Summer reading, had me a blast

Book face with Talking as fast as I can

So, what usually happens with me over the summer is I drag a big pile of books and DVDs home and then I do an average to poor job of getting through them all over the Christmas and new year break, because even though I might not necessarily be at work, there's still plenty to […]

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Cool stuff from the selectors: How the other half lives

Cool stuff from selectors

Located near Palm Springs, Sunnylands was the palatial home of philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Created out of barren desert, Sunnylands is now a huge, palatial masterpiece of over the top opulence. No detail was too small - carpets, furniture, and china were all specially made, luscious gardens formed, and a golf course created. Luckily […]

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Fantasy newsletter


Get a bit more fantasy in your month - subscribe to our monthly Fantasy newsletter and find out about new fantasy titles, book awards and some topical picks by our selectors. This month's newsletter includes: If you're into Fantasy fiction check out the Nebula award winners. We list past winners in our literary prizes pages. […]

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Fiction A to Z newsletter

printers letters

Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten. Subscribe to receive this newsletter directly in your inbox every month, or read it online. For more great reads, check out our Literary Prizes page and our Booklists.

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Cool stuff from the Selectors: Thinking about trends

Cool stuff from the selectors

When selecting stock for the library it is always important to think about trends and what might be the next 'big thing', and one area that always garners interest is health and wellbeing - that elusive food/exercise/natural remedy/mindset that will provide the magic elixir of anti aging/weight loss/fitness and a long life. Is Algae the […]

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For Later: January 2017

Book shelves

My For Later shelf is now more of a For Later library but somehow the Just Ordered list comes out and every week the shelves just grow. These titles sneaked on recently: Thug Kitchen (subtitle could cause offence). Gwyneth Paltrow loved it. Not sure if that's a recommendation but I'm all for a bit of cursing […]

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Te Rerenga Kōrero – Haukerekerehia!

Ākina te reo - support the language

Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori - The Māori Language Commission publish weekly Māori phrases that can be used to support or cheer someone on. Haukerekerehia! Smash 'em! Hear Te Rerenga Kōrero o te Wiki - Phrase of the week. Full list of 50 rerenga kōrero for […]

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On espionage

top secret

Recently I listened to a free lecture on The Great Courses app (available for iOS or Android) called "Becoming a Spy". I found this intriguing (no pun intended) and really interesting to hear the reasons why an individual decides to betray their country and become an agent of espionage. Several reasons were given, for example ideology, money, a […]

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Tell you what #AotearoaReads

Aotearoa Reads

I confess I didn't read all of the books in my eyewateringly large pile of holiday reads. But I accidentally went all #AotearoaReads and it was ACE. First up, I finished Can you tolerate this? Personal essays by Ashleigh Young. She tells stories about her family and relationships, but also little histories that have captured […]

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The Beano Annual 2017


Did you read comics when you were young? I'm English and grew up on this one. If you enjoyed The Beano in your younger years, or are young now, you'll get a laugh out of this annual. Many of the classic characters are still there - such as Dennis the Menace (and his dog Gnasher), […]

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