What Staff Are Reading

What Staff Are Reading

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

Kerrie’s pick is ‘Onyx and Ivory’ by Mindee Arnett (Young Adult Fiction, ARN)
They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime.
Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals.
And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the only survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her first love, the boy she swore to forget after he condemned her father to death.
With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face this new threat and an even darker menace stirring in the kingdom.
A page turning blend of monsters, magic and romance

Maclean’s pick is ‘Mind to Matter’ by Dawson Church (Adult Non Fiction/Health & Wellbeing, 612.8 CHU)
This book is an interesting exploration of thought and manifestation. The idea that “thoughts become things” has become a meme in popular culture. It’s held as a firm proposition in metaphysics, and some spiritual teachers ascribe infinite powers to the mind. But are these claims scientifically accurate? What does the scientific evidence tell us about the scope of the human mind to transform thoughts into reality? New research and new discoveries are demonstrating that thoughts can indeed be profoundly creative. In Mind to Matter, award-winning author Dawson Church examines the scientific facts and reviews the studies that show, step by step, exactly how our minds create material form.
As each piece of the puzzle falls into place, the science turns out to be even more astonishing than the metaphysics.

Eileen’s pick is ‘A month of Sundays’ by Liz Byrski (Adult Fiction Rental, BYR)
From the beginning I realised there was going to be something magical about this book. Four women have been in an online book club for years. They enjoy the weekly Skype catch up’s, but have never met each other face to face. When Adele agrees to house sit in the Blue Mountains, she invites them all to join her for a whole month. She gets all of them to choose one book that will help the others get to know them.
From the moment they met each other in the house I struggled to put this book down. The writing is absolutely wonderful. The atmosphere in the cottage is so comforting, I could almost feel it through the pages. I was so at ease with the characters that Byrski created that they felt like old friends.

Zuni’s pick is ‘Psychology For a Better World’ by Nikki Harre (Adult Non Fiction/Society, 302 HAR)
For people who believe it is worth trying to make a world in which both our species and the ecological systems we are part of can flourish. It is based on the latest research in psychology and is jam packed with action strategies. The book includes a self-help guide for sustainability advocates.
An excellent, thought-provoking, positive, in-depth exploration of the changes needed for humans to live within our means on this planet.

Kerrie Gamble