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CollectionsYour library (731), Wishlist (219), Currently reading (1), To read (341), Read but unowned (537), Favorites (54), Ebooks (11), All collections (1,490)

Reviews303 reviews

TagsAmerican Fiction (95), New Zealand Fiction (93), Australian Fiction (74), English Fiction (67), Fiction (29), New Zealand Author (25), Paeroa and Waihi Libraries (23), Waihi Library (22), Historical Fiction (19), Irish Fiction (17) — see all tags

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About meI am married with three adult daughters.Outside of my family, my passion is reading.I am employed as a Primary School Library Manager. I enjoy my job which centres around fostering a love of reading in children. The regular holiday breaks allow me to not only spend time with my husband and daughters but also catch up on reading.Other favourite recreational pastimes are movies, walking and gardening.
2010 brought the safe arrival of a lovely granddaughter, Grace.
October 2011, our first Grandson arrived early. He is a handsome redhead and another on the way for 2012. Exciting times!

About my libraryMy library collection is made up of all the books I have read since 2000, when I started recording what I was reading. I had considered myself a freak until a colleague recommended this website for the children at school. I am no longer alone. Many of my books are borrowed from my local library. However I love a bargain and have purchased a large number of my own books at book sales or heavily discounted. Another source is from my local book group which commenced in 2004. This has been eagerly anticipated from month to month, however since the death of one of our founding members in 2008 we have struggled to achieve the same level of laughter and fellowship. I hope to find some of what I feel I have lost through this website.
My 2010 50 Book Challenge here:
My 2010 Alphabet Challenge here:

My 2011 75 Book Challenge is here:

My 2011 Alphabet Challenge is here:

My 2011 Books off the Shelf Challenge is here:

My 2012 Books off My Shelf Challenge

My 75 Book Challenge for 2012 is here

My 75 Book Challenge for 2013 is here

My Read Our Own Tomes (ROOT) Challenge 2013 here

My 75 Book Challenge 2014

My ROOT Challenge 2014

Groups(BOMBS) Books Off My Book Shelves 2012 Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Alphabet Challenges, Books off the Shelf Challenge, Monthly Author Reads, New Zealand Thingamabrariansshow all groups

Favorite authorsLouis de Bernières, Peter Carey, Alan Duff, Maurice Gee, Witi Ihimaera, Lloyd Jones, Sadie Jones, Barbara Kingsolver, Lori Lansens, Ian McEwan, Roma Tearne, Rose Tremain, David Vann, Tim Winton (Shared favorites)


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Real nameHelen

LocationPaeroa, New Zealand

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Member sinceNov 11, 2009

Currently readingFather of the Rain: A Novel by Lily King

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Thanks for your kind thoughts, Helen. I am sure there are better works by Murdoch - who had quite a formidable reputation
Prue put me on to you as someone who might be interested in doing an Asia/Pacific book swap for this Christmas. My idea was that, for those interested, I would allocate people a person each to give a book to, they would message their person a list of 10 (or 20 or 50) books that they wouldnt mind losing from their collection, and the person would message back their choice, or a list of their preferences.
So everyone would send and everyone would receive one book.
Would you be keen? There are about 7 each from Aus and NZ that I am contacting, plus one in Malaysia.
Message me back by 10 November if you are interested!
Thanks, Megan
Helen, I was browsing around LibraryThing after starting at my "friend" jeniwren's page and I came across you. I just wanted to say that I can't help smiling when I see the photo of you (I presume it's you) holding a serene looking baby and a book! You look like such a lovely warm person, I'm sure your primary school children must be inspired to read!!
Helen: I couldn't find your personal 2012 BOMBS thread, but wanted to comment on your reference to Chang-rae Lee. I have read a few of his novels and absolutely love his work. I don't know if you have read The Surrendered. I read it six months or so ago and am still haunted by some of the images in that story. His work is very memorable.
Thanks so much for your comment -- I'd love to see that piece of artwork in real life! (And my name's Michelle, too!)
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