Mini Reviews Volume 2

Sometimes I have some reviews to post but they’re not quite long enough to warrant a single post, so I collate them into mini review posts like this one! This is PART 2 of this series. Enjoy 🙂


DISCLAIMER: I received free copies of both of these books in return for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.


The Adventures of WilhelmThe Adventures of Wilhelm: A Rat’s Tale by Maria Ritter


Young Wilhelm leaves home and travels the world. He not only discovers the value of different cultures and the importance of family and friendship, but he also overcomes obstacles with courage and cleverness. He returns home with deep respect for all creatures on this earth and a new sense of rat identity and purpose. (Goodreads.)

While I do often enjoy middle grade books, I tend to prefer middle grade books which are written in a less… simplistic fashion. By simplistic I do not mean that the writing in this book was bad because it certainly wasn’t, but the story was very obviously trying to communicate lessons through the story. And it did so by blatantly having the characters teach other characters the lessons which the author wants the reader to take from the book. This, to me, doesn’t feel like middle grade writing for 9-12 year olds, but more like older children’s fiction (5-8 years range).

I feel like books have the impact they do on people because they allow people to learn lessons more “naturally” by experiencing the emotions the book portrays. Anyone can tell you something, but only by really experiencing and understanding it can you fully believe it, which is where this story fell short.

Not only did it not have the impact it should, but the writing style left me feeling a little bit irritated and a lot like I was being either patronised or reading allowed to a younger sibling or child I was babysitting… except I was reading to myself during my lunch break at work.

That being said, if the writing style doesn’t bother you, the premise of the book is actually quite good and very thought-provoking. Although the writing style put me off enough that I could not finish the book, the actual plot of the book was fascinating and made me have some deep philosophical conversations with myself.

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As I did not finish this book, I can not give it a rating as per my rating policy.

 

WindswornWindsworn by Derek Alan Siddoway


When Eva discovers a young thief hiding in her woodshed with a stolen gryphon egg, the shy, timid girl is forced to leave everything she’s ever known to become Windsworn — elite warriors who ride fierce gryphons into battle…  (Goodreads.)”

Windsworn was comfortable to read. It was a good, familiar fantasy story, with some interesting world features, but generally fairly typical and familiar topics. This isn’t a bad thing, it just means the world wasn’t amazing but the book did use the familiar concepts well. It was fun and easy to read, perfect if you just want to relax for a little bit!

3 stacks of 3 books, 3/5 rating
This means I liked the book but it wasn’t anything particularly special! Check out my rating policy for more details.

So that was it!

Do you want to go and read either of these books now?

Happy reading, Keira x.

“Start, Just Start” | Interview With Sir Richard Alexander, Author of A Dance With Demons

Hello everyone! If you read my “Mini Reviews Vol. 1” post a couple of weeks back, you’ll have seen me review the book A Dance With Demons by Sir Richard Alexander. Today I’m bringing you an interview straight from the author, so I hope you enjoy!


INTRODUCE YOURSELF


I’m Alexander, from the wi town of Grantsville, Utah. As for what I do, I’m a writer and a life coach.


If you had to explain who you are to someone in one sentence, what would you say?


I’m the whole pie, not just a slice, because though I am definitely a fantasy buff, I enjoy far more than just reading and writing.


What/who is your hero?


Samwise_Gamgee_profileSamwise Gamgee (Sam Wise the Brave). I really look up to him, because he is so loyal, is so good, even when treated poorly. He really has many traits that I really like, but his loyalty is definitely something that sticks out to me. I want to be a friend like that. I want to be a friend a friend would want to have. A true friend.


How did you become an author? 


It’s interesting that I became an author because I didn’t even learn to read until I was about 8 and didn’t enjoy reading until I was around 12. Things changed when I came across a fantasy book. When I came across the fantasy genre, I was hooked and from there on out, I always wanted to be an author. It was my dream and the only career I wanted, that hasn’t changed since I was a young boy.

Being able to create my own world is such an exciting thing! I’m in charge of an entire world! Even if no one ever read my work, I would still write.


What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?


The advice could be applied to anything. It is a secret that was imparted to me some time ago. This secret is a trait that all successful people, writer or otherwise, share in this world. It’s not the most common trait like some you hear about, but it is shared by literally ever single success. When you hear it, you might want to pass it off, but it is very powerful, so don’t. The advice I was given, was: “Start, just start…” it is so obvious and so simply, but there is not one single successful man, or woman in this world that is not a starter. So, if you are dwelling on something and trying to plan everything out before the fact, you may never end up getting it done. I simply would give the same advice to anyone who has dreams in writing, or anything else. “Just start.”


If you had to summarise your book A Dance with Demons in three words, what would they be?


Good against Evil, or, A Heroic tale.


What is one thing you learned whilst writing this book?


Perfectionism_0I realized that perfectionism will stop you from completing anything if you let it. there were so many times that I was tempted to just go back and change things constantly and was tempted to think that it would never be good enough. But I realized that if I kept feeling like it had to be literally perfect, before I finished and published the book, then it would still be sitting on my computer. So to summarize, you are always going to feel that you want it to be perfect, but I realized I couldn’t let that hold me back.


Why or how did you decide to write this book?


I have been writing since I was about 12 and always wanted to write a book. I looked at the things I had written and never felt like any of it was good enough. I really did want to be published though, it was one of my life dreams after all. Unfortunately that is exactly what if felt like, just a dream.

After some time, I came across some self-help material and my idea of dreams being only things to wish for, was shattered. The self-improvement realm taught me that dreams shouldn’t just be dreams, but that you can make them a reality. When I came to this new way of thinking, I decided that I was going to write something that was going to mean something, a book of good against evil. So I began writing, and made the choice before I even put the first word down that this book was going to be the one I published, even if it was crap. I really decided to write this book, simply because I found out that dreams didn’t just have to be dreams and that gave me the motivation to move forward.


If people take one thing away from your book, what would you hope it would be?


That anyone can write a book. If someone like me, who couldn’t read until 8 and didn’t like it thereafter until I was 12, could write a book, then there is no reason anyone can’t.


Who would you recommend your book to and who would you caution against it (e.g. trigger warnings)?


Anyone who likes an adventure of good against evil, an adventure packed with action, underworld creatures, and characters that push forward despite all of the hardship. I would caution people against it that really don’t enjoy action packed stories and young children, because there are some scary creatures in this book. Over all however, I would recommend it to most people though, because I have had people in their 60s read it and enjoy it, as well as people in their teens.


Finally, where can people buy your book?


You can buy it on Amazon either in kindle format or a physical copy.


And that’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed and talk to you again soon ❤

DISCLAIMER: THE CONTENT OF THE AUTHOR’S ANSWERS HAVE NOT BEEN EDITED EXCEPT FOR FORMATTING AND DO NOT REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF ANYONE EXCEPT THE AUTHOR.

Intimidating Books That Are So Worth It

A lot of the time people can find long books or series quite intimidating… or maybe it’s just me. In any case, to follow this week’s theme of quantity and quality, I wanted to recommend a couple of longer books or series which are definitely worth it!


#1: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

The first couple of books in the Throne of Glass series are sort of average length, but thy do get very long towards the end and there are quite a few of them… but it is totally, completely worth it! The series starts out as a YA Fantasy series, but ends slightly more mature and is pretty much just brilliant. Kingdom of Ash is the last book and comes out on the 23rd of October, so this is the perfect time to start this series if you haven’t already 🙂


#2: The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker


The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Djinni is currently a stand-a-lone novel (and works as one, although I think some kind of sequel or companion is planned) and is an adult historical fantasy book. It reads very much like magical realism and the writing is gorgeous. This book is just wonderfully crafted and one of my favourite books that I’ve read recently. It isn’t horribly long, coming in at just under 500 pages, but I was a little bit intimidated by it at first so I’m including it anyway.

In The Golem and the Djinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.


#3: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëI think most people have probably heard of Jane Eyre as it is a well-known and much-loved classic. This book is just over 500 pages in this edition (and in mine), which is quite long, but not massively so, except that it is a classic, which already means it is most likely more densely written and harder to read in the first place. In fact, I put this book off for ages, even after starting to read it, but now I absolutely adore it and will recommend it to anyone who wants a good classic to read because it is just that good.

Fiery love, shocking twists of fate, and tragic mysteries put a lonely governess in jeopardy in JANE EYRE.


And that’s it!

What books were you intimidated by but ended up loving? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy reading, Keira x.


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Books are an escape (+ recommendations)

I was thinking the other day about why I like books so much. As I’ve become older I’ve come to appreciate them as amazing pieces of work, and for the insight and knowledge which they can give me, but on a more basic, instinctual level, that’s not what draws me to reading. I came to the conclusion that books offered me an outlet and an escape from my life. They were a place of comfort when I wasn’t in the best place in my life, and when I am feeling good generally they are a fun pastime which allow me to let my imagination free.

In any case, today I thought I would share with you a couple of ideas about what you could read if you ever want an escape!


CHOICE 1: MAGICAL REALISM


Magical realism is great because it’s almost fantasy, but not quite, and will make you question basically everything. Because of the nature of this genre, magical realism books usually have gorgeous writing. A good place to start would be The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern or Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuireThey’re on the line between magical realism and fantasy, but I love them. Another good choice would be The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.


CHOICE 2: FULL-OUT FANTASY


Magical realism not cutting it? Need dragons, magic and the lot? I’ve got your back. With a good fantasy book, you can forget the real world exists at all! I especially recommend Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. If you’re more into the adult fantasy genre, then Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson is excellent.


CHOICE 3: A GOOD LAUGH


When the world gets touch, maybe laughter is the best medicine! I don’t read comedy, but these books cracked me up. If you like some non-fiction occasionally Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari is excellent (Aziz Ansari is a well-known comedian, if you didn’t know). In search of something a little bit lighter? Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli deals with some important topics, but is also hilarious, or you could reread Twilight and (if you’re me) laugh at the old you who thought Bella and Edward were the most romantic couple ever.


CHOICE 4: CRY IT OUT


When I’m sad, one of my go-to things to do is to watch Les Miserables and cry for the whole two hours. It’s incredibly cathartic, so why not find some books to do the same! I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is one of my all-time favourite books, The Icarus Show by Sally Christie is beautifully yet horribly sad and if you’re looking for some nostalgic tears, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is definitely the way to go.


And that’s it!

What books do you like to read when you want to escape? Or do you have something else you prefer to do? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy reading, Keira x.


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Mini Reviews Volume 1

Sometimes I have some reviews to post but they’re not quite long enough to warrant a single post, so I collate them into mini review posts like this one! Enjoy 🙂


DISCLAIMER: I received free copies of both of these books in return for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.


Sarah's GhostSarah’s Ghost by Ben Kavaliro

SARAH’S GHOST is a supernatural thriller that will make you laugh, cry, and reel in shock. It contains terrifying suspense and multiple twists. (Goodreads.)

I struggled with connecting to the characters in this book or with feeling sympathy towards them. I found myself being unusually apathetic towards major events, simply because characters are perhaps the most important aspect in determining whether I enjoy a book and I could neither connect or enjoy the characters in this book. Perhaps they are simply too far removed from my reality or my interests, but whatever the case, I could not get in to this book because of that. I found some of the humour crude and many of the issues dealt with in the first 40% to be outside of my interest.

That being said, the writing style is engaging and for those who are more invested in the supernatural or plot aspects of the book may well have enjoyed this book, especially in the latter half which I did not read.

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As I did not finish this book, I can not give it a rating as per my rating policy.

A Dance With DemonsA Dance With Demons by Sir Richard Alexander

Two neighbouring nations have never been at peace, but become even less so now. One summons evil creatures to fight for them and the other bolsters their militia with their own people. (Goodreads.)

A Dance With Demons was fun. It wasn’t particularly revolutionary, world-changing or otherwise mind-blowingly brilliant, but it was a good, fun read which made me look forward to reading some more of the fun fantasy stuff that I have sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read when I particularly need saving from boredom.

Although at points the romances were a bit too awkward for my tastes, some of the friendships were pretty good although they could do with filling out and developing (perhaps in the next instalment?) and the personality of some of the side characters in particular was both amusing and engaging. (I particularly enjoyed Shen’s blunt logic and Rick’s sweet optimism.)

The plot really carried this book for me and it was decently fast paced, making this book an ideal boredom reliever!

2 stacks of 3 books (2/5 rating)
I wavered between a two and a three for this one, so it’s more like a 2.5, but seeing as I don’t do half ratings for books we’re rounding down because I like to be harsh! This just means I liked the book, except for a few aspects. Check out my rating policy for more details.

So that was it!

Do you want to go and read either of these books now?

Happy reading, Keira x.

2 Books the World Needs to Read

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing with you two books that I feel are really important and life-changing.


Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt


Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullay HuntThis book is a middle grade novel and the main character has dyslexia. My younger sister has dyslexia and this really gave me a new perspective on her experience and was very eye-opening.

“Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?

However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of.” (Goodreads)


 

Dear World, How Are You? by Toby Little


Dear World, How Are You? by Toby LittleThis is a collection of heart-warming letters from a little boy to people all around the world and is honestly just a beautiful book.

“With the help of his mum, Toby started handwriting and posting letters to everyone from research scientists in Antarctica to game-keepers in Chad and even the Pope. Not only did Toby achieve his goal but the world wrote back.

Dear World, How Are You? is a collection of the most fascinating and heart-warming letters he sent and received. It shows that the world is only as big as your imagination and is full of potential friends, waiting to be discovered, no matter where you live.” (Goodreads)


And that’s it! Thank you for reading this post 🙂

What books do you think are really important? Let me know by leaving a comment below and maybe I’ll read them!

Happy reading, Keira x.


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4 YA Contemporary Books to Read Before the End of Summer

Hello everyone! We’re past the half-way point of August which means summer is almost over!

The other day I talked about the four books want to read before the end of the summer, but today I wanted to recommend four books for you to read!

I personally love reading YA contemporary books during the summer, especially slightly fluffier and romantic ones. Hence, I’m going to be sharing with you four of my favourite YA contemporary books.


Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour


Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
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Everything Leads to You follows the story of a young set designer, Emi, and how she falls in love with Ava. It’s an ode to beautiful romance and also to the magic of Hollywood.

This is perhaps one of my favourite LGBTQ+ YA books simply because it isn’t about being LGBTQ+.

Of course books which explore the struggles some people face with their sexuality are important, but sometimes I just want to read a book where I can think “oh this is a really sweet romance” and the main character just happens to be lesbian.

Being lesbian isn’t Emi’s defining trait and it doesn’t define this story either. The characters undergo important, realistic character development and the writing is gorgeous too.

It’s been awhile since I read this book, so I’m a bit fuzzy on the details, but I remember loving it so you should definitely check it out!


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Goodreads

I’m certainly not the only person to sing this book’s praises and it’s very much beloved in the blogosphere so you may well have seen this book before if you haven’t already read it yourself!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is probably technically not a contemporary novel as it is set in 1980s El Paso, Texas, but I’m including it anyway, because it reads more like a contemporary than a historical fiction… and the 1980s aren’t that long ago.

The story follows two boys- Ari and Dante- through their later teen years. It’s about two loners becoming friends and the trials and tribulations of growing up and accepting yourself.

This book touches on LGBTQ+ themes as well, amongst many other issues which are particularly relevant for teenagers. Above all, though, this book is written in such an absolutely incredible way that you can’t help but fall in love with it!


Night Owls by Jenn Bennett


Night Owls by Jenn BennettNight Owls is one of my all-time favourite romantic YA contemporaries. It follows the story of Beatrix who meets a boy called Jack on the San Francisco night bus. Jack happens to be one of the city’s most notorious graffiti artists, but of course nothing is that simple.

I’m a sucker for artsy books (in terms of characters who like artsy things), so I’m already predisposed to like the book when one of the main character’s is a graffiti word artist and the other draws anatomical drawings, but when the writing is as gorgeous as this book I couldn’t help but fall in love.

Not only is this book really fun to read, but it’s also well thought out and touches on important topics. The romance is healthy and realistic, an emphasis is placed on healthy and consensual sexual activities, the characters’ parents play a role in the story and aren’t complete idiots or horrible people.

The book also touches on topics such as schizophrenia, having family members which are dealing with some kind of illness or disorder and has both LBGTQ+ and homeless side characters, which are important to feature in a book as part of a diverse cast, even if they’re not the main characters.

Overall, this book isn’t world-changing because it is just a romance story, and not that unique, but the way the book explores the romance is just so phenomenal that you just have to read it!

note: this book is also known as The Anatomical Shape of the Heart in the US. 


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


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Goodreads

A lot of you have probably heard of this book and it was even made into a film (Love, Simon) earlier this year! The film is really good, by the way, so I definitely recommend you watch it after reading this book!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows a teenaged boy, Simon, who writes anonymous emails to a boy called Blue, talking about his innermost thoughts.

When the class clown discovers the emails Simon can’t risk him or his friend Blue getting exposed and finds himself being blackmailed into setting Martin up with one of his friends. Which obviously doesn’t end well.

This book covers a lot of themes alongside the romance- bullying, friendship, loyalty and accepting yourself amongst other things, making it both a really funny book (because the humour is hilarious) and an important book as well. Also- Simon has a supportive and loving family, which I am all about.


And that’s it! Thank you for reading this post 🙂

What books do you enjoy reading in the summer? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Happy reading, Keira x.


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4 Books I Want to Read Before Summer Ends

Hello everyone! Today’s post will be really short. I just wanted to share with you the four books I really want to finish before the end of summer (partially to hold myself accountable)!


  • Königin der Finsternis von Sarah J Maas is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series. I’ve read all of the released books in the series multiple times, but I have started to reread this one in German to help me practice, so I would like to finish it. I’m currently only on page 14 so there’s still a long way to go! If you don’t know what this series about, it’s a YA/NA fantasy series and it’s amazing. Check out the first book in the series. 
  • Perfume by Patrick Süskind is another book that I started reading a while ago. I’m on page 84 and so far it’s slightly disturbing. Check it out. 
  • See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng is a middle grade contemporary novel about a boy who is recording a video to send into space, documenting what life on Earth is like. It seems like a really interesting and original book, so I’m looking forward to reading it. Check it out.
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers looks to be a promising Sci-Fi book in that it actually has to do with space (I think). Lots of people sing it’s praise, so I hope I enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to. Check it out.

And that’s it! I did say it would be a short one, after all.

What books do you really want to get to this summer? Have there been any you’ve loved so far? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Happy reading, Keira x.


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The Adventure Book Tag

Hello everyone! I wasn’t tagged to do this, but I felt like doing it anyway when I found it. 🙂 Without further ado, let’s just begin!


Which character would you love to go an adventure with?


Hermione pointing wand, scared and fierce

I think Hermione would be great to go on an adventure with.

  • She has magic powers to save you from certain death
  • she’s so smart that she could definitely help think our way out of some sticky situations.
  • She went on so many adventures  that she’s definitely an expert by now!

If you could be any character for a day, who would you be and why?


I don’t really know what to answer for this one, because the only reason I would ever want to be someone else for a day would be to learn about how other people experience life, but I also don’t think I could deal with having to go through some of the things people go through.

I suppose it would be nice to pick someone with a really good love life so that I can live vicariously through them for the day? But there are so many heroines with amazing love interests that it’s impossible to pick just one!


What book is on your TBR bucket list?


Pride and Prejudice book cover

I tried to read Pride and Prejudice once before when I was about nine years old and found myself extremely put off by the very first line.

Strangely, nine-year-old Keira didn’t understand concepts such as satire and social commentary.

I have watched a couple of adaptations, but I know that they’re not very reliable, so I really need to read the book and see what all of the hype is about and why it’s such a beloved classic.

I even own a copy of the book, so it really needs to happen.


Which book has a contemporary setting you would love to go to?


The country I would most love to go is Norway, but I don’t know any books set in Norway. I also really want to go to a lot of other countries, but found that I don’t really have many books which specifically state where they are set.

The only one I could really think of were mostly set in London or Paris, both of which I’ve been to… or were books that aren’t amazing, but happened to be set somewhere I wanted to visit.

In the end I came to the conclusion that I need to read more contemporary books where the setting is important and defined! If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!


Which book has a fantasy/fictional setting you would love to go to?


Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuireApart from the obvious answer of Hogwarts (because like most people, I was really hoping to get that letter on my eleventh birthday), I would love to go to the world of Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

All of the different characters in that book are originally from our world, but found themselves drawn into other worlds. I’d be really interested to see what kind of world would draw me in!

Also, if you haven’t read Every Heart A Doorway, you should do as soon as possible because it is amazing!


What book or book edition would you do anything to get your hands on?


I don’t think there’s any book that I would have that level of dedication to in order to acquire a copy, but I would really like to keep the second-hand copies of books that I have from my parents or grandparents safe for as long as possible. I would love to pass them down to any future children I have and I would feel very guilty if they got damaged.

I don’t think I would do anything to protect them (say if there was a fire, the things I would grab would still be my phone to call for help and the teddy bear that I’ve had since before I was born) but that’s the closest answer I have.


Name a character who is very adventurous and daring.


 

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass is very daring, especially lateen in the series and she takes a lot of risks when dealing with pretty important and terrifyingly powerful forces. She’s really powerful, of course, which helps, but she’s also really loyal and I admire her strength, especially in later books in the series.


Name the craziest or weirdest place you’ve ever read a book.


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Reading whilst walking down the stairs is definitely dangerous, so I think that is probably the craziest place I’ve ever read a book!

Somehow I don’t think it ever caused me to fall down, but there were probably quite a few close calls and I definitely don’t do it anymore!

I like my bones unbroken and the skin to stay on my back (once I fell down the stairs and scraped the skin off my back… ouch)!


And that’s it!

I tag:

Cristina @MyTinyObsessions , Kelly @anotherbookinthewall, Ari @TheRomanceCorner, and Kat @LifeandOtherDisasters. Obviously you don’t have to do the tag if I tagged you and likewise, if I haven’t tagged you feel free to do the tag and link back to one of my posts so that I can see it 🙂


What characters would you love to go on adventure with? Let me know!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy reading, Keira x.


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6 Must-Read Books About Going on Adventures

Hello everyone and welcome to my first post on this new blog! My name is Keira 🙂

I thought I would start off with a slightly more casual post where I just recommend some books to you! Posts on this blog will surround weekly themes which I announce on my Twitter on Sundays. This week’s theme is adventure in honour of author Enid Blyton’s birthday on the 11th of August.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some great adventure stories!


The Island of Adventure by Enid Blyton

The Island of Adventure by Enid Blyton Book Cover (children on a boat on the sea next to some cliffs)
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Enid Blyton was the inspiration for this week’s theme, so naturally she needed to be at the top of this list! Although her work on the Famous Five and Secret Seven series are probably more famous, the Adventure series featuring characters such as Lucy-Ann and the Mannering siblings remains my absolute favourites.

I own old copies of the books that my grandma had as a child, so they have a lot of nostalgic value and besides that the stories are just wonderfully engaging. As a child I also loved the Famous Five, although I never read the Secret Seven, but the Adventure books remain on my bookshelf to this day (it helps that there’s only eight of them!)

The books follow a group of children who end up moving in to an ancient mansion on the coast when Jack, Lucy-Ann and Jack’s bird Kiki follow Phillip home after boarding school is over. The two meet Diana, Phillip’s sister, and the four get up to all sorts of adventures.

The adventures are done mostly by themselves without adults, but as all good children’s series should, there are a plethora of good and supportive adult role models throughout the books who are neither annoying nor boring!


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
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Another classic children’s book, Peter Pan is the perfect example of an adventure story. There are pirates, a world where nobody gets older and a boy who loses his shadow!

Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, or the Disney version at least, and I actually didn’t read the book until recently, but I found it very much enjoyable.

If you happen not to know the story of Peter Pan then you are seriously missing out and you should go and read the book immediately… or at least watch the film!


The Little Queen by Meia Geddes

The Little Queen by Meia Geddes
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Whilst there’s a reasonable to good chance you’ve heard of the previous to books on this list, you probably haven’t heard of this book.

The Little Queen is a slightly confusing, but rather brilliant story about a little Queen who is left to rule the country and goes on a journey travelling throughout the world she lives in where she meets a variety of people from people who walk all the way around the planet to people who make windows and she questions who and what she wants to be.

Not only does the character go on an actual journey, but she makes a personal and emotional journey throughout and Meia Geddes’ lyrical writing style makes the short book a very enjoyable read.


Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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This is an adult classic this time, and a rather unknown one at that.

Gilman’s most established work is her short story The Yellow Wall-Paper, which deals with rather dark topics to do with a woman being isolated from the world and her interests. Herland is a novella, rather than a short story, but still keeps the theme of very primitive feminism.

Three explorers find a forgotten land where only women live and have their eyes opened. Each of the men has a very different reaction and the way that the book is written gives an interesting insight into the psyche of the time as well as providing a rather interesting adventure story.


Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
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On a more light-hearted note, Furthermore is a middle-grade fantasy novel from the author of the Shatter Me series. In this new novel, Tahereh Mafi is able to express her story through beautifully lyrical, but not overly complicated and busy writing in a way that she developed throughout the Shatter Me series and it was truly delightful to see how it came to fruition in this book.

Furthermore is certainly a fantasy novel, much like Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus was definitely a fantasy novel, but similarly reads like a beautiful work of magical realism.

The main characters, Alice and Oliver grow a beautiful friendship form a rather tense beginning as they travel through the world of Furthermore, which is at once beautiful and dangerous, as they try to rescue Alice’s father. Nothing is as it seems and this adventure certainly has a lot of unexpected twists, making it both a beautiful and exciting read.


Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden

Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden
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This is non-fiction and it’s also a graphic novel, but I wanted to include it anyway. It is perhaps not as exciting or exotic as many of the other adventures I’ve talked about today, but Sarah Glidden’s journey in Rolling Blackouts is contemporary and important.

Rolling Blackouts is a recollection of Glidden’s journey through the Turkey, Syria and Iraq and tells not only of her own experiences and realisations whilst working as a journalist there, but also the stories of the people she travelled with and the people they spoke to. It’s sad and hopeful and an eye-opener and definitely worth the read.


So that was it!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know what your favourite adventure stories are by leaving me a comment!


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