Book Bloggers Abroad (12) – New Zealand

Book Bloggers AbroadWelcome to the weekly guest post in the Book Bloggers Abroad series. Every week a book blogger from a different country will be featured who will talk about what it’s like to be a book blogger where he or she lives.

New Zealand

Our guest blogger for today is Carol (Cat) from New Zealand. Her book blog is called Tell Me A Story. She is an eclectic reader but has a real passion for historical fiction. Go and have a look at her blog!

I live in The Town of Trees……..the oh-so-English village of Cambridge situated in the heart of the Waikato, in the North Island of New Zealand. Cambridge is the quintessential country town of this pretty pastoral region. Famous for antique stores, dairy cows and champion Thoroughbred racehorses, the green rolling pastures are lined with post and rail fences, and the hills are dotted with big old trees which are a glorious sight particularly in spring and autumn. We chose to come and live here after retiring and selling our dairy farm two years ago.



We have four children scattered around the country and eleven beautiful grandchildren so even though life is quieter now there is always visits to and from the family to liven things up. I also like to walk and practice yoga and we have a large garden to care for. Three lovely cats share our daily life too.

Books are expensive here and if I buy them, which isn’t often, they’re more likely to come from the secondhand shop but I rely on my wonderful library which is my favourite place in town for most of my reading. One of the joys of retirement is time and I love to spend that time browsing the shelves and chatting to the friendly librarians and I have no problem getting the books I want to read.

Cambridge Library

Cambridge Library

Likewise there are few restrictions on my blogging time and I actually began the book blog as a way to fill up these leisure hours – best decision I ever made!

One of my favourite reading places is this chair by the window in our bedroom overlooking the garden. Cosy in winter and in summer I can open the French doors or move outside if I wish.

Favorite Reading Spot

Favourite Reading Spot

New Zealand has some first rate children’s authors so, for those fellow bloggers with children, one of our family’s top favourites are the wonderful Hairy Maclary books by Lynley Dodd. For adult reading – have you read Katherine Mansfield’s short stories? Wonderful.

Thanks, Judith, for inviting me to share a bit of my little corner of the world.

Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks Carol, for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger. Your home town sounds idyllic! I do think I’ve heard of the Hairy Maclary books! We may even have one.

Don’t forget to take a look at Carol’s blog. If you have any questions or comments for Carol, just leave them in the comments section.

Next week Kah Woei from Malaysia will be visiting us for the thirteenth Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!

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2 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (12) – New Zealand

  1. Nikki-ann says:

    What a lovely place to sit and read 🙂

  2. Carin B. says:

    Carol, what a wonderful guest post! I actually have been talking to a few bloggers from New Zealand and Australia about the cost of books there. I didn’t quite understand just how expensive they were! When I saw the prices on an Australian bookshop website I was shocked! A hardcover for $50?!!! That’s insane! I think the prices are fairly similar in New Zealand too, right?

    I really want to visit New Zealand. It really does look like one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

    I’m so sorry I am just reading your post now. I was out of town for the latter part of last week.

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