Schools out! So why read?

Because it can take you on an adventure! Reading transports you into a whole new world/time/place. Sometimes that's exactly what's required after a stressful year of study and hard work. Some quiet time with our feet up in the sunshine, and a good book to take us on an adventure is exactly what we need.

"Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - what are they? They are the happiest people in the world."
- William Lyon Phillips

 

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Books That Are a Little Quirky

Ok, so I'm a book lover, and I've quite the eclectic taste when it comes to reading so we're going to start with my 3 favourite quirky reads!

  • A Place Called Here - Cecelia Ahern:
    • A Place Called Here has a little of everything: detective story, romance, sadness and humour. It's actually one of the first books I read by this author, I didn't know she primarily wrote romance 'til much later. Without any spoilers what I can tell you is this is a magical story about the place where all the missing people and things go - and about one woman who is in search of the missing. I highly recommend this as a good holiday read. It's still my favourite book by this author, it's less romance and more detective, so I give it a well-deserved 5/5 stars.
  • The Time Keeper - Mitch Albom:
    • This book is so good! The only book I've read by Mitch Albom but I loved every page! It tells the tale of how the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time. He returns to our world (in the present) dominated by time counting he so innocently began and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so. If you can stick with this book it's a great read but knowing not everyone will I give it 3.5 /5 stars.
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell:
    • Ok, yes you've probably read this in school. But have you actually READ IT? This book is fantastic! It's really hard not to love a story about a farm that is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. I mean the animals even have flaming idealism and stirring slogans, and then they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Even if you've already given this one a shot I'd try it again! 4/5 stars.
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Reading is not just for school! why not sign up to your local library and check books in and out for free?

"I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read."

- George R.R. Martin

The Best Book Series to Read Over The Summer Break

Anyone who really loves to read will need more than one book to absorb over the Summer holidays. Not to worry, below I have listed my top 3 book series, and yes some are movies now, but you honestly can't beat the written word and the details only those who read the books will know about.

Let's start with the TV series we've all binged, but the book series took almost two decades to write and are yet to be completed.  Have you guessed yet?

A Song of Ice and Fire

A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin, He began the first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, in 1991, and it was published in 1996.

Although there is 5 Game of Thrones books published, George R.R. Martin intends for there to be 7 by the time the series is finished. He has been working on the sixth book, The Winds of Winter, for over a decade, and the constant debate about when he might finish is a popular topic of speculation among fans.

Martin has also mentioned that he plans to write the 7th book by the title of A Dream of Spring.

These books are, complete fantasy and adventure, characters in the books are younger than in the TV series and there is much more going on than on the screen but if you did love the TV show, then you're in for a real treat with the books.

I really enjoyed these books, but I'm not in love so I give them 4/5 stars.

Game of Thrones
While the storylines for Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister caught up with the current novels by the end of Season 5, many other storylines did not. The last few TV series did not rely much on the books at all - Photo by Reiseuhu on Unsplash

Goddess Summoning

Goddess Summoning, this book series by New York Times and the USA Today bestselling author P.C Cast blew me away.

Of course, when most of us hear this author's name we instantly think about the paranormal Young Adult book series House of Night. The Goddess Summoning series is magical, mythical, steamy and thrilling all in one.

Goddess Summoning is a series of fantasy/paranormal romance novels by American author P.C. Cast. The series re-tells several ancient myths with fresh, modern, sexy twists.

The Goddess Summoning series began in 2003 with Goddess of the Sea and was followed by 6 more enticing myths. I highly recommend these as a beach read!

I love all the twists and turns and highly recommend reading them in the correct order I give this series 4.5 / 5 stars.

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Goddess of Spring is the second book in the Goddess Summoning series, - Image by more photos boosty.to/victoria_art_music from Pixabay

Ross O'Carroll- Kelly

Even as I'm thinking about this series I'm laughing, this series is for the guys and the girls... Ross O'Carroll-Kelly is a satirical fictional Irish character, a wealthy Dublin 4 rugby union jock created by journalist Paul Howard. Howard is a record four-time Irish Book Award winner,

The character first appeared in a January 1998 column in the Sunday Tribune newspaper and later transferred to The Irish Times. The series comprises novels, plays, CDs, other books and the newspaper column.

At the minute there are "21" books! But unlike the other series, these are small books... even saying 21 is incorrect some books have a .5 or a second half printed later they are that short.

If you want to laugh these books are for you! I highly recommend you start by clicking here and then reading the books if you like what you hear?

This is a really easy read and it's fine to read in any order. I give this series 3.5 / 5 stars.

Every novel and book series mentioned in this article are available to buy on Amazon and the Book Depository in both paperback and eBook format, some even come in special edition hardcover or full series collections.

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Maureen

Hey, I'm Maur/Mo, I'm a writer from Ireland. I've written a novel and a lot of poetry and fiction. Currently, I work as a content writer at superprof