2013 – A year in reading

I was inspired by this Vic books post: December — A Time to Review the Year’s Reading. We have all been busy picking our Best of the year, but the idea here is to go a bit deeper – to look at your reading habits, and maybe stir them up a bit.

I use the catalogue to record the books I’ve read (here’s how) – so have a look at the flavours of my completed shelf  – from Kylie Fashion back in January to Morrissey in December …

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  • 111 books read
  • 18 New Zealand titles
  • 88 non-fiction
  • 28 graphic novels
  • 15 memoirs
  • 18 books about art and photography
  • 32 on fashion and style
  • 7 music-related titles
  • 5 books about science
  •  and in a meta meta thing – 6 books about reading or books.

I thought I’d read a lot of New Zealand books this year – but is 18 out of 111 a lot – or not? Either way – my impression is of a stellar year in New Zealand publishing all round.

I think what my list tells me is:

  • When pushed for time (and who isn’t), a nice book on fashion, style or art can be consumed (and savoured) more quickly than a novel.
  • Girl gotta have her graphic novels/comics.
  • Where are all the history books I used to read? And the occasional historical novel? In 2013 – not a lot.
  • I definitely used to read more music books too …

What the list doesn’t reveal is my chronic overarching bookily ambition. I can never read all the things I borrow – my book consuming eyes are bigger than my stomach. Still, it is fun to try and gorge.

Here’s my next targets that may slip in before the end of 2013:

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Movie ticket giveaways for August: Osage County

Just in time for the holiday season, Roadshow Films  and Christchurch City Libraries are giving you the chance to WIN one of 20 double passes to the movie August: Osage County.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts, the film looks at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family. Their paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

The large cast features Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The movie is in cinemas on January 1.

View the movie trailer and visit www.augustosagecountymovie.co.nz to check the classification

So how can you win? Just email and tell us who is your favourite actor among the names we mentioned –  email us at competition@christchurchcitylibraries.com including your name, phone number, library card number and address. We’ll get in touch with the winners and hook you up with the tickets.

  • The competition is open to Christchurch City Libraries members.
  • Staff of Christchurch City Libraries and their immediate families are not able to enter.
  • Competition closes on Friday 20 December.
  • Winners announced on 23 December.

Teen Scene: picks from our December newsletter

Some picks from our December Teen Scene newsletter:

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For more great YA reading suggestions, check out our booklists and recommended websites in the Read section of the Pulse. In particular, don’t miss our Holiday Reading 2013 selection.