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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Five reasons why diary writing helps me

Hi friends, here in this extra post I hope to share and inspire you with the journey I have taken into the whole writing foray aided with my trusty diary. If you are keen to get stuck into writing yourself, the easiest way is to keep a diary or journal. Below I will list five ways my diary writing has helped me, with almost everything I’ve accomplished in my life so far. So for those who are interested in glimpsing another part of the crazy librarian/blogger/writer I am, keep going…

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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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A letter to my younger self

Hi there, everyone! In keeping with the whole ‘time-slip’ theme, I had a thought to write a letter to my younger self from twenty years ago. I know, the whole concept of “time-travel” is mostly science-fiction, but it seems like a good exercise to re-evaluate my purpose in life. And these challenging times we live in now, seemed quite appropriate to try this task! So…here goes…

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What my new “normal” looks like inside lockdown

For those who are wondering what a typical day during the lockdown for me is like, well, this is the post you need to read. If you thought, I would have soooo much extra time to read books, review them and maybe blog about them, my dear friend, you are sadly mistaken. 

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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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Mysteries for art lovers

Hi all, and so the end of March has arrived! And with it so has autumn to Auckland. As I drive to work I can see the leaves on the trees turning into yellows and oranges; almost like a piece of artwork! Which is why this last post is dedicated to mysteries surrounding thefts of famous art works. So if you think you know art, (I don’t know that much by the way!) have a read of these stories here!!

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My Sri Lankan culture and heritage

Hi everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the diverse reads I’ve selected for you this month. I must say that compiling the lists and reviews this month has been an exhilarating experience. In this extra post I hope to give you a glimpse into my own Sri Lankan culture and heritage.  

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Celebrating diversity this February

Hello everyone, let’s herald February together with a resounding welcome to diversity!! In this new era with growing diversity in our communities, it’s only right that our young readers are able to see themselves portrayed in the books that they read. My focus this month is on titles with young boys and girls from diverse ethnicities. Adventure reads, school stories, historical stories and even the odd fantasy tale awaits to delight you this month!!

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Welcome to 2020

A new decade begins…

Welcome everyone to this new year and new decade!! They say that a new decade brings things into perspective; for me, it’s actually happened. As of a few weeks ago I changed my address for the second time in twelve months!! This new place makes my commute to work a bit longer but sometimes it’s worth it. I get to wake up to some amazing views and fresh crisp air that only trees in a forest gives! 

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