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Book Reviews

Mindfulness on the Run by Dr Chantal Hofstee #aotearoareads

This year I have about a hundred things I want to do with life. I can tend to be a bit of an overachiever. But I know from past experience, that this all goes well for a few months, and... Continue Reading →

The Poetry of Karlo Mila #aotearoareads

I have to confess, I'm rather fresh on New Zealand poetry. Poetry is something I'm coming back to, a first since high school, rediscovering the reading and writing of poetry as an adult. Karlo Mila's Dream Fish Floating and A... Continue Reading →

Summer Holidays and #aotearoareads

There is something about the long summer and devouring New Zealand literature. Days travelling or hanging locally, visiting local beaches, mountains and rivers. All this inspires reading and writing about local tales and atmosphere as we holiday in our beautiful country.... Continue Reading →

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

They say that every book you read changes you, how you think, act, speak or look at the world. I hope that is true of Americanah. Americanah is a novel about being an African (or non-American) black in the US and... Continue Reading →

Like a Queen by Constance Hall

Queen Constance writes a great book. For a while she's had a bit of a cult following on her blog, writing in a beautifully honest and hilarious way about the everyday reality of life. Like a Queen I would say is... Continue Reading →

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce had been on my shelf for a long time. I have to admit, as a fan of Jonas Jonasson and his books such as The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed... Continue Reading →

The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis

Mary Paulson-Ellis' first novel The Other Mrs Walker is a family drama, covering the mysteries that need to be solved concerning three generations of the Walker family. The book jumps over time, in random order, going back and forth between all the... Continue Reading →

Purgatory by Rosetta Allan

Purgatory was sold to me as a 'cross between the Lovely Bones and Angela's Ashes'. Having read both I decided to see what a New Zealand take on that would be. Purgatory is a first novel from a New Zealand... Continue Reading →

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Ok, so I'm working backwards through recent reads to review. Here's one of my favourites. Kate Morton is my favourite author. I picked up her book The Shifting Fog at an airport a few years ago while waiting for a... Continue Reading →

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