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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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I seem to have accomplished quite a bit of reading this week without trying. The books almost read themselves!
I have quite a few reserves on at the library and five of them came in this past week and one now there still waiting to pick up. Feast or famine!

What I read last week:

I finished listening to this book, I enjoyed it and I can also tick off classic in my reading challenges.

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I also read for review, I have reviewed this on NG and Goodreads and will on Amazon when it publishes but won’t here on the blog. I liked it – 4 stars.
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This one came off my TBR, it has been there for a very long time! Tick off another challenge book.
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And from the library these two books. Am American Marriage was good but not really my cup of tea. I just didn’t warm to the characters. Sorry! However I see it has been nominated for the long list of the 2018 National Book Award so another tick off for a reading challenge. The Desert Nurse I loved and what a gorgeous cover.


What I am reading at present:

So reading on through the library books!

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And I started listening to

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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Do you visit around on the It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? link. I try to randomly choose where to go, so that I visit a variety of book blogs. I decide on a pattern and off I go.  It does have a little danger though, because invariably I end up with at least one or two books I really want to read!  Rush was one such book I met on my blog travels ( not necessarily this link up), and I decided to read. I would never have come across it otherwise. The blessing of the internet and how it is introduced me to so many books.

What I read this week.

I finished listening to Crimes Against a Book Club – a fun listen.

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And I read these from the library and loved them.

I also read one review book, a new one in the Haven Point series by this author.

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What I am currently reading.

One from the way back TBR pile on my bookshelves, randomly chosen, using random.org. Otherwise when I go to choose a random one, I wave my hand around, close my eyes and then point and then go “No, not that”. So I was tough, randomly chose a shelf then randomly chose a book!

And listening to my classic for a reading challenge – almost finished it.

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Plans for my next read…

A review book from NetGalley

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? A Seasonal Change!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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Well we are into Spring here in this part of the world and indeed I see a few blossoms appearing and bulbs are going wild. True to form we had a beautiful day for the first day of Spring, and then crash / bang, yucky weather since.

Congratulations to the final two winners for August on last week’s link up.

This book is on its way to Australia for Sam Still Reading
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And this one all the way to Canada for Words I Write Crazy
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And Happy Labor Day to all those celebrating that lovely long weekend. Soak it up.

What I read Last Week

Loved this one, short review will follow.

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I also read this library book as planned

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And then on to this first review book for the month.

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What I am reading now…

This book by an Australian author, it was my turn for it at the library. As there are 27 people who have it reserved after me, I knew I wouldn’t get a renewal so it needed to have immediate reading! Love the cover. Can you tell its set mostly in Italy. And the book has such a nice clean new ring to it. The advantage of reserving it way ahead of it hitting the shelf!

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I am still listening to Crimes Against a Book Club and enjoying it, wondering how it will all end!

Up next

Most likely this other library read, crisp new hardback. Yummy. This is a book I noted a few bloggers reading and liking so I am hoping as I have never read this author before.

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Month in Review

Month in Review – August Reading Link Up

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Welcome in to looking back at the reading accomplished and books explored during August. I look forward to seeing what many of you have been reading.

This month I chose to read only books I really wanted to read , no pressure of review books. I read slowly and just enjoyed! Really all reading should be like that, so I must remember that. As well no new authors this month, just my favourites.

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Books Read in August   11

Sold on a Monday   Kristina Morris   5 stars
Best Beach Ever   Wendy Wax     5 stars
How to Keep a Secret   Sarah Morgan 5 stars
The Sugarhouse Blues   Mariah Stewart 4 stars    Audiobook
Her Royal Spyness Rhys Bowen  4 stars     Audiobook
A Royal Pain   Rhys Bowen  4 stars      Audiobook
Before and Again   Barbara Delinksy   4 stars
Good Luck With That   Kristan Higgins   5 stars
Between you and Me  Susan Wiggs 5 stars
A Different Kind of Normal  Cathy Lamb 5 stars
If Books Could Kill   Kate Carlisle  4 stars

Top Books for August

It was difficult to choose, as I thoroughly enjoyed everything I read this month.

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Looking forward to reading in September

I intend reading some books to work towards completing some reading challenges as well as some review books. Persuasion is for a reading challenge and I have long wanted to try the Emily series since I was informed by Katherine over at I Wish I lived in a Library (and wouldn’t we all) at how good this series is.

 

Incoming Books

Gifts

Paperback Books Purchased… that last one is a hardback of Middlemarch – a goal for next year!

Kindle Book Purchased

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Borrowed from the Library

Books from Edelweiss and NetGalley

Books Purchased with Credits from Audible

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So how was your month?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #150

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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You might notice #150 in the title today. This is not #150 of IMWAYR, this link up has gone on for years.  However #150 is the number denoting how many weeks I have been hosting it. So a little more on that  later.

Last week’s book of choice winner was Amy from Nerdy Reader Girl  #31 on the linky. She has chosen what looks like a creepy, police detective mystery/thriller…

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Well August is coming to an end and this week will see it moving on! In September as I read I intend keeping an eye on some of the my reading challenges. It will be back to some review books, but only one a week. I am becoming far more ruthless choosy about what I will take up to review.

I celebrated my birthday this past week. There is nothing more endearing than a three year old singing me Happy Birthday via video. She is such fun. Then later she asked her mother where the party was! Because birthdays always have parties attached when you are three!  She’d be disappointed in coffee out with your sisters!

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This week marks #150 of my hosting this link up so I am going to have a book giveaway to celebrate, plus its still August so I am doing one more for that as well.

So that’s two opportunities this week on the post, and then September ordinary rolls round! The days are already lighter here and I have even dug in a little of the lupin and mustard in the vegetable garden.  Emphasis on the little, as I do it in small chunks

What I read last week:

I listened through pretty quickly to this second book in the series. When I am quilting a quilt that’s a time when I do a lot of listening. Oh dear! quilt finished now so listening time not so often in the coming week!  Anyway #2 in the series and fun. But will take a rest from them now.

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These two books. Before and Again which explores the sadness and guilt of loosing a child in a car accident. And Good Luck with That which explores some very important themes to ponder about body image, and so much more.
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What I am reading at present:

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And I am listening to
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Up next:

Most  likely will be this one from the library

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Last Week Posts
Night Magic Emilie Richards
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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Congratulations to Kathy from Inside of a Dog who won the commenting giveaway from last week. She chose
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This week I’ll again be randomly choosing someone from the link up for a book of their choice from the Book Depository. August is my favourite month!
I am so enjoying reading the books I really want to read during August so its making me be very careful about just taking on review books without too much thought in the future.  I like my idea of focusing on particular kinds of books in a month, so next month I am thinking that I’ll have a bit of a focus on covering some of the reading challenges I am doing.

What I read last week:

Loved this one.

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I also finally finished listening to this one which I ended up really enjoying and look forward to #3 I guess in 2019.
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And then I powered through this cozy mystery, such fun on audiobook.
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What I am reading at present:

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And listening to this second in the series cozy mystery.
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Up next:

And most likely will read this one next. I am so enjoying reading all actual books this month and giving my Kindle a holiday!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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Welcome in everyone, hope your reading week was great. August is celebration month on this meme so every week in August someone will win a book. Here is our last week’s winner so congratulations to…
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The book chosen…
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This week I’ll choose a commenter on someone’s blog, so don’t comment here, my blog is ineligible so go see what other people on the link up are reading. It’s dangerous because the TBR grows! I’ll only choose a commenter  randomly who has also linked up the IMWAYR post. Winner will have their choice of a book from the Book Depository. Again I’ll choose later in the week to give you time to visit around.

What I read last week:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading both of these books.

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What I am reading at present:

I’ve just started this one and anticipate liking it. I generally enjoy Susan Wiggs.

Up next:

Not too sure. Something off my own shelf. Possibly this one.
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Best Beach Ever Wendy Wax
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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So welcome in over at my WordPress.com blog where I now reside. Hopefully it will all work out. For link up clicking on the blue button will take you to a page to add in your link and to find everyone else who links up.

As I mentioned last week on this meme there will be some giveaways during August. (My favourite month!).There is always a space for those who link on this meme for the month of August giveaway… but as you can tell the odds of winning on that are low! But still have a go!

So for this week I will randomly draw a number from those who link a post to IMWAYR. I’ll make the draw on Thursday (NZ time) which will be Wednesday for many other areas.  Oh! And this week it is for a book of choice for the winner from the Book Depository.  The winner will be emailed and announced on next week’s post.

What I Read Last Week

This review book is the only book I finished. I was away at the beginning of the week and then had a slightly distracted week!

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Currently Reading…

From my recently purchased shelf I am reading the latest in what is turning out to be quite a saga!  It’s good to catch up on this bunch of  women.

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Up Next…

I most likely will read this one but then again the reading mood might draw me to something else.

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Last Week’s Posts

The House at Saltwater Point   Colleen Coble

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The Little Paris Bookshop. Nina George

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The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George
Translated: Simon Pare
Published: Abacus
Date: 14th April 2015
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 317
Genre: General Fiction
Source: Thanks to Hachette NZ
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On a barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop, or rather a ‘literary apothecary’, for this bookseller possess a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe his customers’ troubled souls.

The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. For twenty-one years he has nursed a broken heart – and never dared open the letter his love left behind. But the arrival of an enigmatic new neighbour inspires Jean to unlock his heart, unmoor the floating bookshop and set off for Provence, in search of the past and his beloved.

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I thoroughly enjoyed The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.  When a book lover sees book or bookstore in a title we’re drawn to it.  Sometimes it is worth the read, sometimes not so much.  For me The Little Paris Bookshop was a joy from beginning to end. I was hooked by the dedication – do you always read the dedication – I always do!
I followed the journey of Jean Perdu with interest. While able to read the souls and emotions of others, he is so closed up himself.  There is a room in his apartment that has been closed for a very long time.  Why?  A mystery.  Jean himself is closed, he doesn’t like touch, he avoids things. This is his journey, how he again opens up to life and to living and loving.  
He has a great affinity for books, he owns a barge, Lulu, and that is his bookshop.  People come and buy books from him, and he sells them what they might need.  A couple of cats make their home there too.  
He meets Max Jordan, an author who has writer’s block.  He has written one book that has sold very well, now he hides out, afraid to be sort out, because he can’t replicate his first success. He is cynical about all kinds of love.  I love how Max and Jean relate and journey together.
Along the journey there are many quirky and wonderfully human characters to be met and experienced.
This is a book that if I was marooned somewhere I would love to have with me.  I could open it at any page and visualise and smell and feel.  I could ponder on the many bits of wisdom it contains.  I could hold it up to my own life and ponder some more.  There are so many pieces to be reread and savoured.  As I read there were so many places that I marked.
“There was now an edge to Monsieur Perdu’s voice too. ‘What is wrong with old? Age isn’t a disease. We all grow old, even books. But are you, is anyone, worth less, or less important, because they’ve been around for longer?’  Page 10.
George, Nina.  The Little Paris Bookshop  For those who love books, want to live life fully and appreciate friends and family.
Side effects: 
  • Will make you look again at your own life and have you pondering.
  • Falling in love with France
  • Wanting to cook the recipes mentioned
  • You will believe even more deeply in the magic of books
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New Zealand Author Giveaway

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In New Zealand our national celebration day is the 6th of February – it is called Waitangi Day in remembrance of the Treaty that was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and the local Maori chiefs.

This year to mark this day on my blog I am giving a fiction book by a New Zealand author ( of your choice). There will be one  book for international readers and one for New Zealanders or those living in New Zealand.

Here are some that I have enjoyed in the past.

Essie Summers
Wrote romance and I devoured many of her books when I was much younger.

Keri Hulme  Bone People

I was gifted this book in 1984 when it first came out.  I was entranced by it, once I got into it I couldn’t stop. I haven’t reread it since but I must dig my copy out from my shelves and reread it some time. This is the first edition cover which I have.
Bone People went on to win the Man Booker prize 1985 – I’d read it by then and I usually am not that fond of award books!

Sherryl Caulfield says of it:

The quintessential New Zealand novel about an artist, a battered Maori and a shipwrecked, autistic boy on New Zealand’s West Coast. A must read.

Janet Frame
1924 – 2004
I’ve read a few of Janet Frame’s books my favourite being the three books that are like an autobiography.   Sadly in moving around in my life I left these books behind me inadvertently.   I always loved the small anecdote about her when she trained to be a teacher but walked out of the school on the first day by morning tea I think and never came back.



These days here are a few of the present day New Zealand authors I’ve read.

Nalini Singh.
I know is Fijian Indian but she came to New Zealand when she was ten so I am counting her as a New Zealander!
I adore her Psy/Changeling series and very much like the Guild Hunters series as well.  Even if you are not a paranormal reader give her a go.  I wasn’t into paranormal really until I read her books.  She broadened my genre reading a little!

Sarah-Kate Lynch.  I have reviewed her The Wedding Bees on Book Date and I have a couple more of hers planned to read this year I hope.  I have at least 3 of her books in my TBR pile.

Kate de Goldi is a NZ author who writes YA and MG mostly I think. I have read a couple of her books and loved them.  The 10PM Question was one I enjoyed very much a couple of years ago.

Tracey Alvarez writes hot contemporary romance and In Too Deep is the first one in her series. 

Goodreads has lists of many more New Zealand authors in case you would like to explore. Juliet Marillier has been mentioned to me by Sheree over at The Eclectic Reader  Juliet M. lives in Australia but was born and educated in NZ.  It looks like she writes fantasy fiction and I have marked the first in a series to read. So an author who is a New Zealander but living overseas I have decided still can be counted in the giveaway.
Holly Ford has written a couple of romance novels and I have Blackpeak Vines in my TBR list and will pick up the first one from the library at some point.

While there is no need to comment to enter the giveaway if you read a book or heard of a book you’d recommend that is written by a New Zealand author please do share.


Giveaway will run from February 5th to February 10th.
One book for international readers and one for those who live in New Zealand.  Winner may choose any book written by a New Zealand author of their choice, so long as it can be bought! One entry per person.