Favourite Books 2020

Rona Gallery's Favourite Books for 2020

These are the books that our customers and staff, and Joanna and Richard have most enjoyed in 2020.

Adult Fiction

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
Snow Song by Sally Gardener
Jerningham by Cristina Sanders
Betty by Tiffany McDaniel
The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte
Dark Empire by John Horrocks
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Young Adult Fiction

The Left Hand Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
Map’s Edge by David Hair

Non Fiction

An Exquisite Legacy by George Gibbs
The Meaning of Trees by Robert Vennell
The Gospel of Eels by Patrik Svensson Vegful by Nadia Lim
Supergood by Chelsea Winters Bella by Annabel Langbein
Funny As: The Story of NZ Comedy by Paul Horan and Philip Matth
Hiakai by Monique Fiso

Thrillers & Crime When She Was Good by Michael Robotham The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle The Survivors by Jane Harper In the Clearing by J.P. Pomare The Sentinel by Lee Child

Children’s Fiction

The Lockdown Diary of Uncle Squirrel and Pūhoi Pete by Ann Garry Charlie Tangaroa and the Creature from the Sea by TK Roxborogh The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend Children of Ototi:Sibling Assassins by Lian Hearn The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars by Jaclyn Moriarty

Children’s NZ Non Fiction Egg and Spoon by Alexandra Tylee, illustrator Giselle Clarkson
Wildlife of Aotearoa by Gavin Bishop
Rockpools, a guide for kiwi kids by Ned Barraud
Where is it? A Wildlife Hunt for Kiwi Kids by Ned Barraud

Favourite Board Games

Small World

All Time Children’s Favourites

Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd
Puffin the Architect by Kimberly Andrews
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by By Michael Rosen
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Wizard’s Guide to Wellington by A.J. Ponder
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Local Authors: Adults

Daughters of Messene by Maggie Rainey-Smith
The Abyssinian Lion by David McDougall
The Ash the Well and the Bluebell by Sandra Arnold
Of Other Lives - Stories by Michael Rudge
Heloise by Mandy Hager
Dark Empire by John Horrocks
Jerningham by Cristina Sanders

Non Fiction

Dark Forest, Deep Sea by Richard Hall This is Us: New Zealanders in their own words by Pete Carter An Exquisite Legacy by George Gibbs Hiakai by Monique Fiso


Hound the Detective by Kimberly Andrews
Puffin the Architect by Kimberly Andrews
Quest by A.J. Ponder
Snails, Spells and Snazzlepops by Robyn Cooper
The Lockdown Diary of Uncle Squirrel and Pūhoi Pete by Ann Garry
Andrew Down Under by Anne Manchester