Get Your Read On – Andy Relf discusses how you should be reading more!

 

The new year has come and gone, whether you have kept to you resolutions or not is none of my business but I thought I’d let you in on how mine has been going; I’m not trying to lose weight or exercise more, though I could stand to lose a few pounds. My resolution is generally to read more books but specifically to read 75 over the next year. I’ve set off at a good pace and here are some authors that I’d suggest to you.

Let’s begin with a fantasy story from an author that I hadn’t read anything from before; Terry Brooks first book in the ‘Landover’ series of books.

 

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Magical Kingdom For Sale/Sold (1986)

When Ben Holiday discovers the magical kingdom of Landover for sale in a Christmas catalogue for 1 million dollars, he decides though sceptical to see what this kingdom offers. When Ben discovers that this magical kingdom is not everything that he imagined, he has to decide what to do in order to bring Landover back to the glory that it once had. It’s a troublesome journey and one that gives Ben a lot more than he bargained for.

This is a great story and one that doesn’t really seem too out of date seeing as it was written in 1986. It’s well written, thrilling and even though I’m not one normally for fantasy worlds filled with dragons and wizards; I prefer to read crime and mystery books. But I will definitely go out of my way to find the next books in the series and read those too.

Moving away from dragons and magical kingdoms we move onto an author that has a big presence on Youtube. John Green is a New York Times best selling author and better known on the internet for exchanging videos with his brother on Youtube.

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Paper Towns (2008)

Paper Towns is John Green’s third book. Quentin Jacobson is just finishing high school and he and his childhood crush Margo Roth Spiegelman have drifted apart from being the best of friends they used to be. It’s a one off visit from Margo that sets Quentin on his massive journey; Margo disappears, Quentin worried takes it upon himself to follow the clues and find where she has run off to. It’s more than a physical journey that Quentin traverses, learning that both his view of Margo and himself change as he searches for her.

Now in a massive contrast to the first book this one is defined as a ‘young adult book’ but I think that even as a adult (I use that term lightly) I appreciate good literature. John Green is an author that is definitely worth going out of your way to either watch the videos on Youtube, or read anyone of his books; his latest book ‘The fault among stars’ has a film coming out later this year.

So there you go, this is my resolution, to read more books, these are but 2 so if you’re looking for a recommendation give either of these a look. Other than that if you want a recommendation to what to read leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.