Faustina Paustin

Faustina was reading when she popped out of the womb. Probably. Reading is her life, and she’ll read pretty much anything. After reading her way through primary, high school, and university, and finding she hasn’t gotten sick of it, she’s still reading now. Her favourite genres are YA, realist fiction, and magical realist fiction, with a strong focus on diversity. She believes that houses should have in-built bookshelves in all the rooms, and that ebooks and printed books can get along.


Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe, by Jennifer Niven

Jack Masselin is the most popular guy at Martin Van Buren High. He has the prettiest girlfriend, the coolest afro, and everyone wants to be him. But Jack also has a secret. He is suffering from prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness. He is unable to recognise anyone in his life, be they friend, foe, [...]

The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon

Daniel and Natasha couldn’t be more different. Whereas Daniel believes in fate, destiny and the Great Meaning of Life, Natasha believes in facts, data, and that life is nothing but a repetition of patterns. Facts and data are what help her make sense of life, especially at times like the present. Her family is in [...]

Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Shakespeare’s last masterpiece, adapted for a modern novelization by a contemporary literary master? The temptation is surely too good to pass up, which is why I jumped at the chance to read this one. Unfortunately, the novel doesn’t quite live up to expectations. Felix is the innovative, pioneering Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre, bringing [...]

Complex Heroine

Austentatious Lessons: 16 Things Austen Taught Me

December marks the birth month of Jane Austen, literary great, and queen of barbed wit. Whether she’s hailed as one of the cornerstone figures of English literature, or lamented as someone who authored simplistic novels in which Nothing Much Happens, you can’t deny her pulling power. The woman is everywhere. And (not that I’m biased [...]

Kody Keplinger

Run, by Kody Keplinger

Growing up in a small town, with small-minded neighbours and over-protective parents, Agnes has always felt constricted. With Agnes being the younger daughter, and legally blind, her parents find a myriad of ways to micro-manage  her life. And for the most part Agnes has been fine with that. Until Bo Dickinson comes onto the scene. [...]


Bookstores Between the Pages

I’ll admit, I’ve fantasized about getting locked in overnight in a bookstore. There’s just something about a bookstore that holds incredible swaying power over bibliophiles. Aside from the books, that is. But if the books are about bookstores?  I’m a goner. That’s blissful biblio-ception. With New Zealand Bookshop Day hurtling around the corner, there’s no [...]

The Comet Seekers, by Helen Sedgwick

The Comet Seekers, by Helen Sedgwick

Who among us hasn’t gazed at the sky above and not wondered about the millions of others who are sharing the same view? Space has the dual effect of humbling the human existence and strengthening ideas of a common humanity. With her debut novel, Helen Sedgwick takes that common astronomic fantasy and weaves a whimsical [...]

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, by Jennifer E. Smith

They say you never forget your first love. But that’s exactly what Clare’s trying to do. It’s the last night before Clare and her boyfriend Aidan head off to college; the last night that they will spend together as a couple. On the precipice of the new chapter of their lives, they’ve agreed that a clean [...]

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