Top 5 Book Series

After the brilliant post I did a few days ago, I set my mind on thinking up a sequel. However, whilst browsing through my book collection, I found that I have not read many bad books and most of the ones I have had been put down after the first few pages.

And so I turned my attention to those book series that everybody loves. Book series give you the chance to get to know the characters and the on-going storylines in a way that normal books don’t. Here goes.

5. Children of the red king – Jenny Nimmo

This eight-part series tells the tale of Charlie Bone as he discovers about his ancestor, the red King and the powers his descendants have inherited.

In my opinion I feel that this series (as a child’s series) is a little complex and very unrealistic. However the series does suck you in making you want to discover more about the Red King’s world.

4. Echo Falls Trilogy – Peter Abrahams

Echo Falls, a town where nothing is as it seems, and Ingrid Levin-Hill a young girl fantasising about life as a detective. This trilogy is full of great deceiving mysteries as well as on-going storylines between the characters.

3. Power of Five – Anthony Horowitz

10,000 years ago, the world was in turmoil and under the control of the all-powerful Old Ones. However the Old Ones were defeated by the five, five children who had the control to banish these beings.

Today the Old Ones are awakening again and the five children are reborn.

2. Harry Potter – JK Rowling

Everybody knows this one, the story about the boy wizard who finds out about the magical world, hidden from Muggles.

The only surprise here is how Harry Potter didn’t get the top spot was not because Harry Potter has any particular faults (all though the first few books are badly written) it is mainly because number one is so brilliant.

1. His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman

I love the word trilogy.

This timeless classic, written spectacularly and containing such varying themes, is set in a parallel universe where people’s souls (dæmons) walk beside them in the shape of animals. But this world is disrupted by corruption. Children are being taken and a hole between the universes is being blown open.

I love this series, the first book; Northern Lights is probably my favourite ever book (the only reason it was not included in the last post was because that post did not contain books from series).

Coolio, that was fun. Reading over that list definitely makes you remember all the great books there are out there.

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My Top Ten Reads

Being a quick reader can both be a blessing but also a curse and I am currently (not for the first time) at a loss for what to read.

Today I am going to be sharing with you, my top ten favourite books hoping that when you are stuck for book ideas, you can come here.

Please note that this list does not contain books from series.

10. River Boy – Tim Bowler

A strange one this is. At the time it was better than when I’m looking back. It concerns a young girl who is obsessed with swimming and is on holiday to a lakeside video with her parents and grandfather. Her grandfather is dying of cancer and yet he wants to finish his last painting by the riverside; River boy.

9. The truth about Leo – David Yelland

A young boy, still struggling with the death of his mother, is living with his alcoholic father. His father is getting worse and worse and soon Leo risks losing his mother’s memories forever.

8. The Switch – Anthony Horowitz

Two children, living in two different worlds. Tad son of tow of the richest people in the world and Bob the young circus boy trapped in a life of crime. And yet when a wish comes true and these two boys swap places they know that they will never live life the same again.

7. My sister lives on the mantel piece – Annabel Pitcher

Jamie’s sister Rose is dead, blown up in a terrorist attack. His parents are still living with the grief and Rose’s twin Jasmine is still living with the grief. Jamie just wants life to go back to normal.

I don’t think the storyline is that good on this one however I do think that it is extremely well written.

6. Half Brother – Kenneth Oppel

As the result of a scientific experiment, Ben’s family is adopting a young chimpanzee to monitor how it grows up in a human environment. Little do they know how much trouble this monkey will cause.

5. Holes – Louis Sachar

Stanley is convicted for stealing a pair of shoes and is sent to work at Camp Greenlake. An establishment where everybody digs holes. However soon Stanley unearths the truth behind Camp Greenlake.

4. Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce

Told from the point of view of Damian, a ten year old dyslexic boy, we see the tale of the two brothers who find Millions of pounds.

3. Watership Down – Richard Adams

One of the most moving classics I have ever read it tells the tale of a gang or rabbits who set sail to find a new home after their forest was destroyed. This novel is truly brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone.

2. Exchange – Paul Magrs

Very close to coming first this one, it’s all about a boy who lives with his grandparents. He and his nan both share a passion for reading. Then one day they stumble across and new and magical bookshop; The Exchange.

1. Junk – Melvin Burgess

Probably the best, young adult, book I have ever read. Junk follows the story of two teenagers, Tar and Gemma, as they confront the world of heroin and fall spectacularly.

Well thank you for reading all of that, it is actually quite long. How do you feel for a spin off? Worst ten books maybe? Well bye for now.

The PenPal Advert

A new age is opening for PenPal. Today marks the opening of PenPal’s own Youtube channel and more importantly, an actual advert!

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Thanks to Pottermore for the music and Beachfront clips for the fantastic videos and also lifeofcowie and geniuswords for telling me about Beachfront clips in the first place so really it’s by theire genius that I managed to make this clip at all.

A Study of Sherlock

How often is it that we find a TV drama that we find generally interesting and exciting? Not very often I hear you cry.

Sherlock is one of those rarities. Brilliantly written, well thought through and a perfect twist on the original Sherlock Holmes books.

Sherlock follows the trails of two detectives (played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman). The first, Sherlock, is a highly intellectual sociopath who is so anyoning the audiance can’t help but fall in love with him. The other is the calmly rational and dignified John Watson, a retired Army doctor from Afghanistan.

And so steadily we learn more about these two characters as they solve mysteries from the mysterious lady in pink (loosely based on ‘A study in Scarlet’) to the mysterious hounds of Baskerville (loosely based on ‘The hound of the Baskervilles’)

The story is made complete with an aray of brilliantly chosen sideline characters from DI Greg Lestrade, the mysterious Mycroft Holmes and fussy old Mrs Hudson.

I would definitely recommend this show to anybody who enjoys TV drama. It is the perfect balance between comedy, drama and mystery.

If you have not seen this brilliant drama then firstly where have you been living for the past two years and secondly, get out there and buy it!!!

Adopt-An-Owl

Being the kind, delightful and charming young man I am, I am often concerned for the welbeing of others. In this case those others are owls.

I came across this charity a few weeks ago and since then have been following it vigorously to find out more about the amazing work they do.

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary works hard at preserving owls and other such birds of prey. They take in lost or injured owls and work rehabilitating them for the wild. They also have a scheme where members of the public can ‘adopt’ their own owls and sponsor their upkeep.

I thoroughly think that this is a really worthy cause and that any animal lover should look into it.

For more information go to: http://www.owl-help.org.uk/index.html

P.S. I would also like to thank geniuswords and lifeofcowie for nominating me for the Versitile blogger award, which is a great honor. If anyone else wants to nominate me as well then be my guest.