Outlander: a series that has impacted on me like no other

Quite the bold statement to make but I mean it. The books I am about to discuss have significantly changed me, both in how I read and how I write.

I first discovered Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series in September 2015 after I went onto a Facebook group and asked for recommendations for a good historical romance on audiobook. I wanted a decent series to while away the hours on my daily commute to work. My everlasting gratitude goes out to the person who suggested Outlander! I started into the first audiobook that September and now, in March 2018, have just completed the eighth book in the series. My verdict? It’s one of Continue reading

Giving up on a book – when do you make that call?

Up until very recently, I was a firm believer that you should always power through a book to the end, regardless of its appeal, length or quality. This principle was motivated by a number of factors, including:

  • a simple desire to find out what happens
  • a respect for the time and effort the author has put into producing the work
  • a sense of completion at the end that aligns with my inbuilt impulse to neatly box away everything in life

Unfortunately, I have encountered a book which has forced me to abandon this enduring cornerstone of my existence.

Prior to Continue reading

The Lunar Chronicles – how is it possible that not everyone is talking about this?

Seriously. I can’t fathom the fact that this young adult series has not yet taken the whole world by storm in the manner of Twilight or The Hunger Games. I have only ever come across one online source talking about it, apart from making a deliberate search to find out more. People need to get on this bandwagon. The Lunar Chronicles is unbelievably brilliant.

The place where I heard about it was Continue reading

‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R.R. Martin

Ah, yes, I definitely had a love-hate relationship with this particular series of books… (Don’t worry, no spoilers!)A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

A Song of Ice and Fire, or, as it is more well-known on account of the TV show, Game of Thrones, is a sprawling, epic, frustrating and impressive body of work. There are five books in the series so far and it has taken me Continue reading

‘His Dark Materials’ by Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials, comprising the three books Northern Lights (also known as The Golden Compass), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, is a trilogy which I have read many times over since I was a young teenager. It is a story about parallel universes and follows twelve-year-olds Lyra and Will who come from two similar-but-different Englands and find themselves caught up in a war which will affect all of the worlds.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

There is no limit to Philip Pullman’s imagination and the books are populated with fantastic creations such as Continue reading