Book Club 2020: Shakti, Rajorshi Chakraborti

Book Club 2020: Shakti, Rajorshi Chakraborti

Oh my lord, where to start with this one. It took me ages to finish, and I really wanted to finish this book sooner rather than later. Shakti, by the author’s own admission, is a weird book. Its rambling narrative covers merely days but stretches…

Book Club 2020: Grown Ups – Marian Keyes

Book Club 2020: Grown Ups – Marian Keyes

I’d only read one other Marian Keyes novel before turning page 1 of Grown Ups, so in the interest of ‘research’ and ‘diligence’ lol, I headed over to her website www.mariankeyes.com. Turns out lady has written MANY books! Which makes me excited as I adored…

Book Club 2020: Kingdomtide – Rye Curtis

Book Club 2020: Kingdomtide – Rye Curtis

I’m just going to say it – Kingdomtide is easily the best book I’ve read in the past 12 months. The synopsis on its own grabbed me on a purely superficial level; plane crash, sole elderly survivor, remote wilderness, female park ranger, a man wanted…

Kid’s Books: A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies by Kate Hursthouse

Kid’s Books: A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies by Kate Hursthouse

There are some books where everything comes together in a gorgeous package that you just want to hold and touch and look at before you’ve even turned the first page.  A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies and other such collective nouns by New Zealand artist Kate Hursthouse…

Book Review: The Second Child by Caroline Bond

Book Review: The Second Child by Caroline Bond

I read The Second Child a couple of months ago over summer and deliberately waited until I had finished work for 2017 before I picked it up as I had an inkling that I’d loathe to put it down once I began reading.   And I…

Parenting – Bright Ideas for Young Minds

Parenting – Bright Ideas for Young Minds

A couple of weeks ago I attended an event that was a little bit different from those I normally go to each week.  It wasn’t a cosmetic/foodie/makeup event, it wasn’t a glamorous, heels and frock, dress-to-the-nines occasion (thank god!).  It was a book launch.  A beautiful…

Book Reviews: My Bali Book List

Book Reviews: My Bali Book List

Three days before we head back to New Zealand and I’ve timed my reading perfectly!  I’m on my final book of three that I packed and I’ve loved them all. To be honest, I probably haven’t spent as much time on a lounger reading as…

Book Review – Rants in the Dark by Emily Writes

Book Review – Rants in the Dark by Emily Writes

Published 27/2/17, Random House NZ RRP $35, EBook also available. I read a lot of books and 99.999% of them are not about me (surprise!) or my life or anything remotely resembling my life.  They serve as the distraction needed at the end of the day,…

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

The past 3 weeks have felt long and luxurious.  Work has slowed after a manic end to 2016 and I’ve been rediscovering (and prioritising the things that make me happy; my family, my health, my home, travel and……..reading. I’m on my 6th book since December…

New Reads – Charlie and Lola: One Thing

New Reads – Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Charlie & Lola: One Thing by Lauren Child RRP$19.99 I’ve been in love with straight talking Lola since Ethan was little and am so happy that Nix loves these siblings just as much as his brother did. Nixon turned 3 a couple of months ago…