Friday, 26 August 2011

Top 5 for Friday - About to hit the shelves

I have moved desk. I now have a little cubby hole down at Orewa in the Auckland Council Service Centre. There are pro's and con's in this move. I know I will miss my storytime kids and customer interaction. But I now get to travel all over Auckland, visit lots of libraries and meet some of our fantastic librarians. So stay tuned for tales on a wider scale than before from all around the City.

The other positive is that I sit just around the corner from where all the new books come into the library to be processed. So whenever I lack inspiration for something to put on the blog I will just pop next door and see what is about to hit the shelves. Which is just what I have done this week. So in no particular order...


  1. Sing no sad songs: Losing a daughter to cancer (Sandra Arnold). I think I will cry when I read this book (which I will, especially after just reading the first few pages). But I think I will also find it uplifting. Sandra is a published author and a wordsmith. This is apparent from the first paragraph of the introduction. On 6 April 2002 my youngest daughter Rebecca died of a rare appendix cancer, at the age of 23. For a whole year afterwards I couldn't say her name and the word 'died' in the same breath. though I am a writer and a teacher of writing, I had no words to describe this cataclysmic event in the life of my family. I could no longer read novels, listen to music, or watch films. I stopped dreaming. It hurt to breathe... Leafing through the pages, passages of poignancy leap out at me. I look forward to reading this book.

  2. My Life & other stuff I made up (Tristan Bancks). For something completely different this is ia new children's fiction title. It follows on in the style of Andy Griffiths and Morris Gleitzman with short stories based on the life of Tom. Most girls will probably go 'Yuck!' to and most boys will lap up and laugh over. There is a warning on the story My Nan is tougher that adults should not read it under any circumstances, a random list of nit cures and an indepth investigation of Tom's scab. It think this will quickly make it onto the read aloud lists for many school visits.

  3. Off the Wall: The World of WearableArt. If, like me, you keep meaning to but never manage to find the gap in your calendar to get to the annual Wearable Arts shows, then this is a book for you. This is the third edition of the Wearable arts design book and was produced to accompany the national touring exhibition. From the cheeky to the surreal and using everything from recycled cricket pads and human hair to used tea bags and bones (not all in the same costume), this is a great book to browse or inspire.

  4. Homemade: Over 700 everyday items that are easy to make and will save you money (Reader's Digest). And who doesn't want to save money? There is the added bonus that by using this book you will also avoid artificial ingredients and produce less waste. Divided into sections for the Kitchen, Health and Beauty and Around the House, you can put on some relish, use some of the offcuts for tone your complexion and then when you pour yourself a drink at the end of the day, use a little bit of that vodka in a flea dip cocktail for your pet (page 316 if you can spare the vodka).

  5. The Marvel Encyclopedia: The definitive guide to the characters of the Marvel Universe. Updated and expanded and just in time for Comic Book Month which kicks off in the libraries in September (oops - spoiler). An A to Z of the characters, the groups and their worlds. Heroes and villains with their back stories and a journey through the decades of trends within Marvel. A fantastic fact file (and Yes - there is a companion DC Universe encyclopedia).

Have a great weekend everyone. Hope there was something in this list for almost everyone.

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