July 13th, 2013
During a two week roadie of the South Island (NZ) I re-read one of my childhood classics - Anne of Green Gables - and loved it just as much!!
For all of you who are a little bit whimsical, a bit of a romantic at heart and love like a good old fashioned read, then you will love this story and the rest of the books in the series. Set on the picturesque Prince Edward Island in Canada (and the surrounding islands etc) these stories follow Anne, an imaginative, passionate orphan who is adopted by the most unlikely people. She is shaped by her surroundings and in turn, changes the lives of those around her. 
Just a good, heartwarming read. Doesn’t help that I feel like a modern day Anne.
If you liked this, you will also love:Anything written by Louisa May Alcott (aka the Little Women series and more)The Secret Garden and The Little Princess by Frances Hogson Burnett 

During a two week roadie of the South Island (NZ) I re-read one of my childhood classics - Anne of Green Gables - and loved it just as much!!

For all of you who are a little bit whimsical, a bit of a romantic at heart and love like a good old fashioned read, then you will love this story and the rest of the books in the series. Set on the picturesque Prince Edward Island in Canada (and the surrounding islands etc) these stories follow Anne, an imaginative, passionate orphan who is adopted by the most unlikely people. She is shaped by her surroundings and in turn, changes the lives of those around her. 

Just a good, heartwarming read. Doesn’t help that I feel like a modern day Anne.

If you liked this, you will also love:
Anything written by Louisa May Alcott (aka the Little Women series and more)
The Secret Garden and The Little Princess by Frances Hogson Burnett
 

February 27th, 2012
I have finally come to the end of my journey and am left with that inexplicable hollow feeling of finishing a good book and knowing that there is no eighth Harry Potter sequel.
This book is perfect. Not only does J.K.Rowling give you an ending to satisfy even the most annoying Harry fan but she brings in the whole new element of the search for the Deathly Hallows (invisibility cloak, resurection stone, Elder Wand). J.K Rowling ties in all the loose ends and it seems as though every detail is important in the end, when Harry faces Voldemort for the last time. You are left guessing right up until the final five pages and I sat reading on the edge of the sofa, craving to see what happens next but dreading the end of an amazing series. I am not saying too much so that I won’t spoil everything for those who still have to read the books.
I love Harry Potter for many reasons. It is a fantasy book but the messages that come thorough the text are completely human, and inspirational:
*Noticing and caring for those who others overlook (such as Neville and Luna). Harry befriends them and they become some of his most loyal and brave friends. Voldemort discounts such people to his detriment at the end.
*Awareness and respect the importance of other cultures (elves, centaurs, goblins). Wizards treat them badly and there is an uprising at the end.
*Love is the most powerful thing that exists and the power of sacrifice. (Snape)

I have finally come to the end of my journey and am left with that inexplicable hollow feeling of finishing a good book and knowing that there is no eighth Harry Potter sequel.

This book is perfect. Not only does J.K.Rowling give you an ending to satisfy even the most annoying Harry fan but she brings in the whole new element of the search for the Deathly Hallows (invisibility cloak, resurection stone, Elder Wand). J.K Rowling ties in all the loose ends and it seems as though every detail is important in the end, when Harry faces Voldemort for the last time. You are left guessing right up until the final five pages and I sat reading on the edge of the sofa, craving to see what happens next but dreading the end of an amazing series. I am not saying too much so that I won’t spoil everything for those who still have to read the books.

I love Harry Potter for many reasons. It is a fantasy book but the messages that come thorough the text are completely human, and inspirational:

*Noticing and caring for those who others overlook (such as Neville and Luna). Harry befriends them and they become some of his most loyal and brave friends. Voldemort discounts such people to his detriment at the end.

*Awareness and respect the importance of other cultures (elves, centaurs, goblins). Wizards treat them badly and there is an uprising at the end.

*Love is the most powerful thing that exists and the power of sacrifice. (Snape)

January 19th, 2012
Re-reading the Harry Potter Series at the moment!!!! Just felt like some light/ compulsive summer reading and there is nothing that feels like a literary kind of treat, so much as Harry Potter.
I keep coming across people who missed the boat and never got into the HP craze. My advice to you is to be aware that the first three books are semi-young because Harry is 11-13 in them but after you break into the fourth book, the action really heats up. The books become darker, longer and more complex. 
Don’t watch the movies and get put off the novels. You are missing out big time with these ones.
Some other good summer reads: 'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett (I have reviewed this on my blog… EXCELLENT!!)'Bridget Jones Diary' by Helen Fielding'My Sisters Keeper' by Jodie Piccoult'The Beach' by Alex Garland'Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close' by Jonathan Safran Foer'Lord of the Rings' by J.R.R. Tolkein 

Re-reading the Harry Potter Series at the moment!!!! Just felt like some light/ compulsive summer reading and there is nothing that feels like a literary kind of treat, so much as Harry Potter.

I keep coming across people who missed the boat and never got into the HP craze. My advice to you is to be aware that the first three books are semi-young because Harry is 11-13 in them but after you break into the fourth book, the action really heats up. The books become darker, longer and more complex. 

Don’t watch the movies and get put off the novels. You are missing out big time with these ones.

Some other good summer reads: 
'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett (I have reviewed this on my blog… EXCELLENT!!)
'Bridget Jones Diary' by Helen Fielding
'My Sisters Keeper' by Jodie Piccoult
'The Beach' by Alex Garland
'Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close' by Jonathan Safran Foer
'Lord of the Rings' by J.R.R. Tolkein