Thursday, 25 September 2014

John Green-a-palooza

The fault in our stars: I read The Fault in our Stars, by John Green. When the movie came out I wanted to go see it, but when I found out there was a book I knew I wanted to read before watching the actual movie. As soon as I read the first page I was hooked, this was the only book I wanted to read, no other book matter until I finished Fault in our stars. The book itself is Funny, romantic, with a bit of tragedy at the end. The book is about a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster, who suffers from terminal thyroid cancer, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters. “ I fell in love with him, like you fall asleep, slowly,  then all at once.” The  ending was unexpected and I think thats what made the book more amazing because it was kind of unpredictable. It was an awesome book, it will make you laugh and cry at the same time. Definitely a need to read.  


Let it snow: I’ve just recently finished reading Let it Snow: Three holiday romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. This novel is a compilation that has three separate stories that all connect to one another. Each story has its own characters and a different kind of love story. I liked all three stories from beginning to the end it was a great book, I love the fact that the authors managed to connect their stories, it wasn’t three completely different stories, the characters all knew each other some how. The stories start with a teenage girl Jubilee, who after her parents got arrested because of involvement in a riot, was on her way to her grandparents for christmas. When her train gets stuck in a snowstorm, she meets Stuart who invites her to his house for christmas. Than we read about a boy Tobin, The Duke ( a tomboyish girl whose real name is Angie) who were on a mission to get down to the waffle house where cheerleaders awaited them. Along the way Angie lets out hints of her feelings for her best friend Tobin, and when they reach the Waffle House Tobin realizes that he has feelings for the duke. The last story follows a girl name Addie, who is spending Christmas heartbroken because she had just recently broke up with her boyfriend.

Seleni Misa

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Holiday reading

Exciting times ahead, time for recreational reading.

Seleni Misa has the new copy of Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green

Mele Makalio is still reading The Fault In Our Stars also by John Green

Racheal Kaitu’u waiting with anticipation Misty Falls by Joss Sterling

Kim Darbyshire and Teuila Ioane are reading books in The Elite series by Keira Cass

Vaioga Matavao is reading The Dark Witch by Nora Roberts and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Lana Poila is reading Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie and Ruined by Paula Morris

Rose is also heading down the Agatha Christie road with Ordeal by Innocence

Ms Metcalfe is reading The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen and Ghosts of Parihaka by David Hair

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


I have just read the book Divergent. The first novel in the series by Veronica Roth, and I would have to say one of my all-time favourite books. I am in love with dystopian future-themed books at the moment, so this is perfect for me. It is revolving around a 16 year old girl, Beatrice Prior, in a world where people are divided into 5 groups, which honour different human characteristics. Beatrice is torn between Abnegation, the selfless faction she was born into, and Dauntless, the brave faction she is drawn to. She makes new friends in her adventures, many enemies, and falls in love with Four, her mysterious mentor. Her family makes huge sacrifices so she can stop the mass-slaughter of hundreds of innocent people. I am completely in love with this book and recommend it to any teenage girl (or boy) who likes action, love and mystery. I absolutely can't wait to get the other two books out!

:) Kim Darbyshire

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Delightful day

Rachel  and Mele are reading The Fault in Our Stars. There was discussion about whether the book or the movie was better- opinion was divided.  Mele also borrowed The Girl Who Chased The Moon

Seleni is reading Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (I approve of this, Sarah Dessen is amazing- Ms M) as well as Paper Towns by John Green (I have given up on reading this- Ms M)

Kim is reading Empress of the World by Sara Ryan- coming of age love story.

Cherub is reading Leaving Paradise.

Ms Murray came past and borrowed Fire by Krsitin Cashore.

We love books!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Small but perfectly formed...

Small turnout today, but what a selection we are reading! Look out next week for a chat about Pamela Addison Allen. Sela has borrowed Lost Lake, Lata has borrowed Garden Spells, and someone else is reading The Girl Who Chased The Moon. 

Lata is reading Spark by Rachel Craw. This is a science-fiction thriller with a DNA altered protagonist.

Wilhimina is reading Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. This is a coming of age novel, her family is screwed up. 

Ms Metcalfe is reading The Bone Tiki by David Hair. This is a novel set in modern NZ, but with a fantasy twist.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Essays to read

I love essays, a particular style of writing which is easily digestible. It is usually short(ish); usually a mix of fact and opinion; sometimes funny. They usually make me feel smarter as well as entertained and informed.
David Sedaris

I love reading The New Yorker magazine, and get it from the Onehunga library.

My favourite essayist is David Sedaris, who manages spin tall tales out of tiny anecdotes. Here's an online collection of some of his work. I have seen him live a couple of times, and listen to his podcasts on NPR (American National Public Radio).

This is the list that prompted me to write this post. A list of Essays To Make You Be A Better Person. Go on! Be a batter person.