Staff Reads: What our Librarians' are reading

Oamaru Library Staff Reads January 2021

Ever wondered what the staff at the Ōamaru Library are reading? Well here's your chance!

Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading and their reviews for this month.


Kerrie's pick is Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerry Maniscalco

(Young Adult, MAN)

When the body of Emilia's twin sister is found, desecrate beyond belief, Emelia vows vengence, but must ask the help of the dark forces of 'The Wicked' that she has been warned to avoid.

A fast paced, magical mystery with a little romance thrown in for good measure.


Fanua's pick is The Gift of Family by Mary Monroe

(Adult Fiction, MON)

Successful and very much in love couple Eugene and Rosemary Johnson have one special wish - to be parents. But when Rosemary has to have an emergency surgery, their chances of having children seem farther away than ever. While Eugene asks his childhood Nanny Ethel to help Rosemary recover and lift her spirits, events take a turn and the couple find they might not be the only ones needing help.

A heartfelt tale of a couple who have everything….except the dream they long for most. But this Christmas, a reunion with someone from the past could gift them a once-in-a-lifetime last chance……


Jean's pick is The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott

(Adult Fiction, SCO)

Set during the aftermath of the Great War when the bereaved are desperately seeking a grave site in order to confirm that “missing believed killed” might bring an end to doubt and  hope. Harry Blythe, as veteran of the war himself, is sent to the battlefields to search and photograph grave markers.  He carries a very personal need of his own to discover whether his own brother is dead or alive.  The mystery deepens and the author leads the story through paths trodden by several figures, all of whom share their own histories. The description of the destroyed landscapes and the human cost is excellent however the story is far from miserable it contains the hope of future, new friends made along the way and a very satisfactory ending.


Lynley's pick is What's on your Mind Today by Louise Bladen

(Children's Non-Fiction, 158.1BLA)

No matter what kind of thoughts we have in our minds, there is a way to let them all go. A fun and gentle first guide to mindfulness and de-stressing for children and adults alike.

This beautifully illustrated children’s picture book takes the reader on a journey through a simple meditation practice. Delightful!


Linda's pick is The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

(Adult Fiction, HUT)

When a group of missing young women are discovered at a nearby mansion, FBI agents question the mysterious captive Maya about the events that took place at the 'Butterfly Garden', run by a twisted and obsessive man the girls called "The Gardener". Each girl is tattooed with an intricate design of a butterfly on her back, and as Maya's story unfolds, the agents must piece together the stomach-turning details and work out what secrets Maya is holding back herself.

A dark and twisted psychological thriller that will keep you thinking after every page


Glenys' pick is Mammoth by Chris Flynn

(Adult Fiction, FLY)

Narrated by a 13,000 year-old extinct American Mastodon, the Mammoth illuminates a period of history when ideas about science and religion underwent significant change, as the mammoth traverses through time and place to reveal humanities role in the inexorable destruction of the natural world.

A hilarious but interesting recount of history through the eyes and mouth of a Mammoth

Linda Robertson