Let’s mix it up this June

Hi everyone, winter is making itself at home here in Auckland and it gets colder each day!! Instead of a themed month, I’ll be giving you all a mixed bag of titles this month. What kind of titles you ask? Well, you’re going to have to check below to find out more…

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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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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Hi friends, here is my last post for April. Winter is not too far along now here in Auckland. I hope you enjoyed last week’s personal post about my life in Zambia during my childhood. This last post is a review about a book I had heard about but didn’t read until recently. This biographical junior read is about an actual young African teenager who was inspired to do more for his family and community. 

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Let’s travel to Africa this April

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Hi everyone, as the title of this post suggests, let’s travel to Africa with the reads I’ve selected for you!! Yes, I’m finally going to showcase what this magnificent continent has and what makes it all that special to me. So, friends, why not grab something to drink and settle in for a month of exciting books!!

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Just a few more short stories for you…

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I’m happy to say that I have now completed most of the huge deadlines I had over the summer!! To end this month off, this next post has a trio of reads that have a collection of short stories for those readers who enjoy quick reads. Why not press the button below to find out more…

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Hope in the mail by Wendelin Van Draanen

Hi everyone, I hope you all are enjoying the festive season and the holidays. This last week of the year has felt so rushed. I hope you all manage to get some downtime and have a moment to reflect on all you have achieved. When it comes to achievements, I used to think that if I hadn’t written anything original of my own then my writing goals haven’t been met. But I changed my thought process after I decided to read as much as I could on writing while I flex those specific muscles, literally. So, this last week I’ll leave you with a teen book on writing to get you started if you need a little something…

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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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An eclectic mix for this March

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Hi everyone, this month’s posts will be a mixture of posts with no common theme between them. I hope you don’t get disappointed but my prep time was plagued with some health issues which put all of my planned posts on hold. I hope you enjoy the ones I’ve selected instead…

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