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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.

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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?