5 Things Friday: 5 Best book series

Happy Friday!

Harry Potter: JK Rowling

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Reading Harry Potter is not merely a simple pleasure anymore; I need to do it at least twice a year to ensure my eternal happiness. I have to start from the beginning, at The Philosopher’s Stone, and work through to the Deathly Hallows, or it feels like a fake book run.

A study recently found that children who read Harry Potter grew up to be more open-minded and liberal. I can really agree and that might even explain why I am a person who thinks everyone should be left alone to do whatever the hell they want, unless it actively harms other people.

Harry Potter has it all – the books are excellently written, the story unique and touching, the characters ridiculously funny. Rowling created magic with these books, and I am eternally grateful for it.

Bloodlines: Richelle Mead

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For a while there it did feel like VAMPIRES, VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE type of situation in the entertainment industry. The dawn of Twilight heralded the universe desperately seeking fanged romance, and eyes were rolled by people who are desperately against the mainstream.

Every aspiring writer tried to recreate a world similar to Twilight, with enough changes to prevent a law suit. Most books failed and spectacularly so, because you will generally fail if you copy other people’s work.

However, Richelle Mead firstly came along and wrote Vampire Academy. Although not the best series on the planet, it was fresh and interesting and original. Then she wrote Bloodlines and I became successfully addicted.

My attachment to this series stems from my admiration of its lead female lead. Sydney Sage is intelligent, a leader and a problem solver and she will take action if needs be. The love story is developed at a fantastic rate and worked out really well, and the unlikely couple’s journey to finding each other is really nice to read.

Walsh Family Series: Marian Keyes

The series has a book for each Welsh sister: Rachel stars in Rachel’s holiday, Clare’s story is told in Watermelon, Anna’s in Is Anybody Out There? Helen has the lead in The Mystery of Mercy Close and Margaret is the main protagonist in Angels.

The Walsh sisters are incredibly messed up. Their mother, although meaning well, had a recurring tendency to put her feet in her mouth as her daughters grew up, and managed to pass on her bad self-image to all her daughters. As they all stumble in their lives, catastrophes happen, and they all have an incredible journey to get through.

Marian Keyes is an excellent writer, producing hilarious books that are full of detail as well. My favourite of the series is most likely Rachel’s holiday, and as it was the first book of Keyes that I ever read, the one I have read the most.

The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins

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After the Vampire craze passed, Suzanne Collins created The Hunger Games, and dystopian fiction became all the rage. The world quickly changed its focus, and soon there were movies on the cards. The movies, including the books, are exceptional. Collins had a chilling idea and wrote to produce a truly scary story, and the world was fascinated by a post-apocalyptic place where people killed each other off in a televised “Games” broadcasted for all to see. While this book series is a great read and very compelling, it is also one of the few trilogies I have stumbled across where the movies are nearly as good as the books.

The Lord of the Rings: JRR Tolkien

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Say what you want about the length of the books or the tedious amount of details, the Lord of The Rings was the Harry Potter of its time. Tolkien is also the creator of magic and it cannot be forgotten that he is the reason those EPIC movies exist. I only read this when I have a month of vacation time or something, you cannot be tired at all and have a drifting mind when attempting this.

Honourable mentions:

Divergent: Veronica Roth

Twilight: Stephanie Meyer

Vampire Academy: Richelle Mead

Those I want to read but haven’t started yet

A Song of Fire and Ice: George R. Martin

Southern Vampires: Charlaine Harris (I am actually starting this soon!)

What is your favourite book series? Tell me!

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Book Review: The Mystery of Mercy Close (Marian Keyes)

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Book: 33/100

Helen Walsh’s life has fallen apart. As part of the economic crisis that is gripping Ireland, Helen’s job as a private investigator has come to a halt. She is forced to move back to her parents after her beloved flat is taken from her.

When Jay Parker shows up with a very urgent job for Helen, she should be thrilled. However, she isn’t very willing to accommodate him, as they are ex-lovers, and she thinks him a conman. She reluctantly agrees to start looking into things. She is searching for a missing member of the band Laddz, set to launch a comeback after their boy band went south years ago. Hunting for the one-time superstar, Helen ends up in Mercy Close, the area in which he lives. She adores his house, with the frightening wall paper, even though it terrifies everyone else.

Helen must also deal with her current boyfriend Arnie, his ex-wife and his three children. They try to make their relationship happen, but they never have any privacy.

Helen must also deal with her recurrent bouts of depression. Being hospitalized at a stage, she tries to contact her old shrink again when she realizes it is getting out of hand again. Her psychiatrist contacts her, and manages to persuade Helen to not commit suicide.

The question now stands: Will Helen find Wayne in time for the Laddz reunion, and will her relationship with Arnie withstand all the pressure?

Rating: 7/10

This truly enjoyable read is truly Marian Keyes. She writes as delightfully as ever, bringing the Helen Walsh we have read about in the other Walsh books into the spotlight. Each Walsh sister is ridiculously messed up, mostly because of the Irish lifestyle they live and Mammy Walsh’s inability to raise her daughters properly. The book is hilarious, witty and funny, but at the same time manages to confront the topic of depression. I would suggest this read to most people, as it isn’t really a romance novel, but more a novel about a real person’s life.