Favourite Things to Read, Five Days (not necessarily consecutive)


A couple of weeks ago, I started a what’s your favourite book thread on Facebook. This was by no means as popular as the previous bombardment of ‘ten days of favourite albums’. Anyway, I want to restart this on my blog, right here where it is more likely to be received by book lovers, (like myself) . The first favourite books I would like to talk about is SERIES BOOKS.

The ones I am reading at the moment are https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Mysteries-Selkie-Moon-Book-ebook/dp/B00K1VC20Y

The Selkie Moon mystery series by Virginia King. http://www.selkiemoon.com/ is the website for the series.  This is where we meet Selkie, who has been known as ‘Elkie’ for most of her life. The books follow a transformation and empowerment theme where by Selkie follows the folklore connected to her name. In the first book ‘The First Lie’ (which is the one after the prequel pictured above), Selkie is pulled in all different directions, not knowing who to trust. Strange and mysterious things are happening all around her and to her. It has been challenging to review these books without giving too much away.  They are set in all different places, Hawaii Paris Sydney… They are really enjoyable. I am currently reading The Third Note. This one is set mostly in Ireland Selkie is trying to solve family tree mysteries, murder and Irish superstition is involved. Appealing to those who like to read something a bit different. Saying that, I am sure that this would appeal to the grown up Harry Potter generation. I can’t put it down. I don’t want it to end. I know there is another book in the pipeline so I don’t have to phone the ‘helpline for readers who don’t know how to cope when a series ends’ There is no such helpline, I made that up.

I save series books up as a special treat in between taxing life and work moments. This is one of the things I do maybe it is part of my time management regime. If I read a book I am really enjoying then this does not tax my brain or wear me out too much. Series books are like visiting old friends, you’ve got to know them, and the story is not over! Oh joy, you don’t have to wonder what would have could have should have happened to those characters that you have got to know so well.

Another set of series books I enjoyed was Alexander McCall Smith’s ’44 Scotland Street’


These books are charming, a cross between reading a sitcom and a soap opera. Set in Edinburgh about the lives of people who happen to live on the same street. Now, I had heard of Alexander McCall smith, but had not read anything by him. In 2014, I was lucky enough to join a Creative Writing class at a library. The class and the library are no longer in existence unfortunately, however this really jump started my ambitions and increased the amount that I read. I said lucky before because the teacher… I have never met anyone so passionate about reading and writing, she is/was brilliant. The first short story I wrote ‘Winter’ she compared to Alexander McCall Smith’s writing, so I went out and read a lot of his books. Right up my street. Every pun intended, because, four years on I am about to embark on the publication of my very own set of series books ‘Curmudgeon Avenue’ for a preview, here is the link to a free copy of the first book on BookFunnel  https://dl.bookfunnel.com/t988savtz5. It takes a few clicks to download it. I am hoping that my characters will become like old (annoying) friends. I just want someone to read it (sigh) …

Other series books I have started and are on my reading lists are:

a brand new look for the kearton bay series! (4) The Kearton Bay series by Sharon Booth.

Fragile Cord And the DS Coupland psychological thriller series.

Well, I had better end it there. There are many more series books that I have read, loved and am yet to read. I don’t want to go on too much.

Happy reading, Samantha

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