The Style List: 6 page-turning books to pick up this summer

Whether you’re lounging by the pool or relaxing at the beach, we’ve got your summer reading list sorted with these STYLE Insider recommendations.


Everything Is Under Control: A Memoir with Recipes by Grant, Phyllis.


All Our Shimmering Skies, a new work of fiction by the brilliant Trent Dalton is absolutely golden! Could not put it down! Read it in a day.


Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan.


The best book I’ve read lately is the Justin Cronin trilogy; The Passage, The Twelve and The City Of Mirrors. Insanely good reads, I’ve done the first two, now I have to find the time to read the last one!

SARAH HUTCHINGS – Jewellery store owner

Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living by Lisa Newsom. I love reading about the romantic gardens of the Camargue countryside and gardens inspired by the neo-classical Venetian Palazzo. With summer approaching I am loving the beautiful outdoor living and inspirations. As a result, I have planted a new lemon tree and copious amount of lavenders. The bees will be happy…

MANDY MYLES – Bookstore owner

Lanny, by Max Porter is one of the best books I’ve read lately. I really enjoyed the elements of fantasy balanced masterfully with modern life issues. Set amongst the backdrop of a small old English village, with hints of an eccentric crime thriller, all packed into a neat short read. Deservingly longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker Prize.

Looking for more recommendations? Listen to these 5 podcasts for your summer road trips.

The Most Cottagecore Collab of the Summer Just Landed

The romantic-yet-practical cottage-core trend dominated this year of low-key, I-want-to-wear-something-other-than-trackies-but-don’t-want-to-put-in-any-additional-effort looks, with easy, comfy day-dresses and buttondowns making up the majority of our wardrobes as we swung between working-from-home and working-from-work, and started making increasingly less-socially-distanced dates.

It tracks, then, that as the year draws to a (somewhat merciful) close, a cohort of cool Kiwi brands are delivering peak nostalgia with a gingham collaboration that’ll transport you straight to the cornfields of Kansas. Or at least your grandparents’ farm in the provinces.


A charming capsule that forms part of a wider collection built around the relationships between mothers and daughters, Mina’s latest SS21 drop features a number of gingham styles — including sundresses and pyjama-like separates perfect for bed or the beach — which designer Natalie Procter hopes will “transcend generations” by evoking “the sentimentality of picnic memories, or nanny’s homewares”.


To celebrate the launch of these sentimental styles and shine a light on other small Kiwi businesses that share her brand values of community, nurtured supply chains and thoughtfully made offerings, Procter has teamed up with KĹŤkako Coffee Roasters, The Caker, and ceramics-makers Wundaire on a small range of gingham-themed products, perfect for Christmas gifting or as an end-of-year pick-me-up.


Available now direct from each maker and at, let the limited edition gingham ceramics by Wundaire, gingham-frosted cake from The Caker and gingham-wrapped coffee bean bags from KĹŤkako add some cottage-core flair to your Christmas or picnic table setting, and take you and your guests back to simpler times.