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!
HAY Graphic: The Rime of the Modern Mariner by Nick Hayes
CLO Graphic: Patience by Daniel Clowes
NEV Horror: No one gets out alive by Adam Nevill
BRO Western: Stolen Horses by Bill Brooks
DOY Sci-Fi: The Island will Sink by Briohny Doyle
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Morgenstern
SIN NZ Fiction: Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh 594.147: Spirals in time by Helen Scales
LEV Mystery: Killing Cupid by Laura Levine
RYA SF Fantasy: The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan GOL Romance: Discovering Stella by K.M. Golland
KAZ Historical: The Painter of Souls by Phillip Kazan