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Flatulence, animal droppings, and toilet training: a guide to books in our collections

Always on the look-out for interesting themes for children's Storytime, our team have collated a bunch of book...

15 August 2022

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Oh William

Book Review: Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

Here's a look at one of the books that recently made The Booker Prize longlist. If you're worried that this mean...

5 August 2022

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NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Best First Book NZSA Award

This is the final category in this year's NZ Book Awards for Children and YA. It’s amazing that three of these...

29 July 2022

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Te Kura Pounamu Award

NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Te Kura Pounamu Award

The Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award recognises the best in books for children written in te reo...

24 July 2022

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Illustration Award

NZ Book Awards for Young Readers: Illustration Award

Wonderful artwork can really make a story. These are the books on the shortlist for the Illustration award in thi...

16 July 2022

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Non Fiction Award

NZ Book Awards for Children and YA: Non-Fiction Award

You'll spot some familiar names in this year’s line-up for the NZ Book Awards for Children and YA Non-Fiction...

12 July 2022

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Turn Up the Heat with Poetry

Emma shares poetry collections our staff have loved.

9 July 2022

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New Zealand Book Awards for Young Readers 2022: YA Fiction Award

I don’t know how the judges are going to decide on a winner for this year’s Young Adult Fiction Award – a hotly...

8 July 2022

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Picture Book Award

NZ Book Awards for Children and YA: Picture Book Award

We’re taking a look at the Picture Book Award in our second post on the NZ Book Awards for Children and YA. Alway...

4 July 2022

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Esther Glen Award

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

We’re running a few posts on the books that have made the finals in the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young...

28 June 2022

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New Book Chat Picks

Recommended by Book Chat

The group at Flaxmere Library Book Chat have had enjoyed some terrific reads in recent weeks. Here are just a few...

17 June 2022

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Darkest Evening

Book Review: The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

The latest Vera Stanhope mystery and number nine in Cleeves's super-popular series is the perfect book you can...

10 June 2022

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June Baking Club: International

Emma tastes her way around the world

8 June 2022

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Seven Husbands

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A novel about a fictional Hollywood star that reads like a memoir. - our reviewer will have you putting this one...

26 May 2022

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May Baking Club

Fiona writes about making scones.

16 May 2022

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Check Out the Shortlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

Here’s a snapshot of the books that recently made the shortlist for the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Formerly...

4 May 2022

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Hastings Library Book Chat Recommends

Here's the pick of the bunch from a great list of books the group have been sharing at Book Chat.

30 April 2022

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Book Review: A Year with Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno's Diary

Take a trip back to 1995 with a diary written by rock influencer, Brian Eno, with some oddly interesting insight...

27 April 2022

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Easter Reading

Here's some fiction just perfect for that Easter break, or anytime really, all available at the library.

13 April 2022

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We could be...

Book Review: We Could Be... Bowie and His Heroes

Since his death, Bowie has inspired a bunch of books, like this book of andecdotal encounters from Bowie obsessive...

10 April 2022

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Two French Films and a Travel Diary

The library has a great selection of movies from a wide range of genres. Here's a quick review of two French...

3 April 2022

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Favourite Children's Books Part 4: Chapter Books

These are the books we read with a torch under the bedcovers, thinking, "just one more chapter".

1 April 2022

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Favourite Children's Books Part 3: Anthologies, Talking Books and More...

Here's an assortment of old favourites that have been treasured for all kinds of reasons including story...

27 March 2022

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Favourite Children's Books: Part 2 - Early Readers

Here are our favourite early readers - the books that first got us or our children launched into independent...

23 March 2022

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Favourite Children's Books: Part 1 - Picture Books

We're celebrating Children's Book Day on 2 April by sharing the children's books we loved when we were small. Such...

18 March 2022

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Doomsday Clock

Book Review: Doomsday Clock by Geoff Johns

Here's look at two graphic novels that take you into the world of the Watchmen.

16 March 2022

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Rose Code

Book Review: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

The new Kate Quinn novel looks at the important work of three women code breakers of Bletchley Park, their...

12 March 2022

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On Hampstead Heath

Book Review: On Hampstead Heath by Marika Cobbold

JAM is happy to discover a new book from Marika Cobbold, an entertaining novel about fake news and the trouble it...

3 March 2022

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Fables

A Review of Some Stunning Graphic Novel Compendiums

Graphic Novel fans will be sure to recognise the Fables series by Bill Willingham. Rob reviews this classic...

19 February 2022

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My lists

Solving the Reader's Eternal Dilemma

Here's how to keep track of all those books you want to read using My Lists.

11 February 2022

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Non fic reads

Andrea's Non-Fiction Highlights

Here are some brilliant self-help book recommendations from Andrea, who doesn't read a lot of non-fiction but...

4 February 2022

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Unsettled Ground

Book Review: Unsettled Ground by Clare Fuller

Claire Fuller recently won the Costa 2021 Novel Award for Unsettled Ground. Here's what our reviewer, JAM, thought...

24 January 2022

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Book Chat Recommends

Our first Book Chat for the year was at Flaxmere Library where the group got off to a flying start with some...

17 January 2022

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An Interview with Marie Munro - author of Te Wharau o Kui

Hastings District Libraries recently interviewed Marie Munro whose book "Nana's Shed" - "The Wharau of Kui"...

14 January 2022

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Library Li's Top Reads from 2021

Our Li reads a lot of books so her top selection from 2021 is bound to be interesting.

12 January 2022

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Top 2021 Reads from the Librarians - Part 7: Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels and More

Here are some of the best non-fiction and graphic novels we read as well as one serious disappointment as we wrap...

8 January 2022

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Top 2021 Reads from the Librarians - Part 6: Young Adult and Junior Fiction

The YA section of the library is well worth checking out for some thought-provoking and entertaining reads. Here...

3 January 2022

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Blog year 2021

Spec Fic

Top 2021 Reads from the Librarians - Part 5: Speculative Fiction

Including genres of science fiction and fantasy these books are packed with interesting worlds - some of them huge...

30 December 2021

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Mystery fiction

Top 2021 Reads from the Librarians - Part 4: Mysteries and Suspense

There's nothing like a good mystery or a ripping yarn packed with suspense. This is a very mixed batch of novel...

27 December 2021

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Historical fiction

Top 2021 Reads from the Librarians - Part 3: Historical Fiction

When we live in uncertain times, it can be a blessing to escape into a book to another time and place, where...

24 December 2021

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Contemporary fiction

Top 2021 Reads from the Librarians - Part 2: Contemporary Fiction

Contemporary Fiction is one of those terms we give to books that are not any particular genre but tend to mirror...

21 December 2021

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Top 2021 Reads from HD Librarians - Part 1

We've been asking library staff the tough question: What books did you enjoy most in 2021? We'll be running a...

17 December 2021

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Christmas reads

Fiction to Get You in the Mood for Christmas

Every year there’s a swag of new books with a Christmassy theme, just perfect when you want to take a break from...

15 December 2021

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Book Review: A Famished Heart by Nicola White

A new series of Irish detective stories begins with this novel set in 1980s Dublin. Fans of Benjamin Black and...

14 December 2021

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Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Our reviewer had his first experience of an e-audiobook with this sci-fi thriller and surprised himself with how...

10 December 2021

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Connecting Bluetooth Hearing Aids to Audiobooks

Bluetooth is shortwave wireless technology that can connect devices. Did you know that many hearing aids have thi...

7 December 2021

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Wine Books & More Recent Reads

Wine Books and More met again after a spell of several months so they had a lot of bookish conversation to catch...

5 December 2021

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Coming to a Screen Near You

Many readers enjoy screen adaptations of books, but if you’re like me, you prefer to read the book first – just in...

30 November 2021

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Books We Loved at Book Chat

Flaxmere Book Chat met up again for the first time in a while, eager to share and discuss their favourite read...

20 November 2021

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I Couldnt Love You More

Book Review: I Couldn't Love You More

According to the blurb, Esther Freud's latest novel is 'about love, motherhood, secrets and betrayal - and how...

8 November 2021

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Advanced Pre-Teen Reads #8: NZ fiction

This is the eighth in a series of blog posts focussed on Advanced Pre-Teen Readers (APTRs)

- Library Li

1 November 2021

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Advanced Pre-Teen Reads #7: Fantasy

This is the seventh in a series of blog posts focussed on Advanced Pre-Teen Readers (APTRs)

-Library Li

1 November 2021

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Advanced Pre-Teen Reads #6: Junior fiction for all!

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts focussed on Advanced Pre-Teen Readers (APTRs)

- Emma L

1 November 2021

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Advanced Pre-Teen Reads #5: Non-fiction

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts focussed on Advanced Pre-Teen Readers (APTRs)

- Emma L

1 November 2021

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Advanced Pre-Teen Reads #4: Adventure

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts focussed on Advanced Pre-Teen Readers (APTRs)

- Emma L

1 November 2021

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Advanced Pre-Teen Reads #3: War stories and historical fiction

This is the third in a series of blog posts focussed on Advanced Pre-Teen Readers (APTRs)

- Emma L

1 November 2021

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Advanced Pre-Teen Readers #2: Classics

This is the second in a series of blog posts focussed on Advanced Pre-Teen Readers (APTRs)

- Emma L

1 November 2021

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Book Review: The Appeal by Janice Hallett

One murder. Fifteen suspects. Can you uncover the truth? A clever debut that puts the reader into the minds of two...

29 October 2021

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Advanced Pre-Teen Readers #1: Help and ideas for your voracious reader

This is the first in a series of blog posts focussing on Advanced Pre-Teen Readers (APTRs)

- Emma L

28 October 2021

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Til wrong feels right

Book Review: 'Til Wrong Feels Right: Lyrics and Photographs by Iggy Pop

A book about "Pop songs", not the top ten on the hit parade, but the songs by Iggy Pop. 'Til Wrong Feels Right...

15 October 2021

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Little fires

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Here's our review of a novel about a small community, the families that live there and what happens when different...

28 September 2021

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Ngaio Marsh Awards Finalists - the best in Kiwi Noir

A brilliant selection of new crime/mystery books (fiction and non fiction) made the Ngaio Marsh longlist thi...

22 September 2021

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Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Here's a pacey read which teams a New York college girl with a small problem with a reclusive alcoholic former spy...

20 September 2021

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What have Wine Books and More been reading?

It's been a few months since we had an update on the reading habits of our Wine Books and More attendees. Let'...

30 August 2021

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Book Review: An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P D James

Our reviewer happened upon this e-audiobook when browsing the library's e-collection and was pleasantly surprised...

27 August 2021

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Book Chat's Winter Reading

There's nothing like curling up with a book as winter sets in. Flaxmere Book Chat has been reading some terrific...

19 August 2021

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Book Review of The Ox: the Last of the Great Rock Stars

Read our review of this authorised biography of The Who's John Entwistle by Paul Rees, music journalist. Entwistle...

15 August 2021

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Booker Prize News

The longlist is out for the 2021 Man Booker Prize. Often considered the cream of the crop of the fiction award...

10 August 2021

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Paper Towns by John Green

If you're doing the Turn Up the Heat reading challenge this year, you may have come across the task: Millennial...

29 July 2021

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Purple Covers but No Purple Prose - Some Reading Suggestions for TUTH

Librarians and booksellers alike sometimes get challenging requests for a book, including the much quoted line: "I...

15 July 2021

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The Famoux by Kassandra Tate

Looking for some book ideas for the TUTH challenge: Millennial Problems? The Famoux by Kassandra Tate could fit...

11 July 2021

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What the Hell Did I Just Read? by David Wong

In an undisclosed small American town strange things are afoot. An unlikely trio try to get to the bottom of...

5 July 2021

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Katarina Te Heikoko Mataira

Rāhoroi 29th Haratua Saturday 29th May, standing at the waharoa of Waipatu marae, the kaikaranga calls us on, we...

4 June 2021

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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

“She just wanted – had always wanted – a good book to read.”

25 March 2021

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I Learnt it From a Book: Fashion Origami

I have always admired origami and have been slightly (read more than slightly) jealous of people who could...

24 March 2021

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Best reads

Emma's Favourite Reads for 2020

From picture books to young adult to adult fiction and some seriously thought-provoking non-fiction, Emma pick...

20 March 2021

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Nigel's Top Ten by Stephen King

I’ve been on a Stephen King binge this year – my ultimate goal is to read all of his works within in next couple...

18 March 2021

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A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

JAM reviews Isabel Allende's latest historical novel.

It's a moving love story set in difficult political...

17 March 2021

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