Archive for the ‘Romance’ Category

There’s nothing nicer than being able to celebrate a day of love!

Library Lovers’ Day, which is traditionally celebrated on February 14th in Australia, is inextricably linked to Valentine’s Day.  Hence most of the fun competitions run in our library have focused around encouraging students to write love poems.  Displays set up have included lots of love themed books and last year one of our displays included a number of love themed books hidden in plain paper bags with very few clues other than to indicate, via blue and pink labels inviting students to jump in and borrow, whether the main protagonists were male or female.   Students enthusiastically borrowed from the pile!

If you’re running short on ideas though, check out the ALIA Library Lovers’ Day page which has stacks of really great ideas!


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Ali & NinoAli and Nino tells the tragic love story of a Muslim boy named Ali and a Georgian Princess named Nino who come from different religious backgrounds.

Written in German and published in 1937 by Austrian publisher, E.P. Tal, Ali & Nino has been translated into more than 30 languages.  While credit for the novel is given to Azerbaijani author Kurban Said, it is thought that this is a pseudonym.

It has been hailed as one of the most romantic epic novels of all time. Ali and Nino, two lovers from vastly different backgrounds, grow up together in carefree innocence in Baku on the Caspian Sea. Here, where Eastern and Occidental collide, they are inevitably drawn into the events of the First World War and the Russian Revolution. Torn apart by the turmoil, Ali joins the defense of Azerbajan from the onslaught of the Red Army, and Nino flees to the safety of Paris with their child, not knowing whether they will ever see each other again. A sweeping tale, as romantic and gripping as Gone with the Wind or Dr. Zhivago, it portrays, against a gloriously exotic backdrop, the enduring love between childhood friends divided by their separate cultures.” (Amazon)

Drawing on the beauty of this story, Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze has created a magnificent 8 meter (26 foot) tall moving sculpture.  Titled “Man and Woman” and designed in 2007, it was installed in the seaside city of Batumi, Georgia in 2010 and has been re-titled “Ali and Noni”.  Each night, the tragic lovers begin to move at 7.00pm.

Breathtaking – no?!

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Good oil – Laura Buzo

The complexity of dating a 21 year old when you are only 15 can be both frustrating and heart-braking.  Recognizing that Amelia is just too young for him, Chris uses all his self-control to keep his distance from his young co-worker at the local Wollies store.  Amelia on the other hand just can’t figure out why it is that this boy, who spends so much time chatting to her at work, doesn’t see  her as anything more than a ‘kid’.  Beautifully developed.  A satisfying read.

Rating:  ****
Theme Fiction: 
Suitable:  Year 7-9

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The story of love and friendship that grows and blossoms from childhood to adulthood between sisters Riley and Alice with Paul, the boy next door, is told through the gentle brushstrokes of Ann Brashares the author.  As we are taken on a journey through time, our hearts are nearly torn apart as love and friendship are tested and explored.  A beautiful story that will stay with you forever.

Rating: *****
Theme Ficiton:
Suitable: Year 11-12+

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