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Reading Challenge 2017 - Week 7

A book with more than 500 pages!

When was the last time you were brave enough to pick up a book with over 500 pages? We tend to shy away from these tomes due to the large chunks of time they take up. And when we do commit to big books, we want them to be worth the effort.

While monster-sized books can often be intimidating and hard to get into, some of the greatest works (past and present) are over 500 pages…

Be brave, pick one today!

The Bone Clocks By David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks

The Watchers By Jon Steelewatchers

Mage’s Blood By David Hairmages blood

Dragonlance Chronicles By Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickmandragonlance chronicles

Styxx By Sherrilyn Kenyonstyxx

The Seven Sisters By Lucinda Rileyseven sisters

The Bronze Horseman Paulina Simonsbronze horseman

Dead or Alive By Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwooddead or alive

The Undivided By Jennifer Fallonundivided

Queen of Fire By Anthony Ryanqueen of fire

Three days till book group meets!

Well, goodness!  I do hope you’ve all been reading biographies frantically, as the next book group meeting is only three days away!!

Yes, this Friday, March 3rd, 4pm at Te Aroha Library, we will convene to discuss the many life stories you have been imbibing.

Come one, come all!

And happy reading, everyone –

The team at Matamata-Piako Libraries : )

A book written by someone under 30

We have made it to week 5! I hope that you are enjoying the challenges and reading outside your comfort zone.

While it's not as easy for authors to become famous at a young age as it is for say, pop singers, they can still create a masterpiece (or two, or three). So lets celebrate these 'young' writing geniouses and check out one (or more) of their books.

The only issue with this challenge comes from if we are we looking at writers currently under 30, or authors who were under 30 when they wrote their first book but are well over 30 (or…dead) now? We say that’s up to your readerly discretion.

But, here are some ideas to start you off:

AVE TEEN: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

BOI FICTION: The People of Forever are not Affraid by Shani Boianjiu

people of forever are not affraid

BRO CLASSIC: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

wuthering heights

BRO SF FANTASY: Red Rising by  Pierce Brown

red rising

HIN TEEN: The Outsiders by  S. E. Hintonoutsiders

Comment below and let us know what 'young' author you found.

Week 6: A current bestseller

A current bestseller

You know that book. The one everyone wants to get their hands on… The one that is guaranteed to be a great read… The one that will be the cause of some sleepless nights… Well, why not join the masses and see what everyone is talking about? Here are some of the hottest titles in the library at the moment.

THE MISTRESS By Danielle Steel

The Mistress


night school

THE WHISTLER by John Grisham

the whistler

NEVER NEVER by James Patterson and Candice Fox

never never

FEVERSONG by Karen Marie Moning


RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Lisa Gardner

Right behind you

A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

a man called ove


underground railroad

Which one will you pick?

Library Lovers Day 2017

To celebrate Library Lovers' Day (and Valentines Day), the library is playing matchmaker!

Going out on a blind date is a lot like opening up a new book—you never know what kind of experience you are going to have.

So drop by your local library, select your “date” from the display of specially wrapped books, bring it to the counter and then unwrap.

Hopefully, it’s love at first sight!