NZ Book Blogs

Elizabeth Heritage supplied this kiwi book blog list to Booksellers NZ, after completing this feature about book blogs in New Zealand. What a wealth of literary voices New Zealand has, and this isn’t comprehensive. But it will be soon, with your help. Send addition suggestions to, or note them in comments.

New Zealand Book Council
The School Library – children’s lit focus
Booknotes Unbound
Talking Books Podcast

Single critic review sites
Nicholas Reid, Reid’s Reader
Barbara Murison, Around the Bookshops – children’s lit focus
Zac Harding, My Best Friends Are Books – children’s lit focus
Phillipa Werry, Children’s war books – children’s lit focus
Rebecca Styles, NZ Lit 101
Craig Sisterson, Crime Watch – crime focus
Bob Docherty, Bob’s Books Blog  – children’s lit focus
Karen Tay, Reading is Bliss – book review newspaper column online
Felicity Murray, Kiwi Flora Reads – also reviews for BSNZ
Kelly Bold, Well Read Kitty – also reviews for BSNZ
Kimaya McIntosh, My Green Bookshelves – also reviews for BSNZ
Lynne Street, Red Penn Reviews – also reviews for BSNZ
Marion Dreadon, Cover Me books – also reviews for BSNZ
Desna Wallace, Booktrailers4kidsandYA
Paula Phillips, The Phantom Paragrapher
Alyson Baker, Reviews NZ fiction
The Review Curmudgeon
The Velvet Nap
My Friend Lucy – picture book focus
Ava Knowles, 9-year-old, junior fiction focus
RuAnCa – spiritual focus
Mark Pirie – poetry focus
Michael O’Leary – poetry focus
Nebula Books – science-fiction and fantasy focus
The Review Curmudgeon – Mike Reeves-McMillan
She’s A Reader – Annette
Abbey Hartevelt – Book Blogger NZ
The Groove Book Report – Tim Gruar

Author blogs
Antony Millen
Elizabeth Welsh, Small Marks
Rachael King, The Sound of Butterflies
Sarah Laing, Let Me Be Frank – written & drawn
Stephen Stratford, Quote Unquote
Paula Green, NZ Poetry Shelf  and NZ Poetry Box – author blog & review site
Tim Jones, Books in the Trees
Mary McCallum, O Audacious Book
Vanda Symon, Overkill – crime focus
Mandy Hager
Philippa Werry, Words Over Wellington – children’s lit focus and Going to Gallipoli – a travel blog
Melinda Szymanik, I Should Be Writing, But… – children’s lit focus
Pip Adam, Better Off Read  – podcast
Tania Roxborogh, A Crown of Blood and Honour
Maureen Crisp, The Craicer Blog
Maggie Rainey-Smith, A Curious Half-Hour
Paula Morris, Trendy But Casual
Ashleigh Young, Eyelash Roaming
Giovanni Tiso, Bat Bean Beam
Sarah Jane Barnett, The Red Room
Helen Lowe
Maria Macmillan
Debbie Cowans
Elizabeth Knox, knoxon
Helen Heath
Harvey Molloy, Notebook
Jan Goldie
Darian Smith
Mary Brock Jones
Jolene Stockman
MaryJane Thomson
Woelf Dietrich – fantasy author
Mike Reeves-McMillan

Publisher blogs 
VUP, These Rough Notes  – publisher blog
Robbie Burton, publisher – Publisher of Potton & Burton

Institutional blogs 
Christchurch City Libraries blog
Page & Blackmore Booksellers, Touchdown
Auckland City Libraries, Books in the City
SpecFicNZ blog
The Free Range Book Club
National Poetry Day blog – poetry focus
Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa – poetry focus

Multi-critic review sites
The Spinoff – Books site
Writers Plot Readers Read
Pantograph Punch
RadioNZ, The Wireless – news & reviews, not just books
Landfall Review Online – online version of print publication, free to view
New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa – online version of print publication, last four issues behind paywall, archive free to view
Maria Gill and Lorraine Orman, KidsBooksNZ
The Horoeka Reading Grant
The Lumiere Reader  – not just books
NZ Booklovers – multi-critic review site
broadsheet – poetry 

Book news sites
Graham Beattie, Beattie’s Book Blog
RadioNZ, The Wireless
Booksellers NZ Book News page
Beattie’s Cookbook Blog
Tuesday Poem – NZ poetry hub

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