Monthly Archives: December 2010

Bring on the New Year!

I can’t wait for the New Year holiday to start! 5 days off to read, read, read.  My reading pile is absolutely huge at the moment and it doesn’t help that I buy more books to add to the pile.  What’s a guy to do when there are Boxing Day/New Year sales in the bookshops?  I know I can’t pass up 30% off books, even if I don’t actually need anything (I will scour the shop until I find a book or two to take home).

Books I’m currently reading:

- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson – I’m getting slightly bogged down by all the back story of Zalachenko but I’ll carry on just to find out what happens to Lisbeth.

- The Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi – fantastic post-apocalyptic Young Adult novel.

- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – a zombie love story.

What books are you going to be reading over your New Year break?

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My Top Ten YA Books of 2010

There have been so many great Young Adult books published this year.  I don’t tend to read paranormal romance (which is a good % of the market), but here are my top reads of 2010.

  1. Prince of Mist – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  2. The Cardturner – Louis Sachar
  3. The Emerald Casket – Richard Newsome
  4. Monsters of Men – Patrick Ness
  5. Trash – Andy Mulligan
  6. This is Shyness – Leanne Hall
  7. The Project – Brian Falkner
  8. The Scorch Trials – James Dashner
  9. iBoy – Kevin Brooks
  10. Fierce September – Fleur Beale

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Across the Universe – hottest YA of 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis is going to be one of the hottest YA novels of 2011.  I absolutely loved it and will be posting my review as soon as the book is published in NZ on 4 January.  If you’re anticipating its release or want to know more about it, check out this fantastic book trailer:

It has something for everyone – a dystopian society, science fiction, mystery, murder and a touch of romance.

Check out Beth Revis’s website for more info.

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Spend your holidays with Dash and Lily

Imagine this:

You’re in your favourite bookshop, scanning the shelves.  You get to the section where your favourite author’s books reside, and there, nestled in comfortably between the incredibly familiar spines, sits a red notebook.
What do you do?
The choice, I think, is obvious:
You take down the red notebook and open it.
And then you do whatever it tells you to do.

From these opening sentences of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares I was hooked.  Set in New York in the days leading up to Christmas, and a few days after, the story alternates between the characters of Dash (written by David Levithan) and Lily (written by Rachel Cohn).  Lily is the girl who left the notebook in the bookshop for just the right guy to come along and accept the challenges found inside.  Dash accepts the first challenge and leaves the notebook for Lily to collect.  The notebook continues to be passed back and forth between them, with the help (and sometimes hindrance) of their friends and family members.   They decide to meet each other, but will the boy and the girl in the notebook measure up to the boy and the girl in reality?

I loved everything about Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.  Dash and Lily are great characters with lots of personality, and  their family and friends that help them complete their dares are hilarious.  The authors have created a real sense of time and place and I really wanted to be there with Dash and Lily, celebrating Christmas in New York.  It’s the perfect book for this time of the year, whether you love Christmas (like Lily) or loath it (like Dash).


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Three of the best from Gecko Press

Gecko Press have been keeping up their tradition of producing English language versions of curiously good books from around the world. Here are three of the best recent releases.

The Noisy Book by Soledad Bravi is a board book filled with bright, bold illustrations and lots and lots of noises (over 100 pages). There are noises you would expect to find, like ‘The cat goes meow,’ ‘The horse goes neigh,’ and ‘The rooster goes cockadoodle doo.’ But what I like most are the noises you don’t expect, like ‘The cold goes aachoo,’ ‘Mummy goes kiss kiss,’ and ‘The power socket goes NO!’ This is the perfect book to share with babies and toddlers because everyone can enjoy making the noises.

The Fierce Little Woman and the Wicked Pirate is a newly illustrated edition of one of Joy Cowley’s most loved picture books. I loved this book as soon as I set my eyes on it! Sarah Davis’ illustrations are absolutely stunning and she has captured Joy Cowley’s characters perfectly. Thank you Gecko Press for giving this wonderful story new life.

H.O.U.S.E (or Habitable, Objects, Unique, Spatial, Extraordinary) by Aleksandra Machowiak and Daniel Mizielinski is a fascinating book about contemporary architecture for kids. It’s a book for all those children (and adults) who are fascinated with buildings of all shapes and sizes. Inside, you’ll find spiky houses, inflatable houses, houses in trees and houses underground, from all over the world. The authors explain the inspiration behind the design of each house, as well as the materials used to build it, and where in the world it can be found.

These are just three of the latest and greatest books from Gecko Press. I’m sure we can look forward to more curiously good books from Gecko Press next year.

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Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie trailer

Can’t wait to see this!  The other movies have been great so far.  In New Zealand cinemas Thursday 3rd December 2010

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Welcome to my blog

I blog regularly on the Christchurch City Libraries blog and the Christchurch Kids Blog, but that’s not enough for me because I’m addicted to blogging and have to tell people about what I’m reading.  Hope you enjoy my posts :-)

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