Library Week 2009

During Library Week, Wellington City Libraries is running a special competition involving Wellingtonians, short reviews, the micro-blogging website Twitter and a $50 voucher from the Green Man Restaurant and Bar to be won.

"Romance the library" - tell us about your favourite book, CD, or DVD. Write a short review of 25 words or less, or you can be a little more adventurous and try and write it in just 129 characters (helpful character counter provided). Submit your review online and Wellington City Libraries will publish it via this blog & our Twitter account. Enter as many times as you like. The winning entry will be judged by library staff.

If you already have a Twitter account, publish your review on Twitter with the #wclreview hashtag and we will direct message you if you win the competition. If you'd like to include a link to our catalogue for your book/CD/DVD, have a look at this helpful guide to creating catalogue permalinks on slideshare, and then try using a url shortener like

Wondering exactly what Twitter is? Watch the video in the sidebar of this page to find out more.

(Competition closes Sunday 23 August.)

Your Reviews:

Entry: Sleeping with the fishes, by MaryJanice Davidson

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Fred the “green” hair mermaid is a very direct and funny character keeping well the secret of her fishy behind from creepy scientists. Catalogue link

Entry: The Bronze Horseman

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Despite all odds the strength of their love holds the protagonists together. Physically, and culturally, they are polar opposites but manage to maintain an equality between them. Catalogue link

Entry: Saying Yes to Life Even the Hard Parts, by Ezra Bayda

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Really great to get you motivated for the important things; good to open at random. Catalogue link

Entry: Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood

Amazon link#wclreview This master storyteller set this book in an age where propriety rules, while the main event is more heinous than can be believed. Catalogue link

Entry: The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

Amazon link#wclreview This novel by Kate Grenville paints an extraordinary picture of early life in New South Wales through the eyes of a convict. Catalogue link

Entry: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling ; read by Stephen Fry (CD)

Amazon link#wclreview Great talking book! Narrator Stephen Fry is marvellous doing every voice. And the plot’s pretty good, too. A good saga ending. Catalogue link

Entry: The New Zealand Bed & Breakfast Book 2009

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Which B & B? There are endless choices. Budget to luxury, town or country, solo or families. I love pouring over this book. Catalogue link

Entry: Lucky, by Alice Sebold

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Sebold recounts her rape at 18. We understand now how she could so compassionately author The Lovely Bones. Un-putdownable. Catalogue link

Entry: The Character of Rain, by Amelie Nothomb

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The character of Rain. A refreshing short novel that reflects childhood in all its glory: absurd, sacred, terrorific. Catalogue link

Entry: Sleeping with the fishes, by MaryJanice Davidson

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She’s a mermaid searching for love. But which to choose? Merman or human? A sea-sational choice I’d love to make! Catalogue link

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