Angela’s Books of the Year 2018

Meet Angela
Adult Fiction Content Specialist

🍹 Favourite drink:

Pimm’s cocktail – a summertime classic!

📺 Favourite TV show:

Breaking Bad, the best TV show ever made IMHO!

🎧 Favourite song:

Anything by Bon Jovi (don’t judge me - I’m an 80s girl)

Here are Angela's top 10 books for 2018!

A thought-provoking
and thrilling read that is scarily plausible.

An inspiring autobiography of a young woman who grew up in a survivalist family in the US and never went to school, yet managed to achieve huge academic success.

Do we ever really know our parents?

It will make you laugh out loud 😆 but could also make you cry 😢


A wonderful crime novel that will make you cry, laugh, and gasp.

Looking for a mind-bending, unique whodunnit that will enthrall you?

A stunning novel!

An impressive follow-up to the brilliant Australian crime novel The Dry.

A community policeman with a terrible secret in his past...

Quirky and engaging with an excellent denouement.

Christmas reads at the Library!

We have a great range of Christmas-themed books, DVDs, and magazines here at the Library! Check out some of our favourite’s below.

X-mas books for kids!

With the soft jingle of bells, a mysterious gift falls from the sky.

Step-by-step instructions for simple Christmas projects made with basic craft supplies or recycled materials from around the house

'Whatever will become of me?' sighed the sad and lonely little tree.

Three children are brought together at the hospital at Christmas time.

Presents the story of the birth of Jesus, including the journey to Bethlehem, the visit of the shepherds, and the wise men presenting gifts.

Christmas Magazines


Christmas Express is all about spectacular food with minimum fuss!

Provides guidance on entertaining at Christmastime and presents over 300 recipes

Over 30 pompom designs to decorate your home, adorn your gifts, and give as presents to loved ones on Christmas day.

30 easy-to-make projects including small tree decorations

Includes 30 elegant yet incredibly easy projects to make out of the most affordable and accessible materials.

Get your creative juices flowing for National Novel Writing Month

Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline to complete the first draft of an entire novel. Check out some of our titles to help you achieve your novel writing aspirations this month!

Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the 30-day drafting period. Let Jaden to inspire you!

Designed for the aspiring fiction writer who needs to kick start their imagination.

The best resource to help you get your fiction published!

Provides you with a sure-fire system to reduce time-intensive rewrites and avoid writing detours.

Don't limit your fiction - LIBERATE IT!

Following the "rules" of writing can often constrict rather than inspire. Learn to shed those rules to craft powerful, emotional, and gripping stories.

Explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction.

…and just to prove it can be done, here are some bestselling novels which all began life as NaNoWriMo drafts!

Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning...

For pure story, this colourful, headlong tale of a Depression-era circus simply can’t be beat.

A deliciously warm-hearted nerd power ballad, destined for greatness.

In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week

A deep account of Māori Television in its first ten years

An incredibly simple, fun and practical Māori dictionary for all New Zealanders.

Highlights connections between Māori painting traditions and contemporary art practice.

Designed to help babies through to younger children recognise and learn basic vocabulary

These bilingual books are ideal for beginning learners of Maori.

About the people, knowledge, culture, language and resources important to Ngai Tahu.

New Zealand’s only publication dedicated to both Maori and Pacific people.

An accessible and fun guide for everyday Kiwis looking to learn and speak the Maori language around the home.

During three days in 1864, 300 Maori men, women and children fought an imperial army at the Battle of Ōrakau...

The best short stories and novel extracts from the Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers 2017.

Explore Polynesian culture this Polyfest at the Library

Murihiku Polyfest is back for 2018! From 27-31 August, join us at ILT Stadium Southland for a week of incredible cultural performances from early childhood, primary, and secondary school students. Tickets can be purchased from TicketDirect or ILT Stadium Southland.

The remarkable story of Tupaia, Captain Cook's Polynesian navigator

Includes articles from the past and present about Maori and Polynesian cultures

A pictorial book about the Fijian Islands, some of the best places to go, as well as the culture and a little bit of history.

Draws on the extensive collection of the Auckland Museum and includes whale bone, shark teeth, jade, tapa and shells

Recipes and stories from the heart of Polynesia along with some history and traditions.

Details the key elements of Cook Islands culture including language, religion, rites of passage, personality, and cultural aspects of food.

Make sure to book your tickets from TicketDirect or ILT Stadium Southland!