Getting Rooted in New Zealand by Jamie Baywood
Intriguing look at an American woman’s experiences working in New Zealand. The writing is choppy and occasionally repetitive, but I still enjoyed reading about what it was like for her adjusting to the new environment.
If you’re looking for a deeply reflective evaluation of life as an outsider in New Zealand, this isn’t it. It reminded me more of a night out with a group of friends, and one of them sharing tales to get a laugh out of everyone else. Some of the anecdotes she relays made me chuckle, and many made me cringe, but it was compelling enough that I’ve wondered what happened next in her story. I would have preferred the organization to be clearer – most of the time I had no idea when events were happening in relation to each other and she seemed to skip around in her recollections.
Sea Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery by Jessica Sherry
An amateur-sleuth mystery with a large dash of romance (or is it a romance with a mystery as one of the major plot lines?) The main character’s quirks and obliviousness annoyed me at times, and the writing could have been tightened up a bit, but overall it was entertaining.
This type of mystery isn’t my favorite, which is the main reason for my lack of enthusiasm, so if it is one of your preferred mystery types it may be a good fit for you. The author seems to be setting things up to turn it into a series, and I think it could work well as one. Recommended for fans of the subgenre.
Glad to Be Human by Irene O’Garden
Beautifully written and thought-provoking essay. It’s a list of 200 reasons she’s grateful to be alive, and it reminded me of a secular One Thousand Gifts (albeit much abbreviated, and in a different writing style). And ok, I’ve only read excerpts of One Thousand Gifts, so the entire book might not have reminded me of it.
It’s a quick read, but it’s also priced to take that into consideration. I loved the language and her manner of writing.
In the Shadows of Glory…My NBA Life by M.S. Lily Stargazer
I wanted to like this more, but the writing is simplistic and the story-telling is lifeless. It read like she was trying so hard to be an impartial observer on events that it ends up draining away any interest. Not recommended.
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