What Staff Are Reading

What Staff Are Reading

Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library is reading? Well here's your chance! Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading this month

Maclean’s pick is ’A Micronaut on the Wide World’ by Gregory O’Brien Adult Non Fiction/Arts & Crafts, 741.6 OBR

NZ artist, designer and illustrator Graham Percy travelled far and built a career on the closely observed detail. The drawings reveal Percy's passion for the small and hand-drawn; convey quirky remembered and imagined histories; and feature a cast of curious characters. 


Marina’s pick is ‘The Penguin History of New Zealand’ by Michael King (Adult Non Fiction/NZ & Pacific, 993 KIN)

The triumphant fruit of careful research, wide reading and judicious assessment, is the unchallenged contemporary reference on the history of New Zealand.

New Zealand was the last country in the world to be discovered and settled by humankind. It was also the first to introduce full democracy. Between those events, and in the century that followed, the movements and conflicts of human history have been played out more intensively and more rapidly in New Zealand than anywhere else on Earth.

Great read to learn about the History of New Zealand


Kerrie’s pick is ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’ by Susan Cooper (Children Orange Dot, COO)

On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that -- the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril.

A wonderful adventure story for fans of ‘Spooks Apprentice’ series


Zuni’s pick is ’The Second Sleep’ by Robert Harris (Adult Fiction Rental, HAR)

All civilisations think they are invulnerable. History warns us none is.
1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts – coins, fragments of glass, human bones – which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes – about himself, his faith and the history of his world – is tested to destruction

A thought-provoking dystopian story that seemed all so believable, alas, the ending was disappointing

Kerrie Gamble