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Newish to the e-book Library

Here’s a sampling of what’s new to the library’s e-book collection:


Fantasy and Supernatural Fiction

General Fiction

Fiction With a Certain Amount of Action

There’s heaps more. Have a look at the e-book collection here.


Classic Novels

Not only are these available free, but they’re also effectively yours to keep! Read more here. Browse through the collection here.

Fashion Friday

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell (love the dresses!)

I know it’s not Trailer Tuesday, but I’m continuing for fashion-movie-theme.  I just watched the trailer for My Week with Marilyn.  The movie’s about a week Marilyn Monroe spent being escorted around Britain by a young man named Clark (played by Eddie Redmayne).  It’s set to be released soon, but won’t make it to NZ theatres until 2012.  I think it’s going to be one of my style-movies of 2012, (a la Coco Avant Chanel or The King’s Speech).  I love Marilyn Monroe – even if she led a very tragic life, she did invent glamour as we know it!   And it stars both Michelle Williams (as Marilyn) and Emma Watson (as Lucy the wardrobe assistant) who have both become modern fashion icons – haven’t they?!

Maxed out your reserves on your library card?

Do you often find yourself juggling your ten reserves? If ten’s not enough to keep track of the things you want to read then My Discoveries on the Easyfind catalogue may be the way to go.

Once you’ve got a My Discoveries login (have a look at this tutorial to find out how to create one), you can create lists (“To Read”, or “For School” for example), and add things to those lists, referring back to them when you’re out of things to read. A list looks a little something like this:


Selecting an item from the list takes you to the catalogue record, and from there you can reserve it. Pretty easy!

To find out more, have a look a the Wish Lists tutorial here.

Fashion Friday

Now that your exams are almost over (or are underway at least) how about movies – fashionable movies – some lightweight entertainment, if you will.   But forget The Hunger Games and Breaking Dawn – lets get retro!
I know this topic has been done to death on most blogs, but here’s a couple of my fashion-movie-faves.  (Which are here for you to borrow from the library).

Bonnie and Clyde is the original gangster movie about two original gangsters.  Well not really, Bonnie and Clyde were actually bank robbers during the 1930s.  This movie was made in 1967 and it was a hit at the time, nominated for the Oscars and starring the dreamy Warren Beatty.  But really it’s all about Faye Dunaway, her midi skirts and her beret.


 The 1980s were all about the mini-series on TV, and the biggest and glossiest mini-series of them all is Return to Eden.  If you love 80s fashion then this is for you.  I could not begin to explain the crazy plot (it involves marriage, murder, modelling and crocodiles), but I can tell you the earrings and shoulder pads are HUGE.  There’s also the best catwalk scene EVER and the classic line “I need an editor, someone who can get me on the cover of Vogue in six months”.  Enjoy!

The Week in New Books

This week’s selection of new books kicks off with some alternating points of view:

Crossed, Ally Condie (367 pages) – sequel to Matched. Cassia finds that Ky has escaped into the canyons, where life is different and rebellion blooms. But it seems that Xander has some game-changing surprises up his sleeve. Told in alternating points of view by Cassia and Ky.

First sentence(s): I’m standing in a river. It’s blue.

Queen of the Dead, Stacey Kade (266 pages) – a Ghost and the Goth novel. Alona (ghost) is adjusting to her new job looking after the needs of lost spirits, for which she receives help from Will (goth). But her life becomes complicated, as her mother cleans out her room, and Will appears more interesting than loser-ish, and he, in turn, appears interested in someone else. Plus there’s a serious cliffhanging ending. Told in alternating chapters by the ghost and the goth.

First sentence: On television, ghost-talkers run antique stores, solve crimes, or stand on a stage in a nice suit giving the teary-eyed audience a toothy, yet sympathetic grin.

After Obsession, Carrie Jones & Steven E Wedel (305 pages) – told in alternating chapters by Alan and Aimee, who are drawn to each other by similarly supernatural secrets. Together they must help Alan’s cousin, Courtney, who has let herself be possessed by a demon/ghost in a desperate attempt to find her missing father. This proves not to be Courtney’s best move.

First sentence(s): You are mine. You all will be mine.

Sign Language, Amy Ackley (392 pages) – Abby North’s father has cancer, which changes her priorities, and her life perspective, as her family struggles to cope.

First sentence: The first thing Abby remembered about It was the scar.

I’ll Be There, Holly Goldberg Sloan (392 pages) – Sam and his younger brother Riddle were kidnapped by their father ten years ago, and now lead a life on the run. One day Sam hears Emily performing in a church, and they meet (in slightly awkward circumstances) only for him to vanish again. Emily, determined, tracks him down again, and things go from there, until Sam’s father discovers what he’s been up to… Great reviews!

First sentence(s): The days of the week meant nothing to him. Except Sunday.

Tiger’s Quest, Colleen Houck (479 pages) – a weighty tome. The second in the Tiger’s Curse series. Kelsey finds herself on another Indian quest with Ren’s black-sheep brother, Kishan, questioning her destiny.

First sentence: I clung to the leather seat and felt my heart fall as the private plane rose into the sky, streaking away from India.

Ashes, Ashes, Jo Treggiari (344 pages) – Things are bad bad bad for Lucy! Basically, the world as she knew it has ended (epidemics, floods, droughts), and she finds herself in the New York wasteland, alone, and fending off a pack of vicious dogs. Lucky for her, she is rescued by Aidan, who invites her to join a group of survivors; unlucky for them all, they are terrorised by the Sweepers, who threaten to infect them with the plague. Lucy and Aidan must save their friends from the Sweepers, but what if it’s actually Lucy the Sweepers are after?

First sentence: Lucy hunched over the corpse and felt a tiny bubble of hysterical laughter gurgle up.

Something Deadly This Way Comes, Kim Harrison (245 pages) – Madison died on the night of her prom, and now she’s in charge of Heaven’s hit squad. This has pros and cons, and when she has the opportunity to return to her body and be a real girl she’s torn: heaven or earth? Cool supernatural powers, or Josh?

First sentence: I’m Madison Avery, dark timekeeper in charge of heaven’s hit squad… and fighting it all the way.

Populazzi, Elise Allen (394 pages) – When Cara moves to a new school she has the opportunity to become one of the Populazzi – one of the girls at the top of the popularity ladder. The way up the ladder, her friend’s theory goes, is to form relationships with guys on further up rungs. So Cara tests the theory out, with some complicated results she doesn’t bargain on.

First sentence(s): “Don’t you see, Cara? This will be the year everything changes!”

Amazon’s Top Ten Books for Teens in 2011

Hello! It is November, which means the annual Best Of lists are emerging. Amazon.com has released its Best Books lists: here’s what they have chosen as the top ten books for teens:

  1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini Taylor
  2. Delirium, Lauren Oliver
  3. Exposed, Kimberly Marcus
  4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
  5. Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys
  6. The Running Dream, Wendelin Van Draanen
  7. Divergent, Veronica Roth
  8. The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
  9. You Against Me, Jenny Downham
  10. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25, Richard Paul Evans

What do you think? Looks like a pretty good list to me (lists with 10 things on them being inherently pleasing).

Waiting on Wednesday

Here are a couple of titles we’ve recently ordered which might take your fancy:

The Fire, James Patterson (Witch & Wizard number 3, due soon). Being further adventures of Whit and Wisty Allgood, in which The One has executed the final member of their family, and Wisty realises it is time for her to confront The One. But in doing so, is she only going to lend more power to The One, or can she and Whit somehow overcome the seemingly all-conquering evil?

This is, I think, the conclusion to the trilogy (famous last words!).

How to save a life, Sara Zarr (soon also). Mandy is pregnant and looking for someone to adopt her baby. Jill lost her dad a year ago, and now her mother is seemingly trying to replace him by looking to adopt a baby. Needless to say, she is unimpressed with her mother’s actions, and suspicious of Mandy’s motives. Another thought-provoking offering from the author of Sweethearts, and Once Was Lost.

Trailer Tuesday

Hey you guys, this is an exciting Trailer Tuesday! Sure, the other ones are exciting too (I would be the first to admit) but this is a bit more exciting. For at long last there is a proper trailer out for the teen coming-of-age adventure/dystopian nightmare horror, The Hunger Games. It really looks exactly how I (and therefore probably you) imagined it. Watch it below:

What do you think? Pretty spot-on, or a miss? Team Peeta or Team Gale (GALE). Woody Harrelson’s wig?

Snow White and the Hunstman is coming soon. Kristen Stewart is Snow White and Charlize Theron chews through the scenery as the evil queen, who hires Thor to hunt down Bella. Not sure about the dwarf situation! Unfortunately this is one trailer I can not embed, so please view it here.


Journey 2 : The Mysterious Island is the sequel to Journey to the Centre of the Earth (both are based on Jules Verne books). It has Peeta in it, along with Dwayne Johnson and bees! Giant bees!


T H E    E N D

New CDs with poetic descriptions

Coast To Coast – Cody Simpson
Talented swimmer
leaves pool behind for a shot
at “Bieber status”

Making Mirrors – Gotye
Ashton Kutcher and
Lily Allen cosigned this
via the twitters

The Fall – Gorillaz
Recorded on tour
with Damon’s iPad, what an
age we live in, huh?

The Essential – Korn
Misspelled cereal
grain’s discography shoehorned
onto two CDs

Neighbourhoods – Blink 182
Together again,
“indefinite hiatus”
over, pop-punk back.

Fashion Friday

Ok, menswear.  The only mens clothing you want to know about is worn by the male stars of Twilight – am I right?!

Here’s Kellan Lutz  – *SCREAM*  – donning various dapper outfits for his photoshoot with Nylon magazine.  He, and that chihuahua, are looking pretty cute.

And for those of you who prefer their men’s style less beefcakey and more complex, here’s a young US rapper who’s using lipstick (amongst other things) to make men’s fashion more interesting and openminded.  I think he’s pretty cool (and the indie boys have already done the eyeliner thing haven’t they).

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