JJ McConnachie

JJ is a writer by night, & a Product Manager by day. She loves young adult and children’s fiction and is the co-founder of NZ Booklovers. She has a Masters in Creative Writing, and is an ex-English tutor. She lives in Auckland with her husband, daughter, and two chihuahuas.


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Film Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I’m definitely a Tim Burton fan, with movies like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, and Corpse Bride capturing my attention with their creepy undertones, engaging characters and unique plot twists. I was therefore excited to learn that Burton was adapting Ransom Rigg’s bestselling novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Jake (Asa [...]


Secret Princesses Books 1-4, by Rosie Banks

My five-year-old daughter loves princesses. Elsa is her favourite (of course), but she’s happy playing, reading or doing anything to do with princesses. Rosie Banks’ Secret Princess series ticks all the boxes for my daughter, with princesses, magic, friendship and adventure being in every book. Charlotte and Mia are best friends who are given magical [...]

Win a copy of Lean in 15: The Shape Plan, by Joe Wicks!

In his first book, Lean in 15, Joe Wicks revealed how to achieve great fat-burn, shifting body fat and significantly increasing fitness levels. In Lean in 15: The Shape Plan it’s all about shaping the body by combining Joe’s signature fifteen minute recipes with short bursts of intensive cardio and resistance training. Taking your fitness to the next level, this [...]

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

Beautifully written, impossible to put down, but heartbreaking enough to make you want to, and philosophical enough to make you think for weeks afterwards, Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air took my breath away… pun intended. I’m a voracious reader – I like to read until my eyes can’t stay open, and if I have the [...]

The Shift

The Shift, by Theresa Brown, RN

I have been fortunate enough to have only been admitted to hospital twice in my thirty years. Once at the age of five to have my tonsils removed, and once more at twenty five when my daughter was born. Both times it is not the doctors I remember, but the nurses. They are the ones [...]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II publishing this year!

After being pestered and pestered for longer bedtime stories I’ve just started reading Harry Potter to my daughter. She’s only four and half, but you’re never too young to start, right? We’ve just got up to the part when the glass disappears and the snake slithers out and chases after Dudley. Reading it a second [...]

My dead bunny

My Dead Bunny, by Sigi Cohen

The narrator of My Dead Bunny loves his pet, and when the Brad the bunny dies, he wants nothing more than to have his pet rabbit back. Until his bunny does return… as a zombie. Sigi Cohen’s fun rhymes, with James Foley’s cartoonish but macabre illustrations make for a fun picture book that most kids will love. However parents [...]

A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley

“A Very British Murder” TV Series Explores Crime Fiction Over The Years

In three captivating parts, Lucy Worsley investigates murders throughout history, and how our morbid fascination with the subject has influenced popular culture and literature. Episode one revisits real-life crime from the first half of the 19th century, during the period when Thomas De Quincey wrote his celebrated essays on murder and the guilty pleasure we [...]

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