Whole Notes – Life Lessons Through Music by Eddie Ayres

Hi everyone, the month of May is not far from ending. Winter has settled in here in Auckland as I wrap up in several layers to get to work. This week’s post is a book review of an engaging musical memoir written by an amazing author and musician. I found this book when I was stuck for ideas for this week’s post and the blurb spoke to me in such a way that I HAD to sit and read it. The verdict, well, why don’t you press the button and find out…

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Let’s jam to some musical reads this May!

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Hi everyone, it’s May and winter has officially arrived in Auckland!! It’s not as cold as I expected in this new house but I need several layers for work. May is Music Month for us at the Auckland Libraries and I thought I should extend the celebrations to my blog with some musical themed tween reads for you. What’s that, you’re not a fan of music…no worries, you can stop scrolling and let the actual fans press the button below…

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What I read over the summer break

Hi everyone, this post he’s about the books I read during my summer vacation. I suppose you think how can she possibly have read anything else? Well friends, the thing is you sometimes need a little extra to sort of ‘cleanse’ the reading palette. If this has intrigued you, why not press the button below.

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Walking with Plato by Gary Hayden

Hi everyone, the summer is finally here in New Zealand! The days are nice and sunny with a few spells of rain every now and then. My new house overlooks onto a walking path that stretches beyond the train station and takes amblers towards the main town or the big park on the other side. With this in mind I thought I’d share a travelogue I encountered which got me interested in philosophy in general. See what you think…

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Let’s travel to Australia this November

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Hi everyone, I hope you are counting down the weeks until Christmas. I know I am! Mostly because at this time of year our days are longer and warmer as summer approaches. And with summer on its way, what better way to celebrate than travel a little ways with our reads!! This month I’ll be taking you to Australia! Don’t forget to stow away your bags in the overhead compartment before settling down to read this post…

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Walk in their shoes by Jim Ziolkowski

Hi everyone, this last week’s review is a tome that struck a chord with me. Inspirational, powerful, and insightful’ are just a few of the words that come into my mind when I think about this read. If this is enough to move you to read more, then please go ahead and press the button below to find out more…

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Welcome to July

Hi everyone, welcome to the colder month of July. It’s quite cold here in Auckland, and at times wet!! Despite the bleakness of the weather, we enjoy the warmth inside our homes and I always look forward to snuggling down with a good book!! To find out more about my selections you’re going to have to be brave and press the button below… go on then…

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Let’s learn a little history on cooking this week

Hi everyone, this post is one of a kind as it will feature the works of one particular author. Bee Wilson’s two works, Consider the fork and First Bite are titles I found that have an extensive history of cooking and the food we eat. Yes, friends, these are hard core nonfiction titles. If you’re after some lighter reads, I suggest you wait a few days, or you could persevere and learn something today by pressing the button below.

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Let’s enjoy food this June

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Hi everyone, this cooler month of June I will be featuring books on food and cooking. Two words I thought would not be popular with tween readers; but the ones I found were all quite quirky and interesting that I felt I had to share it with you. So, if you want to find out more, click below to see what’s in store for you this month…

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