Staff Reads: What our Librarians are reading

Staff Reads May 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.


Fanua's Pick is The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
(Adult Fiction Rental, TUR)

It's 1634 and the world's greatest detective, Samuel Pipps, is being transported to Amsterdam for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Across the seas, Pipps and his faithful bodygaurd Arent watch as bodies on the ship are plagued by mysterious symbols and death. With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard.

- Stunningly good. A page-turning mystery on an epic scale!


Glenys' pick is Much ado about Shakespeare: the life and times of William Shakespeare - a literary picture book by Donovan Bixley
(Adult Non-Fiction, Literature, 822.33 BIX)

A pictorial history about the life and times of the bard, a multi-talented and awrdwinning kiwi author, who has won awards for both illustrations and writing.

- A delightful discovery. Highly recommended.


Kerrie's pick is These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy
(Young Adult Fiction, OVE)

When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. Izaveta is chosen to remain at court to learn the skills she needs as future queen, while Asya is taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm. But before Asya's training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead. Together the princesses must come to understand everything their roles entail, and discover who to trust, who they can love, and who killed their mother.

- A rich and riveting read in this reimagining of Phoenix folklore.


Linda's pick is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
(Adult Fiction Rental, SCH)

In France, 1714, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever - and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Over and over again the people in her life will meet her as if it is the first time, but Addie has 300 years to learn how to manipulate the people she meets into trusting a stranger. A dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark.

- A heart-wrenching but alluring tale about human desire and identity that will keep you hooked.


Lynley's pick is Making Winter: a hygge-inspired guide for surviving the winter months by Emaa Mitchell
(Adult Non-Fiction, Lifestyle, 745.5 MIT)

Published in 2017, this book provides inspirinng ideas for 'hunkering down' over the cold season. Topics include nature crafts, crochet and desserts!

- Fascinating!

Linda Robertson