Welcome to BookieMonster – Book blog, book reviews and all things bookie!
We created BookieMonster in March 2007 to sell awesome new and secondhand books on Trade Me. We worked very hard to build our reputation for good books and good service and ended our selling with heavy hearts and 100% positive feedback!
In 2009 I started this BookieMonster site so I could write about the things I love the most – Mr (Dean) Monster, books, kittys and guinea pigs. Mostly I write about books, of course. Book reviews, book links, interesting books stuff, book festivals (particularly in New Zealand) and book-related interviews.
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So who is BookieMonster?
That would be me (Ngaire). I’ve been a book lover from a young age. I have a diverse range of favourite authors from Terry Pratchett to Janet Frame to Margaret Atwood to Kazuo Ishiguro. I think “Leader of the Pack” by The Shangri-Las is the best pop song ever written and The Empire Strikes Back is the best movie ever made. I firmly believe that everyone looks better in sepia and in the future I hope to become a crazy old cat lady. I also tweet @BookieMonsterNZ.
My lovely other half did all the operational side of our book selling. His particular book interest is in military non-fiction, and in his spare time he’s an avid model-maker. You can check his blog out at www.militarymodels.co.nz.
Blimpy was the 1st Evah BookieMonster Kitteh. She was a grumpy, old, slightly senile kitteh with bad teeth who was living it rough on the streets until she found her forever home with the BookieMonsters. Sadly Blimpy passed away on the morning of March 30, 2010. You can read her story here.
Kittie is BookieMonster Kitteh the 2nd. She is another rescue cat who was unexpectedly in need of a home and so came to us. Her likes are sleeping, catnip, eating, catnip, chasing lasers, catnip, fighting with mousie, catnip and not doing what she’s told. Her dislikes are doing what she’s told and going to rehab for her catnip problem.
Rachel is New Zealand’s greatest investigative craft journalist and official BookieMonster henchperson. Rachel likes to talk about herself on the internet. Official Jambassador. For japes and jammy goodness you can follow Rachel on twitter at @RachelRayner.