Monthly Archives: May 2012

And…they’re back!

Amidst all the hype about ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’ and every other blockbuster that’s been or being released in 2012, is the slow and steady excitement that’s building over the release of the first part of the new Hobbit movie. Entitled ‘An Unexpected Journey’, Peter Jackson and his team are working away in New Zealand, preparing for the film’s release at the end of the year.

No doubt the hype will build to a fever pitch in the coming months, but for those people out there who are genuinely interested in the process of making a spectacular film like this, the producers of ‘The Hobbit’ have created a production blog with news, pictures and production videos of the process. I highly recommend checking out this blog; it gives a real insight into the lengthy and complicated process of recreating Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

You’ll see some of your favourite characters like Gandalf, Gollum and Frodo, as well as heaps of new characters.  Plus there’s the added bonus of seeing cool new stuff like Andy Serkis (Gollum) working as a 2nd unit director on the film. There are insights into shooting a film in 3D and loads of fantastic NZ scenery to behold.

Check it out, you’ll love it! And don’t forget, we have copies of ‘The Hobbit’ in the library if you want to read the book before you see the film!


Not so Great Gatsby?

This big news overnight is the official release of Baz Luhrman’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ trailer.  Now after what many people think is the flop that was ‘Australia’ (notice how they don’t mention it in the trailer?), it seems that Baz is going back to the signature style he was so famous for in films like ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’.  This version of Fitzgerald’s classic is frenetic, colourful and extremely stylised – and won’t be to everyone’s taste. Already there are critics who are saying that it’s outrageous to treat such a classic piece of literature in such a crazy and showy way (the film’s also on the 3D bandwagon).  Others are convinced it may be Baz’s best work to date and are eagerly awaiting the film’s release.  Have a squiz at the trailer for yourself. What do you think?

After a quick read?

There are many reasons why students ask for something quick and easy to read. Maybe they’ve only got time to fit in a short novel around their study committments, maybe they want to relax, or maybe reading a big heavy book just isn’t their thing. 

The latest addition to the St Cath’s Reading Inspiration website is the Quick Reads page.  Here, you’ll find a list of books that are fairly short, and in which the language isn’t too tricky.  They’re perfect for students who find reading a bit of a struggle or students who want something quick to read while they’re on the go.

Try one today!

Happy reading, Ms White 🙂

Some of the latest suggestions for you!

This week, I’m working on the principle, ‘if you liked a, you might be interested in reading b‘. It’s all about taking the genre and style that you already love and reading more!  The books I’ve suggested below are either recent releases, or have a new release in the series.  Enjoy – and feel free to come on into the library for further suggestions if you need them!

If you liked The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, you might like The Wrong Boy: a Holocaust tale of two individuals caught on opposite sides.

If you liked Divergent, you might like The Rosie Black Chronicles: a  postapocalyptic thriller where our future world is sharply divided into the haves and have-nots.

If you liked the Fallen series, you might like the Trylle series: the first in a magical romantic series about a girl who is not as she seems, divided by the two men she cares about. (PS Don’t let the fact that she’s a troll put you off!!)

If you liked Michael Grant’s Gone series,try his latest novel, BZRK: nanobots, meglomaniacal villains, genetically engineered creatures – what’s not to love?

If you liked the City of Bones series, you might like the Steampunk Chronicles: same awesome kick-butt heroine, same extremely gorgeous love interest.  Throw in a Captain Jack Sparrow look-alike to complete the love triangle and you’re set.


Happy Reading! Ms White 🙂