Monday, December 14, 2015

What is Mrs Featonby reading these holidays?

Happy holidays everyone!

I thought I would try to post a picture of all the books I read these school holidays. I will also say if they are from the school library, town library, or my own bookshelf.

From the school library FIC SUG. A good light read- girl meets boys and voila!

From the school library FIC TRE. Novel about family, a mystery when one of the twins dies, and living on a secluded island. Not a young adult, so good for more mature readers.

From the school library FIC VAN
A great little dystopian novel- every one is dying from a terrible disease, but Joy appears to be immune!

This one is from the town library. Basically there is a virus so the fancy pants people by a condo/apartment in a silo underground to wait it out.
People get killed, relationships are strained... what's going on?!

This one is also from the town library. A nice little piece of fiction about Kevin who is socially awkward and attends trivia quiz nights.

This is a non-fiction book from the town library and is about how women (and men) in the work force.

This is my own book. It's about a lady that loses her memory and makes some changes to the way she lives her life.

This is a school library book. FIC SMI
Boy + girl in an elevated that has frozen between floors = romance.

This is my book.
Scandinavian crime is my #1 thing to read.

School library- new!
I was lucky enough to be the first to read this novel. Mrs Bichan recommended it to me for my holiday reading and to consider as a Year 13 text- I read it in two sittings!
Rosemary and Lowell have a sister named Fern. And then she disappears.

This is my own book and I bought it on the recommendation of Mrs Bichan. I really like French things (I also have a French degree) and this book combined France + literature =  perfecto. There are also lots of nice characters along this somewhat of a mature bildungsroman.

This is one of my own books (as you can already tell I stocked up for the holidays!) This is a mystery/crime set in a Canadian village on the US border.

This is another book that I bought (I have run out of school library books- sorry!)

This is a crime/mystery book- LOVE.

This was a great novel about a husband and wife (and 17 year old son) travelling around Europe attempting to mend tattered relationships.

J.K Rowling actually writes really well for an 'adult' audience. I love the Strike Cormoran series and could wait to read this one. I wanted a different ending though!

This MAY be my list book before school officially is back next Tuesday... I am trying for ONE more though... fingers crossed!

Keep checking back as I will update on this post as I read.

Happy reading!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Signing out for the year

Well that was 2015 and for six weeks this blog will remain silent as I sit on the beach and read books, enjoy family and soak up some sun.
It has been a grand year with a record number of books issued out from our school, with a 41% increase in fiction. Who said paper books are obsolete.. not here they arent!
Our top reads in the school for this year

  1. The Maze Runner
  2. Looking for Alaska
  3. Divergent
  4. Gone
  5. All the bright places
  6. Slated
  7. Divine Madness
  8. Class A
  9. The recruit
  10. The Secret Crusade
Our top reader issued 197 books!  This blog has been hit now 92000 times, not bad for a little New Zealand School.
Have a great holidays, be back in February with reviews on my summer reads!
Miss Featonby may post in the holidays- she is good like that!
Here is my favourites for 2015!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Jungle Book

  Oh this is going to be so good.. Jungle Book that is not cartooned but the real deal. Perhaps over the holidays I actually need to read the original story by Rudyard Kipling, never done that and a classic is always good to chuck in the mix.

A Snow Garden

By: Rachel Joyce
Location: FIC JOY
Genre: Short Stories of Christmas

"Joyce has an unerring ability to convey profound emotions"

“We are at the centre of our own stories. And sometimes it is hard to believe that we are not at the centre of other people’s.” 

This will be my first holiday read, because of Harold Fry and his pilgrimage and I loved Miss Hennessys garden.
This book will be a great starter for the holidays, 7 short stores all based around Christmas, I can lay back before Christmas and warm my reading taste buds up with a short read that makes my mind meander into Christmas cheer with some depth and meaning!

Ananada from says  this about this collection:

‘A Snow Garden and Short Stories’ is definitely a festive must read. It’s so unlike any other Christmas books I’ve ever read. There are seven stories included and each and one of them is so special and magical and nothing like the festive stories I’ve read so far. Unlike most Christmas, that are fluffy and cheery, ‘A Snow Garden and Other Stories’ brings seven stories that are so memorable and poignant. The characters felt so real I thought they’d jump off the pages.

The stories are short yet amazingly complex and each one of them brings a huge message about life, family and love. And of course, all happen during Christmas and you can absolutely feel the Christmas spirit and that Christmas magic. The stories are full of clever symbolism, speaking about big life truths and making you think about your own life and the choices you make.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Dan Carter: My Story

By: Dan and Duncan Grieve
Location: NF 796.333CAR
Genre: The Best First Five- ever!

The next few days I am going to blog my summer reading list. First of the rank is Dan Carters story.
Dan and I have a few things in common- how can that be you ask- I am a female aging( Na kidding about that bit...) librarian from Cambridge. What could possibly have in common- 5 things!
First he is a Cantabrian who grew up on a farm like I did. There are so many cultural attachments to being a farmers kid, I bet he went out in the snow and rescued lambs in September!
Second- he knows about hockey
Third- He thinks Red and Black is a stunning colour combination
Fourth- he is loyal to his province, I so respect that!  and
Fifth- he celebrated like a maniac when we defended the Rugby World Cup.
I cant wait to read this book and learn more about  this humble , modest and understated man  who is not only a legendary rugby player but a darn good man.

This book is a personal account of a New Zealand sporting icon

 who became a world superstar - the greatest fly-

half in international rugby. Dan Carter is the world

 record holder for most test points, has twice been

 named the IRB's Player of the Year and twice New

 Zealand Player of the Year. In this memoir he 

opens up for the first time about his stellar 12-year

 career, looking back on the highs, and, with an

 equal measure of honesty, the lows of his career.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Assassin's Creed - Underworld

By: Oliver Bowden
Location: FIC OLI
Genre:  Fantasy Historic with intrigue, twisted plots that transfer into the Syndicate game! 
Series: Assassin's Creed #8

A disgraced Assassin. A deep-cover agent. A quest for redemption. 

This week in the library we have had two days for the staff only. They come and eat amazing food, lounge on the beanbags, drink good coffee and select books to read for summer. Our long suffering students have to watch from the outside desperate to get there hands on the mellow-puffs and strawberries!
What did the staff go for and demand! Assassin's Creed books- and when they saw this new one, we nearly had an assassination in the library!!! In fact I cant remember who dibs it first, let me know if you read this! So what is it all about.. 

1862, and with London in the grip of the Industrial Revolution, the world's first underground railway is under construction. When a body is discovered at the dig, it sparks the beginning of the latest deadly chapter in the centuries-old battle between the Assassins and Templars.

Deep undercover is an Assassin with dark secrets and a mission to defeat the Templar stranglehold on the nation's capital.

Soon the Brotherhood will know him as Henry Green, mentor to Jacob and Evie Frye. For now, he is simply The Ghost.

Assassin's Creed: Underworld is the tie in book to ‘Assassin's Creed: Syndicate’ and the eighth gripping novel from Oliver Bowden.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither

By: Sara Baume
Location: FIC BAU
Genre: Road trip and pilgrimage with a man and his dog!

“Life never misses an opportunity to upscuttle us, I think. Life likes to tell us it told us so.”

I am excited by this book, a journey about a man and his dog, both broken, both needing redemption and hope.  Dogs have a power, the power to draw out of a man or woman depth of being, whether it be love or anger, joy or sorrow. Our dog Rex did this for most of our family members and this story eloquently written in stunning prose retells another version of a man and his dog set  in the dales of Ireland.

A moving tale of a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog, and how despite what society thinks, for them two wrongs make a right. Narrated by our unnamed misfit man, we piece together the past as we roll through the seasons of the present.
The man has always been an outcast, with developmental disabilities, raised by his father after his mother died when he was baby. When he cries, his father abandons him by the roadside, where he's luckily found and brought home by a neighbor. After that he learns not to cry.
His canine companion is a one-eyed fighting dog, abused by his previous owners and made to fight badgers. Both are shunned by society and so form a wonderful bond, at times funny, at other heart-breaking, but so rock solid that they go to extraordinary lengths to stay together. Poignant and melancholic, this is at heart a love story. With two starcross'd lovers that no man can rend asunder. It also has a dark dry humor running through it. Including my favourite quote comparing OneEye to the saccharine-sweet Enid Blyton dog, Timmy -
"I've never read you any Famous Five. I should, I think you'd like it. I'm trying to remember whether Timmy ever scoffed lumps of shit or savaged guileless walkers. I don't think so."
The characters stay with you long after you've read the final page, a testament to Baume's wonderful descriptive prose. A great great novel, hugely recommended says Helen Marquis

"A heartbreaking and forceful pilgrimage that defines new notions of beauty and captures so intensely the thoughts and feelings that would usually be hidden in isolation. This is a visceral story that consumes the reader in the blinding loneliness of our protagonist and simultaneously delivers liberty through the robust love between man and animal. " Sean

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)Yep another great book is being morphed into a movie. It better be good. Its coming very soon in early 2016.

 As always read the books first!

Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.




  (screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »


 , Liev Schreibe

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here

By: Patrick Ness
Location: FIC NES
Genre: Urban fantasy, paranormal, LGBT, satirical contemporary- everything Patrick Ness I suppose

"They'll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn't chosen. To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it."

There's a lot of fiction out there these days about extraordinary situations that threaten the world—usually it's an attack by aliens, monsters, or vampires, or otherwise the country is in danger because of war, dystopia, or political manipulation. It usually falls to one person, or a group of people, to save the world and solve the problems facing it.

Patrick Ness' terrific The Rest of Us Just Live Here turns that concept on its head according to Larry from

"The Rest of Us Just Live Here" is a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

What if you aren t the Chosen One? The one who s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions."
Sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.