I spy a great reader by Jackie French

Hello everyone, April is just about to end and begin a new season!! I hope you all are taking precautions and keeping healthy against the nasty virus circling the globe. My little niece and her schoolmates are doing their best to teach everyone how to wash hands and keep clean!! This next post is actually a book for grown ups to help them with the reading of their children. Let me tell you one thing now, when I saw this title pop up on my screen a few years ago, I squealed with delight!! I hope you do the same once you read it!!

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Welcome to April 2020

Hi everyone, welcome to April!! I’m now definitely feeling the colder nights as the days become shorter down here in New Zealand. This month’s review posts are a random selection of titles I had read some time ago. I hope you like surprises, because this month’s reads have a few in store for you!!

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Special post on Refugees and Displacement

Hi all, I hope you are all having a good month so far. Down here in New Zealand summer is just slowing down and autumn is around the corner. I hope the selection of titles this month have provided a glimpse into a culture that is different to yours. Everyday in my line of work I see new faces and hear languages I haven’t heard before spoken by both adults and children. It makes my heart sing to embrace them all into the community I serve. This special post is my way of honouring those families I help, sometimes on a daily basis.

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Three memorable travelogues

Welcome everyone to this last post for 2019!! I hope everyone had a year filled with moments that left them with awe, happiness and fulfilled as mine did for me. This last post features a collection of travel books for adult readers that I am happy to call my favourites. I hope you enjoy travelling the world with these authors as I did. 

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Wanderlust this December…

World map in blue pale oceans

Hi everyone, summer has arrived for me here, down in New Zealand!! And with summer comes long lazy days with family, the odd road trip down to a nearby beach for a swim or even a longer vacation with day walks in rainforests, hiking up hills or just playing in a park. In my life, just like most others, summer means travel. So this month, all the books feature an aspect of travelling. 

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The world’s strongest librarian by Josh Hanagarne

Hi everyone to this last week of September!! The title featured this week is slightly different from the others so far. We have an adult biography featuring the life story of librarian Josh Hanagarne and his struggles with Tourette’s syndrome. I know it sounds a bit quirky and an odd combination, but if you give it a chance, you might find yourself laughing until your sides hurt!! Go on, give it a whirl!!

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The Insulin Express by Oren Liebermann

Hi all, this last title caught my eye some months ago as it had the words ‘travel’ and ‘diabetes’ in the description. I felt myself drawn to it as diabetes runs in my own family and as a result I find myself thinking twice about the things I eat and my lifestyle. Although I have my own raft of health issues; they become quite insignificant compared to the trials faced by the author of this book. So, if you or someone you know is facing a serious illness, have a read of this memoir if you need some inspiration. 

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Brotherhood by Deepak Chopra

Hello all to this last post for June!! This post is a biography that caught my eye a few years ago, and being the generous person that I am, passed it onto my mother, who ended up recommended it to her friends before I had a chance to read it!! Yes, the book was that good. If you want to find out more, read on… (I did read it in the end!!)

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The Trivia Lover’s Guide to the World by Gary Fuller

Hi there, this fourth post is actually an adult non-fiction title. Just to put this particular title into context, you need to know a little bit more about my crazy childhood. I must confess to you now, it was filled with trivia in all shapes and sizes. So obviously when this delightful book fell into my hands I was giddy with joy and proceeded to read it from cover to cover. If you enjoy trivia like me; then have a read of this review. Continue reading “The Trivia Lover’s Guide to the World by Gary Fuller”