It’s another Sunday, they come round far too quickly if only they weren’t the end of the weekend! However Sunday’s have one good thing about them. It means there’s another Six for Sunday prompt from Steph!
Six Books That Might Make You Think Of Me
I struggled slightly with this one so I called in some help from two of my closest blogger friends Charlotte and Amy so you can discover the books that remind them of me at the end!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
“Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.”
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
If you were to ask my parents if there was a book that they associated with me they would probably say Harry Potter. I was 10 when this book was originally released and I was totally caught up in all the hype that followed. I may not have dragged my parents to midnight releases but I always made sure I got my copy on release day and then disappeared to read it before anyone could spoil it for me. Christmases for us always meant a trip to Bristol for a spot of last minute Christmas shopping, dinner and a movie on the day we broke up for the holidays. One year this happened to coincide with the release of the first movie, the moment we walked out at the end dad looked at me and asked when J.K had met me. I guess you could say I shared a trait or two with Hermione…
Natural Causes by James Oswald
A young girl’s mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.
For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority – but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.
Meanwhile, the city is horrified by a series of bloody killings. Deaths for which there appears to be neither rhyme nor reason, and which leave Edinburgh’s police at a loss.
McLean is convinced that these deaths are somehow connected to the terrible ceremonial killing of the girl, all those years ago. It is an irrational, almost supernatural theory.
And one which will lead McLean closer to the heart of a terrifying and ancient evil . . .
Regular visitors to SWB may have noticed that I am a bit of a fan of James Oswald and this is the book that started it all. The first book in the Inspector McLean series. There’s a mix of crime and fantasy all neatly wrapped up and set in Edinburgh and the surrounding area, the streets I walk on a daily basis and I adore it!
Dark Game by Rachel Lynch
DI Kelly Porter knows some people will risk everything to get ahead. But when the truth comes out deadly prices are paid…
After a scandal forces DI Kelly Porter out of the Met, she returns to her home turf in the Lake District. Crimes in the Cumbrian constabulary tend to be of the minor sort, but Kelly begins work on a cold case that shocked the local community – the abduction and brutal murder of ten-year-old Lottie Davies.
Meanwhile, Kelly is also investigating two seemingly straightforward crimes: a case involving an illegal immigrant, and a robbery following the death of local businessman Colin Day. But evidence comes to light that reveals a web of criminal activity beyond anything Kelly imagined. Behind the veneer of sleepy, touristy towns lies a dark and dangerous underworld. As Kelly threatens to expose those with much to lose, she risks paying the ultimate price to get to the truth…
To date I’ve reviewed each of Rachel Lynch’s Kelly Porter books on SWB and Charlotte certainly knows how much I go on about them! It’s a great series and it’s certainly got me wanting to visit the Lake District!
Fearless by Francine Pascal
Fearless introduces us to Gaia Moore, a girl born without the gene for fear. Gaia’s mother was murdered, and her father, Tom Moore, a famous covert anti terrorist mastermind, is in hiding. Now 17 years old, Gaia is living in New York City with Tom’s CIA friend, George, and his wife, Ella. Gaia is a prime target for terrorists and is in constant danger, but she is trained in all forms of combat so she can defend herself. Like Buffy and Xena, Gaia Moore is a force.
But she is also a high school student, trying to be like everyone else. As her friendships develop, we see that Gaia is in many ways a typical teen — when she’s not busy getting herself into and out of dangerous situations, righting wrongs, avenging hurts, and solving mysteries.
This one is a little out of the left field but as a teenager I was obsessed with this series so many of my secondary school friends would probably associate this with me. There were over 30 books in the series so there was definitely a while when I was carrying one of these around with me more often than not!
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
“I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.”
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.
And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been—Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.
When I asked the wonderful Charlotte from Charlotte, Somewhere if there was a book that she associated with me she said it was the latest Cormoran Strike book. Was it because my psychology degree and general nosiness brought Robin to mind? Nope! Just that I owned a lot of copies of it… I’ll admit that it took me a while to get own it in the right format for me, so I own the hardback I got on release day alongside the audiobook and eventually the eBook which was the format I finally read it in. That’s not too extreme though right? I’m not sure if Charlotte thinks I have stacks of Lethal White in various different languages around the flat…
Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone
Eleven-year-old Casper Tock hates risks, is allergic to adventures and shudders at the thought of unpredictable events. So, it comes as a nasty shock to him when he accidentally stumbles into Rumblestar, an Unmapped Kingdom full of magical beasts. All Casper wants is to find a way home, but Rumblestar is in trouble.
An evil harpy called Morg is sending her followers, the Midnights, into the kingdom to wreak havoc and pave the way for her to steal the Unmapped magic for herself. But Casper cannot turn a blind eye because the future of his own world, he discovers, is bound up with that of the Unmapped Kingdoms.
And so, together with Utterly Thankless, a girl who hates rules and is allergic to behaving, and her miniature dragon, Arlo, Casper embarks upon an adventure full of cloud giants, storm ogres and drizzle hags. Can he, Utterly and Arlo, the unlikeliest of heroes, save the Unmapped Kingdoms and our world from the clutches of Morg and her Midnights? Live a life filled with adventure with Abi Elphinstone in this brand new series where a whole new world is waiting to be discovered…
When I asked Amy from Golden Books Girl which book she associated with me she said this one as it was one of the first books I raved about when I got stuck into Middle Grade for the first time during 2019. She’s not wrong! This book really cemented my interest in Middle Grade fiction and I cannot wait for Jungledrop to come out later this year!
They were my #SixforSunday! If you’ve taken part leave a link to your post below and I’ll be sure to check it out!