Reading Delirium: Is love a disease that must be cured?

booksA while ago, I asked around to find out what people were reading post-quake. A colleague mentioned she was really enjoying Delirium by Lauren Oliver – a dystopian novel set in an America that believes love is a disease that must be cured.

I was sold. It sounded really interesting and different, so I promptly got my hands on a copy.  Since February 22, I’m using the library more than I ever did before. I frequently put my “to do” lists aside so I can escape into other worlds. Delirium has satisfied this need perfectly. Although targeted towards young adult readers, enjoyment of this novel is certainly not confined to that one age group. Lauren Oliver writes with maturity about a complex topic. After one chapter, I was hooked.

The moral of this post? If you want to find a good book to read, it always pays to ask around. Ask your family, friends, neighbours, and work mates. Ask a librarian. We can give you some great suggestions to add to your reading list. Just tell us what authors you like, titles you’ve loved, and subjects you enjoy reading about. After all, we love books (and DVDs … and CDs … and magazines). And we love helping people even more!

Have you read something fantastic lately that you think more people should get into?

A long hop to the long-drop

Toilets of the worldHere’s the thing – I’m off on holiday very soon and boy, do I need one.

Actually I booked it late last year when the September event had me re-thinking my priorities. So, on a whim, I booked a holiday to Malaysia with my good friend Cheryl.  Of course I had a million and one plans to sit down with Cheryl and  plan our trip properly – but Mother Nature threw her hand in again and we have been up to our neck in sewerage ever since.

However, they say there’s an upside to everything. Several well meaning friends have suggested that the whole long-drop experience will do me well when dealing with Malaysian public toilets – yay – can’t wait.

Anyway the holiday has kinda snuck up on me. I’m running round at the last minute trying to think what I need to do before I go. Book hotels (that will help!), get travel injections (ouch, ouch, ouch),  buy padlocks for bags, find mossie spray with 40 to 80% Deet, purchase wet-wipes and lots of tissues (there’s that toilet thing again), find travel insurance, get cash, investigate tours, research Malaysia … the list goes on.

Luckily Christchurch City Libraries has lots of resources that can help someone like me plan a great holiday. The pulse.org.nz  has lots of advice and links for anyone travelling overseas – things to remember, things to think about, links to useful sites … it’s all on there. There’s also a ton of  travel guides in the library including the Lonely Planet ones which I have found really useful.

Anyway, must fly – I’m off to South Library shortly to browse their selection of travel books so I’ll be a while.  Jumpa Lagi (see you again).