What Staff are Reading

What Staff are Reading

Every wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library are reading? Check out the list below to find out!

Brenda’s pick is ‘Odd Child Out’ by Gilly Macmillan (Adult Fiction Rental, MCM)
Best friends Noah Sandler and Abdi Mahad have always been inseparable. But when Noah is found floating unconscious in Bristol's Feeder Canal, Abdi can't--or won't--tell anyone what happened.
Just back from a mandatory leave following his last case, Detective Jim Clemo is now assigned to look into this unfortunate accident. But tragedy strikes and what looked like the simple case of a prank gone wrong soon ignites into a public battle. Noah is British. Abdi is a Somali refugee. And social tensions have been rising rapidly in Bristol. Against this background of fear and fury two families fight for their sons and for the truth
This is an excellent read. Read it!!

Lynley’s pick is ‘Friday Barnes: Girl Detective’ by R.A. Spratt (Children’s Orange Dot)
When Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward money to send herself to Highcrest Academy, the most exclusive boarding school in the country--and discovers it's a hotbed of crime!
This book is so full of delight and so funny that I found myself reading passages out loud to friend and family. Very entertaining!

Kerrie’s pick is ‘An Unkindness of Magicians’ by Kat Howard (Adult Fiction Rental, HOW)
In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney, a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it.
Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.
A dark tale of revenge with strong characters and a captivating plot.

Eileen’s pick is ‘Origin’ by Dan Brown (Adult Fiction Rental)
Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.
Not his best work in my opinion but entertaining still. Not as fast paced with lots of twists this time. You guess early on who the bad guy pulling the strings is but you still read on just to make sure you have it right. Ending was a little ho hum.

Debbie’s pick is ‘Portrait of a Past Life Skeptic’ by Robert Snow (Adult Non Fiction/Beliefs and Philosophy, 133.901 SNO)
A veteran police detective, Robert Snow was devoted to evidence and hard facts—he had never given any thought to reincarnation. But during a hypnotic regression, he experiences a vivid awareness of being alive in three separate historical scenes. Remaining skeptical, Snow begins to investigate with the intention of disproving reincarnation. Instead, diligent research and corroboration from multiple sources reveal solid evidence that he lived a former life as Carroll Beckwith, a nineteenth-century American artist.
Portrait of a Past Life Skeptic tells the fascinating story of Robert Snow’s transformation from skeptic to believer.

Zuni’s pick is ‘Happiest Days’ by Jack Sheffield (Adult Fiction, SHE)
It’s 1986 and Jack Sheffield returns to Ragley village school for his tenth rollercoaster year as headteacher.
It’s the year of Margaret Thatcher’s third election victory, Dynasty and shoulder pads, Neighbours and a Transformer for Christmas. And at Ragley-on-the-Forest School, a year of surprises is in store. Ruby the Caretaker find happiness at last, Vera the Secretary makes an important decision, a new teacher is appointed and a disaster threatens the school.
Meanwhile Jack receives unexpected news, and is faced with the biggest decision of his career.
The latest in a series of delightful, nostalgic, heart-warming and amusing tales

Fiona’s pick is ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman (Adult Fiction, HON)
Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully time-tabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
Then everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living- and it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
When you read this story, you will find yourself totally invested in Eleanor getting beyond being ‘completely fine’ to thriving. It will also make you appreciate how the right friend can make the biggest difference to a person’s life. A fantastic novel by a new author.

Kerrie Gamble