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20 BOOKS IN 2020 READING CHALLENGE! - 28th Dec 2019

20 BOOKS IN 2020 READING CHALLENGE! We want you to read 20 books with us in 2020!
All you need to do is read 20 books that correspond with each of the categories listed below and in the picture. Easy right?

We want you to read:

  1. A lesser known book by your favourite author
  2. A book being adapted for screen this year
  3. A book by an author from your home town
  4. A banned book
  5. A book over 500 pages
  6. A popular science book 
  7. A book set in a war (other than WWI or II)
  8. A book originally published in a foreign language
  9. A history book
  10. A graphic novel/comic
  11. A book written by a person of a different gender
  12. A classic
  13. A book you pick with your eyes closed
  14. A book published the year you were born
  15. A book of short stories
  16. A book of poetry
  17. A book recommended by your local bookshop
  18. That book on your shelf you have been meaning to read
  19. A biography/memoir
  20. A book that won an award
Reading challenges like this are a great way to expand your reading horizons and open your mind to books and genres that you may never have known you would enjoy.
The staff here at Hard to Find Books will be doing the challenge with you and posting our results as we go, as well as some bookspiration for each topic.

When you finish a book, don't forget to celebrate by posting it on social media with #20booksin2020 and let us celebrate with you!

If you're short on books or need inspiration, have a browse through our website.
We have over 140,000 books online and more added daily.
Let's get reading!

First Edition Ngaio Marsh - 29th Nov 2019

First Edition Ngaio Marsh First Edition Friday presents: Ngaio Marsh!

"It is a curious thing that when one speaks from the heart, it is invariably in the worst of taste"
- from 'Death in a White Tie'

We have so many first edition Ngaio Marsh books here at Hard to Find Books! At least two of our staff are reading this wonderful New Zealand writer at the moment, and we even have a larger than life picture of her (looking extremely cool) overlooking our workspace...

We also have a great range of her paperbacks: ideal for summer reading.

Pictured are:
Dead Water 1964 SIGNED $175
Spinsters in Jeopardy 1954 $60
Off With His Head 1957 $60
When in Rome SIGNED 1970 $318.75
Death at the Dolphin 1967 $12
Death and the Dancing Footman 1941 $285
Hand in Glove 1962 $15.30

Military & Aviation Books - 25th Oct 2018

Just arrived in our Dunedin shop (with still more to come!) - heaps of military history and aviation books. If you aren't in Dunedin there will be plenty being added to our online catalogue over the next couple of weeks as well.

Answer to the Tony Eyre Challenge - 13th Oct 2018

Answer to the Tony Eyre Challenge The competition is now over. Here are the names of the famous authors who penned the less-than-famous titles we listed over the last two weeks.

The Life and Death of Mr Badman - John Bunyan
Behind a Mask - Louisa M Alcott
The Single Hound - Emily DIckinson
Arctic Summer - EM Forster
November - Gustave Flaubert
The Return - Joseph Conrad
One Thousand & One Ghosts - Alexandre Dumas

We have copies of all those books so why not come in and buy a copy of one (or all) of them?

Tony Eyre Challenge #7 - 12th Oct 2018

Tony Eyre Challenge #7 Tony Eyre Challenge #7· 

This is the last chance to star in the Tony Eyre Challenge. The list of book titles and their famous authors will be given tomorrow.
Meanwhile, you can log on to our Facebook page and enter the name of the very famous author who wrote today's not so famous title. You might win if you're quick (as this competition has been a bit more challenging than we expected).

Today's title: One Thousand and One Ghosts
Who is the famous author?

Tony Eyre Challenge #6 - 11th Oct 2018

Tony Eyre Challenge #6 Tony Eyre Challenge #6
Continuing our current competition - we give you a not-very-famous book title written by a very famous author. You try to identify the famous author WITHOUT RECOURSE to the Internet.

When you think you know the author, log in to our Facebook page and enter your answer. You get a point if you are first with the correct author. We still don't have a correct answer for yesterday's challenge either so you could try and answer both at once.

Today's title is The Return

Be first and get a point (and some kudos).

Tony Eyre Challenge #5 - 10th Oct 2018

Tony Eyre Challenge #5 The Tony Eyre Challenge #5
Those of you following this challenge will know that we are lookiung for the name of the famous author who wrote the book with a slightly less famous title. None of the authors are New Zealanders.

Today's title is November. All you have to do is log on to our Facebook page and give us the author's name - if you are first to give the correct answer, you will get a point! And points could mean prizes!!!

You can also try and identify two titles from last week which still haven't been correctly identified. The two titles are Arctic Summer and The Single Hound.

Tony Eyre Challenge #4 - 6th Oct 2018

Tony Eyre Challenge #4 So far there is no correct answer to yesterday's Tony Eyre Challenge (No. 3)

That means this is your chance to enter answers for the author of yesterday's titleThe Single Hound along with an answer for today's:

Tony Eyre Challenge 4
Who is the famous author of this not-so-well known title:
Arctic Summer
Just log on to our Facebook page and enter the name of the author. If you are first to be correct, you get a point - and points mean prizes!!!  NO INTERNET USE ALLOWED

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