March was New Zealand Book Month! Well, at least last year and this year it was. From what I know, it's not really been well established. A few years back it was September, then October, then skipped one year. So who knows about next year. But I digress. To celebrate NZ Book Month, Booksellers NZ gave away $5 vouchers to go towards any book over $10. Combined with my staff discount, it was a no brainer. Stock up time!
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Please do excuse me as I won't really be doing much writing, but more of a copy and paste session from Goodreads. Hopefully you get to discover some new books though!
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell - what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
Well, I must be one sorry excuse for an Asian then, seeing as I'm a terrible failure when it comes to even the simplest mathematical equations.
How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran - Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina? Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin Moran answers these questions and more in How To Be A Woman – following her from her terrible 13th birthday (‘I am 13 stone, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me’) through adolescence, the workplace, strip-clubs, love, fat, abortion, TopShop, motherhood and beyond.
Cleopatra by Stacy Shiff - Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way, Cleopatra's supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff 's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.
The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton - Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life, de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill - Set on the obligatory English moor, on an isolated causeway, the story's hero is Arthur Kipps, an up-and-coming young solicitor who has come north to attend the funeral and settle the estate of Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. The routine formalities he anticipates give way to a tumble of events and secrets more sinister and terrifying than any nightmare: the rocking chair in the nursery of the deserted Eel Marsh House, the eerie sound of pony and trap, a child's scream in the fog, and, most dreadfully, and for Kipps most tragically, the woman in black.
How excited am I to see Harry Pot... errrr, Daniel Radcliffe, return to the big screen! But first, must read the book!
The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason and The Tower of Ravens by Kate Forsyth - I got these for $5 each. I think it was the price more than anything that got me...
Strictly Confidential by Roxy Jacenko - which I won from Good Reading Magazine. Sounds like The Devil Wears Prada... sort of!
Run, Fat Bitch, Run by Ruth Field - I've started reading this and I must admit, I'm a bit skeptical. She admits a few chapters in that she's actually never been overweight... but it is a funny, if not totally inspiring read, so far. Perhaps a review may be in order once I've finished.
Pure by Julianna Baggott - what got me intrigued most with this book that it comes in two covers. One is white, the other black. Then the simple title. Imagine my delight when I discovered it's a dystopian!!!
City of Dragons by Robin Hobb - much awaited third part to the Rainwhild Chronicles. I literally squealed when I saw it being unpacked from the box!
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy - Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees...
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green - Budo is Max's imaginary friend. But though only Max can see him, he is real. He and the other imaginary friends watch over their children until the day comes that the child stops imagining them. And then they're gone. Budo has lasted a lot longer than most imaginary friends - four years - because Max needs him more. His parents argue about sending him to a special school. But Max is perfectly happy if everything is just kept the way it is, and nothing out of the ordinary happens. Unfortunately, something out of the ordinary is going to happen - and then he'll need Budo more than ever...
Wonder by R. J. Palacio - Auggie Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
And some very nice free reading copies from head office:
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult - Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara. With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?
So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman - In her first novel, investigative reporter Hoffman presents a beautiful and chilling exploration of violence, vengeance, and the loss of innocence that would drive someone to commit an unthinkable crime.
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes - Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous - Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything.
Well, that's it from me! Until next time!