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Getting Rooted in New ZealandGetting Rooted in New ZealandGetting Rooted in New Zealand by Jamie Baywood 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-DevilSea Devil: A Delilah Duffy MysterySea Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery by Jessica Sherry 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 HumanGlad to Be HumanGlad to Be Human by Irene O'Garden 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 GiftsOne Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp (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 GloryIn the Shadows of Glory…My NBA LifeIn the Shadows of Glory...My NBA Life by M.S. Lily Stargazer 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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  1. Sounds like you struck out a bit in the reading department this month! I studied abroad in Spain when I was in college and I have a soft spot for books about Spain, so I’ve read a few that sound similar to that NZ book… uneven writing, but I love reading about Spain so I give them a pass.

    • I liked Glad to Be Human quite a bit, and somewhat liked Getting Rooted in New Zealand , and Sea-Devil , so it wasn’t that bad of a string. I like books set in unfamiliar places, so that was a big plus for the New Zealand book.

    • Also, since you have a soft spot for books about Spain, have you read It’s Not About the Tapas? I really liked it, but my book club recently read it and it seems like I was the only one. You might appreciate it though with its Spanish setting. ūüôā

  2. Sea-Devil sounds like it might be interesting. If I see it at the library, I might check it out.

    • If you like amateur sleuth mysteries, with a heroine who is somewhat endearingly clumsy/goofy/not sure what to call her, plus a hunky love interest, plus some family drama, this might be the book for you! Sorry, that sounds snarky, and it’s not meant to be.

  3. I’m a mystery reader so I think Sea Devil sounds interesting‚Ķalthough the romance/mystery combination can be a tough one to pull off so that neither piece of the sub genre feels like an afterthought. Sounds like this one is worth adding to my list though!

    • I’m trying to think of another mystery that has the same sort of vibe as this one, to give a comparison, and I’m blanking out. I do think the mystery element was stronger, but that might just be my preference for mysteries over romance.

  4. Your review of Getting Rooted in New Zealand doesn’t exactly make me want to read it, but the cover is GORGEOUS!


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