Celebrate nature this July

Hello everyone, this cold month of July I would like to bring to your attention the plight of our natural world. Yes, it’s cold here in New Zealand!! Winter has arrived bringing rainy days and  cold nights. Yet the beauty I see in my natural surroundings never ceases to amaze me. So let’s get a cup of coffee, sit somewhere comfy and find out what this month’s reads are all about…

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A diverse diary read

Hi everyone, for those who were wondering about how diary fiction fares in contemporary diverse reads, look no further. This lovely title popped into a search just before I hit lockdown and sparked an interest. So, without giving away any spoilers, please delve in to check it out!!

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Six stories of New Zealand’s past to enjoy

Hello all, I hope you enjoyed this week’s review on a period of New Zealand’s recent history. I thought I’d share with you all how I learned about my adopted country’s rich and colourful past. This post is slightly differently laid out and will have a little bit of personal things along with a short review of some of the My New Zealand stories I’ve read. So if you’re a history buff, have a wander down this post…

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Dawn Raid by Pauline Smith

Hi everyone, this week’s post is a bit of an introduction to the history of the country I call home. This title is a New Zealand diary fiction read, whose events are based on actual events from history. If you enjoy learning about New Zealand, this week is the one to start reading…

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A quirky series to start with

Hi everyone, this first review post is about a series of books I stumbled into by chance. Without giving away too much; I’d like to say that if you enjoy stories of quirky families, the inner thoughts of a tween and a funky style, this is definitely for you!!

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Dear diary… it’s June now

Hi there, it’s the beginning of June! I hope everyone has slumbered out of lockdown alright. Down here in New Zealand we’ve just come out of our lockdown period and easing back into ‘normal’ life. With all the changes that have taken place, both outside of my world as the seasons shift and inside myself, I wanted to change up my selections for this month. This month you will find all the reads told in the style of diary entries.

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Bridge of time by Lewis Buzbee

Hello all, this first post is about a really interesting title that grabbed me from the front cover to the end. Don’t you think that image is mesmerising? I tried to see between the two and failed, which in turn led me to read the book and fall in love with our two heroes instead. Have a read and see if it happens to you!

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Time-slip adventures this May

Hi everyone, May is usually a month where New Zealand prepares for the onslaught of winter weather and prepares to hunker down anticipating the cold, dark days. Instead we down here have already been in a sort of hibernation with the mandatory self-isolation period over the last several weeks. As a difference for this month I’ve decided to treat you all to titles grouped under the theme of time-slip adventures!! If this is something you’re into, then read on…

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Heaven looks a lot like the mall by Wendy Mass

Hi everyone, this week’s post has a title that’s better suited for the teenager in your life. I had read this book some time ago when all I wanted to do was read everything by Wendy Mass! And truly, she really is a master storyteller!! Have a sit down, call that teenager of yours, and delve into this post together…

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The Saturday Boy by David Fleming

Hello there friends!! I hope April is treating you well and everyone had a good Easter weekend!! We down here in New Zealand have had some rain fall in the past few weeks!! Autumn is here in full force now and winter should be upon us soon!! My next review has nothing to do with the weather, but if you continue on you will find a lovely story of a young boy growing up with a parent working in the armed forces…

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