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The Crime Fiction Series That You Need To Read

January 5, 2017

Looking for a new crime fiction series to read this year? Then look no further…

I love to read. I constantly have a book or two on the go and I can happily read the same book over and over again. Last year I began to notice that I was reading the same books so often that I hadn’t discovered a new author for ages. I decided to write down each new book that I read in 2016 to encourage me to read more. Sure, I still read all of the Harry Potter series again, but I also read Tim Weaver’s David Raker books.


My Grandad has been a big Tim Weaver fan for a while so although I’d heard of the books, I’d never got around to reading them. Luckily at the beginning of last year my Grandad lent me all of the books to read and I am so glad he did because I can honestly say that this is the best crime fiction series that I’ve ever read.

I’ve always enjoyed the Jack Reacher novels but I found David Raker to be a much more believable character. Weaver has created a character with a real depth to their personality. I feel like I know David Raker and try to guess what his reactions will be. The supporting characters in the series are equally realistic. These are flawed people who are still very likeable. No character feels two-dimensional and that takes some skilled writing. The writing is so believable that I’ve been scared to turn the page because of how tense the situation is. I’ve cried and laughed whilst reading before, but never been genuinely terrified which impressed me once I was over the fear.


It always amazes me how crime fiction authors can come up with such elaborate plots with multiple twists and Weaver really impressed me with how original each of his books are. There are now 7 books in the series and each time the plot has been fresh and modern. It’s refreshing to read a crime fiction book which isn’t similar to the thousands of others out there. I can’t wait to see how the David Raker series develops and I can’t recommend you read them enough.

Travel Book Series

Classic books to read for Backpackers

May 15, 2016

If you’re going to be a backpacker then you need to read these classic books. These books are practically a right of passage for backpackers. They may be cliché but you’ll gain inspiration for your trip and get to visit the places you’re read about.

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The first book you should read is The Beach by Alex Garland. This is the book which inspired the film with Leonardo DiCaprio and is the reason everyone flocks to Maya Bay when they visit Thailand.

This is a definite must read if you’re going to Thailand. Reading about Khao San Road and the Thai Islands will get you seriously excited about your trip. You’ll want to go discover your own private beach but possibly not quite as secluded as the one in the book! I really enjoyed The Beach and read it really quickly. It’s action packed from start to finish and I was desperate to find out how it ended.

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The second book for Backpackers to read is The Backpacker by John Harris. This book will take you to India, Australia and all over Asia and really demonstrates the differences between each country.

This book will make you want to rid yourself of all your materialistic belongings and appreciate the country that you’re in. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as The Beach but it’s still worth a read.

Both of these books are full of crazy adventures which would scare your parents so make sure you don’t mention the plot to them unless you want your passport revoked.

Have you read either of these books? What other books would you recommend a backpacker read?

Travel Book Series

Travel Guide Series #4 Experience Passport – Alex Egner – Chronicle Books

December 18, 2015

The Experience Passport by Alex Egner was one of my favourite gifts when I won Kara’s giveaway earlier in the year. It was such a hidden gem and here’s why…


So this book isn’t your typical travel guide. The book’s aim is for the reader to make the most out of every day. The blurb reads:

“This passport grants you access to life-enriching experiences. Break out of your routine, learn something new, and discover the world of inspiration around you.”

You can’t really ask for more than that can you?


I’m all for exploring your surroundings and seeing the extraordinary in what you think is ordinary. We need to break out of our mundane routines and make every day an adventure! That’s why I love this book.

The book is split into 45 different ‘experiences’. These can range from going on a hike to attending a music concert or simply drawing what you can see around. Each experience is designed to challenge you and help you learn something about yourself. I think pushing your boundaries is one of the main benefits of travelling. By testing your limits, you see the best in yourself and in others around you.



The book also comes with little stickers to show you completed an experience – brilliant for bringing out my inner child! I can’t wait to try out more of the ideas in the Experience Passport and I hope you give it a try too!

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Travel Guide Series #2 The Bright Side – Adventurer Coming Through Travel Journal

October 2, 2015

I love practically the whole of The Bright Side range. As per the name, it’s all about being happy and optimistic about life. I’ve bought cards and calendars from the collection before so imagine my delight when I discovered this travel journal! The Bright Side Adventurer Coming Through Travel Journal

The Adventurer Coming Through travel journal is perfect for planning your trip and noting down your travel memories. It’s very similar to the rest of The Bright Side pieces and designed to be fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a good gift idea for someone who probably won’t write loads every day but will want to make the odd few notes (This book was actually a gift for Stu and this is exactly what he did!).



The first few pages are designed to help you plan your trip with room to list what you need to pack etc and then it leaves more room for you to write about who you meet and what you see. I like the handy little pocket at the back for storing bits and bobs in. I always save all my tickets and little bits of paper when I’m travelling and it’s great to have somewhere to store them before they go into my scrapbook at home!


What do you think of this travel journal? Do you think you would use it? Comment below or tweet me @frankiegoesto__

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Travel Book Series #1 ‘The World Awaits’ by Kate Pocrass

September 19, 2015

Anyone who knows me, knows how I love to be organised. I really enjoying researching places before you visit them, writing lists and planning what to do. This meant that I bought travel books before I went away to pick up any advice I could. There’s a massive choice of literature out there for backpackers and it’s not easy to decide what to choose so I thought I’d give a little review of the books I have.

Today I’ve decided to talk about a book that I actually won as part of a giveaway that the lovely Heelsinmybackpack did earlier this year. The World Awaits by Kate Pocrass is a travel organizer with some ideas of places to visit both home and abroad.

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It’s really good for travel inspiration and encourages you to visit places off the beaten track rather than the traditional backpacker route.

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The book has lots of rooms to write your ideas, create lists and plan your trip. There’s also plenty of handy pockets to store any magazine cuttings, leaflets etc that you might find useful.

What I like about ‘The World Awaits’ is how colourful it is. The pictures are all drawn rather than photographs. This means that when you finally visit the destinations you haven’t seen a perfectly photo-shopped image which you end up comparing to the real thing.

You buy this organizer from Amazon for less than £13 so it’s not going to break the bank either – something every backpacker likes to hear!

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