New Zealand Book Month


I’m very excited to share the news that October is New Zealand Book Month!     Maree at Just Add Books is having a one month easy-peasy and FUN Challenge highlighting New Zealand.

And it’s got options:    Not just books…   movies and music, too.

If you want to read a book by an NZ author, join us!

If you want to see a movie that has NZ connections, join us!

If you love to discover new music, check out the NZ scene and join us!

SO click on her blog and read all about it =====>  Just Add Books Blog.   As she says:

I’m offering options because although it’s New Zealand Book Month, we Kiwis are a diverse lot.

and let me try and entice you further.     Feel like re-watching one of the Lord of the Rings movies?   It’ll count.    How about Flight of the Conchords?   If you know them, aren’t they awesome?!?!    If you don’t, oh – ya just gotta check them out!

Maree’s got prizes, too.    CANDY!!!


I’ve bookmooched The Whale Rider book – it’s a TREMENDOUS movie, too.  WATCH IT.    And I’ve got Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones on hold at the library, so I’m committing to TWO books (although, they better hurry up and arrive; dont’ have all that much time.)


28 thoughts on “New Zealand Book Month

  1. I loved the movie and book The Whale Rider — and need I say more than I have the extended edition DVD of LOTR and I’m waiting for the BlueRay edition to come out so I can buy that too. Off to check out the challenge.

  2. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the book version of Whale Rider – I watched the movie and it made me cry and cry. I don’t know why, but those films about kids who don’t keep in line with their parents’ cultural traditions really destroy me.

  3. verbivore

    LOVE Flight of the Conchords, and can’t wait to hear what you think of Whale Rider, I loved the movie and have wanted to read the book.

  4. Boyfriend and I just finished watching Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords — so funny! We also just recently had a debate about the LOTR movies and Peter Jackson (I hate them and have, in fact, hated all Peter Jackson movies that I’ve seen). Maybe we’ll rent one of them and watch it again to see if my opinions change 🙂

    1. wow, Kim. Hate is a strong word! I have a fondness for all things LOTR and thought the movies were well done. I’d have to go look up Mr Jackson to find out if I’ve even seen anything else he has done. King Kong? hmmmm.

      1. Yes, strong, I’ll admit. But I fell asleep during the first LOTR movie and honestly just never enjoyed the other two when I tried to watch them. I thought they were too long, mostly, and I got bored. King Kong had the same problem — way, way too long. I think if PJ had a good editor who could trim his movies down a bit then they’d be better. But I’m open to having my opinions changed on all accounts 🙂

        1. I saw them in the theatre – not as easy to be distracted, imo. But I know what you mean about long films – they can be annoying. Like long books!

  5. Care, Peter Jackson started out making funny splatter movies: Meet the Feebles – which is kind of … muppet torture-porn, Braindead (Dead Alive in the States, I think); Bad Taste, The Frighteners … and others. One of his best films is Heavenly Creatures, about a murder that happened here in the 1950s. It’s gorgeously done, and stars a very young Kate Winslet.
    Um. Hem.

  6. Can’t say no to a challenge, well, hardly ever. Love LOTR (in every conceivable medium) and have heard great things about Mr Pip.

    Please may I use the kiwi fruit image? It’s so pretty…

  7. Did anyone see the brilliant Once Were Warriors? Meet The Feebles is quite a picture. Not for the weak. I was fortunate to have a friend from Titirangi who clued me in to FotC early on. If you like travel shows I’d suggest Billy Connolly’s World Tour Of New Zealand (I’d really suggest seeing them all).

    1. Thanks B&G for the fabulous suggestions! I do thank you and Wendy for introducing me to FoC. Maybe it was just you… Yea, let’s leave Wendy out of this.

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