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Book Club is back!

Welcome, one and all, to a brand new year of reading – so many books, so little time…

But we’re going to give it our very best shot, starting 4pm this Friday, February 10th,  at Te Aroha Library, when we meet to chew the fat and compare notes over our Janet Evanovich holiday reading (and anything else you ‘ve been reading and want to recommend/vent about!)

When you’re here, take a look at the library’s ‘2017 Reading Challenge’ – a bunch of new ideas to get you reading all sorts of books you might never have come across before.  There are details on the libraries’ Facebook page and right here on our blog too.

As if that weren’t enough… February sees the launch of our ‘Blind Date with a Book’ promotion – more details online and in person on Friday!

Happy reading, and a happy new year!

Week Four: A book in a genre you don't normally read

Time to be brave and venture into uncharted territories… Have you ever read a Western? What about a Graphic Novel? Is a Horror too much for you? Or would reading a Classic be scarier? Try something new, who knows you may discover a passion for Sci-Fi that you never knew existed.

HAY Graphic: The Rime of the Modern Mariner by Nick Hayes
Rime of the modern Mariner

CLO Graphic: Patience by Daniel Clowes
Patience

NEV Horror: No one gets out alive by Adam Nevill
no one gets out alive

BRO Western: Stolen Horses by  Bill Brooks
stolen horses

DOY Sci-Fi: The Island will Sink by  Briohny Doyle
the lisland will sink

Week Two: A book that was originally written in a different language

Want to experience a different perspective on stories and adventures?
Why not try a book that has been translated to English?
Poignant, thrilling or eccentric there is a translated novel that will appeal to your tastes.
Not sure where to look? Here are some to start …

FER Fiction:
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein
Mystery surrounds the Italian novelist’s identity, but there is no doubt about her brilliance. Beginning in the 1950s Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.My Brilliant friend

eBook
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
An elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter are away a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. As the two learn to adjust to each other's fears, whims and yearnings, a fierce yet understated love emerges - one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the very island itself.Summer Book

LEM Mystery:
Alex by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne
Pierre Lemaitre writes horribly disturbing, excellently plotted French thrillers. In the award-winning Alex, the eponymous heroine is kidnapped and subjected to a horrendous ordeal; commandant Camille Verhœven just hopes he can find her before her time runs out. A cracking thriller.Alex

THU Fiction:
Ru by Kim Thúy
A book of rare beauty: Ru is a lullaby of Vietnam and a love letter to a new homeland. Ru: In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow - of tears, blood, and money. Kim Thuy's Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec. Moving seamlessly from past to present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy.Ru

GAL Fiction:
In the gold of time by Claudie Gallay
A world weary young father holidays by the sea near Dieppe with his reproachfully perfect wife and their twin daughters. A chance meeting with an eccentric old lady leads to intense encounters in her mysterious home, full of old photographs and strange objects, sacred ceremonial masks once belonging to the Hopi Indians of Arizona. The old woman takes comfort in her new companion, and he, in turn, is drawn by her secrets. As he begins to push his family into the background, her stirring tales of the Hopi become the only salve to his despondent soul.In the gold of time

VAR Saga:
The discreet hero by Mario Vargas Llosa
The Discreet Hero, follows two fascinating characters whose lives are destined to intersect: neat, endearing Felícito Yanaqué, a small businessman in Piura, Peru, who finds himself the victim of blackmail; and Ismael Carrera, a successful owner of an insurance company in Lima, who cooks up a plan to avenge himself against the two lazy sons who want him dead. Felícito and Ismael are, each in his own way, quiet, discreet rebels: honorable men trying to seize control of their destinies in a social and political climate where all can seem set in stone, predetermined. They are hardly vigilantes, but each is determined to live according to his own personal ideals and desires--which means forcibly rising above the pettiness of their surroundings.Discreet Hero

For the full list of challenges drop by your local library.

Week Three: A book you have been meaning to read

You know the one, that book that you should have read, the award winner, the one all your friends were talking about but you just never got around to reading it. Well now is your chance….

CAT NZ Fiction: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton  

JAM Romance: 50 Shades of Grey by E L James

fifty shade of grey

HUL NZ Fiction: The Bone People by Keri Hulme  

bone peoples

AUS Classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  

pride and prejudice

796.333MCC: Richie McCaw : The Open Side by Greg McGee  

open side

LEE Fiction: To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee  

to kill a mockingbird

DOS Classic: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

crime and punishment

Week One: A book you chose because of the cover

Welcome to week one of our 2017 Reading Challenge.

This week we are forgetting the old adage of "never judging a book by its cover". Stunning, beautiful, striking, horrifying or intriguing. No matter what comes to mind take a chance and let the cover decide.
Need a starting point? Here are some covers that we found…

MOR Romance: Night Circus by Erin Morgensternnight circus

SIN NZ Fiction: Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singharchangels shadows  594.147: Spirals in time by Helen ScalesSpirals in Time

LEV Mystery: Killing Cupid by Laura LevineKilling Cupid

RYA SF Fantasy: The Waking Fire by Anthony RyanWaking Fire  GOL Romance: Discovering Stella by K.M. GollandDiscovering Stella

KAZ Historical: The Painter of Souls by Phillip KazanPainter of Souls

 

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