovely things this week... treats and treasures soon to hit the shelves: a pompous dog, a trip to Ghostopolis, the darker side of the periodic table - plus how to embalm your loved ones in honey!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Top 5 movies so stupid they're genius

List by Tosca

"Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day."
- Samuel Goldwyn

I'm a Kevin Smith fan and by 'Kevin Smith' I mean Kevin Smith of Jay & Silent Bob fame. I was watching Dogma the other night on Sky and I was sitting there thinking, 'There are absolute moments of great madness in amongst the Rickman-as-an-anatomically incorrect angel, big poop monster and Alanis-as-God moments...this is so stupid it's genius!' Weirdly I feel like that about most of his movies. The idea, however, for this Top 5 list came from a re-watching of Tenacious D's film 'Pick of destiny' starring Jack Black and Kyle Gass - a film so strange, weird, musically brilliant yet ridiculous that I had no choice but to jot down my idea of Top 5 Movies So Stupid They're Genius! Why is it that every one of my choices below contains offensive language, some violence and either sexual references or sex scenes? That was wholly unintentional, I assure you. Although it says a lot about my awful sense of humour.

Top 5 new manga titles

List by Danielle and Diana Lee
'Love is like a storm.'
~ Flower in a storm

Debra, our lovely graphic novels cataloguer, has been buying up a storm of new titles lately for the manga collection, as some of our long-running series come to an end. With so many new stories to choose from, here are our recommendations for some of the best of the new titles! Our guest reviewer here is Diana Lee, who has been reading and reviewing as part of the Manix reading challenge - thanks Diana :)

So whether your tastes are for high school fun, friendship and love (with or without superpowers), demon clans, giant robots or bodyguards vs assassins, we've got something here for you!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Top 5 titles foraged from our processing trolleys (22 July 2010)

List by Danielle
'It was an airport gypsy who told me that I had to kill my husband.'
~ Joshilyn Jackson, 'Backseat saints'

More goodies from the cataloguers: ghosts, cut-out covers and some very fashion-forward dolls for you crafty types out there! A bit of a teen thing going on this week, too, with two teen fiction and one teen on-fiction titles here.

Top 5 items I'd borrow from the library if I was allowed to have a library card

List by Rosie

"An old rat is a brave rat."
- French proverb


As far as I know, the library is a cool place to go and get out books, DVDs, CDs and more, but unfortunately I can’t borrow stuff from the library because you have to be human to have a library card! If I did have a library card though, these are the top five things I’d borrow.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Top 5 SF Graphic Novels Based on Computer Games

List by Paul

Science Fiction… wonderful, big and scary… as it should be. And reading it, (as one New Zealand columnist recently observed) is nothing less than an experiential version of mountaineering: “I do it partly for the workout, and partly for the view.” Ah yes, the view. Whether manufactured in the fertile imagination of the reader, via CGI-charged products delivered in Panavision for film fans, or through menacing pixilation procreated by gaming corporations, the visual remains a potent force in science fiction.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Top 5 songs that make me wish I was reading fantasy right now

aka 'Top 5 songs that make me wish I was reading a fantasy novel right now instead of working on a rainy Friday'

List by Danielle

And you know you're never sure
But you're sure you could be right
If you held yourself up to the light
And the embers never fade in your city by the lake
The place where you were born

~ Smashing Pumpkins, 'Tonight'

For all those who get transported by music to some fictional land...love to hear your comments. Does listening to techno send you diving for the crime novels? Do you accompany your historicals with a classical soundtrack? What songs send you somewhere you'd rather be?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Papakura Library guest post: Top 5 books or series that cause others to stare at you because you are laughing so much

List by Emily

“I will find humor in my everyday life by looking for people I can laugh at.”
- Anonymous

My last Top 5 list was on humorous films, and this time I’ve chosen five humourous books or series that in my opinion are sure to tickle your funny bone. The list has a variety of books that I have enjoyed, including two crime fiction series, two non-fiction series and a biography.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Top 5 chefs I love to watch on tv whose dishes I could never, ever hope to emulate

List by Tosca

'The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.'
G.K. Chesterton

People who cook, and do it well, make me feel deficient. That there are people in this world who do it well and look good while doing it just adds further insult to my injuries :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Top 5 titles I wanna, gotta, needa read/hear this month

List by Tosca

"I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book."
- Coolio

I was one of those kids that walked to school with my nose buried in a book. I still do it now only these days I'm more likely to find myself buried in an ebook while walking to the bus stop. I did try paper books but what I read now is a heck of a lot bigger than what I read as a child and awfully hard to juggle while trying to walk at the same time. One thing that hasn't changed, though, is that crossing the road while reading is still a slight challenge :) Every month I have a haphazard reading list of some 20 plus titles I feel like I wanna, gotta, needa read/see/hear so the real challenge was narrowing down my top 5. Et voilĂ , after much heated discussion and argument (all with myself, I might add) here they are.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Top 5 songs by The Ten Tenors (in memory of Trace)

List by Tosca

'Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship.'
- Dorothy Parker

From the unlikeliest conversations are enduring friendships formed. Weirdly, my friendship with Tracy Munns began with her love of The Ten Tenors.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Top 5 Dance flicks

List by Karalisa

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"
- Patrick Swayze in 'Dirty dancing'

From Grease in 1978 to the 2005 film Step Up, these movies will have your blood pumping. Don't be surprised if you feel the inclination to enrol in a dance class (or wish you didn't have two left feet) after these.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Top 5 NZ must-see DVDs

List by Danielle

Aurora: We can draw up a roster, and take turns to keep an eye on Grandpa.
Van: Yeah, we can get him a pet!
Aurora: A roster, Van, not a rooster.
~ Outrageous Fortune

Honorary mention (not in our collection): Stickmen (best ever drunken pool-playing heroics by Scott Wills' character, the wonderfully dopey but good-hearted Wayne); the Frighteners (my joint favourite Peter Jackson movie); Bad Taste (see previous). I'd also like to give a big hand to the guys who did such a good job of animating Hairy MacLary, which is currently No#1 choice for 6.30am viewing with my nearly 2 yr old.

Top 5 Johnny Depp films

List by Karalisa

"I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you're on it."
- Johnny Depp

What better occasion for a Johnny Depp film marathon than a cold, rainy winter night...?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Top 5 Orlando Bloom dvds I love to watch on mute

List by Tosca

"I'm always amazed at anyone's interest in what I have to say."
- Orlando Bloom

My name is Tosca and I have a tendre for Orlando Bloom :) I adore watching him - moving, talking, sitting still, sleeping, good movie, bad movie. It doesn't really matter, so long as he's breathing. Yes, that's right, I'm shallow. Sue me! It is a little bit strange because, up until I saw him as the very striking Legolas I'd never really noticed him before that. I think it must've been the white hair and pointy ears ;) Since then, I've made a point of watching all of his movies...mostly on mute because it allows me to concentrate on watching him without being distracted by words. I know - terribly, terribly shallow! I'm also incredibly opinionated, which most of you will know by now if you follow this blog anyway, but I feel like I should point that out so you're not too taken aback reading my comments. So here's my list of Top 5 Orlando Bloom movies I love to watch on mute (although he's just as good talking, too).

Agatha Christie's Top 5 Poirot novels

List by Karalisa

"If you are to be Hercule Poirot, you must think of everything."
- Agatha Christie

Chrisitie's detective fiction is perfect for those who prefer murder mystery with an emphasis on mystery rather than gruesome murder. The little Belgian man is one of my favourite detectives and below are some of the novels I enjoyed. I've chosen to include ones that also have graphic novels or DVDs as I love adaptations into different media. The graphic novel or DVD may be a great place to start and, if you like the storyline, delve into the novel as well.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Top 5 Famous Fives

List by Karalisa

"I say – this has boiled up into quite an adventure, hasn’t it?"
- Julian from 'Five on a hike together' by Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton captivated my childhood with her Famous Five series. These books are almost a must - and a great starting point - for any child interested in adventure/detective stories. These are just five of the titles that I read and re-read. You too will be left wanting to own your very own island!

Top 5 titles foraged from our processing trolleys (6 July 2010)

List by Danielle
'i spit on you, poetry. this is me spitting on you. this is me
egging your cocker spaniel. this is me stomping
your children's halloween pumpkins. you are
dead to me, poetry. i was only using you for the sex.
~ Matthew Baker

More random goodies of great shininess and temptation from the shelving trolleys at Ronwood Ave...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Top 5 animal adventures for the school holidays

List by Danielle
"You know where you are?
You're in the jungle, baby!"
~ Guns N'Roses

Manukau Libraries' school holiday programme, 'Rumble in the Jungle', starts today and runs from July 5-16 2010. There are plenty of ways to take your kids on a virtual trip to the wild and wonderful jungle these holidays, so why not try a few of these ideas?